Alright, enough with the hasty videos with the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 running around Virginia International Raceway. It’s time for a high-budget, high-stakes face-off between two super pony cars. But considering the fact that Ford is still fine-tuning the 2013 Shelby GT500 and all of its 650 horsepower, they sent in the next best thing to combat Chevy’s range-topping Camaro: the Boss 302 Leguna Seca.
Now, trolls on YouTube are crying foul about the obvious power mismatch between the two when looking at the ZL1’s 580 horsepower to the Boss’ 444 horsepower. But if they understood simple math, they would take notice that the power-to-weight ratio between the two machines is closer than it seems. With the track-ready Ford producing .12 hp/lb to the supercharged Chevy’s .14 hp/lb, the Boss finishes just 2.45 seconds behind the ZL1 around Inde Motorsports Ranch. The Chevy’s victory has to do with more than just the power of power, but the sophistication of Magnetic Ride Control and independent rear suspension.
Will it be enough to keep the 650-horsepower Shelby at bay? We can’t wait to find out. Kudos to Motor Trend for another awesome video.