“Trans Am” is often associated with Pontiac, but it stems from a long-running race series. To this day, Trans Am thrives and one standout is Todd Napieralski, who runs his Camaro SS race car in the series.
Part of his success surrounds Camaro ZL1 1LE “concept parts,” though many of said parts were implemented in the production 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Now, Chevy brought Napieralski’s Camaro SS Trans Am TA4 racer to the 2017 SEMA show to highlight the ZL1 1LE parts available for Camaro SS owners to purchase.
The ZL1 1LE-Spec Multimatic DSSV Lowering and Handling Suspension Upgrade System is one of the upgrades, which reduces the car’s ride height and offers a 22 percent decrease in roll gradient, as well as a 245 percent increase in front spring stiffness. The front ride height is also adjustable for corner weighting and track use, with the ability to quickly switch from street to track camber settings.
Secondly, the ZL1 1LE-Spec Suspension Upgrade System offers racers front ride links, front handling links, rear upper and lower trailing links and rear knuckles, as well as stiffer bushings and ball joints to reduce suspension flex. With the system, the lower trailering links are 71 percent stiffer and the rear link inner bushings are 58 percent stiffer.
Additionally, Chevrolet offers ZL1-spec rear cradle mounts and the Camaro ZL1’s rear spoiler. The parts are excellent, no doubt, and it’s the closest connection we’ll likely see to a new Trans Am.