Chevrolet to Offer 56 Garage 56 Edition Camaro ZL1s to the Public

Street and race Chevrolet Camaro Garage 56 editions stand side by side - photo courtesy Chevrolet
Street and race Chevrolet Camaro Garage 56 editions stand side by side – photo courtesy Chevrolet

Following nine strong model years in the marketplace, the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro is scheduled to be discontinued at the conclusion of the 2024 model production year. The final Camaros exit the Lansing (Michigan) Grand River assembly plant in January of next year.

But before that happens, Chevrolet has a special treat for fans of Camaro and for fans, in particular, of the Camaro ZL1 that occupied Garage 56 at this year’s centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 93rd running of the summer twice-around-the-clock classic was punctuated by the sounds of the tweaked LT4 Chevy V-8 engine that was foreign to European sports car fans. They were also amazed by the alacrity of the NASCAR-trained crew that effected pit stops using a manual jack. To say this car was the star of a show won by Ferrari wouldn’t be too off-base.

Now Chevrolet is offering a Garage 56 Camaro ZL1 to the public. Chevrolet’s Garage 56 Edition will be available to the public later this year, a great addition to the celebration of NASCAR’s 75th year of operation, as well as its most successful partners, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Garage 56’s success in finishing the grueling 24-hour contest was due to all of these partners, and to Chevrolet’s engineering team, which has more than 20 years experience at The Sarthe, site of the Le Mans race. Chevrolet’s C8.R Corvette earned its ninth class victory in this year’s race.

As the Garage 56 race car was developed, it became clear to all parties involved that such a special race car should be accompanied by a production car that represented this most recent accomplishment in Camaro’s motorsports heritage. “When adapting a race car appearance into a production car,” noted Marc Mainville, senior manager, GM Motorsport Design Studio, “you want to showcase themes, proportions and colors without making the car look out of place on the street. The Garage 56 Edition captures the feeling of the race car while allowing the car’s athletic lines to the forefront.”

Chevrolet began this exercise by using the new-for-2024 Riptide Blue exterior color and added a graphics package that pulls in colors and themes from the race car. To accent the large white stripe that runs from hood to rear decklid, Chevy included thin gold stripes in the same location. Just beyond the nose of the Camaro is the NASCAR 75th anniversary logo, matching its placement on the race car. These gold and white stripes become an accent to the monochromatic stars and stripes visuals that start on the engine’s cowling and extend to the roof.

There’s a special Garage 56 badge on both front fenders that replaces the Camaro logo and there’s a Hendricks Motorsports logo added to the sail panels, in similar position to those on the race car. Satin mirrors and a black fuel door with carbon fiber inserts are added exterior highlights, while the interior of the Garage 56 Edition features emblems on floor mats and a steering wheel badge. Additional graphics are available to buyers as are race-specific logos as one might see on a NASCAR Cup Series car.

Garage 56 Editions of the 2024 Chevy Camaro have unique aerodynamics tweaks that feature dive-planes like those on the race car and a NASCAR Cup car-style wicker bill spoiler on the decklid. Will this wicker bill pass tech at the local dealer? Most likely so. The engine is Camaro’s ZL1 650-horsepower LT4 V-8, accompanied by either a 10-speed automatic transmission or a third pedal with six-speed manual tranny with active rev match technology. Suspension on the Garage 56 Edition matches what’s available on standard ZL1 cars; it does feature a sport-tuned magnetic ride suspension that monitors each wheel independently, adjusting for optimal grip and balance.

While Chevrolet’s very limited edition Garage 56 Camaro ZL1 is not yet offered for consumption, it’s expected the 56 units constructed at the Grand River assembly plant will be purchased in a Taylor Swift millisecond.

About Anne Proffit 1245 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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