CONCORD, N.C. – A brand-new Chevrolet will hit the track in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020.
Next season, Chevrolet will debut the Camaro ZL1 1LE during Daytona Speedweeks in February.
It will replace the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which made its Cup Series debut in 2018.
“The ZL1 1LE is the highest performer within the Camaro production-car lineup,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s U.S. vice president of performance and motorsports. “We took lessons from the production car and applied them to the new 2020 Cup car.”
The Camaro ZL1’s tenure got off to a strong start in 2018 when Alex Bowman captured the Daytona 500 pole. In 2019, the car has produced seven wins – including one from Bowman and three from Chase Elliott – and Bowman, Elliott and William Byron are among the five Chevrolet drivers that made the Cup Series playoffs.
Next year, the Camaro ZL1 1LE will look to continue to build on Chevrolet’s legacy that includes a record 39 manufacturer championships, including 13 consecutive titles from 2003-15. Chevrolet drivers have earned a record 31 championships, including Jimmie Johnson’s seven.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE next season,” said Byron. “I got to see it in person recently and it’s an awesome looking design. I think it will make for some great racing next year.”
The fastest, most track-capable production Camaro ever, the current production ZL1 1LE is more than 50 pounds lighter than a standard production ZL1 and is powered by a 650-horsepower V8 engine.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE that will be introduced to the Cup Series next year will have optimized aerodynamic performance thanks to Chevrolet engineers utilizing tools such as computational fluid dynamics, simulation and wind-tunnel testing.