As the fastest Camaro ever, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has some very serious high performance credentials. Its 6.2-liter V-8 engine pushes out 580-bhp, enabling the ZL1 to hit 170 mph on the grueling Nürburgring Nordschleife race course. But that extra power isn’t worth anything if the Camaro is left spinning its wheels, struggling for traction and grip in every corner.
In this video the ZL1 engineering team explains how aerodynamics have helped raise the car’s performance bar even higher. Features such as a vented hood, new front fascia, revised rocker panels and larger rear spoiler haveall been tailored specifically for the ZL1. The result is an extra 65 lbs. of downforce at an equivalent 150 mph.
“From the driver’s seat, the added downforce makes a huge change in the feel, and responsiveness of the ZL1 at high speeds,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “One of the best examples of how aerodynamics improved the performance of the ZL1 is the ‘Fuchsröhre,’ or Foxhole at the Nürburgring. In the ZL1, you can take that sweeping left-hand corner flat-out in fifth gear – nearly 160 mph.”
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