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Chevrolet introduces Camaro ZL1 for 2018 NASCAR Cup Series

Chevrolet introduces Camaro ZL1 for 2018 NASCAR Cup Series

The bow-tie brigade is gearing up for the 2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series. However, it is not the lone Camaro in NASCAR's top three series. 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. Flared wheel arches, slick Goodyear tires and additional aero kit complete the pacakge for the ZL1 Cup Car.

Computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing were among the tools used to make this transition happen.

"We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series".

Chevy's new race vehicle will make its competition debut on February 2018 during Daytona Speedweeks, which will also kick off the 2018 Nascar season. The Camaro SS has been Chevy's entry in the second-rung Xfinity Series since 2013, and it also ran in the Grand American Series back in 1968-1971, against the other pony cars of the day, like the Ford Mustang and AMC Javelin.

NASCAR fan's everywhere are sure to be looking forward to seeing it hit the track next February in Daytona.

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The ZL1 was originally an all aluminum racing engine in the 1960's.

The auto was unveiled at Chevrolet's corporate headquarters in Detriot, with reigning NASCAR Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson on hand at the reveal alongside Chevrolet's executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, Reuss. Over 40 years after the ZL1 returns to the sales floor with track ready performance. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 650-horsepower supercharged engine featuring a similar 90-degree V-8 configuration as the Cup racing engines.

Chevy in 2013 replaced the Impala with the Camaro in the then-Nationwide Series, so the car's arrival in Cup - and subsequent ditching of the Chevy SS - shouldn't be a huge surprise.

The Chevy Camaro has only two Cup Series victories to its credit, both by Tiny Lund in 1971.

Joining Chevrolet today for the Camaro ZL1 race car's debut were representatives from Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Germain Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and Leavine Family Racing.


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