Livernois Motorsports isn’t a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but with its program for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 , they just might as well be.
See, the American tuner didn’t see anything wrong with the ZL1, except that 580 horsepower just wasn’t cutting it. So it created a program for the muscle car, flipping those first two digits and creating a car that produced a staggering 850 horsepower at the crank – 707 horsepower at the rear wheels – with a 1/4-mile time of just 9.87 seconds while hitting a top speed of 142 mph.
So how’d they do it? By building a comprehensive performance program.
The highlights of he program are the company’s very own components list, which includes CNC LSA cylinder heads, Stage-2C high-lift cam shafts, LSA head studs, an exclusive heat exchanger, and a solid supercharger coupler. From there, Livernois Motorsports also installed a new supercharger pulley, an exclusive steel idler relocation bracket with Metco pulleys, spec’d injectors, and a dual fuel pump upgrade.
On top of all that, Livernois also took various parts and components from other brands to complete the program. That’s hardly surprising, as commissioning parts from other suppliers is a common practice in the industry. In the case of the program for the ZL1, Livernois added an oversized crank pulley ring from Metco, an oversized balancer from Innovators West, a cold air intake from Rotofab, spark plugs from NGK, and long tube headers and a connection pipe from Stainless Works.
Inside, the upgrades continue with the addition of custom leather seats, a five-point racing harness, an RPM roll cage, a Scorsche kit, a Kenwood navigation system, an in-car video surveillance system, innovated boost and A/F gauges, and a 2,500-watt MTX audio system.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Livernois Motorsports 2012 Camaro ZL1 – First in the 9′s!
- Delivered by Rodger’s Chevrolet 4-27-12, ran in the 9′s 5-11-12
- 2012 ZL1 Auto trans – Full weight with exception of wheels/tires
- 100% stock suspension
- Stock trans w/ Livernois specific trans calibration
- Stock catback
- 4,295 lbs. with driver
- Livernois Motorsports In-House CNC LSA Cylinder Heads
- Livernois Motorsports Stage 2C High Lift Camshaft
- Livernois Motorsports LSA Head Studs
- Livernois Motorsports Exclusive Heat Exchanger
- Livernois Motorsports Solid Supercharger Coupler
- Livernois Motorsports Supercharger Pulley
- Livernois Motorsports Exclusive Steel Idler Relocation Bracket w/ Metco Pulleys
- Livernois Motorsports Spec’d Injectors
- Livernois Motorsports Dual Fuel Pump Upgrade
- Precision Industries Converter Built to Livernois Specs
- Metco Oversize Crank Pulley Ring
- Innovators West Oversize Balancer
- Rotofab/Livernois Cold Air Intake
- Stainless Works Longtube Headers & Connection Pipe
- Hardened Pushrods
- NGK TR6 Spark Plugs
- 160 Degree T-Stat
- GM 90mm Throttle Body
- Bogart 17” Wheels w/ Slicks & Skinnies
- Livernois Motorsports Dyno Tune
Dyno Results Stock:
476 RWHP / 476 RWTQ
The best pass 100% stock with 110 miles on the odometer was 12.41 @ 115.9 mph. It was traction limited and the track was extremely busy, so I didn’t get a good feel for the car and how to launch it.
Dyno Results Modified:
707 RWHP / 680 RWTQ (Roughly 850 crank HP)
Note: Our tuner Dan Millen was at the track with me all day logging each pass and getting more and more aggressive after each pass, so I’m sure the power was quite a bit higher than what we saw on the dyno.
The first pass off the trailer, the car went 10.14 @ 138 MPH. Many of my launches were from just above idle and it was like a bracket car with several 10.0X-10.1X passes @ 138-141 MPH, and FINALLY on the last pass 9.87 @ 142 MPH!! Dan got pretty aggressive with the tune and told me to leave as hard as I could off the converter. We WERE going 9’s on this pass! I did the burnout, staged, then focused… not worrying about my reaction time (it was horrible as you can see), put it on the converter until it felt like it was going to roll forward and let it rip. I knew at the end of the track it was a good pass when I saw 145 mph on the heads up display.
We are also currently working with PSI Superchargers to improve the factory blower. Dan runs a PSI screw blower on his 3-Second 200+ MPH 1/8 mile race car.
Huge Thanks to:
GM for building an awesome car, Rodger’s Chevrolet, Milan Dragway for the great track, Innovators West, Metco, Mickey Thompson Tires, Precision Industries, Rotofab, Stainless Works… and the technicians at Livernois Motorsports!!!!!!