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Everyman Driver: Chevrolet Performance Drag Development Program Adds Camaro ZL1

The Chevrolet Performance Camaro Drag Race Development Program takes another step forward with the addition of the Camaro ZL1, which has run a best 10.000-second quarter-mile ET at 137.78 mph during official testing, along with a 1.415-second 60-foot time.


Launched in the spring of 2016 with Camaro SS and announced at last year’s SEMA Show, the Drag Development program explores the capability of the sixth-generation Camaro on the drag strip through targeted performance, chassis and safety enhancements, including concept high-performance parts designed to improve launch and traction attributes. Building on lessons learned from the Camaro SS drag development program, the team is evaluating several “bolt-on” features and calibrations for the Camaro ZL1, with plans to continue testing in 2018 and evaluate a portfolio of products to be released through Chevrolet Performance.

For the Camaro ZL1 development vehicle, achieving the 10-second quarter-mile ET was driven by power-enhancing components that helped push its supercharged LT4 engine past the 700-horsepower threshold, while drag-focused calibrations for the electronic limited-slip differential and magnetic ride control systems helped the car launch more effectively. A rear small brake package and solid rear cradle mounts are among the additional components used in testing that are now available for sale.


  • LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual-mode exhaust system
  • Electronic limited-slip rear differential (eLSD)
  • 2.85 final drive ratio
  • Performance Traction Management
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Available Performance Data Recorder


  • Cold air intake system
  • Larger throttle body
  • Smaller-diameter supercharger pulley
  • 110-octane calibration
  • Magnetic ride control calibration
  • Transmission calibration
  • eLSD calibration
  • Racing tires
  • Racing driver’s seat with five-point harness
  • Roll cage


  • Solid cradle bushings (ZL1 1LE-spec), part number 84341929
  • Rear small brake system, part number 84396515


  • American Racing Headers long-tube headers, part number CAV8-16178300LSNC
  • WELD Racing 16 x 10-inch rear wheels, part number 88B-61058-GM

A complete list of Camaro SS Drag Development now available from Chevrolet Performance is available at

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Dave Erickson

Dave Erickson is a Multimedia Producer, 5x Ironman Triathlon Finisher, Freelance Reporter, Videographer, Podcaster and Host. Before Everyman Driver, Dave spent 15 years working as a TV News Anchor and Reporter with international assignments in Iraq, Haiti, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Dave graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Social Sciences.

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