Al Oppenheiser deserves the lion's share of the praise for the Camaro ZL1
. The chief engineer behind the project recently is featured in a video that shows off the underside of the ZL1 and the innovative features that make it such an amazing machine. We have included the video but for those of us who like to read, we are also walking you through these awesome features from the back of the car, to the front.
The exhaust system on the ZL1 is uses an induction-vacuum to actuate the valves that give the exhaust system its operatic sound. As one would expect in a high-performance exhaust system, there are no bends between the catalytic converter and the exhaust tips. This makes the air flow through the pipes faster.
The rear-wheels are coupled to the differential by half-shafts that were developed specifically for the ZL1. Two engineers on the ZL1 were tasked with making the half-shafts fail so they could be improved. The half-shafts never failed.
Every ZL1 rolls of the line with a cooler for the rear-differential. On a Shelby Mustang
you have to pay more than $4,000 over the base price, and more than $2,000 over the ZL1 price to get the SVT track package that features a differential cooler. The ZL1 is as such better value. The cooler does its job too, as it drops the temperature of the diff oil by 100 degrees.
The fuel tank of the ZL1 has multiple pickup points that were laid out based on where gasoline sloshes to on track. If your fuel light comes on, you better head for the pits right away!
Up front the ZL1 is reshaped to improve its aerodynamics. The upper and lower grilles work with the hood extractor to increase downforce. The brake cooling ducts have been revised for that same purpose and a bellypan has been added to smooth the air that is flowing under the car.
All for less than the price of a simmilarly equipped Shelby Mustang.
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[Source: GM Authority