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We got the chance to hammer on some brand-new 1LE Camaros at Gingerman Raceway. We were impressed at how much faster, and planted, the car felt compared to SS Camaros we’ve piloted in the past. Earlier, GM took the new 1LE to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for some track testing. “To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car,” Oppenheiser says. “Like the Nürburgring, at VIR there’s never a moment when the car rests at steady state. Each lap tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip, and chassis balance. Earlier in the year Camaro engineer Aaron Link drove a ’12 Camaro ZL1 coupe around the Grand Course in 2:52.4. Link’s 2:58.37 lap time in the 1LE further demonstrates the Camaro’s capabilities on a road course,” Oppenheiser recalls.