Bet you didn't think it would be this quick.
Back in April, the track-focused Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was spotted carving up the Nurburgring attempting to set a new lap record, but Chevrolet has been keeping the lap time a secret ever since. After months of anticipation, the automaker shared a teaser video this week hinting that the time will soon be revealed. And now the time has finally come. We knew the ZL1 1LE was going to be seriously fast, but the result completely shattered our expectations.
Chevrolet confirmed that the ZL1 1LE blitzed the Green Hell in seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, making it the fastest Camaro to ever lap the German track. To give that time some context, the ZL1 1LE beat the previous record set by the standard ZL1 by 13.56 seconds. At the time, the ZL1 beat the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R by three seconds.
“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,” said 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.” To achieve the impressive lap time, the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension was adjusted for optimal track performance. It was running on production Goodyear tires. Driving the ZL1 1LE was Bill Wise, a Camaro ride and handling engineer.
You can see him wrestling with the wheel to keep the track-tuned muscle car under control in the on-board video. “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.” Helping the Camaro ZL1 1LE set such an astonishingly fast time is its racing-based adjustable suspension, front and rear dampers and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires. Like the standard ZL1, the ZL1 1LE is powered by a 650-hp LT4 supercharged V8 engine. For a starting price of $69,995, you’re getting a track-tuned car that can rip up the Nurburgring faster than the last-gen Porsche 911 GT2 RS.