The very first 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has a home—and a familiar one at that. None other than Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and the dealer group that bears his name, purchased the most track-capable Camaro to date.
Of course, owning the first of anything normally doesn’t come cheap. Hendrick bid $250,000 to claim the Camaro ZL1 1LE bearing the VIN ending in 001 for his garage of incredible cars during this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida.
If you missed our past coverage, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is more than just a surname attached. Basically, the car takes aspects from the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 and fits them to the sixth-generation Camaro’s all-star Alpha platform.
The main aspect being Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers and incredible aerodynamics to attack any track the driver deems necessary. It also weighs 60 pounds less than a regular Camaro ZL1 coupe. Power still comes from a familiar 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine which is supercharged to the tune of 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. That’s diverted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Oh, and there are mammoth Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires (305s up front and 325s in the back) to pull up to 1.10 gs.
Hendrick’s lump sum of $250,000 is going to a good cause, too. Each and every dollar goes to The United Way charity as most first production General Motors vehicles usually benefit when crossing the Barrett-Jackson auction block.