Chevrolet unveiled the car it will campaign in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Thursday. Chevy will race the Camaro ZL1 in the series and will join the Camaro SS, which has been Chevrolet’s entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2013.
“The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson who debuted the car to the crowd at the Renaissance Center. “And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”
The ZL1 name was originally bestowed in the 1960s on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that became a dominating force in road racing. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The cars became instant legends on the street and dragstrip.
More than 40 years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the ultimate performance Camaro, developed to offer track-capable performance straight off the showroom floor. 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.
The Camaro replaces the Chevy SS which is being phased out of production.
Written by: Greg Engle, CupScene.com Editor, August 10, 2017