Chevrolet has recently unveiled the modified body Camaro that will sport in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year. Rebuking the earlier ZL1, the 2020 racing series will be attended by the ZL1 1LE inspired Camaro.
Chevy’s vice president of Performance and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, said that “for the upcoming racing season, they wanted to go with the most ferocious member of the Camaro lineup. Since the ZL1 1LE is the highest performer within the Camaro production-car lineup, it was a natural selection”. He further added that “We took lessons from the production car and applied them to the new 2020 Cup car.”
The Camaro has been a long-time associate of Chevy’s various motorsports ventures, with the SS featuring in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NHRA Funny Car, Pro Stock and Sportsman classes, while the GT4 Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class and Pirelli World Challenge GTS division.
The NASCAR tuned ZL1 1LE is almost completely different from its street sibling, thanks to its motor sporting ambitions. Massive wings, front canards and 6.2-liter LT4 Small Block V8 making 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, make this Camaro a very competitive supercar slayer. Communication between the monstrous engine and the wheels is monitored by a standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although a GM 10-speed automatic is also available as an option.
Apart from the powertrain, Chevrolet has also devised several tools like computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing, to enhance the aerodynamics for a more pronounced sporting character. On the exterior front, it looks flatter in comparison to the pointy Camaro ZL1 body currently races in NASCAR’s top-tier. The redesigned front serves a purpose here. It allows for easier bump drafting. This Camaro is so ready to race.
The redesigned Camaro ZL1 1LE NASCAR Cup Series body is all set to debut during the Daytona Speedweeks with most probably two Chevy drivers, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson on board looking to drop the NASCAR championship in Chevrolet’s bag.
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