Chevrolet and NASCAR today unveiled their next gen Camaro ZL1 race car, set to compete during the 2022 season.
The next gen Camaro ZL1 race car is brand new from the ground up. It’s essentially a “spec car”. Every manufacturer that competes in NASCAR will use the same chassis. On the outside, however, the Camaro ZL1 is closer to a production Camaro than ever before.
What’s Different? – Next Gen Camaro ZL1 Race Car
New independent rear suspension
Rack and pinion steering
Wider & lower greenhouse to better replicate production vehicle
Wheel sizes are larger, up from 15 inches to 18 inches
Larger wheels are made from aluminum and can fit larger brakes
Integrated transaxle that combines transmission and rear gears into one unit
The bottom of the next gen Camaro ZL1 race car will be sealed and include an underwing and rear diffuser
Completely new chassis features front and rear bumpers that contain an “energy management” system
More parts are “bolt on” and can be exchanged quickly/easily for service and damage repair
“The Next Gen Camaro has a much stronger link to the production Camaro ZL1 in terms of styling integration, improved proportions and relevant technologies,” said Eric Warren, Chevrolet director of NASCAR Programs. “From an engineering standpoint, this is a seismic shift. It’s a completely new car that brings with it a lot of opportunity from a technical standpoint.”
When will the Next Gen Camaro ZL1 Race Car debut?
The next gen NASCAR race cars will make their series debut next year at the 2022 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20th, 2022.