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Nurburgring in the USA: Car and Driver Intros 2013 Lightning Lap Contenders at VIR – Video 24
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, 2013 Camaro 1LE, audi, Audi RS5, Audi S6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 335i, BMW M5, BMW M6, Caprice, Car and Driver, Chevrolet, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Ford Shelby GT500, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Jaguar, Jaguar XKRS, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG, porsche, Porsche-911, Shelby, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, video, VIR on 01 24th, 2013


Ever since lap times at the Nurburgring became a benchmark for a vehicle’s over-all performance, there has been a need to find a ‘benchmark’ track in the USA. Car and Driver, along with many other enthusiasts, think we already have such a track, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Virginia International Raceway seems to be the ideal choice for testing a vehicle’s over-all performance dynamics. With the elevation changes, the Grand West Course’s 4.1 miles, 28 turns and proven effectiveness to challenge experienced race car drivers, VIR is the ideal home-grown Nurburgring. Car and Driver sets out to VIR for their Lightning Lap annual track torture test and brings us the official preview to the dueling test along with a run-down of the contenders. Enjoy the video below!

2013 Camaro 1LE Is Chevy’s Answer To The Boss 302 Mustang 28
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Camaro 1LE, Automotive, Chevrolet, Kurt on 03 28th, 2012

The 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE. Image: © GM Corp.

If you’ve never heard of a Camaro 1LE before, we understand. First released in 1988, order code 1LE made the Camaro more competitive in SCCA road racing by including things like a performance rear axle, deleted air conditioning, an aluminum drive shaft, a baffled fuel tank, stiffer shocks and larger brakes. Since the order code was never marketed, you had to be “in the know” to understand what a 1LE was, and only 111 were built during the first year of production.

The 1LE package remained in production through 1999, and now Chevy is putting it back to use for a Boss 302-fighting Camaro designed specifically for track day use. For a price tag starting below $40,000, the 1LE will give you a 6.2-liter V-8 good for 426 horsepower and mated to a beefier six-speed manual transmission, a 3.91 final drive ratio, a transmission cooler, monotube rear dampers, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, stronger rear axle half shafts, a strut tower brace, heavy duty wheel bearings, stronger toe links, reinforced rear shock mounts, a high capacity fuel pump and ZL1-based wheels shod with performance rubber.

In other words, the 1LE is built to go fast, and to stand up to the rigors of regular track day use. From the outside, it’s easy to spot thanks to its matte black hood and front and rear spoilers. Inside, the 1LE gets the same flat-bottomed steering wheel as the ZL1, trimmed in sueded microfiber. A short-throw shifter also gets a sueded microfiber boot.

The 1LE package will be available on Camaro 1SS and 2SS models only. Look for sales to begin this fall, with more specific pricing to come closer to the car’s release date.