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Old 06-24-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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Camaro ZL1 Prototype and Team Chevy @ Milford Proving grounds! Burnout Video!

http://www.facesofgm.com/2011/06/24/...rt-and-caring/
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:44 PM   #2
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Camaro ZL1 Prototype and Team Chevy @ Milford Proving grounds!

VIDEO AT http://www.facesofgm.com/2011/06/24/...rt-and-caring/


No real big news but cool none the less!

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NASCAR Team Chevrolet driver Ryan Newman, who has an Engineering degree from Purdue University, toured the engineering and vehicle development areas of the GM Milford Proving Ground June 17 in Milford, Michigan. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver spent the afternoon talking to engineers and test-driving a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 development vehicle.

Newman is in Michigan this weekend where he will be trying to win his third NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Newman will join 42 others drivers Sunday when he takes the green flag in his U.S. Army/Bud Moore Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.

Newman the engineer, however, sounded a lot more like Newman, the driver, when he talked about his experience at the GM proving ground.

"It was pretty neat from a technical standpoint to see where GM is at their proving grounds,” Newman said. “Number one – their proving grounds in Milford was amazing. The size of it and the mileage of testing tracks and courses and surfaces that they have working on ride control and stability and braking and things like that was pretty amazing. Then to get to drive the Camaro – the super-charged Camaro was pretty wild out on their skid pad.”

“They’ve got a 67-acre skid pad and half of it has been repaved,” Newman continued. “We got to work on the grippy half so talking about the race track, I guess it’s kind of similar. We got to race on the new Michigan yesterday at the skid pad and the old Michigan was getting repaved. The way they work with their computers and the technology aspect of it to work on their stability control and they’re antilock braking and things like that. I was driving a Camaro and the engineer had a computer in the right side and he could manipulate the car and work on the traction control and things like that. It’s pretty neat to see their facilities for the first time and understand that they’re a big part of what has been very successful in the NASCAR Chevrolet program."

Continue reading on Examiner.com Ryan Newman Talks Shop With GM Engineers at Michigan proving ground - National Stewart-Haas Racing | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/stewart-haas...#ixzz1QFJxjdpC



"NASCAR Team Chevy driver Jeff Gordon test drives a Chevy Camaro ZL1 developmen...t vehicle during a tour of the General Motors Milford Proving Ground Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Milford, Michigan










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Old 06-24-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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...poor guy, gets to kiss pretty girls after winning races and drive the ZL1 at the proving grounds....sheeesh...
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:27 PM   #4
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...poor guy, gets to kiss pretty girls after winning races and drive the ZL1 at the proving grounds....sheeesh...

Rough life huh?
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
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...poor guy, gets to kiss pretty girls after winning races and drive the ZL1 at the proving grounds....sheeesh...

Yeah, but what takes the edge off is that most of us that drive a ZL1 will at least get to kiss pretty girls.

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Old 06-25-2011, 07:53 AM   #6
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I saw this link last night and it said there was a video at the bottom of the page but I couldn't find one.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:21 AM   #7
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:01 AM   #8
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I just found the video and the it shows the under carriage of the ZL1 prototype test car up on the rack, you will also see the ZL1 do a burn out at the end. Enjoy!

http://www.facesofgm.com/2011/06/24/...rt-and-caring/
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:30 AM   #9
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Thanks for the link to the video! I don't think that was the ZL1 in the video. The side looked like it had the Indy 500 logo. Is it the Indy 500 pace car?

Now the pictures posted above at the end of the OP's post could be the ZL1.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:47 PM   #10
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I bet if Newman's career as a racecar driver didn't work out, he'd be perfect as a vehicle test engineer
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Thanks for the link to the video! I don't think that was the ZL1 in the video. The side looked like it had the Indy 500 logo. Is it the Indy 500 pace car?

Now the pictures posted above at the end of the OP's post could be the ZL1.
More than likely its a SS that received updated parts from the ZL1 for drivetrain testing.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:32 PM   #12
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Since the ZL1 has been unveiled, why the need to still have it camouflaged ?
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:57 PM   #13
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I am thinking that car on the lift was a iteration of what is to be the ZL1, but not the final product..... if you freeze the video, you can see the dual tip exhaust, and also you can see the new farther position of the rear sway bar coming through the lower control arm......

As far as camo..... I will all but guarantee we have NOT seen the REAL ZL1...... not to mention, it could be another "Z" being tested
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Maybe its just a SS "body" with updated undercarriage???? The Camo was just to make people think they were seeing a actual ZL1. Its all about perception at a press event!
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Noticed the one on the rack was an A6...
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #16
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Since the ZL1 has been unveiled, why the need to still have it camouflaged ?
Could have been camo'd before the unveil.

No real reason to spend the time to take it off...and if a new development model is camo'd...I'm sure it has to do with some internal regulations regarding test-models.

I remember back with Bob Lutz had to give an executive directive to take off the camouflage from the 5thgen IVERs......a lot of "Omg"s goin' around...
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SWEET thread and thanks for the video, too
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The Camaro will be back in NHRA pro stock 2012, and hope NASCAR will follow through by 2013
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #19
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An ABM ZL-1.......Sign me the frig up!!!!!
How do I get THAT car..
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Anybody wonder if this is a new Blue. Doesn't seem as dark as my IBM. We've all heard that IBM was gone for 2012.
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More than likely it is just a older CTF or mule ABM car

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Old 07-08-2011, 12:56 PM   #22
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Anybody wonder if this is a new Blue. Doesn't seem as dark as my IBM. We've all heard that IBM was gone for 2012.
looks more like the limited edition Aqua Blue Metallic (ABM) to me, would be cool to see that come back, especially on the ZL1
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I posted this 3 weeks ago.....
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Anyone notice the car he is standing next to looks like ABM or some kinda green.
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Check out the proving grounds on Google satellite view... looks like a whole lot of fun. Check out the far left side of the grounds.... a really thin track with ~2.5 mile straights...

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&gl=u...,0.222988&z=13
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