Chevrolet and NASCAR are both associated with lightning-fast performance vehicles. So when Chevy debuts a new vehicle for the NASCAR Cup Series, you know that you’re in for something exciting.
Starting with the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will become the automaker’s racecar of choice.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE will replace the outgoing Camaro ZL1 currently used in the NASCAR Cup Series. While the standard Camaro ZL1 is still incredibly fast, the ZL1 1LE represents the most up-to-date performance that Chevy has to offer.
“The ZL1 1LE is the highest performer within the Camaro production-car lineup,” explains Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports for Chevrolet. “We took lessons from the production car and applied them to the new 2020 Cup car.”
To help craft this performance vehicle, Chevrolet employed a number of state-of-the-art techniques, including wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
Chevrolet is no stranger to introducing vehicles for racing purpose. In fact, Chevy also has vehicles in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NHRA Funny Car class, and Pirelli World Challenge GTS division.
If you’d like to experience what a top-of-the-line Chevrolet performance vehicle has to offer, be sure to visit College Chevrolet Buick and take the Chevrolet Camaro for a test drive.
New 2020 Chevrolet Camaro updates have been revealed, and with improved styling and a new LT1 V8 model, it promises to be one of the most exciting performance cars ever put to the road. Chevy turned to the fans and their response to the Camaro Shock show vehicle that bowed at SEMA 2018 when considering how to make the new Camaro a showstopper.
“Customers spoke, and we listened,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shock’s stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production.”
The 2020 Camaro begins with a completely fresh face. The classic bowtie emblem makes a movie to the upper grille to make room for a body-color bar between the upper and lower grille. An all-new Rally Green color offers a bold exterior option. Dark-tinted taillamps are now available on the LS and LT, while 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are available on LT, LT1 and SS trims.
It’s not just looks, though. The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro will also feature improved performance thanks to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. This advanced transmission is paired with the powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine. Even more power (455 horsepower) is offered on the V8 engine.
While alloy pedals were previously only available on the ZL1 model, they will now be offered across all Camaro trims. The 3LT trim will now come standard with a 2.0-liter Turbo engine as well as a Convenience and Lighting package, features which were previously only optional. RECARO® performance seats are also offered on the LT model as well as the 1LE model.
To learn more about the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, including how you can be one of the first to take one for a test drive, stop into College Chevrolet Buick.
Chevrolet is bringing a classic back to life for the modern age with the launch of the 2019 COPO Camaro. The new 2019 COPO Camaro will only be offered in a run of 69 units to celebrate the year in which the COPO Camaro was first created, as well as the total of the original run, making it one of the most covetable and desirable vehicles of its kind on the market today.
The 2019 COPO Camaro will be powered by an LSX-based 350 engine paired with a 2.65-liter Magnuson supercharger, a 302-cubic-inch engine, or a LSX-based 427 racing engine, and it will feature a unique front-end design that helps set it apart from the conventional Camaro. It will be offered with a COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package that will include an orange engine block, chrome valve covers, and a black high-rise intake manifold.
“Chevrolet is proud to celebrate 50 years of the COPO Camaro legacy,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s one of the most enduring legacies in drag racing, with a powerful past and fast future.”
You’ll need to register at www.chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro for your shot at one of just 69 new COPO Camaros, but the odds are likely not in your favor. If you want a no-less-impressive performance car that can be had much more easily, stop into College Chevy Buick and check out our selection of new Chevy Camaros.
This month, we’d like to highlight John Williams! He has been with us for 50 years – If you’re looking for a dealership with experience, we’ve got you covered! He was born and raised here in Albion, and currently resides here as well. College Chevrolet Buick is the perfect place for John to work because he sincerely enjoys meeting and interacting with different people.
When not at work, you’ll find John fishing, bowling, spending time with his grand kids, barbecuing or tinkering with antique cars. You may also find him cheering on the Detroit Tigers. His favorite television shows include Law and Order and 60 Minutes.
Currently, John drives a few different cars including a GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, and a Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle of all time is a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 (sharp!). His favorite Chevy vehicle is a Chevy Camaro and his favorite Buick is a Regal. John says that the Chevrolet Corvette matches his personality best and the worst car that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing worked on it, but it ran!
We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to John. We’re so thankful that he has been a part of our team for so long.
This month the spotlight is on our very own Service Adviser, Derek Mason. Derek is a new face to the company, having only worked at College Chevy for about three weeks. He’s been in the automotive industry for a couple years and previously worked as a Tire Technician at a discount tire shop. Derek is originally from South Lyon, MI but now resides in Grass Lake where he enjoys going on nature walks or outdoor adventures with his dog Buddy.
Derek also enjoys watching That 70’s Show, but when football season is here, he spends his time cheering on the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines. As for the automotive side of things, Derek currently drives a 2015 Chevy Sonic and it’s his favorite car he’s ever owned. If he could chose a car that would match his personality, Derek would say the Colorado fits him perfectly. Even though Derek has a lot of Chevy favorites, his dream car is a 2014 Chevy Camaro ZL1 that he fell in love with the first time he took it for a ride.
We are very excited to have Derek as part of our staff and we hope you get the opportunity to work with him in our service drive. His favorite part about his job is being able to help out the customers, so don’t hesitate to come to Derek with any questions or concerns that you have.
This month the spotlight is on our very own Sales Consultant, Jack Maxson! Jack is a new member of our College Chevrolet Buick team and is excited about getting started in this new position in the automotive industry. Growing up in Jackson, Jack didn’t go too far away from home for college, where he graduated from Jackson College & Spring Arbor College. We are glad to have Jack as a part of our College Chevy family and look forward to learning more about him.
In his free time, Jack enjoys outdoor activities and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, especially their football and basketball teams. When it comes to cars, his dream car would be the 2018 Camaro with ZL1 Package, power with refinement. Not only is this Jack’s dream car, but it’s also his favorite vehicle that we have on our lot and the one that would match his personality. The 2018 Camaro is a special car to Jack and our dealership!
We are honored to have Jack as a part of our team and we hope you feel the same way when you come in and meet him. His favorite part of his job is learning and listening, which makes him a great team member. Stop by College Chevy today and say “Hi!” to one of our newer employees!
Leo Smith is an automotive technician here at College Chevrolet Buick. He is from (and currently lives in) Marshall, Michigan and spent some time studying at Lincoln Tech (DADC) in Denver, Colorado. Leo is newer to our team, he started in September just last year. Although he is newer to us, he has been in the automotive industry for 13 years.
Leo’s dream car is a Factory Five GTM because you build it yourself so you can make it exactly how you want. He also likes the fact that it’s powered by the Chevy LS1. When not at work, you’ll find Leo camping, cycling, single board computing, python programming, and watching comedy shows. His favorite recent television show is Mr. Robot, but his all-time favorite is The Eric Andre Show.
Currently, Leo drives a Mercury Milan. He would like to mention that the Milan was featured in Jalopnik’s “Meh Car Monday“. His favorite car he’s ever owned was a Mazda Rx7 Turbo 2, he also says that this car was his most unreliable. His favorite Chevy model is the Camaro ZL1, but says that his personality most resembles a Subaru Forester because he is reliable.
Leo enjoys working in our service department because he likes to diagnose tricky problems. He feels rewarded when he completes a diagnosis. The next time your vehicle needs serviced, rest assured that Leo will be ready to help!
This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!
If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.
Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!
This month we’d like for you to meet John William! John is a part of our sales team and has been working with us for an impressive 49 years! He is an Albion native and still resides right here in his hometown.
When it comes to cars, his dream car is a Bugati Veyron because they look cool and intimidating. Who wouldn’t want that? John says that if he were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet Corvette. Currently, you’ll catch John driving down the road in his GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, or Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. His favorite new vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Camaro or the Buick Regal. The worst car John says that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing seemed to work on it.
When not on the job, you’ll find John fishing, checking out antique cars, bowling, spending time with his grandkids or BBQ’ing. His favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers and he really enjoys watching Law and Order and 60 Minutes.
We invite you to come say “Hello!” to John because his favorite part of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is meeting and interacting with different people. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see John today!
Chevrolet is going to make the racing world even more exciting this year with its factory-built Camaro GT4.R. This race-ready car will be built to meet global GT4 regulations and will be eligible to race in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class, the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class, and any other GT4 class races around the world.
Pratt and Miller Engineering helped develop the Camaro GT4.R, which is based on the Camaro ZL1 1LE. Under the hood of the GT4.R is a dry-sump 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine paired with an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shifters.
Other performance modifications include an Xtrac limited-slip racing differential, an adjustable traction control, an adjustable ABX system, two-way adjustable Ohlins Racing coilovers, and six-piston mono-block Brembo brake calipers in the front. Visual modifications include a revised rear wing, front dive plans, and front splitter to improve aerodynamics.
The Camaro GT4.R had its debut at the Pirelli World Challenge race in St. Petersburg, Florida in mid-March. It earned a solid second-place finish in all rounds driven by both Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples for Blackdog Speed Shop.
Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait to see how this wicked Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R performs for the rest of the season.