2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has exceptional track capability

Article by Christian A., on March 12, 2017

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.

During the preliminary tests that were conducted, it was revealed that when compared to the standard ZL1 Coupe, the ZL1 1LE was faster by 3 seconds. Said test was done on the Milford Road Course test track of General Motors which spans 2.9 miles and consists of 18 turns.

Under the hood of the ZL1 1LE is the LT4 supercharged engine which is capable of 650 hp and paired to a manual six-speed transmission which has Active Rev Match.

To improve aerodynamics, several revisions were made, one of which involves the rear wing, which is made of carbon fiber. The use of dive planes and air deflectors placed on the front fascia helped as well.

Another component is the adjustable suspension, specifically the Multimatic lightweight Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers. Through the dampers, it makes it possible to adjust the ride height on the front. Meanwhile the stabilizer bar in the rear allows for three-way adjustability.

Having a lighter weight is clearly important and this is the third important factor. The use of lighter dampers and wheels combined with the rear glass (which is now thinner) helped lower the weight of the new ZL1 1LE by as much as 60 pounds (27 kg).

Assisting with the performance as well are the wheels and tires, with the former made in forged aluminum. The wheels were made wider by an inch though the diameter was lowered by that same figure.

Other features include the Brembo brakes having red calipers and sporting the 1LE logo. There is also the heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, and the automatic dual-zone climate control. Those who want entertainment will be able to enjoy it through the Bose premium audio system.

Chevrolet disclosed that sales of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE are scheduled to begin in the latter part of this year. Pricing will be revealed close to its sales date.

Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said that the 1LE package has always been about offering increasing performance on the Camaro range starting with the V6 1lE and all the way to the SS 1LE. However, with the ZL1 1LE, the same progression increased at a faster rate, making it the best track-capable Camaro.

Press Release


Chevrolet has established a new performance benchmark with the introduction of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the most track-capable Camaro ever.

Taking the track-focused 1LE formula to an unprecedented level, the ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package.

“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.”

In preliminary testing, the new ZL1 1LE was 3 seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe around General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track.

The improved track performance is driven by four key elements:

Aerodynamics: New aero features including a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
Adjustable suspension: The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear for exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability. All of the components are designed for quick changes at the track for optimal performance and a quick return to street settings when the track day ends.
Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) less per corner.
Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe.
“The new Camaro ZL1 1LE offers the supreme track experience,” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “It’s the pinnacle of Camaro performance and advances the 1LE’s nearly 30-year legacy of uncompromising, track-tailored capability.”

The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. Additional standard features include 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. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.


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