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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is not legal in Europe

As we know, only the fastest and most worthy cars take on the Nurburgring, and one of those models include the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with a lap time of 7:16.04. Though it may not be the record holder, it still made its mark around the Green Hell. One thing we have just learned though is that this model will never make it to European streets, this is because of the European pedestrian safety standards.

Unlike the standard ZL1, the ZL1 1LE variant overall has a more aggressive body kit, front splitter, massive front dive planes and a huge carbon-fiber rear wing. These aerodynamic components make it extra aggressive and a menace on the track, according to Motor Trend. Apart from good looks, the main purpose of the dive planes is to cool the car down, while adding downforce when on the track, but this also makes the vehicle more threatening to pedestrians, according to EU safety rules. In fact, giving the ZL1 LE the dive planes alone are enough reason to buy the car, while also making it illegal on the road.

If you want to convert your standard ZL1 to a 1LE, you will have to shell out an extra $7,500 over the ZL1’s standard price, which includes a number of upgrades. Both trims come equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque. The main difference is that the 1LE gives it a diet where it loses 60 pounds (27 kilograms) off the standard ZL1 - thanks to its thinner rear windows, and fixed rear seats.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car prepares for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Chevrolet has been pretty lucky in races they have participated in. From the Chevrolet SS, the Impala, to the Camaro. Recently, the company introduced the Camaro ZL1, which will be the race car they will use for the 2018 season.

To give you a little bit of a back story, the Chevrolet SS has won around 70 MENCS races for the company since it replaced the Impala in 2013. Besides that, the company has also used a Camaro in the Xfinity Series in the same year.

In the past four years, Chevrolet has been running the SS performance sedan, but since it is going out of production this year, they needed a replacement, and this is how the 2018 Camaro ZL1 enters the picture. The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 650 horsepower V8 so the manufacturer is pretty confident to race this model.

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Range topping 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $69,995

There is no doubt that the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 can perform. And not only can it perform, it can definitely impress a lot of car enthusiasts. But if you think the ZL1 can do a better job, you are indeed right about that. Chevrolet just announced the 1LE option package for the said model, to ensure that the muscle machine efficiently uses every bit of its 650 horsepower down to the road.

You can get the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE along with the track-focused equipment for a total of $69,995, which already includes the $995 destination fee, as soon as this summer. The 1LE option package has a price of $7,500.

The Camaro ZL1 that comes with the optional 1LE package is currently the range topper in the lineup. If you choose to get the said package, your Camaro will be given performance parts such as Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers - this will allow the driver adjust the ride height at the front. There is also a three-way adjustable rear stabilizer bar.

Read the entire article Range topping 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $69,995

Hennessey tests the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 on the Dyno, possibly to scare the Challenger SRT Demon

Hennessey Performance recently published a riveting video showing The Exorcist’s 959.32 hp and 756.29 lb-ft of torque on the rear wheels.

As it turns out, the tuner from Texas wants to announce to the world that “The Exorcist” Camaro ZL1 could cast out an incredible 959 hp on the Dyno test. It isn’t even close to the SRT Demon’s 840 hp at the crankshaft.

The theory is based on actual math, starting with the fifteen percent “drivetrain loss” on the Demon’s 1,103 hp. As for the ZL1, the boosted performance was made possible by Hennessey’s decision to upgrade the Camaro’s ECU, intakes and supercharger. Needless to say, the competition between Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Hennessey Performance Engineering’s Chevy Camaro is heating up even more.

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Contacting Father Damien Karras, Hennessey’s new “ExorcistChevrolet Camaro ZL1 is getting out of control! We already know that Dodge is well on its way to unwrap its very own SRT Demon Challenger. Not to be outdone, Hennessey is also out to steal the limelight with its very own---The Exorcist. The horror of all horrors!

Hennessey Performance Engineering has created a 1000hp monster out of the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1-- and even naming it after one of the “most profitable” horror movies ever made. But, way before Hennessey had cast its evil chants on the poor Camaro, the devilish muscle car already packs a strong 650hp and 650 lb ft-of torque. As if the Hellcats and SRT Demons aren’t good enough. Or should we say, “bad enough” for the hell’s standards.

With the new package, the 6.2-liter LT4 V8 receives a modified ECU, new larger intakes and an updated intercooler. Aside from the sufficiently large supercharger, Hennessey further enhanced the engine with long tube stainless steel headers, ported factory heads and high performance camshaft. Overall, this provides the LT4 with an extra 350hp and 316lb-ft of torque.

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Because of the fact that local automobile manufacturer, Holden, has stopped production in the country. Australia is about to lose its homegrown muscle cars now that the Commodore has come its way as the Opel Insignia’s variant. However, Crossover Car Conversions, Australia’s leading import and conversion specialist since 1990, that has a wide array of choices from a Mustang, Camaro, to Ford GT, is offering a right-hand drive Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an alternative.

But it isn’t that simple. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a base price of $63,435 with a six-speed manual, and if you want a 10-speed manual, it will cost you $65,830. But it doesn’t end there. Having the car shipped all the way to Australia will means you’ll have to add shipping fees and local taxes. So, getting the ZL1 and then converting it to a right-hand drive will be very costly. In fact, simply swapping the steering wheel will cost you another $33,700 (44,000 Australian dollars), and after adding all the other costs, the Camaro will have a price tag price of around $115,000 ($150,000 AUD).

With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that can yield up to 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque, the ZL1 is actually the fastest Camaro ever, having a top speed of 198 miles per hour (318 kilometers per hour). Furthermore, due to its 10-speed automatic rapid acceleration, it can shift much faster than a Porsche dual-clutch PDK - that in just 3.5 seconds, it can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is definitely one powerful machine.

Read the entire article Costs of bringing in and converting Chevy Camaro ZL1 in Australia are very high

Chevrolet has long been known to set new standards in terms of performance every time it releases a new model. The brand has once again shown this to be true with the track-capable Camaro model, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE.

Already recognized to be tuned for the tracks, the 1LE blueprint was not simply utilized by Chevrolet for this new model. In fact, prepare to be amazed with its new levels of performance and sophistication.

Aside from having been given aerodynamic technologies, it has been fitted with a suspension that is clearly based on racing. Those who want to take to an even higher level can opt to have the extreme track performance package which includes, among others, the exclusive Supercar 3R Eagle F1 summer-only tires from Goodyear.

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How fast can a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 actually go? Considering the amount of power lurking underneath its line-laden bonnet, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is capable of achieving a top speed that goes beyond 200 mph (322 km/h). But then, nothing is official unless Chevrolet exerts effort to prove how fast the Camaro ZL1 could go.

With nothing but top speed as the goal, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 took the challenge and proceeded to the High Speed Oval of Automotive Testing Papenburg GmbH in Germany. Keep in mind that this particular 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is nearly all stock – as the modifications made only involved the addition of mandatory safety equipment and data logging equipment.

Take note that even a stock Camaro ZL1 already features several special performance-enhancing parts -- balanced enough to reduce lift while not affecting drag. Chevrolet fitted the 2017 Camaro ZL1 with special aerodynamic elements like a stanchion rear spoiler that is considered to be capable of delivering a lift/drag ratio better than a blade-style rear spoiler. Moreover, the carmaker fitted the 2017 Camaro ZL1 with a patent-pending auxiliary transmission oil cooler cover that could lower front-end lift without affecting drag. Chevrolet also tuned the coupe’s front-to-rear aero balance to offer better high-speed stability.

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Wondering how fast the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in actual driving? To provide customers a good idea on how fast the 2017 Camaro ZL1 could really get, Chevrolet recently had it driven in one of the most challenging road tracks in the world – at Nurburgring. This 13-mile circuit is technically a public road, sans the speed limit. It boasts of sweeping curves, significant climbs and drops, variable surfaces, and a straightaway that stretches for more than a mile. Over the decades, the Nurburgring has been considered as a definitive one-lap test that has become a yardstick that measures the true worth of production cars.

Considering how Chevrolet cornered all ends to make the 2017 Camaro ZL1 special both in looks and performance, it was not surprising to learn that the most recent Nurburgring run has led to a new record. A recent footage released by the American carmaker has shown the 2017 Camaro ZL1 cruising through the Nurburgring, recording a lap time of 7:29.60.

This means that the next generation Camaro is a lot faster than its predecessor, which had completed the same circuit with a time of 7:41.27. Compared to other production cars, the new Camaro ZL1 is faster in the Nurburgring than the Mercedes SLS AMG GT (lap time of 7:30.00), Porsche 911 GT2 (lap time of 7:31.00), Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (lap time of 7:32.00) and Porsche 911 Turbo S (lap time of 7:32.00). However, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is slower than the Porsche Carrera GT (lap time of 7:28.71), McLaren MP4-12C (lap time of 7:28.00), Ferrari 458 Italia (lap time of 7:28.00) and BMW M4 GTS (lap time of 7:27.88). Overall, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is the 30th fastest production car in the Nurburgring, with the record held by Radical SR8L M (lap time of 6:48.00).

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The debut of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the 2016 New York Auto Show was certainly highly anticipated. Avid fans will be excited to know that Chevrolet will commence sales of the new Camaro ZL1 convertible in early 2017.

This convertible version of the Camaro boasts of a performance comparable to its coupe sibling as it is underpinned by a modular and rigid body architecture designed to support a high-performance convertible.

Since the models only have a few minor structural variations, the convertible is able to inherit the track-honed chassis and driver control systems of the coupe version.

Read the entire article 2016 New York Auto Show: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible packs plenty of power

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is entering the market and is more than ready to challenge even the most advanced of sports coupes. This can be in terms of straight-line acceleration, refinement, track capability, and even technology. Global Product Development executive vice president Mark Reuss shared that the Camaro ZL1 was designed to be the best at everything.

Powering the Camaro ZL1 is the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that can deliver 640 hp or 477 kW. Transmitting the amazing power of the engine is the six-speed manual transmission with its active rev matching or the 10-speed automatic.

Handling capability is made possible with the use of the stiffer and lightweight structure of the sixth-generation Camaro which is combined with the electronic limited-slip differential and the Magnetic Ride suspension.

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This year’s iteration of the NASCAR Fusion will be competing for the first time in February at Daytona Speedweeks. Ford has been aggressively preparing its racing vehicle for the major event. Memories come to mind of the same preparations by Ford three years ago.

After NASCAR gave the go-ahead for car makers to create racing cars that are customized according to what characteristics the auto companies want to infuse in them, Ford wasted no time in mobilizing its designers to create a racing version of that model year’s Ford Fusion.

How does the new Fusion race car differ from the production counterpart? By looks alone, both cars look the same but the difference is felt when entering the car. As mandated by the rules of this year’s NASCAR season, a new digital dashboard system will display information to the racing teams through various graphical representations such as bar graphics, numbers or an electronic gauge-and-needle display.

Read the entire article Ford debuts new NASCAR Fusion, to race for first time on February 21st

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc (TMS) and Toyota Racing Development USA (TRD) introduced today the all-new 2015 Camry race car that will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting next season.

By announcing the 2015 Camry racing car, Toyota becomes the first producer in this series to modernise the ‘Gen-6’ NASCAR model first introduced in 2012 to compete starting in the series in the season of 2013. Also, a newly designed Camry will also appear in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year, currently called the Nationwide Series.

The 2015 Camry race car signifies the apex of redesigning that provides the automobile with a more distinct look -- and one like the 2015 production Camry that debuted earlier in this year. TRD worked along with Calty Design, part of the global Toyota network design team, to improve the racing Camry and integrate elements of design from the all-new 2015 production version into the racer.

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NASCAR has named Brent Dewar as chief operating officer effective Jan. 6. Dewar retired from General Motors in April 2010 after holding some leadership posts, mostly at Chevrolet. Since exiting GM, Dewar has been a consultant for a number of firms, including NASCAR. In a statement, NASCAR chief executive Brian France said that Dewar is a seasoned leader with deep experience in the automotive sector as well as someone with intimate knowledge of and passion for NASCAR.

NASCAR said that Dewar’s appointment will allow France to focus on “setting the vision for NASCAR” and implementing “key growth initiatives.” Dewar's appointment comes as NASCAR’s TV ratings have been struggling for nearly a decade, down between 10 and 20 percent since 2008. NASCAR is also experiencing slumping attendance. NASCAR oversees races like Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, featuring heavily modified production cars.

NASCAR's racetrack in Indianapolis has a seating capacity of 250,000 people, but only around 70,000 fans attended the Brickyard 400 in July. France remarked that Dewar is a leader who is naturally collaborative -- an essential trait in working with the OEMs, teams, tracks, broadcast partners and others "to grow the sport over the next decade.”

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After nearly two decades of absence, rear-wheel-drive sedans will soon return to the vehicle lineup of General Motors’ Chevrolet brand in the United States. The head of GM’s North American operations, Mark Reuss, told Reuters that the carmaker is expecting the production version of the Chevrolet SS rear-wheel-drive sedan to serve as a low-volume car, thereby building excitement around the brand.

Chevrolet currently has no rear-wheel-drive sedans on its lineup except for a police car it is presently offering. Likewise, GM halted selling the rear-wheel drive Pontiac G8 sedan in 2009. GM’s luxury brand, Cadillac, currently offers two rear-wheel drive sedans -- the CTS and the new ATS.

GM launched Thursday the NASCAR racing version of the Chevrolet SS in Las Vegas and plans to unveil the production variant during the Daytona 500 race in Florida in February 2013. The Chevrolet SS will be rolled out to the public either in the third or fourth quarter of 2013 as a 2014 model.

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SRT Motorsports said that when the 2012 season ends, Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition. This was confirmed by Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, at a recent media teleconference call. This decision has a direct impact on its participation at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Presently, Penske Racing fields two Dodge Charger cars in the Sprint Cup Series and two Dodge Challenger cars in the Nationwide Series. Last February, Penske Racing revealed that it will terminate its partnership with Dodge, which began in 2003 at the end of the 2012 season.

Dodge has posted 215 victories in the Sprint Cup Series, which include the 55 wins since 2001. It had a representative in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in seven of the past eight seasons.

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Chevrolet has decided to model its 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series car after a 2013 Camaro. This is quite a departure from its move to model the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car after the upcoming 2014 SS sedan. This similarity is mostly centered on the front clip, as surfaces behind the cowl and A-pillars mostly resemble Chevrolet’s current Nationwide Series car, which supposedly resembles an Impala SS.

This isn’t astonishing since efforts by Ford and Dodge to pattern their Nationwide cars after the Mustang and Challenger, respectively, are mostly limited to the front clip.

Even then, the Camaro’s front clip is a remarkable replica of a street-going Camaro. The Camaro is different from the Nationwide Mustang, which is so much like the production car simply though decals.

Read the entire article Chevrolet’s new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 will be a Camaro

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) has formally unveiled the 2013 Toyota Camry that will take part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting next season. The introduction of the 2013 Camry for NASCAR competition, made at TRD’s plant in Salisbury, N.C., marks the end of an aggressive redesign to give the car an enhanced yet more distinct personality.

TRD collaborated with Calty Design, part of Toyota's global network design team, to develop and build a racing Camry that features unique design elements.  Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing communications and motorsports, expressed excitement over the unveiling of the 2013 Camry, saying that NASCAR fans would appreciate the on-track Camry looks like the one they have.

Laukes said that the 2013 Camry looks like the production vehicle “than ever before,” adding that they hope that this help rejuvenate the relationship between NASCAR fans and manufacturers.

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Being inducted into the highly exclusive “11-second” club is no easy feat. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is now officially a member after engineers took a showroom-stock Camaro ZL1 automatic and found that it could attain an 11.93-second/116-mph quarter-mile elapsed time run. They also determined that a Camaro ZL1 manual can have an 11.96-second ET at 117 mph.

Very few production vehicles can run a quarter-mile as fast as the ZL1. Even fewer can go from zero to 60 in 4 seconds, hit a top speed of 184 mph and finish one lap n the famous Nürburgring in 7:41.27. And these are all with the street-legal, factory-issued components and with no time-consuming equipment adjustments at the racetrack. Tony Roma, Camaro ZL1 program engineering manager, said that the ZL1 is ”great at everything.”

He said that it can be taken to the drag strip or to a road course where it’s balanced and offers great handling and responsiveness such as lapping Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course in less than three minutes. Nevertheless, the ZL1 is sophisticated enough to use as a daily driver.

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World is changing everyday and we see this also in the automotive industry. The latest proof: an electric NASCAR pace car. That’s right folks, the Ford Focus will be the first all-electric pace car in the NASCAR to ever lead the field for a Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400.

It appears that Ford is the only manufacturer that wants to make some groundbreaking moments in NASCAR as the American manufacturer was the first car marker to compete with a four-door sedan as its flagship model in 1998 but also first to use a hybrid to start a NASCAR event with the Fusion Hybrid back in 2008 at the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Back in January, Ford became the first manufacturer to show off its 2013 NASCAR race car when it unveiled the new 2013 Fusion racer. Regarding the Ford Focus Electric, this is America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car that offers the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway and operates on battery-generated power. The Focus Electric was rated by EPA at 105 MPGe combined, while its main rival – the Nissan Leaf – is rated at 105 MPGe combined.

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