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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE hunting Nurburgring record (video)

It seems Chevrolet is hinting at a new Nurburgring record attempt of some kind, releasing a quick video on social media.

Chevrolet’s Facebook page shows a clip of the famous circuit, along with hints of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE. The 1LE was only recently introduced, bringing a higher level of track performance to the muscle car.

The main question is, what record would Chevrolet be looking to crack? As a minimum Chevrolet could be looking to simply set a new record time for a production Camaro. The video also suggests “Camaro vs everybody” on a driver’s shirt.

The regular Camaro ZL1 from last year posted a time of 7:29.60, putting it right up against cars such as the 2009 Nissan GT-R (7:28.03), the Mercedes SLS AMG GT (7:30), and the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 (7:28).

What should help the American muscle car is the 1LE package. This is basically the most serious track-ready kit Chevrolet offers for the road-going Camaro, and it’s available on a number of variants, not just the top ZL1.

It includes adjustable suspension with Multimatic DSSV dampers, camber plates, and a three-way adjustable rear stabiliser bar. There’s also an extensive aero kit with a sharp front lip, side plates, and a massive rear wing.

Paired with a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres, along with the downforce provided by the aero kit, the 1LE package produces up to 1.1g of lateral force in the corners. This should be perfect for the high-speed Nurburgring track.

As the Facebook post says, Chevrolet has ‘accepted the challenge’, with more details to come soon. See the teaser below.

 

Challenge accepted. More coming soon.

Posted by Chevrolet Camaro on Monday, June 19, 2017

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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