Screeching tires and turning heads.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is an absolute beast of a muscle car. It’s not just a straight-line terror on the drag strip but can carve up corners and hang with the best. Its lightweight custom wheels, supercharged engine, and optimized aerodynamics make it quite the star on the race track.
That’s why Chevrolet took their bad boy Camaro ZL1 to the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. The lap times here provide an accurate way to measure a car’s overall performance and manufacturers have bene doing so here for decades. So, it only made sense that the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s custom wheels would touch down on the German pavement for a brutal showcase of power.
What resulted was an incredible 7:29.60 time around the road course. The only modifications that were made to the muscle car were data acquisition equipment, a roll hoop and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses. Other than that, everything from the factory supercharged engine to the custom wheels and suspension was kept stock.
“To be almost 12 seconds quicker than the 5th-Generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “From the improved aerodynamics, mass reduction and 650-horsepower LT4 to the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control, the ZL1 was designed to take on the world’s most challenging track, making it right at home on any track, road or drag strip anywhere.”
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s lap time is considerably faster than other higher-priced exotics and super cars from the likes of Porsche, Koenigsegg, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Ferrari. The stock 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine produces 650 horsepower for the rear custom wheels while an advanced suspension measures changes in road conditions in a blink of an eye. Air is channeled to cool components or used to generate downforce at high speeds. Every part of the Camaro ZL1 is geared towards on-track performance.
“Many fast laps around the Nordschleife are dramatic, with lots of oversteer and steering input,” said Drew Cattell, Camaro ride and handling engineer and driver of the hot lap. “Not so with the ZL1, which is extremely planted and stable, almost calm. With Magnetic Ride and great overall chassis balance, the ZL1 is all about being inch perfect at every turn and carrying a lot of speed.”