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2018 Chevrolet Monster Energy Series Race Car Unveiled



Thursday Chevrolet unveiled its 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race car at Chevy’s Detroit Headquarters. Starting at Daytona Speedweeks in 2018 NASCAR’s Chevy teams will bring a Camaro ZL1 to the track. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, was joined by Jimmie Johnson to reveal the new car. However, not only Johnson was there. Representatives from all NASCAR teams who run with Chevrolet were there for the unveiling.

In a release from the manufacturer Johnson said, “The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car 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 car on the track.”

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will replace the Chevy SS which has been in competition since 2013. In the time span, the Chevy SS has been to victory lane 70 times. However, it is not the lone Camaro in NASCAR’s top three series. Since 2013 the Camaro SS has run in the Xfinity Series.

Chevy’s best engineers had to go to work to optimize the ZL1’s aero dynamic performance while keeping the distinct Camaro look. Computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing were among the tools used to make this transition happen.

Jim Campbell, vice president, Performance Vehicles, and Motorsports said, “Racers have long relied on Camaro to win races and championships in amateur and professional sports car and drag racing, as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. We look forward to racing the Camaro ZL1 in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

The ZL1 was originally an all aluminum racing engine in the 1960’s. Over 40 years after the ZL1 returns to the sales floor with track ready performance. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 has a 650-horsepower supercharged engine. The engine features a similar V-8 configuration to current Cup Series Engines.

NASCAR fan’s everywhere are sure to be looking forward to seeing it hit the track next February in Daytona.