Camaro ZL1 1LE Runs as Much Front Camber as a Formula 1 Car

In case you weren’t aware, the crazy people at Chevrolet Performance have built a bonafide race car…

The story is well known, 6.2-liter LT4, carbon fiber aero elements, light weighting, more rubber, and a trick yet slick suspension system have turned the ultimate Camaro into the fastest car GM has ever produced.

GM’s Alpha platform is inherently athletic, possibly more so than any other chassis in the league–barring carbon monocoques and high-end space frames–but in order to up the car’s mechanical grip and send its lateral capabilities into the stratosphere GM tapped a vein that knows a thing or two about suspensions.

Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve Dampers once again make an appearance on the Camaro, just like the fifth-gen Camaro Z/28, the ZL1 1LE uses the same suspension technology that carried Sebastien Vettel to four consecutive Formula 1 Driver’s Championships, and according to shadowy sources, currently suspends at least half the F1 grid, IndyCar teams, all the Le Mans front runners, and several teams in lower formulas.

The beauty of Multimatic’s DSSV technology is the infinite number of dampening curves that are made available versus a conventional set of dampers. Multimatic’s set uses hollow sleeves aligned concentrically within each other which move through a buildup of internal pressure to expose apertures which then allows hydraulic oil to seep in and control compression and rebound dampening.

Multimatic even has a software it offers to clients which helps ride and handling engineers dial in their desired suspension characteristics–linear, progressive, or digressive behavior.

Chevy took that capability and paired with a set of inverted struts which gives the ZL1 1LE’s front wheels a racy looking negative camber with full adjustability.

According to Car & Driver, in order to change the camber you simply jack the car up one front corner at a time and pull an alignment pin in the wheel, turn three bolts and twist the top mount, return the pin, and boom. Instant race car.

In total, the ZL1 1LE’s front wheels can run as much as 3.7 degrees of negative camber, which is almost exactly what a modern day Formula 1 car will run. Chevy recommends only 2.7 degrees for track use, probably to curb excessive wear on the specially made Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R rubbers.

Moving towards the back, the 1LE’s rear anti-roll bar is three-way adjustable which works with the giant rear wing to help get the front and the rear suspension operating in the same sweet spot.

How much track time these beasts eventually get will be up to their owners, but Chevy has certainly given them the tools to tune their cars behavior to their home tracks…

 

 

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