Testing a new car is always a grueling process. General Motors decided to ratchet things up a notch for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, putting the car through an even more demanding test schedule than normal. Out on the Milford proving grounds, engineers pushed the Camaro ZL1 around the track for four hours per day over the course of six days.

These test sessions were divided into 40-minute segments, of which there were 36 sessions in total. That is a lot of track time for a new car, especially on a track that pushes vehicles to their limits. This is 24 hours of track work to see if and where something might go wrong. Click the jump to get some insight into into the testing procedures and for some fun footage of a ZL1 driven in anger.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 73 Comments
      ASR
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is to be the end of high-performance motoring before we are dumbed down to cars that will run on sawdust and farts, it will be a glorious end. Regardless of what you feel about the relative merits of this Camaro, or any other hi-po machine, it is a great time to be alive.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ASR
        Yeah, exactly. All these clueless sky-is-falling types need either to STFU or simply go away because as cars becomes more safe, cleaner and more fuel efficient, they are also getting better in terms of quality, reliability, acceleration, handling and braking.
      AJ Harnak
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very appealing, especially if it comes in significantly cheaper than the CTS-V. GM really seems to be on the upswing.
      Solider 95B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a nice car. Love the exhaust, love the wheels, just love everything about that car.
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounded like they beat the car over a 24hr enduro. Now that is really impressive. Still, 40 min beatdowns on the track is still pretty damn hard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Clipper44
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm a Mustang guy, but 24 hours of being flogged on a track is nothing? Idiot.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        They "simulated" that time on a dyno. They only ran it on a dyno for a few hours. This is completely different. As normal, you're an idiot.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        government motors. wow how original
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'll take that Camaro ZL1 and wipe the smile off your BMW M3 face.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Law
          Don't throw BMW in with this idiot, he knows nothing about any decent car, regardless of the brand. He probably drives a Geo Metro.
        • 3 Years Ago
        [blocked]
        • 3 Years Ago
        [blocked]
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a tacky looking car that I would be embarrassed to be seen in. I think there's only room for one car of this sort, and that's the Mustang.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Think again!! Considering that the Camaro outsold the Mustang not too long ago, it's obvious you are in the minority. Don't hate anyone for wanting more than an Aveo, or any of GM's rebadged CUVs.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        I'll bet if GM offered you one for free, you would say " HELL NO", and pedal off on your bicycle as fast as your little legs could carry you......
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Renaurd
          citidriver, Judging by your name, it is obvious the type of vehicle you are interested in which is not the market these pony cars are marketed at. Different vehicles to meet different market demands? Who woulda' thunk it? If I were you, I would stick to commenting on Smart-For-Twos, Minis, and Prii as I am sure they are better suited to meet your needs, and let those of us enjoy our Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers.
          citidriver
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Renaurd
          So true Peter, tacky is the perfect word, but that is what GM is really good at. It could have 1000hp or whatever, it's still ugly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        [blocked]
        jbm0866
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        I would add the Dodge Challenger to the list..the best looking retro muscle car there is imo. If Dodge could find a way to shed about 400lbs off the beast and put in a decent interior...I think it could be the best of the 3.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jbm0866
          [blocked]
      Mdriftda
      • 3 Years Ago
      has it started rattling yet? Probably not because your testing consists of driving it hard on perfect pavement surfaces...
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mdriftda
        Exactly, the true test is on the street. Come back in three years and let me know.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      American muscle vs. imports = American Win..... GT500 vs ZL1 aka I have to use parts off other cars to make fast = GT500 win!! Really, as long as it goes fast I down with it, just the camaro styling kills me! Too Euro. Wish it had that 60's look, but modernized!
        Christopher Meyer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        How is the 5th-gen Camaro Euro?? It's everything European styling is not...The engineering of the car is impressive, but the styling, interior, and sheer bulk of the thing kill it for me; I wouldn't be caught dead in one. I'd much rather have a lightly used C6 Z06 for the money this will cost.
        Kevin Bowman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        ok the gt 500 has the old 5.4 out of a truck and the rear suspension from cars used 30 years ago, and the mustang design is worse than the maro, all mustangs look the same from 25 yards away
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would have been way more badass if it had been 24 continuous hours of testing. This just gets a 'meh' from me.
        Brad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I agree, this isnt really anything special....
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        You both miss the point. What's the use of explaining it to you anyway, you've already decided.
        mark and connie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Until you realize that going from cold to hot to cold and then start over is way harder on a motor than to keeping it running constantly. That's why you see any car that has been well maintained with high highway mileage run better than a low mileage car that was driven less than 10 miles to work and back daily during the course of its life. The high milage car gets up to running temperature, all the condensation is blown out,( ever notice the water running out of an exaust pipe when the car first starts?), the gaskets and seals get lubed, the car burns off the excess carbon that would build up in a car that does not get upto running temperature, transmission gets warmed up, on and on and on, you get my point? Iv'e been to Milford, it's way more than just twists turns and smooth pavement. You want pot holes? Milford has miles of washboard and gravel roads. You have to remember GM also tests the competition there and those cars and trucks are brutilized as well.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mark and connie
          First off, the last thing I need is someone trying to lecture me on the operation and wear od an engine and it's components. There's an immeasurable difference between a car cruising at a steady speed on a highway, and one being punished for 24 hours straight. So by your logic, a Toyota Corolla that gets driven o a 5 mile route 4 times a day sees more abuse than a car running the 24hr LeMans because that car doesn't stop, let it's engine cool down, etc, etc. How daft. It's a much more demanding feat for a car to withstand contiunous abuse than it is to be subjected to it for breif periods of time. Numerous automtive publication's track events have shown this by way of cars losing performance because of braking issues, heat soak, ECU tuning, oil issues, etc, etc. That's why those cars are given cool-down periods. Beause it's less strenuous than relentless testing. If you don't understand that, you don't understand anything, and there's no point continuing.
          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mark and connie
          By this logic, I should just keep my car running all the time, like when I'm at work and it's sitting in the parking lot. Those 24 hour endurance races are just so easy on cars...
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I don't know that many (if any) street cars could handle 24 hrs at full tilt. You should try it and let us know how that goes...
          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lemon
          That's why it would have been really badass if it was 24 hrs continuously...Because there aren't a lot of street cars that can handle it.
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The LSA is no joke.
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Eddie Dwyer
        An LS7 powered Z28 would have been sweeter, though.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          That's coming, but not until the next generation on the Alpha platform. It'll most likely be powered by the Corvette C7's new engine and compete with the Boss.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          @ Elmo I know, but I specifically wanted this body style w/ an LS7. So I could buy one. I do have high hopes for th 6th gen, though.
      v6sonoma
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep in mind the LSA is the same engine that has been in service in the CTS-V for quite some time. It has been tested to death there also. If anything they are spending their time testing the mag ride and handling on a real track. The car IS amazing. Like all cars it could always be improved but if you can't get over your own bias's to admit that then it's your loss.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @v6sonoma
        This is a modified version of the LSA. This one has 580hp compared to the 556hp in the CTS-V.
        Joe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @v6sonoma
        Actually the LSA has had it's share of failures in the CTS-V.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Joe
          [blocked]
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Joe
          Cite your sources...
      ME
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that is like 9 track days, impressive... My 90,000 mile 1993 911 has done more than that.
    • Load More Comments
    Advertisement
    2014 Jeep Cherokee
    MSRP: $22,995 - $30,095
    2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    MSRP: $51,800 - $103,200
    2014 Chevrolet Cruze
    MSRP: $17,520 - $24,985