2017 Camaro ZL1 Beats the Last-Gen Model’s Nürburgring Time by 12 Seconds [VIDEO]
Chevy just put out a new time-attack video showing the 2017 Camaro ZL1 lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:29.60 seconds—a full 11.67 seconds faster than the fifth-generation ZL1’s best time.
You can watch all seven-and-a-half minutes of the ZL1’s attack of the track here:
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“To be almost 12 seconds quicker than the fifth-Generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1,” said Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. “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.”
Chevy used a stock production ZL1 for the lap, with only a few modifications, which included data acquisition equipment, a roll hoop, and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses.
The list of standard equipment includes the Camaro’s 650-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine, all-new 10R90 10-speed automatic transmission, FE4 Suspension with Magnetic Ride Control, and Performance Traction Management. The ZL1 also leaves the manufacturer with forged 20-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires, Brembo brakes with front 15.4-inch rotors and six-piston calipers and rear 14.4-inch rotors and four-piston calipers, lift-reducing front fascia elements with cooling ducts and Chevy “flowtie,” full underbody shielding, ZL1-specific rear spoiler and diffuser, and 11 heat exchangers.
“Many fast laps around the Nordschleife are dramatic, with lots of oversteer and steering input,” said Drew Cattell, the Camaro ride and handling engineer who drove 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.”
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