Team Chevy NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick has added his latest toy to an expansive collection of cars by taking delivery of the first-production 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.
Hendrick scored the winning bid for very first Camaro ZL1 1LE at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach auction, where it was widely speculated he would go home with the car—he did, with a bid of $250,000. The entire hammer price went to benefit the United Way.
Hendrick has scored VIN 001 of multiple Chevrolet performance cars throughout the years, as well as a few other nameplates, including the world's first Acura NSX.
Hendrick himself was in attendance at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant, where the sixth-generation Camaro is built, to drive his latest addition off the assembly line. It seems he went with a color that never goes out of style: black.
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE boasts an identical 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine to the regular Camaro ZL1, but it earns its "1LE" badge with a host of race-ready updates. Aerodynamics and downforce are increased via a carbon fiber wing, air deflectors, and dive planes, while sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires put the power down in glue-like fashion. Underneath, set of Mutlimatic DSSV dampers work suspension magic on the Camaro ZL1 1LE. It's the same engineering solution that was applied to the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28, so, yes, it works wonders.
Let's not forget, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is also the fastest Camaro around a racetrack yet. It lapped the Nürburgring in a lightning quick 7:16.04.
We're sure Hendrick has a new parking space ready for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and another awaiting VIN 001 of the upcoming Chevrolet C7 Corvette ZR1, too.