Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Does 11s in Quarter-Mile
By Jake Lingeman
It's a testament to the most powerful Camaro ever produced by the company. Not only will it tear up the quarter-mile, but it will also drop a 0-to-60-mph time of less than four seconds and lap the Nürburgring in 7 minutes, 41.27 seconds. Only a few years ago those lap times were reserved for race cars, supercars and cars that cost more than $100,000.
Chevy re-engineered the Camaro to withstand hundreds of launches from drivers at the strip. To cope with the heavy loads, the ZL1 has a 9.9-inch rear differential with a cooler than can lower temperatures by 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has asymmetrical half-shafts that work with the limited-slip differential to minimize wheel hop. Engineers modified the rear suspension to accommodate 18-inch wheels just in case drivers wanted to fit drag tires. Chevy does caution that adding drag radial tires would probably move the car's time to less than 11.5 seconds, which requires a new selection of safety equipment.
To test the chassis and suspension components, Chevy put the Camaro on what it calls the Woodward Avenue Schedule. Each cycle is a standing launch up to 100 mph. The company did this more than 1,000 times before the ZL1 went on sale.
The ZL1 matches up in the market against the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Dodge Challenger SRT. Automakers usually don't give out quarter-mile times, but slips at www.dragtimes.com show the current GT500's average in the high 11s and low 12s, while the Challenger SRT sits in the 11-to-13-second range.
For comparison, the ZL1 costs $54,995, the 2012 GT500 is $49,605 and the SRT Challenger stickers for $45,920.
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frosty, your truth lies somewhere between your jaded outlook and your bias opinions. Some of the worlds best motors both past and present, have been conceived, engineered and brought to production right here in America by Americans. Ford`s "Flathead" V8, Chevrolet`s introduction of the "small block" and Chrysler`s iconic "Hemi" just to name a few, with a history going as far back as 80 years ( Ford`s Flathead introduced in 1932). Todays innovative technical automotive achievements still relevant by American`s here in the USA. Need a few more examples: Cumming, Caterpillar and Detroit Diesel.
What`s troubling is you and your like-minded peers and your lack of confidence in our country`s ability to compete with the rest of the world. I wonder..........where you run over by a Buick as a child resulting in trama, drama & hate? Maybe you would be happier moving to Europe or Asia.
That`s great for a car set up for road-racing.
Quarter mile is all about shorter gears and weight transfer.
My `88 IROC I built road-racing style did 11.20`s with a wide-ratio six-speed manual and next to no traction.
But I had a forged crank 383 with a Vortec supercharger...no intercooler back then (early nineties)
I could melt the 315`s on the back at 60MPH !
Centerforce had to build a special Kevlar clutch for it as it smoked their racing clutch...couldn`t hold the massive torque.
Ford`s "Flathead" V8, Chevrolet`s introduction of the "small block" and Chrysler`s iconic "Hemi" just to name a few,
Personally, I would add Ford's modular V8 to that list. I know the muscle car fans hate it ("but a muscle car MUST have pushrods!!!!!!"), and I know it had some teething troubles originally (215hp from a 4.6L V8). Still, I think the mod-motor is really starting to come into its own in a big way.
All it took was Ford to realize that OHC V8 engines need to breathe above 4,500 RPM. Looking at you, original 1995 2V cylinder head.
As I mentioned before, in looking for a new car I am really leaning towards a Japanese sports car. However, in spite of my better judgement the Mustang really tempts me. I don't think it would tempt me as much as it does if it were still an OHV engine instead of the newer OHC engine it has now.
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