2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Laps Up Nurburgring Creds in 7:41.27 Seconds

By Joel Arellano | October 07, 2011
By now, you've probably watched your car enthusiast husband, wife, or significant other get all excited that the 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 has—gasp!—lapped the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes, never mind seven minutes and 41 seconds. Is it time to contact the local asylum? Before you dial, here's the deal. The Nurburgring is a racetrack located in Nurburg, Germany. It is considered one of the most demanding racetracks in the world, punishing cars and drivers alike with long stretches of open road followed suddenly by elevation changes and more than 150 twisting turns. Lapping the Nurburgring successfully and, for automakers and car enthusiasts, swiftly, is the mark of a genuine sports car. “The Nurburgring is unlike any track in the world,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said in a statement. “Each lap includes fast straights, sweeping off-camber turns, hairpin corners, and elevation changes. In order to do well on the ‘Ring, the car has to do everything well – including acceleration, braking, and lateral grip. Breaking an eight-minute lap in a 2+2 production car is a tremendous accomplishment, and validates that the Camaro ZL1 will truly be track-ready from the showroom.”
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 lapped Nurburgring recorded a time of 7:41.27 from dead stop to finish, besting the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro SS' time in the Nurburgring by nearly 40 seconds. The 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 used was an unmodified, production-intended model with "standard" equipment like a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and a host of features—magnetic ride suspension, performance track management system, Brembo brakes, high-performance fuel system—that you will need to ask your enthusiast friends to translate for you. And yes, we're still not sure how the ZL1 is street-legal, either. Anyway, here's a video of the (in)famous test when you need to distract your SO:

Source: General Motors/Chevrolet


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