It didn’t take long for noted GM tuner Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) to extract more juice from the stock version of the mighty Camaro ZL1. And as we reported last week, in addition to more power, the guys at LPE -- with Hot Rod magazine’s David Freiburger at the wheel -- took the tuned ZL1 past the magical 200-mph mark (202.67 mph) at the Continental Tires Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. Now we have the full video direct from the cockpit on how Freiburger and the Lingenfelter crew got to that top speed, and how close they came to not getting there at all.
In order to create the power necessary to achieve 200-plus mph, LPE boosted the blown Camaro ZL1 from 580 crank horsepower to 720 wheel horsepower with CNC-ported cylinder heads, new camshaft, ported supercharger cover, new supercharger pulleys (15 psi), cold-air intake, larger fuel injectors, fuel pump voltage booster, and an engine management tune.
Back in early-April, this same car was the first ZL1 to run a 10-second quarter-mile when it posted a 10.79 second elapsed time with a 124.36 mph trap speed at Muncie Dragway in Indiana on drag wheels and tires. At the end of last month Freiburger met the crew from Lingenfelter at Continental’s 8.5-mile proving grounds on Continental Extreme Contact tires wrapped around the ZL1’s stock wheels on a quest to be the first to run 200 mph in a Camaro ZL1.
The 200 mph run was far from a jump-in-and-go affair. Freiburger and the Lingenfelter crew had several challenges trying to hit the double century mark in the tuned Camaro ZL1. Check out the video below to see the obstacles that almost prevented them from setting the second milestone for the Camaro ZL1, straight from the cockpit!
With Ford making claims that its 2013 Shelby GT500 with 662 hp is capable of 200 mph without tuning, we’ll be interested to see how this brewing Ford vs. Chevy top-speed Pony Car battle plays out.