Well. It was only a matter of time until someone did it. With only roughly 750 examples being produced each year, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is a rare beast, but that doesn’t mean it needs to remain “stock,” does it? We don’t think so and neither do the guys over at Redline Motorsports—which is why we get along with them so well.
The aforementioned Camaro is already an amalgamation of “aftermarket” goodies and weight reduction crammed into the most capable Camaro platform of all time. It lapped the Nurburgring in a scant 7:16.04, all with the stock 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft on tap. Its advanced aero and Formula-1 inspired Multimatic spool valve dampers helped keep it glued to the pavement, but we knew we couldn’t be the only ones wondering what one of these just might be capable of when endowed with a little more grunt. Turns out, we weren’t the only ones.
Famed LS and LT tuners, Redline Motorsports out of Hurricane, Florida, not only have produced the world’s first 1,000hp ZL1 1LE, they’ve got another one on the way—and we hear it’s going to be even wilder than this beast. But lets not get off topic, as this particular 1LE is deserving of adoration in its own right.
In fact, Redline already had one of their own on order when a customer approached them with the black beauty before you and wanted to drive it straight from the dealership to their shop. And while we thought we were crazy about horsepower, this takes things to a whole new level. It takes a special type of person to take the most capable Camaro of all time straight to a shop to be made even more capable—but we’re certainly glad they did.
Once Howard Tanner, the owner and proprietor of Redline Motorsports, got his hands on the 1LE, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with the car. He hit up his friend, Dustin Whipple, for one of their brand new 2.9-liter superchargers to replace the undersized R1740 blower the car leaves the factory with. Fortunately, Dustin just…