These days, it seems as if it’s easier than ever to make big power with the newer models. Case in point is this sixth-gen ZL1. This 2017 Camaro is owned by Glen Smith, and it makes nearly 800 horsepower at the rear wheels, thanks to a handful of bolt-ons, a camshaft upgrade and a supercharger upgrade from Whipple Superchargers.
Glen enlisted JMS Racing out of San Antonio, Texas, to perform a supercharger transplant on his Hyper Blue ZL1, along with some additional upgrades, to massage the Camaro into making all of its newfound power. The breakdown of the modifications includes a Whipple 2.9-liter twin screw supercharger kit, a Katech camshaft, ARH long tube headers and a Flex Fuel sensor which allows the use of E40 fuel.
When all was said and done, Glen’s ZL1 laid down an impressive 783 horsepower and 753 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels on just 13 pounds of boost on the corn-based fuel. Surely, the direct-injection 6.2-liter LT4 under the hood of the ZL1 benefits greatly from the new fuel type, along with the much larger, more efficient Whipple 2.9-liter twin screw supercharger.
What we find most interesting is the amount of power Glen’s ZL1 makes on just 13 pounds of boost. No meth injection needed here, and the stock lower-side fueling was used in conjunction with the new supercharger. The conclusion we draw is that the 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger isn’t even close to being maxed out, meaning there’s more meat left on the bones if Glen decides to push his ZL1 into the four-digit-power spectrum.