Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joined Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM product development, to introduce the new race auto at the GM's Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit.
With the next season of NASCAR comes the arrival of its NASCAR Camaro ZL1. "We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series".
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Cup auto will make its race debut during the 2018 Daytona Speedweeks in February. Although some might feel the auto isn't a great fit for NASCAR's premier series, GM's vice president of global product development Mark Reuss backed the move, saying "Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track".
"The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race auto with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans", said Johnson. The look is certainly different than that of the Camaro ZL1 street auto, but the idea was to maintain as much of that character as possible.
Chevy's best engineers had to go to work to optimize the ZL1's aero dynamic performance while keeping the distinct Camaro look.
In a release from the manufacturer Johnson said, "The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race vehicle with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans and as someone who enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I'm really looking forward to getting this new race auto on the track".
For just $37,900, you could take home a 455-horsepower (339-kilowatt) Camaro SS, good for a 0-60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint of just 4.1 seconds, and a top speed of around 165 mph (265 kmh).
The ZL1 was originally an all aluminum racing engine in the 1960's. In 1969, a few dealers used Chevy's special-order system to get the engine installed in 69 Camaros.
More than 40 years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the ultimate performance Camaro, developed to offer track-capable performance straight off the showroom floor. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 has a 650-horsepower supercharged engine.
Due to race in 2018, the auto revealed at the media event wore a number 8 livery, the same number company founder Louis Chevrolet was once known for.