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The Price Is Just $350

Camaro ZL1

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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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