The Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE has all the right stuff to dominate on the racetrack, but with just a few modifications, it can be transformed into a truly brutal machine. Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering provides a great example of this by way of its HPE850 Engine Upgrade, as demonstrated in the following brief video.
Clocking in at one minute, 26 seconds, the video gets straight to the point, showing off a Hennessey-tuned Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE as it romps around the Hennessey test track, turning gasoline into noise and speed.
The video opens with a few quick shots of the interior, followed by rolling shots of the high-powered Chevy Camaro as it goes flat out. The sound this thing makes is absolutely delicious, with the driver rowing through the gears and making some quick heel-toe action on the downshifts, blipping the throttle under deceleration.
Halfway through the video, we get to see Hennessey’s Chevy Camaro on the dyno, where it lays down 733 horsepower and 702 pound-feet of torque at the wheels.
To make those figures possible, Hennessey’s HPE850 Engine Upgrade (850 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque at the crank) comes with a few select bits and pieces for the Chevy Camaro ZL1’s supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine, including a new lower pulley, high-flow heads and heat exchanger, new valves, valve springs, lifters, and push rods, a high-flow intake, long-tube headers, high-flow cats, and a custom Hennessey camshaft.
With all those components installed, plus drag radials running on a prepped drag strip, Hennessey estimates the Chevy Camaro ZL1 will hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and storm through the quarter mile in 10.4 seconds at 135 mph. Top speed is rated at 210 mph when equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
That’s quick, no doubt about it. Of course, this Chevy Camaro makes all the right noises as well, so crank up the volume and hit play: