Chevrolet Unveils 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car

"We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series", said Jim Campbell, vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports at Chevrolet. Speaking to Automotive News, Chevy product head Mark Reuss said yesterday that the automaker is considering a cheaper, stripped-out Camaro SS to better compete with the Mustang GT.

The bow-tie brigade is gearing up for the 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.

Moreover, Chevy claimed that their engineers used an array of tools and calculations like computational fluid dynamics and reduced scale and full-scale wind tunnel testing to optimize the car's aerodynamic performance. It is set to make its racing debut come February of next year and is based off the 650 PS supercharged production Camaro ZL1. Starting at Daytona Speedweeks in 2018 NASCAR's Chevy teams will bring a Camaro ZL1 to the track. Still, horsepower will be in the neighborhood of 850, depending on the track. Since 2013 the Camaro SS has run in the Xfinity Series. The street version of the Camaro uses a unibody structure.


Perhaps with this change, we will also see Ford switch to the Mustang. "We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we're just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers". In the time span, the Chevy SS has been to victory lane 70 times.

In addition to Johnson, joining Chevrolet officials for the Camaro ZL1 race car's debut were representatives from Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Germain Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Leavine Family Racing.

No word yet if Ford will follow Chevy's lead and promote the Mustang from the Xfinity to the Cup Series, where it now runs a Fusion alongside the Toyota Camry, which was redesigned this season to better match the "stock" showroom auto. Hendrick purchased VIN 001 at a Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $250,000, with all proceeds benefiting the United Way.

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