In the Cockpit with the 202-mph Lingenfelter Camaro ZL1 on Hot Rod Unlimited

Last week, we interviewed Hot Rod magazine’s David Freiburger, who piloted a Camaro ZL1 tuned by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) to more than 200 mph (202.67 mph to be exact) at the Continental Tires proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas. Today, we bring you the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited on our Motor Trend YouTube channel, where Freiburger provides a behind-the-scenes look at the LPE Camaro ZL1 and its historic run.

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In order to achieve the power to get past 200 mph, the Lingenfelter Camaro ZL1 was boosted from 580 crank horsepower to 720 wheel horsepower thanks to CNC-ported cylinder heads, new camshaft, ported supercharger cover, new supercharger pulleys (15 psi), cold-air intake, larger fuel injectors, fuel pump voltage booster, and an engine management tune.

Back in early-April, this same car was the first ZL1 to run a 10-second quarter-mile when it posted a 10.79 second elapsed time with a 124.36 mph trap speed at Muncie Dragway in Indiana on drag wheels and tires. At the end of last month Freiburger met the crew from Lingenfelter at Continental’s 8.5-mile proving grounds on Continental Extreme Contact tires wrapped around the ZL1’s stock wheels on a quest to be the first to run 200 mph in a Camaro ZL1.

The 200 mph run was far from a jump-in-and-go affair. Freiburger and the Lingenfelter crew had several challenges trying to hit the double century mark in the tuned Camaro ZL1. Check out the video below to see the obstacles that almost prevented them from setting the second milestone for the Camaro ZL1, straight from the cockpit!

With Ford making claims that its 2013 Shelby GT500 with 662 hp is capable of 200 mph without tuning, we’ll be interested to see how this brewing Ford vs. Chevy top-speed Pony Car battle plays out.

By Jason Udy