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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Drag Development Concept Runs 10s In Quarter Mile


In 2016 Chevrolet launched a drag development program for the Camaro SS. The goal is, as the name implies, to find ways to improve straight line performance by testing out different parts, calibrating its attributes, and gathering data. The results are... not listed but when you see a Camaro SS rocking a set of Hoosier slick tires you know the team is up to something. More recently, Chevrolet added a Camaro ZL1 to the drag program, and its response to bolt-ons and calibrations are almost enough to tickle the 9-second grail. The Camaro ZL1 Drag Development Concept runs the quarter mile in 10.0 seconds at 137.8 mph with a 60-foot time of 1.4 seconds. A whole 1.4 seconds quicker to 1320 feet than the base ZL1.

Chevrolet says conceptual upgrades like the new cold air intake, bigger throttle body, smaller supercharger pulley, stickier Goodyear tires (Possibly Sport Cup 2), racing seat with 5-point harness, and roll cage may be sold in the future. The intake, throttle body, and pulley contribute to the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 engine reaching an output in excess of 700 horsepower. It also uses American Racing long-tube headers, WELD Racing 16-inch wheels, ZL1 1LE solid cradle bushings, and upsized rear brakes though those parts are already available for purchase today. Calibrations done to the 10-speed automatic transmission, Magnetorheological dampers, and electronic rear limited-slip-differential may also be packaged in subsequent Camaro models.

There are two issues with the concept's realism. The first is how it uses a 110 octane calibration - race gas. The Camaro ZL1 is already a thirsty car with its 2.85 final drive ratio, and it wouldn't be as fun driving around if you have to use such high octane fuel to get the most out of the extra performance parts. The second is the fact that the test car is missing its driver side headlight, possibly because that's where the cold air intake gets its cold air. We know it's common for drag cars but it's not a bright idea for road worthiness.

The Camaro ZL1 Drag Development Concept can be seen at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas from  October 31 to November 3. More information about Chevrolet cars at SEMA can be seen by visiting