And another 1LE is in the works

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is not your average pony car. It rolls off the showroom floor with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 making 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque sent through massive 325/30-series rear tires specially built from Goodyear, and has carbon fiber aerodynamic body panels that provide 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. What’s more, Chevy is only building 750 examples a year. Still, that’s not enough for some folks. Enter: Redline Motorsports. This south Florida-based tuner just tweaked the ZL1 1LE to make 1,000 horsepower.

Redline Motorsports has been working with GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 since it debuted in the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, so getting big numbers from this block is old-hat. Dubbed Redline’s Phase 4 package, the tuner completely removed the LT4 from the Camaro for disassembly. A 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger replaces the stock 1.7-liter roots-style blower, while large-diameter long tube headers and a full three-inch exhaust system dump air out the back. A custom camshaft bumps an all-new valvetrain system with dual valve springs and roller rockers matched with titanium retainers, locks, and keepers. Even the exhaust valves are new, getting swapped with “extreme duty” components from Manley. New head bolts and upgraded gaskets keep the all-aluminum V-8 from exploding like a two-liter of Diet Coke filled with Mentos. Redline finishes off the build with a methanol injection system.

The results speak for themselves: a dyno run shows 875.7 horsepower and 888.3 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. Do the math on the parasitic drivetrain loses, and that equates to 1,000 horsepower at the flywheel.

Howard Tanner, CEO and head engine calibrator at Redline tells TopSpeed he and his team will be finalizing this Camaro ZL1 1LE at the drag strip. “We’re expecting the car to run in the high 9s at 142 mph. Of course, the ZL1 1LE is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, so nailing the launch will be critical.” Tanner also has a second ZL1 1LE in the works, with its owner set on standing-mile glory.

What do you think of this 1,000-horsepower Camaro ZL1 1LE? Let us know in the comments below.


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Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read More
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