Camaro ZL1 joins the Camaro SS in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Chevrolet recently marked its new era in motorsports by introducing the Camaro ZL1 as the new race car for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Presented by seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, the ZL1 will make its competition debut in February 2018 during Daytona Speedweeks, which is a kick-off event of the 2018 NASCAR season. It will join the Camaro SS – Chevrolet’s entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2013.
“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Reuss. “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.”
Chevrolet engineers employed an array of tools, including computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, to optimize aerodynamic performance while maintaining the ZL1’s design character.
“Racers have long relied on Camaro to win races and championships in amateur and professional sports car and drag racing, as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Jim Campbell, vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”
The Camaro ZL1 brings a unique, track-focused legacy to NASCAR. The ZL1 name was originally bestowed in the 1960s on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that became a dominating force in road racing. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The cars became instant legends on the street and dragstrip.