Earlier this month, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE became the quickest production Chevrolet to have ever lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife after it set an insanely quick 7:16.04 lap time. For some reference, that’s only three seconds off the (unofficial) C7 Corvette Z06 lap time.
New video has lead Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser and Camaro performance driver Bill Wise explaining how the incredibly quick lap time was achieved. Ultimately, it’s the car’s added aerodynamics that really allows the car to shine. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE boast dive planes, an all-new front splitter and a massive, carbon-fiber rear wing. The wing alone provides 300 pounds of downforce at maximum speed.
Additionally, the DSSV dampers bump up the cornering capabilities in the ZL1 1LE and a set of massive, sticky tires keep the car planted. Having 65o horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque on tap helps, too. You could say this lap time was a giant labor of love by the Camaro team. Grab all of the insight into the lap time in the video right up above.