2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE Sets Record at Nurburgring
The 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE just proved its track-readiness in Germany, lapping the Nurburgring’s famous 12.9-mile Nordschleife (“north loop”) in just 7:16.04. That’s a new record for the iconic sports car, making the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE the fastest Camaro to ever lap the Nurburgring.
All seven minutes and 16 seconds of the Camaro’s record-setting lap were captured in this new video from the bowtie brand:
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The ZL1 1LE’s lap time is a full 13.56 seconds faster than that of the Camaro ZL1 with a 10-speed automatic transmission which tested at the track last year.
“With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system,” said Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser. “To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE was built for such feats, with features that include racing-based adjustable suspension components, special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires. The performance-oriented automobile is animated by a 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V8.
To achieve its record Nürburgring lap time, the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension was adjusted for optimal track performance and equipped with production Goodyear tires.
“The harder you push the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the more it rewards you on the track,” said Bill Wise, Camaro ride and handling engineer, who drove the 7:16.04 lap. “It offers total control, with the confidence that it will deliver lap after lap.”
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE will carry an MSRP of $69,995 when it goes on sale later this summer.
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