Enthusiasts Chevy Aims for a Sub-7 Minute ZR1 Nürburgring Time
Watch This 1,000-HP Camaro ZL1 Set Its Brakes on Fire With a Righteous Burnout
Sacrificing brake pads for the greater good.The automotive world may be abuzz with talk of the upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but that spotlight shouldn't outshine the the offerings from the General's other storied sports car nameplate. The 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is one of the most extreme cars the automaker has put out in a long time, and as this flaming burnout video shows, the "regular" old Camaro ZL1 is still a tire-shredding beast in its own right.
Whilewas developed , the final prototypes haven't had the chance yet to attempt a record run. Due to the rules of the 'Ring, manufacturers are only allowed to try their luck on certain dry days of the season. Chevy had a single slot to play with last year, and that was awarded to , since its development was more complete than the ZR1's.
While Nürburgring lap times have become generally accepted performance benchmarks, chasing a record is more important to some than others. Lamborghini had to get itto promote its clever ALA aero system (a technology that the Corvette guys have yet to get their hands on), and to prove once again how far 911s have come.
Watch Hennessey's Exorcist Camaro Unleash Its 217-MPH Top Speed
With 959 horsepower at the wheels, this beast has no problem hitting high speeds. Research 2018 chevrolet camaro See Full Specs See Pricing John Hennessey's team has taken its Camaro Exorcist to Continental Tires' proving grounds in Texas and managed to push the 1,000-horsepower coupe to 217 miles per hour. The car still appears to be pulling at the end of the relatively short straight section, but the driver lifts off the throttle to negotiate an oncoming corner safely.
Luckily, the Corvette ZR1 won't cost anywhere near the $293,200 one needs to fork out for a GT2 RS, which means it doesn't need to aim for the overall record either.
Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter told me that while the record run is not a priority for them, they will do it sometime after the car goes on sale next spring, hoping to break the seven minute barrier.
Such a result would make the C7 ZR1 some twenty seconds quicker than the C6 ZR1, which ran a 7:19.63 back in 2011.
The new version has more power, a much smarter aero package, and crucially, Michelin's Pilot Sport Cup 2 "summer-only" tires, which will push the cornering speeds way higher than what was possible to achieve six years ago.
Under seven minutes would mean the ZR1 is just quicker thanat the 'Ring, which would make it the quickest American car at the German track.
Upgrade Your GM Charging System with A One-Wire Alternator
The charging system of your Chevy is a vital piece of the reliability puzzle.We're wrenching on an early Chevelle, which is still sporting a mostly original 283ci small-block Chevy engine. It's a simple car, but we do plan to add a few accessories to the tried-and-true 1960's GM formula. Air conditioning is one of the biggest items on our to-do list, and the folks at Vintage Air suggested we upgrade to a high-output alternator. We went with a Powermaster 12si-style unit, offering 150 amps and a simple one-wire connection. We ordered it with a V-belt pulley and included a new charge wire in our order.
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A 1955 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop Homebuilt by the Original Owner’s Son .
Frank Donato of Pahrump, Nevada, was a lucky kid in the '50s. "I remember my parents taking me to the drive-in movie in my father's 1955 Chevy, which he bought new," he wrote. Frank's dad owned one of 185,562 1955 Bel Air hardtops produced, and used it to take his family to one of 4,000 drive-in theaters in America. He owned the car for the rest of his life. "I knew how much he cherished that car," Frank said. "When he [died] I decided Frank Donato of Pahrump, Nevada, was a lucky kid in the '50s. "I remember my parents taking me to the drive-in movie in my father's 1955 Chevy, which he bought new," he wrote.
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