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Hendrick Visit Helps Kicks Off Camaro ZL-1 Production

Rick Hendrick, founder of the Hendrick Automotive Group, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup team and a huge Camaro enthusiast and collector, paid a visit to GM's Oshawa Assembly plant to receive his three 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1s, which the Oshawa plant has just begun building.

The Camaro ZL-1, which debuted last year at the Chicago Auto Show, is the fastest production Camaro ever built. Equipped with GM's LSA 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine, which is also available in the Cadillac CTS-V, the ZL-1 is expected to put down approximately 580hp and 566 lb.-ft. of torque. According to GM's website, it is slated to start at $58,000. 

Hendrick reserved the first two ZL-1 VINs (001 and 002), along with number 69, which is significant to Hendrick because he owns a 1969 Camaro ZL-1.

The event caused quite a stir in the plant, as dozens of GM employees, along with a large media contingent greeted Hendrick's arrival. Among the attendees were Kevin Williams, President of General Motors of Canada, along with Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro's chief engineer.

Hendrick answered questions, posed for photos and even attended a private autograph signing for GM employees after the media event had concluded.

For more information on the Camaro ZL-1, go to www.chevrolet.ca and be sure to check out the photo gallery below. Videos from the event will be up on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PRNMAG) in the coming days, so be sure to check back! - ED.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1. One of the Hendrick three. Photo by Lee Bailie Two of Hendrick's three ZL-1s. Photo by Lee Bailie One of Hendrick's two black Camaro ZL-1s. Photo by Lee Bailie
Camaro ZL-1 from the rear. Photo by Lee Bailie Camaro ZL-1 hood badge. Photo by Lee Bailie The Camaro ZL-1 rides on 20-inch alloys wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber. Photo by Lee Bailie
Hendrick's silver Camaro ZL-1. Photo by Lee Bailie Hendrick chats with GM of Canada President Kevin Williams (middle) before driving one of his ZL-1s off the assembly line. Photo by Lee Bailie The ZL-1 grille badge is visible on the right. Photo by Lee Bailie
Hendrick on stage (right) with Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser and former Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins. Photo by Lee Bailie The ZL-1 is powered by GM's Supercharged LSA V8 engine. Photo by Lee Bailie Hendrick gives an interview as an ZL-1 (silver) rolls past on the assembly line. Photo by Lee Bailie
The 6.2 litre LSA Supercharged V8. Photo by Lee Bailie The second of Hendrick's two ZL-1s. This one has VIN no. 69. Photo by Lee Bailie Hendrick's VIN no. 69 ZL-1 comes with a carbon fibre hood insert. Photo by Lee Bailie
Camaros rolling through the Oshawa assembly line. Photo by Lee Bailie ZL-1 grille badge. Photo by Lee Bailie Camaro engines ready for installation. Photo by Lee Bailie


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