New Camaro smashes own Nurburg record

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Image: Chevrolet
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Image: Chevrolet / Newspress

DETROIT, Michigan – Chevrolet has released a video of a 2017 Camaro ZL1 lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7min29.60 – 11.67sec quicker than the previous ZL1

Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro’s chief engineer, explained: “To be almost 12sec quicker than the fifth-generation ZL1 is testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1.

“From the improved aerodynamics and weight reduction through the 487kW engine, magnetic suspension, electronic limited-slip differential and launch control, the new ZL1 was designed to take on the world’s most challenging track.”

CHECK HERE to watch the hot lap

The only changes made to the ZL1 for the run were the installation of data acquisition equipment, a rollover hoop and Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses. Otherwise, the car was production stock which included:

  • Supercharged 6.2-litre, 487kW / 880Nm engine
  • All-new 10-speed auto transmission (set to ‘Track’ mode)
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Performance traction management
  • Forged 20″ wheel rims with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tyres
  • Brembo brakes with 391mm diameter front discs and six-piston calipers and rear 366mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Lift-reducing nose elements with cooling ducts
  • Full underbody shielding
  • ZL1-specific rear spoiler and diffuser
  • 11 heat exchangers

Drew Cattell, Camaro ride-and-handling engineer and driver of the hot lap, said: “Many fast laps around the Nordschleife are dramatic, with lots of oversteer and steering input. Not so with the ZL1, which is extremely planted and stable.

“With Magnetic Ride and great overall chassis balance, the ZL1 is all about being perfect at every turn and while carrying a lot of speed.”

SEE GALLERY of 2017 Camaro ZL1 images

Here’s a list of cars, compiled by Jalopnik of other cars and brands beaten by the Camaro’s lap time…

  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
  • Koenigsegg CCX
  • Ford Shelby GT350R
  • Porsche 911 GT2
  • Mercedes-AMG GT S
  • McLaren 650S Spider
  • Jaguar XJ220
  • Caterham R500 Superlight
  • Trabant

..and here are cars faster than a Camaro:

  • Porsche 918
  • Lamborghini Aventador
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Dodge Viper ACR
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
  • BMW M4 GTS
  • Radical SR8

If you want to see the lap for yourself, watch the video below from Chevrolet for the 2017 Camaro ZL1’s exciting track action:

And a plug for Chevrolet: The company was founded in 1911 in Detroit, Michigan, and is now one of the world’s largest car brands with operations in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.8-million cars and trucks a year.

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The statement adds: “Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Image: Chevrolet / Newspress
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1   Image: Chevrolet / Newspress
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