Many of those who doubt the capabilities of the Camaro Z/28 claim the car is not well engineered, but rather owes its performance gains to its sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires. There is no doubt those near-slicks contribute to the car’s performance, but is that really what makes the Z/28 so fast? Motor Trend was curious too and rather than arguing on the internet about it, they put the theory to the test.
It just so happened that MT had both a 2014 Camaro 1LE and a Camaro Z/28 on hand for two separate tests. Figuring out how much of a difference the Pirelli Trofeo R tires make on the 5th generation Camaro was simple: swap the wheels and tires from the 1LE to the Z/28 and vice versa. Then run the cars down the drag strip, on the skid pad and on the figure eight and record the results. Continue reading What Happens When You Put The Tires From A Camaro Z/28 On A 1LE?
By 1969 NHRA Super Stock drag racing was as big as it had ever been, with the factories battling every weekend across the country to win new fans, and buyers, to their respective brands. So it was only natural that Chevrolet’s determined Product Promotions Manager Vince Piggins and two of his drag racing stalwarts should pool their talents and imaginations to come up with one of the wildest and most famous Super Stockers of all time, the Fred Gibb-Dick Harrell 1969 ZL1 Camaro. Continue reading First ZL1 Camaro Ever Built Sells For $400,000