With a title like Chassis Controls Engineer, you wouldn’t exactly expect Michael Tung to have a particularly exciting job to do. And that’s where you’d be wrong, as Chassis Controls Engineer is auto industry slang for professional drifter, and when Tung isn’t competing in the Midwest Drift Union, he’s getting the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro sideways. Drifting for science, of course.
As you’re all well aware, companies like General Motors have to invest a tremendous amount of money in designing a new car, and part of the research and development is testing. Knowing its customers like to push its vehicles as far as they can, GM employs people like Tung to press the performance envelope as far as it will go.
In this particular video Tung can be seen flogging the 2016 Camaro with the 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder, and in addition to being light (weighing under 3,400 pounds as we learned this week), he says the 2016 Camaro Turbo has good handling and good power. “I think it’s gonna surprise a lot of people,” says Tung.
With 275 horsepower and a lighter, stiffer frame, GM has set a high bar for performance for its base-model muscle car. It’s starting to sound like the Camaro Turbo will be the choice of those wanting more corner-carving capabilities, while the 455 horsepower Camaro SS will doing the dirty work at the drag strip. GM is making the Camaro a contender at both ends of the performance spectrum, and it’s about time.
While most of us are chained to our computers, slaving away for the man, Michael Tung is out there, somewhere, livin’ the dream.