2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Pedal Layout
March 7, 2014
Acceleration in our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro is thrilling. The exhaust roars and bellows through the gears while the supercharger whines all the way to redline. Deceleration is plenty exciting, too. It's a popping, burbling, snarling experience that makes the 10-year-old in me laugh with glee.
Unfortunately, due to the less than ideal design of the Camaro's pedal box, heel-and-toe downshifting is almost completely out of the question for me.
For starters, the brake pedal is mounted too high and too far away from the gas pedal. To make it worse, the gas pedal is smaller than I'd like, and it's also mounted too high. Because of this, rolling my foot off the brake pedal to blip the accelerator during a downshift isn't really possible. And while it isn't exactly related to heel-toe shifting, the gas pedal is inconveniently located directly next to the wide transmission tunnel too.
The SLP Panther is the kind of car I'd love to take on an occasional track day if I owned one, but this pedal setup would frustrate me around any circuit. Maybe I need bigger shoes or more practice with this setup. Or better yet, maybe SLP will make pedals someday.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor