Lurking deep in the heart of the Florida swamp lands is a monster. It’s an absolute beast by any standard, and it wants out of the swamp! Stephen Vigoa’s World Record holding 9-second 2013 Camaro ZL1 street car is actually on the sales block and ready to join a new stable. Vigoa, a known entity at West Palm Beach speedways, set the new record last month in his Bow Tie behemoth, and what is under the hood of this beast is what’s truly surprising.
Though pushed into the background because of today’s crazy factory offerings like the 2016 Vette, the new Mustang or the latest Hellcat, the Camaro is still very much alive and well. This 2013 ZL1 is a prime example of just what’s possible with what can be found from a stock Camaro and easy-to-install upgrades that are readily available on today’s market.
This record setting Chevy actually uses a stock torque converter, suspension, bottom end, and the factory A6 6L90e transmission, which makes it very streetable, According to Stephen, “The car has 14,000 miles on it, and is driven everywhere.” Save from those items, it’s anything but standard issue. Jay Healy of Kraftworks in Delray Beach, Florida, set to work on this car, and like an automotive Dr. Frankenstein, built a real monster. The Camaro has a Kraftworks built-and-tuned 376 cubic-inch LS engine with a factory 1.9-liter Eaton Supercharger. Kraftworks added a custom-fabricated CAI, reservoir tank, and a custom-ground competition cam. Trick Flow Gen-X 255 heads, American Racing headers, ATI upper and lower pulleys, a Nick Williams throttle body, and a Nitrous Outlet blower plate round out the list of Kraftworks upgrades installed in the car.
Slight upgrades were added underneath as well, with a BMR suspension kit and a Carlyle 15-inch brake set up. A driveshaft safety loop has been installed, and according to Stephen, “The car rides great, and still maintains the magnetic ride control.” An Injector Dynamics id850 triple-pump injector system that can differentiate pump gas from race gas and adapt accordingly, was also added. The power put down to the tires is 1,076 horsepower when the nitrous oxide button is activated.
One might think with all that added gumption, that the car is just a ‘street legal’ race track car, but that would mean overlooking some of its allure. Vigoa left the interior as stock as possible, retaining all the factory electronics, and even a factory sunroof. Added for obvious reasons are the Aero Force dual pillar-mounted gauges, an RPM rollcage in red, and a G-Force five-point harness. The speed monger is finished outside with Forgline DE3P 20-inch rims with Nitto invos, and for the track comes with 15-inch Weld RTS wheels with Champion bead locks, and Mickey Thompson ET Street Pros.
According to Vigoa, Camaro 5, a website dedicated solely to fifth-gen Camaros, recognizes this ZL1 as the holding world records as: Fastest Camaro ZL1, Fastest Boost only Camaro ZL1, Fastest Stock Bottom End ZL1, Fastest Stock Bottom End 5th Generation Camaro
Since owner Stephen Vigoa has decided to move on, this means someone else can now own this record-setting ride, and try to improve upon the car’s performance by adding more of today’s aftermarket items for the one and only Camaro.