Chevy Releases Video Of Spectacular Camaro ZL1 1LE 7:16.04 ‘Ring Lap

By conquering the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in roughly 7 minutes and 16 seconds, the 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is now officially the fastest Camaro to ever lap the famous German track.

To put things into perspective, the ZL1 1LE’s time is good enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the ZL1 with the 10-speed automatic that Chevy tested back in 2016.

“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,” stated Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

“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.”

What we found particularly impressive was the footage itself, with Camaro race engineer Bill Wise behind the wheel. You can see everything from speed to which gear he’s in, to how hard he’s fighting to keep the car from sliding around, using constant steering inputs.

“The harder you push the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the more it rewards you on the track,” said Wise. “It offers total control, with the confidence that it will deliver lap after lap.”

With a price of $69,996, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is powered by a 650 HP LT4 supercharged V8 engine, while also featuring racing-based adjustable suspension components, special front dive planes, a carbon fiber rear wing and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires.

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  • Ishliss

    That is impressive!! Probably the quickest and cheapest track monster out there.

  • Merc1

    Stunning. I can’t believe I love this lump of GM.

    M

  • Romanovich

    the manual gear box this is real driving

    • Infinite1

      Agreed

  • LJ

    Christ Almighty, this man is flying.

    I love all types of cars, but there is still nothing as raw and visceral as an American muscle car with a V8 engine.

    • Infinite1

      Agreed, I’m an import/euro guy but I love American Muscle

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Pretty cool, but it sure seems like his hands are mighty busy on the wheel with wheel slap compared to say the 991 GT3RS in a lap time attempt, or any high speed lap. It looks a little less in control, less refined compared to the Porsche. And A LOT more tire complaining…mucho understeer! Overall kinda cool, but it appears to be a lot to handle with that chassis.

    • Ishliss

      The fact your using the two in the same sentence is just a WIN for Chevy lol

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        It’s not a comparison, it’s a contrast. I think we all know there is no comparison between the two.

        And technically, I didn’t.

  • Blade t

    Pretty cool video , car seems like good value if you’re looking for a track day car….

  • Shahul Usman

    did we ever get corvette z06/grand sport times?

    • Matt

      Nope

  • alexxx

    Beast

  • nastinupe

    Wow.. the Porsche 991.2 911 GT3 lapped in 7:12 and costs more than twice as much. $69,996 compared to $143,600. 4 seconds is definitely not worth $70,000, however, the Porsche looks a lot better and will most likely age better over the next 30 years, although, that’s a subjective statement.

    It is amazing that the GT3 is down a whole 150 hp (500 vs 650) and still beats the Chevy. Porsche engineering is just outstanding.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Lap time is not everything either. The differences in these two models is massive from a quality, fit and finish and workmanship standpoint.

    • Ishliss

      gt3 is also 700lbs lighter, its amazing it didnt beat it by more lol

      • nastinupe

        True but think about what the GTR does with 565 hp and about the same weight as the Camaro.

  • john1168

    WOW! What a great run! And in a manual too! This is 4 seconds behind the Viper ACR. That’s impressive!

    • Ishliss

      viper was ran on non production tires, and on the older ring that was 200m shorter. So actually the ZL1 was still faster as there is no way that Viper could pick up 400m in 4 seconds.

      • john1168

        They lengthened the Ring by 200m? I didn’t know that. Thanks:)

  • Infinite1

    What a monster, kudos to GM for building bada** muscle cars such as the Camaro.

  • RandomGuest

    Sad to see a 2018 Camaro still cant beat the Nissan GTR Nismo time set in 2015 lol, even though most production cars cant but nonetheless, we need a new GTR model to put these boys back where they belong.

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