Back in 2017 Chevrolet showed off an updated version of the Camaro ZL1 Drag Race Development Vehicle during the SEMA Show of that year. With it came several “concept” upgrades to help push the Zl1 to a 10-second estimated quarter mile time, including pushing the LT4 engine beyond 700 horsepower. There was also a software upgrade to the control module of the electronic limited slip differential that was specifically calibrated for drag racing. And now, good news, the eLSD upgrade is now available for sale, at a fixed price of $350 USD.
The performance calibration will work for 2017-2019 Camaro ZL1 models in America, and 2019 ZL1 models in Canada.
According to the announcement, the (eLSD) Drag Race Calibration has been developed for the Camaro ZL1 to enable more consistent burnout performance for improved drag strip launches. The calibration doubles the differential coupling torque during burnout and drag launch scenarios by increasing the pressure applied to the clutch pack in order to prevent relative slip between the clutch plates. As a result, burnouts warm both tires evenly, aiding in a straight launch down the strip. Updating the eLSD maintains the warranty on the car, as well.
The updated calibration is only enabled when traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) are fully off. Drivers can turn off traction control and ESC by pressing and holding the traction control button for five seconds. Then let the bald eagles rip.
Other drag racing modification are also available for the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, including a rear small brake package and solid rear cradle mounts. WELD drag racing wheels are also available from the Chevrolet Performance catalog, measuring 16×10 inches for the rears and 18×6 for the skinnies up front. A ZL1-sped heavy duty propshaft capable of handling 4,000 pounds of torque, along with heavy duty half shafts capable of handling 5,000 pounds of torque, are also available from Chevrolet, as well.
It’s no Dodge Demon, but it’s nice to see that Chevrolet answering to the demands of drag racing enthusiasts with the Camaro.