24 Hours of Le Mans is typically a very formal racing affair, held in Le Mans, France. But as it turns out, they’re being even more inclusive than ever, by bringing in NASCAR stock cars to help out in the whole issue of it all. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that they’re going to be entering in the big race is just their entry for the Garage 56. That’s well-known as the designation location for experimental race cars. Way ahead of the Daytona 500 race, the Chevy Camaro holds in the system a 5.8-liter V-8 engine, with a huge fuel cell, one-of-a-kind aerodynamics and upgraded brakes as well. There’s such an amazing lineup involving some serious competition, like Mike Rockenfeller, Jenson Button and even Jimmie Johnson. Altogether, there’s around 3,600 miles of testing.
NASCAR is going to be speeding the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Garage 56 spot, usually reserved for experimental vehicles. The car had been revealed ahead of time at the Daytona International Speedway. The whole race will take a day at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Ever since 2012, Garage 56 involves cars similar to the triangular DeltaWing and a modified LMP2 car that has two drivers piloting it, while paralyzed from the waist down.
But the Camaro is the new kid on the block this year, as it utilizes a 5.8-liter small-block V-8 engine.
Hendrick Motorsports is currently the most likely victor, with the Cup Series winning 291 race victories to date. What’s nice about the Camaro, is that the headlights and the taillights have been swapping out the stickers which are ordinary imitations with plastered looks for the stock car bodywork. The team themselves can also fit a huge 320gallon fuel cell and carbon brake discs. The car itself is going to operate on Goodyear Eagle tires with the special aerodynamic elements with a front splitter, and even a rear diffuser, as well as a special rear spoiler coming out of the bodywork.
Keep in mind, that there’s a difference in weight. As a standard Cup car can weigh up to 3,200 pounds while the Garage 56 slims down to only 2,960 pounds, as there’s an extra two inches of length. The Le Mans spec racer holds the rear and front double wishbone suspension with adjustable coil-over shocks.
When noticing the Garage 56 Camaro, the car itself had been able to rack over 3,600 miles at Road Atlanta, Goodyear Proving Grounds, Virginia International Raceway and Sebring International Raceway.