August 10, 2017 | 1:30 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
A brand new period in Chevrolet motorsports begins immediately with the introduction of the Camaro ZL1 as the brand new racecar for the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection.
Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson — driver of the No. forty eight Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports — joined Mark Reuss, government vice chairman of GM International Product Improvement, to disclose the brand new race automotive at Chevrolet’s headquarters in Detroit.
“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with profitable, each on and off the monitor,” stated Reuss. “We’re thrilled to run Camaro within the NASCAR Cup Collection subsequent yr, with the time-honored and monitor-examined ZL1 badge, and we’re simply as excited for our drivers, groups, followers and clients.”
The Camaro ZL1 will make its competitors debut subsequent February throughout Daytona Speedweeks, which kicks off the 2018 NASCAR season. It is going to be a part of the Camaro SS, which has been Chevrolet’s entry within the NASCAR XFINITY Collection since 2013.
“The brand new Camaro ZL1 is a superb-wanting race automotive with a number of heritage behind it, which can make it an enormous hit with followers,” stated Johnson. “And as somebody who’s loved the ZL1 on the road, I’m actually wanting ahead to getting this new race automotive on the monitor.”
Chevrolet engineers employed an array of instruments, together with computational fluid dynamics evaluation and decreased-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, to optimize aerodynamic efficiency whereas sustaining the ZL1’s design character.
“Racers have lengthy relied on Camaro to win races and championships in novice and professional sports activities automotive and drag racing, in addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Collection,” stated Jim Campbell, vice chairman, Efficiency Automobiles and Motorsports. “We sit up for racing the Camaro ZL1 within the premier Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection.”
Becoming a member of Chevrolet as we speak for the Camaro ZL1 race automotive’s debut have been representatives from Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Germain Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Leavine Household Racing.
The Camaro ZL1 brings a singular, monitor-targeted legacy to NASCAR. The ZL1 identify was initially bestowed within the Nineteen Sixties on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that turned a dominating drive in street racing. In 1969, a number of enterprising sellers used Chevrolet’s particular-order system to get the ZL1 engine put in in sixty nine common-manufacturing Camaros. The automobiles turned on the spot legends on the road and dragstrip.
Greater than forty years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the last word efficiency Camaro, developed to supply monitor-succesful efficiency straight off the showroom flooring. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 650-horsepower supercharged engine that includes an analogous ninety-diploma V-eight configuration because the Cup racing engines.
The brand new Camaro ZL1 race automotive builds on a profitable legacy carried by the earlier Chevrolet SS, which has scored 70 Cup Collection wins thus far and contributed to Chevrolet incomes a document 39 NASCAR producer titles — together with thirteen consecutive titles from 2003-2015.
Chevrolet drivers have additionally achieved a report 30 Cup championships, together with Jimmie Johnson in 2016.