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Launching the automatic ZL1 is done the old-fashioned way through throttle manipulation. As Doran relayed, “The PTM mode doesn’t matter, because it doesn’t have launch control. But, the trans should be in ‘M’, which engages the Sport shift pattern; including First gear starts (with traction control turned all the way off). If you just leave it in ‘D’, the drive mode includes a Second gear start for fuel economy, good for public roadways, bad for e.t.’s.” Even though the trans is in “M” the car will automatically shift its way down the quarter-mile, unless you accidentally hit one of the paddles on the steering wheel, which would put the trans into a “true manual” mode.