When Lingenfelter Performance Engineering announced it had crossed the 200-mph mark in its tuned Camaro ZL1, the man guiding the wheel was Hot Rod editor-in-chief Dave Freiburger. We saw a short video of the run in the 702-horsepower – that's at the wheels – coupe, but in the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited, Freiburger offers the long-form backstory of what it took to get to 202.6 mph exactly.

Continental Tire's proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas aren't Italy's Nardo Ring (where the 2013 Shelby GT500 did 202 mph), and there was much more involved than keeping steady on the straights and hanging on the banks. Scroll down for the video.



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      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Wat
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      All these Ford Fanboys need to stop with the chirping of their mouths.... The GT500 cannot be taken seriously until they take that car to the "RING" PERIOD. GM... good job with ZL1.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        Apparently you missed the article the other day showing the GT500 running around the ring. I'm sure a time is forthcoming. But I agree, all that is in the end is a bragging right since you'll never have your car there, ever. You'll sound dumb at the track after losing in the 1/4 mile to a GT500 by saying "yea, but uh, my car is faster around a track in another country I can never challenge you on!" GM fanboys need to shut up, too.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        And what exactly does the Ring time prove again? Are you planning on going there with the car to race GT500's? The Ring time discussion is so played out.
      Phillip Herring
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only contest that really matters is in the sales room. Camaro is outselling Mustang by a good bit there. Also you can get a ZL-1 today, while the GT500 is just a brag by Ford. Revisit this issue when the GT500 is on sale and the world sees what the real performance is. Ford is widely known to exaggerate performance claims, see diesel trucks.
      Jerry--ZL1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes but, its Our opinion that's Better than yours =) LOL CAMARO FOREVER !!
      Phillip Herring
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also the Camaro is much better looking, the GT500 still looks cheap'
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phillip Herring
        Did you ever hear the saying, "Opinions are like ********, everybody has one". That fits here as well.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      720 hp to hit 202. GT500 laughs uncontrollably. ZL1 is a joke.
        benjammin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        In what world is a 580 hp car that costs less than 60k and, by all accounts, handles like it's on rails considered a joke? The only joke is this ridiculous post
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benjammin
          Oh because owning a Ford is such a hard thing to accomplish darkness? Gotcha.
          BYBY STI
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benjammin
          The joke is that Ford can sell 660 hp car that goes 202 MPH stock, costs less than 60k and GM can't.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benjammin
          What BYBY STI said. But I'll take a CTS-V over the ZL1 easy.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benjammin
          The Ford C@cksucking needs to stop im tired of it, 99% never have or never will own a Ford.
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      ZL1 is beast. Still waiting on that 'Ring time from Ford....
      humprnr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is dumb. Ford claims the GT500 does 200 stock. This ZL1.. not stock. Kind of pointless. "Oh look we can do it too.. not from the factory though!" Whatever. I'm just glad the horsepower wars are back.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      who cares. + why would anyone want to be in that rattletrap coffin at 200 mph
      socalmuscle40
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gt500= ford designed and developed mustang with the shelby name tacked on. This zl1= aftermarket tuner car. So... It took one of the best know aftermarket tuners to crank on the zl1 in order to get it to do what the gt500 does STOCK. Lol And let's not even talk about how it took a team of Chevrolet engineers and drag radials just to get the claimed 1/4 mile times GM promised. GM talked a lot of smack. Reality didn't back them up. So we have to see this article today. Ford meanwhile has been quiet. Usually that means there is a storm coming. we shall see. That thing was booking' on the nurburging the other day -- in the rain!
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @socalmuscle40
        No, they stopped shortly after it started raining. It was mentioned in other publications. I only know because I had to laugh. Yes AWD.....
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Please end yourself AcidTonic. Everybody here is BEYOND tired of hearing about the Evo in every damn post of yours. Your Evo is soooo good they're cancelling it. That's all you need to know about how great of a car it is.
          socalmuscle40
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          No actually. I don't know which run you're referring to, but the latest one in the white car with two occupants didn't hit the track until AFTER the rain. Track was soaking wet. And the mustang still looked great. Ford is hitting the right notes with this beast
      davebo357
      • 2 Years Ago
      These top speed wars are cute for bench racing but I'd rather see Nurburgring times because those are at least conditions I can relate to. How many places on Earth am I going to be able to get any car up that fast? Tracks around here don't even have 3/4 mile straights.
        humprnr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @davebo357
        Well... Nurburgring for one.
          davebo357
          • 2 Years Ago
          @humprnr
          Uhh, hardly. The straight on the Nurburgring is less than 2 miles long. Nardo is under 8 miles. This ZL1 had trouble just getting there in about 9 miles on this track. There's no way it'll hit 200 in under 2 miles. Of course even though it won't hit 200 at the Nurburgring, its time there is incredibly impressive and I'd love to see the GT500 give it a whirl, but we all know it's not designed for that and I'd rather not see one get destroyed in a fiery wreck.
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not seeing pricing for the ZL1 I can take a WAG and say it will be at least base car + $50-$100K, what's the point? If it is close to $150K for a 200MPH ZL1 you are one hell of a fanboi, just get a 458 Italia and be done with it.
        Matthew McNew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob Cook
        Google is your friend. They start at under $60k($54,995 to be exact).
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