In the manual trans car, we staged up and engaged the traction control, which took some getting used to. Let’s just say the word awesome comes to mind when describing the system and using it made launching the ZL1 off the line a breeze. We also noticed that the 60-foot times were very consistent between the runs. Of course we still had to row the gears down the track, and that was made a bit more complicated since we had to go to Fourth gear right before the traps or the fuel cutoff rpm would be hit. We’re thinking that bumping up that threshold just a touch would have let us stay in Third through the lights. The trans was much easier to shift compared to a stock SS and the shift light–equipped HUD made hittin’ the gears a bit easier. Our best time was 12.976 at 109.97 mph with a 2.177 60-foot.