Video: 2012 Camaro ZL1 Designed for Maximum Downforce


The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is shown here undergoing final aerodynamic testing.

We already know the following: the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have 580hp and 556lb-ft of torque. More impressively, however, is that it lapped the Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. Being the fastest Camaro ever, the ZL1 certainly has all the makings of a legend and GM isn't leaving anything to chance in its development. With its official release only a short time away, Chevrolet has just released this video showing the ultimate factory-spec Camaro undergoing development.

Specifically, the aerodynamics team needed for it to generate enough downforce in order to improve handling at speed while minimizing the amount of increased drag that could reduce fuel economy and its top speed.

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Everything from the front fascia hood, front splitter, front tire deflectors, rocker panels, and rear spoiler has been specifically designed to contribute to the downforce. Check out the video and see just how much engineering skill and ingenuity was required in order to make the Camaro ZL1 possible.