Chevrolet teases Camaro ZL1 1LE’s Nurburgring lap

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Chevrolet has released a short teaser clip that hints that it may be about to reveal how fast its new Camaro ZL1 1LE special edition has lapped the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife.

It's the latest in a slew of Nurburgring record attempts this summer, and Chevrolet is looking to get the Camaro quicker than its own 7'29 time set last year in the regular ZL1.


The 1LE pack focuses on making the Camaro even more capable on track. In fact the name itself harks back to a secret production specification of the third generation Camaro aimed at conquering the 'showroom stock' racing category of SCCA and IMSA events in the 1980s.

While the original 1LE was created largely to address braking efficiency, the current car is made with aerodynamic improvements in mind. The ZL1 1LE includes adjustable suspension, a carbon-fibre rear wing and carbon-fibre canards – small winglets on the front corners to improve front downforce and deflect air around the wheels.

The ZL1 1LE is nearly 30kg lighter than the ZL1, with forged aluminium wheels, thinner glass and a fixed rear seat. It uses Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres, exclusive to this model.

Power is unchanged, so the 1LE uses the same 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces 649bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and when it goes on sale it will cost $69,995 (£55,350), which is a little under $8,000 (£6,300) more than the regular ZL1.

We won't know the lap time itself until Chevrolet reveals all, but the 1LE is reportedly three seconds faster around GM's 2.9-mile test track.