This black-on-black Camaro ZL1 convertible has 5,000 actual miles
and is fresh out of a private collection. It's powered by a 376ci
8-cylinder LSA engine backed by an automatic transmission. The
front fascia channels air for engine and brake cooling. The corners
of the front fascia were shaped to minimize lift, while
brake-cooling ducts in the outer corners of the lower grille
opening provide a direct, high-flow path to the brake rotors. The
ZL1's hood has a vented, carbon-fiber insert, contributing to both
engine cooling and aerodynamic downforce. The specially shaped
vents draw air up through the engine bay allowing a significant
volume of air flow while keeping the front tires firmly connected
to the pavement. Instead of a traditional front air dam, the ZL1
incorporates a racing-style splitter to help create downforce.
Front tire deflectors push airflow around the rotating wheels and
tires more efficiently, reducing lift and drag. The ZL1 has two of
them: one beneath the engine cradle and one at the rear of the
engine assembly, just in front of the transmission. They minimize
airflow turbulence under the car. NACA-style ducts are incorporated
into the rear belly pan for transmission cooling. The carefully
shaped rocker panels help reduce lift and drag, while also
contributing to stability during high crosswinds. They also provide
stone protection with the ZL1's wider tires. The ZL1's rear
spoiler, which contributes approximately 150 pounds of down force
at the cost of only one count of drag, is taller and wider than the
Camaro SS spoiler and incorporates the center high-mounted stop
lamp. Because the Camaro's architecture was designed to accommodate
a convertible model, it gives the ZL1 convertible coupe-like
driving dynamics and performance capability. Four strategic
reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to quell
the cowl and steering wheel shake common in convertibles. They
include a tower-to-tower brace under the hood, a transmission
support reinforcement brace, underbody tunnel brace and front
X-brace and stiffer cradle, as well as rear underbody V-braces.
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