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Old 12-26-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Thumbs up ZL1 and 1LE Very Impressive Results at Car and Driver Annual Lighting Lap #7 @ VIR


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Car and Driver's Annual Lightning Lap edition is my favorite read of the year. I don't get the magazine but here were the results:

Track: Virginia International Raceway GW

- Cop Cars
Dodge Charger Pursuit - 3.17.8
Chevy Caprice PPV - 3.23.0

-LL1
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R - 3.13.9
Subaru BRZ - 3.18.6
Ford Focus St - 3.21.4
Fiat 500 Abarth - 3.27.3

-LL2
Chevy Camaro ZL1 - 2.57.5
Chevy Camaro SS 1LE - 3.01.5
BMW 335i sedan - 3.13.2

-LL3
Merc C63 BlackSeries - 2.58.0
Porsche 911 S - 2.58.9
Ford Shelby GT500 - 3.00.6
Porsche Boxster S - 3.04.2
Audi RS5 - 3.04.3
BMW M6 - 3.04.7
BMW M5 - 3.05.2
Audi S6 - 3.09.8

-LL4
Ferrari 458 - 2.49.9
Jaguar XKR-S - 3.02.1

-LL5
Lexus LFA - 2.55.1


The 1LE was faster than the Boss 302 Laguna Seca and the ZL1 beat the 2013 GT500 along with several very expensive exotics. These cars are incredible performance cars at a great price. Way to go GM!




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Old 12-26-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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ZL1 FTW
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:42 PM   #4
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The ZL1 didn't beat the GT500.....it ****ing destroyed it. OMG! Over 2.5 seconds! I didn't see the Boss 302 time, but the fact that the 1LE beat the LS version that wears R compound tires is damn impressive.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:59 PM   #5
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That's awesome. Great job gm. 1le was only 1.1 sec slower than a car with over 200 more hp. Jeez. I can't wait to get my zl1 style suspension installed.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:01 AM   #6
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The ZL1 didn't beat the GT500.....it ****ing destroyed it. OMG! Over 2.5 seconds! I didn't see the Boss 302 time, but the fact that the 1LE beat the LS version that wears R compound tires is damn impressive.

The 1LE recorded a 3:01.5 (2013) lap around VIR and the 2012 Lightning Lap competition recorded the Boss Laguna Seca edition at 3:02.8 on the same track. A 1.3 second faster lap time is a pretty big margin.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:02 AM   #7
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The 1LE recorded a 3:01.5 (2013) lap around VIR and the 2012 Lightning Lap competition recorded the Boss Laguna Seca edition at 3:02.8 on the same track. A 1.3 second faster lap time is a pretty big margin.
So did they not test the cars at the same time or are we comparing lap times from different years? Because even with the same cars, those guys' times vary year to year by quite a bit.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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So did they not test the cars at the same time or are we comparing lap times from different years? Because even with the same cars, those guys' times vary year to year by quite a bit.
The ZL1 and '13 GT 500 were apparently the same day, the 1LE and Boss comparison is different years (2012/2013) which could have an effect but thats how Car and Driver compares them over time. Their 2006-2012 records are on the link below, but the 2013 times have not been added.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...to-2012-page-8
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:09 AM   #9
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The ZL1 and '13 GT 500 were apparently the same day, the 1LE and Boss comparison is different years (2012/2013) which could have an effect but thats how Car and Driver compares them over time. Their 2006-2012 records are on the link below, but the 2013 times have not been added.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...to-2012-page-8
Yeah, I just thought they tested the LS against the 1LE in this issue. Either way, the two big dogs battled it out, and the ZL1 came out on top, and by quite a margin.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:35 AM   #10
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Go GM! This should give all the SVTperformance folks something to chat about.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:45 AM   #11
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Both the 1LE and ZL1 showed very well...
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:47 AM   #12
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:12 AM   #13
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:30 AM   #14
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Lighting Lap Updated

This should bring things into perspective..

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:38 AM   #15
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I read several of the comments about this, and it sounds like a few are quite butthurt over how both of the Camaros performed.

I am starting to see why some of the wigs at Chevrolet were not sweating the competition as much as some of us were.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:25 AM   #16
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Wow...I knew the 1LE was good...but only 0.9 seconds slower than the GT500?!

And as usual, a killer time put down by the ZL1

All-in-all, great job by GM and Team Camaro!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #18
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Maybe ford will drop their truck axle and get a real sports car suspension next go around.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #20
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I wonder what an SS would do?
Wow ZL1 is almost a super car !!!

I do NOT own a Hyundai , but good for them.
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I wonder what an SS would do?
Wow ZL1 is almost a super car !!!

I do NOT own a Hyundai , but good for them.
SS is already on there from last year. 3:09.5
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:55 AM   #22
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Yes! The 1LE beat an old Boss LS time by 1.3 seconds. Maybe the 1LE will finally grab some more well deserved attention. Very impressive time by the ZL1 as well. Still would like to see a same day track showdown between the Boss LS and the 1LE.
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Very impressive how the 1LE was only 0.9 behind the GT500. The Laguna Seca BOSS got beat out too and that thing is NOT cheap!
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Anyone else find it hilarious that a Car and Driver segment was posted to the Motor Trend forums?
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Very impressive how the 1LE was only 0.9 behind the GT500. The Laguna Seca BOSS got beat out too and that thing is NOT cheap!
The Boss ran last year like the SS which will no doubt be the excuse..

ZL1 and 13GT500 were same day..
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