Chevrolet recently revealed its most track-capable Camaro to date with the announcement of the Camaro ZL1 1LE. It features some pretty extreme modifications in the pursuit of performance. Massive aerodynamic aids, new suspension technology and wider tyres are three key elements of the design.
Chevrolet have revealed that in testing around General Motors’ 2.9 mile Milford Road Course, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was a whole 3 seconds quicker than the standard ZL1 Coupe.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE feature a carbon fibre rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia. The suspension setup includes a set of lightweight Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers for the front and rear. The front-end ride height is adjustable. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability.
A new set of lightweight forged aluminium wheels measure an inch wider but are also an inch smaller in diameter. They use Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires while help to deliver maximum lateral grip of 1.10g. The wheel-and-tire package weighs 3.3 kg less per corner.
To further reduce weight, Chevrolet have reduced the thickness of the rear glass and added a fixed-back rear seat. The whole weight saving regime sheds approximately 27 kg of curb weight over the standard ZL1 Coupe.
Power is provided by a 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine couple to a six-speed manual transmission. Brembo brakes with iconic red calipers and 1LE logos are included as standard together with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year with pricing to be announced closer to the release date.
“The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”