Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Might Be the Fastest Car GM Has Ever Made

Michael Accardi
by Michael Accardi
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Team Camaro just went ballistic.

With ride and handling engineer Bill Wise at the wheel, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE ate the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife for breakfast, devouring the Teutonic track in an absurd 7:16.04, making it the fastest production Camaro of all time.

For what it’s worth, it might even be the fastest piece of metal GM has ever made for public consumption.

To put the Camaro’s time in context, the C6 Corvette ZR1 officially looped the Green Hell 3.6 seconds slower than the 1LE; a brand new Ferrari 488 GTB is 5.6 seconds behind; while the V12 Ferrari Enzo looks like a hot mess showing up 9.1 seconds after the Lansing’s new land rocket.

Rumor has it that Wise actually turned in a hand-timed 7:13.xx, but it will remain unofficial.

“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,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer said in a statement. “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.”

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Thanks to a ridiculous list of performance content, the 1LE’d ZL1 has propelled the Camaro into the supercar realm of performance. GM’s heavy hitting 650-horsepower supercharged LT4 V8 is aided and abetted by a fully adjustable set of Multimatic DSSV dampers, a huge front splitter, dive planes, a carbon fiber rear wing, and a specially made batch of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R rubber.

According to Chevrolet, the lap was set on the car’s production tires, unlike the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s 6:52.01 Nürburgring lap, which was controversially set on a specially prepared set of Pirelli Trofeo Rs.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE arrives this summer with a $69,995 price tag, including destination.

A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News

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  • Poor Boy Poor Boy on Jun 22, 2017

    Loved that video. I realize that there isn't a passenger's seat, but if there was, it would come with a crap door and toilet paper. That was scary fast.

  • John Vsquez John Vsquez on Jun 27, 2017

    lol, when you compare a 1LE with a 13-year-old Enzo that wasn't all about lap times and everyone knows has shit stock tyres.............