Chevrolet knew they’d be alienating a certain kind of performance enthusiast when they went forward with plans to base the fifth-generation Camaro on Holden’s Zeta platform. Zeta’s independent rear suspension is better for day-to-day driving and improves handling, but an IRS setup is worse for drag racing than a solid rear axle is. The Camaro’s IRS hasn’t stopped the car from putting down some seriously impressive times in the 1320 though, like this 7-second record-breaking run that went down at the Holley LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
An IRS setup doesn’t result a huge disadvantage in drag racing, however a solid rear axle is more durable, cheaper and easier to fix and can provide more consistent launches. This American Racing Headers/Farks Supercars-sponsored 5th Gen makes do with its stock suspension just fine, though. The first qualifying run sees the car put down an impressive 8.113 second pass at 170.6 mph. It then follows it up with a solid 8.122 pass at 172.06 mph before posting the world record for an IRS Camaro, a 7.998 second pass at 173.29 mph. For a Camaro running a less-than-ideal setup, we’d say this car hooked up beautifully in all three of its runs.
Check out the video below and be sure to get familiar with this Camaro, we have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of it.