A few years back, we reported that Chevrolet has partnered with the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (in the United Arab Emirates) to create something called the Camaro Experience, a series of events that allow attendees to get behind the wheel, or be the passenger, of a Camaro SS with one of the track’s expert instructors on board. The event has proven so successful, that the ultra-high-performance Camaro ZL1 has just been added to the lineup of Camaros at Yas Marina.
The event now offers two activities, the Chevrolet Drag Racing program or the Chevrolet Drift Taxi program. The Drag Racing program allows attendees to either ride or drive in a brand new Camaro ZL1, which can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds. Professional driving instructors remain in the car for safety reasons.
The Drift Taxi program, meanwhile, is for those seeking a little more of a thrill, the event also offers the Chevrolet Drift Taxi program. In this event, attendees sit in the passenger seat while a professional drift instructor laps the track sideways in a way only a Camaro ZL1 can.
“It gives us great pleasure to hand over the keys of six brand new 2019 Camaros to the Yas Marina Circuit,” said Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East. “The Camaro has been an icon of American performance engineering for decades and we are very excited to give participants the chance to experience the thrill of driving one at the track.”
In an effort to ensure optimal safety at the track, all participants are given a safety briefing as well as a rundown of the track’s regulations. All attendees also spend time testing their reaction times in a reaction simulator before getting in the cars and are given a quick tutorial on how to control the cars through staging, braking zones, and the finish line.
The 2019 Camaro SS is powered by GM’s naturally aspirated 6.2L LT1 V8 rated at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 pound-feet (614 N-m) of torque while the Camaro ZL1 is powered by GM’s supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 rated at 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 pound-feet of torque (881 N-m).