Chevrolet to run Camaro ZL1 1LE in NASCAR Cup Series

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Chevrolet has revealed plans to switch to the Camaro ZL1 1LE in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, replacing the Camaro ZL1. Based on the fastest production Camaro ever, the ZL1 1LE will make its competition debut in February.

“The ZL1 1LE is the highest performer within the Camaro production-car lineup,” said Jim Campbell, US vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “We took lessons from the production car and applied them to the new 2020 Cup car.”

Chevrolet engineers optimized aerodynamic performance of the Camaro through computational fluid dynamics (CFD), simulation, and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing.

The current production Camaro ZL1 1LE – equipped with lighter wheels and dampers, thinner rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat – is 22kg lighter than a standard ZL1 Coupe and is powered by a 650hp, supercharged LT4 engine.

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