Congrats to the Camaro Team for their fantastic lap at the Nurburgring. The Camaro ZL1 ILE lapped the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in 7:16.04 to set a lap record for the Camaro brand (and Chevrolet).
The time for the track-focused Camaro ZL1 ILE was 13.56 seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year. It also out ran the 2012 Corvette ZR1’s time of 7:19.63.
“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.”
Here are some details from Chevrolet on the unique characteristics of the Camaro ZLE ILE:
The Camaro ZL1 1LE takes Chevrolet’s track-focused 1LE legacy to an even higher level, with racing-based adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package powered by the 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine. The Nurburgring lap time was achieved with the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension adjusted for optimal track performance and running the production Goodyear tires.
I would say all this bodes well for the (track focused) Corvette ZR1 which is running the ‘ring as we speak. On the downside is that Corvette fans will have to wait until the time that Chevrolet decides to unveil the new C7s, and unfortunately we could be waiting a while…