Encore: Stephen Vigoa Resets ZL1 Camaro World Record

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A couple of weeks back we shared an up-close look at Floridian Stephen Vigoa’s righteous ZL1 Camaro that, thanks to a host of aftermarket components and input from some of the brightest minds in the late model Camaro game, set the record for the quickest stock bottom end fifth-gen ZL1 Camaro in the world with a stellar 9.863-second pass at 138.96 mph from his hefty 4,260 lb. behemoth.

10965736_10203562115679255_431103731_nDuring our conversation, Vigoa shared with us his ultimate intention of going after the outright ZL1 world record with the car — a goal he’d be relying on a little extra oomph from a Nitrous Outlet plate system to accomplish. Little did we know, however, just how serious Vigoa was about making that a reality.

Vigoa traveled right back to the Palm Beach International Raceway over the weekend on a mission, and threw everything he had — kitchen sink included — at the car to press his way into the 9.50’s and surpass that existing reached of 9.60. And not only did he accomplish that, he just flat blew it away on several consecutive runs, going 9.516, 9.473, and finally, a 9.356 at 146.78 mph. That world-recording setting run came with a 1.40 short time and an amazing 6.02, 114 mph clocking to the 1/8-mile, which is on par with numbers common from much lighter tube chassis bracket cars.

10965668_10203562115519251_1031217175_nWhile it’s not confirmed, Vigoa is relatively certain that beyond being a ZL1 record, the 9.35 may be an outright record for fifth-gen Camaro’s with a stock bottom end.

Vigoa’s KraftWorks Camaro features the aforementioned 150-shot Nitrous Outlet plate setup assisting the stock 1.9L supercharger that he’s outfitted with a 2.55 upper and 9.55 lower pulley. The car also sports a KraftWorks custom cold air intake and custom camshaft, American Racing 1-7/8-inch headers, a Fore triple fuel pump system, Injector Dynamics ID850’s, a Nick Williams-built 102mm throttle body, and Lotozke Racing ported LSA heads.

At the end of the day, what cars just like Vigoa’s prove is how far the manufacturers come with performance cars and components — that they can not only perform admirably right off the showroom floor, but can also handle the kind of abuse dished out when pushing a two-ton car into the nines with boost and nitrous.

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Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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