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Welcome to the GhostRider web site !  It's all about LS and LT powered GMs here.  I have switched between Camaro and Corvette for over a decade, but my 2013 ZL1 known as "Murder 1" is my current project.  My friends have heard me say this before, but it is truly my intent to keep this car. It is actually favorite of them all. Ghost 1 was my identity for 3 years, and I loved that moderately modded, yet SO HIGH profile build.  This ZL1 gives so much immediate gratification, any mods now are want, not need.  

My boys at Maher Chevrolet offered up a black and red 2015 Stingray that is straight up BATMOBILE 2 weeks ago, but this is the most ME car I have ever seen.  They know me well (ya think), I had actually scoped it out completely, and walked away from it before I visited them in the show room. I never thought about making a move, just looking a at SICK car that someone will buy. 


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This site was based upon  my former car, 2001 Chevrolet Camaro S.S. #4204, as well as my 3 subsequent Chevrolet Corvettes. They are known as "The Ghosts", and are recognized from Orlando SpeedWorld to Bradenton Motorsports Park to Moroso Raceway by their custom flame on black paint schemes. Now, it features the fastest and most prestigious one of them all; ZL1 Camaro # 7389.

The 1998 Vette became a test bed for RevXtreme parts back in the day.  I LOVED my 2002 Corvette Z06.  It had been by far the superior vehicle I had ever owned until I recently acquired a 2005 C6 Z51 convertible.  The two are very nearly equal in stock form.  This 2012 Grand Sport Z16 is the next step in performance.  I test drove a 2011 Z06, but decided to modify the LS3 in the GS to get above stock power and keep the fun factor in my car. 

But it was the very special Camaro that started all this. The Ghost was ordered on October 30th 2000 at Maher Chevrolet with the Y2Y form for assembly by Street Legal Performance. It was assembled in St. Therese, Quebec Canada and delivered to the dealership on February 24th 2001. Fleet manager David Jenquin put the custom order through. The S.L.P. builts do have many differences from stock Super Sports. Like their brochure says..."Not all SSs are created equal !" The rest is history. No matter how bad ass any subsequent car I have is, I will never forget The original Ghost. Enjoy the tour !

The potent ZL1 is the high-performance variant of the reborn, retro-flavored Camaro. Also available in summer-friendly convertible form, the heavy coupe balances aggressive looks and a 580 horsepower supercharged V8 with surprisingly good handling dynamics and ride quality thanks to GM's trick Magnetic Ride Control system.

The ZL1 packs a more powerful version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 commonly found under the hood of the Cadillac CTS-V. In the ZL1, the motor is good for 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, beating out the 1969 ZL1's 427 cubic inch V8 by more than 150 horsepower. Helping make those impressive power figures is a 1.9-liter Roots-style supercharger that crams air into the engine with a pair of four-lobe rotors and the aid of an intercooler.

Chevrolet specially modified the LSA engine specifically for the ZL1, with upgrades including a less restrictive air filter, dual inlet paths and improved airflow throughout the supercharger housing. Other changes include a more efficient intercooler and electric power steering system.

Specially designed transmissions were necessary to the stress of all that power. Chevy beefed up its Tremec TR-6060 to MG9-spec for ZL1 duty, which means the transmission can handle 30 percent more torque. This is achieved through the use of a strengthened output shaft, high-strength rear housing and additional roller bearing.

One unique feature of the ZL1 among high-performance muscle cars is the availability of an automatic transmission. While the notion of adding an automatic transmission may make some enthusiasts cringe, the reality is some consumers with pockets deep enough to purchase this car may very well prefer a six-speed automatic transmission over a do-it-yourself box.

The clutch-less option is a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission, which benefits from two additional pinion gears, an additional clutch plate and strengthened output shaft and gearset. There are also three drive modes: Drive, Sport and Manual, depending on the driver's preference at the time.

"Drive" is calibrated for optimal fuel economy, which even includes second-gear starts, along with smoother shifting points for comfort. This is for drivers simply looking to get from point A to point B without earning themselves a ticket or squandering $60 worth of premium fuel.

"Sport" is, as expected, a sport-minded setup that makes use of faster, tighter shift points and a tendency to hold gears longer for optimal power.

The final mode, "Manual," takes away any automatic upshifts, adds staged upshifts when demanded and puts all focus on performance at the cost of comfort and economy. This is the mode for those lucky and bold enough to enjoy their ZL1 on the track.

Outside, the ZL1 boasts an aggressive body kit along with a unique "mohawk-style" hood, which features a functional air extractor and is made of a carbon fiber composite. The cabin is dressed up with a sueded microfiber-accented instrument panel and an available (and highly recommended) sueded microfiber wrap on the special flat-bottom steering wheel and shifter.

Magnetic Ride Control
The trick to the ZL1's excellent ride/handling compromise is GM's third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system. This technology uses valve-less damping and Magneto-Rheological fluid technology in its shock absorbers to control resistance. Essentially, the system can magnetize particles to change the flow resistance on the fly and adjust the ride from hard to soft, or soft to hard - mitigating body roll during hard cornering and keeping the ride comfortable while cruising.

The third-gen system uses new twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners, rather than a single, larger single-core on the outgoing generation. The new system allows for even more precise control and a wider range of comfort levels, allowing up to 1,000 adjustments per second.

The MRC system has three preset settings: Tour, Sport and Track.

Performance Traction Management system
The final trick up the ZL1's sleeve comes in the form of a performance traction management system intended to used on the track or at drag strips. PTM is standard equipment, having been born in the Corvette ZR1.

PTM works by integrating magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control to work together optimally depending on the environment and task at hand.

There are five pre-set modes:
Mode 1 - Traction control set for wet conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 2 - Traction control set for dry conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 3 - Traction control set on Sport 1, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 4 - Traction control set on Sport 2, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 5 - Traction control set on Race, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Track. Launch control tuned for VHT-prepped drag strips.

This means the ZL1 can be set to work according to the driver's preference for just about any situation encountered on the road, track or on the strip.

Standard and Optional Features
Buyers can choose from a pair of wheels, either standard 10-spoke black wheels with a low-gloss clearcoat with forged aluminum, or forged aluminum wheels with five spokes and a polished face protected by a standard high-gloss clearcoat. Being the range-topping performance model, Chevy made sure to pick the wheels accordingly, coming in 11 lbs lighter than the wheels on the 2SS model.

Standard features include heated leather seats with microfiber suede inserts with six-sway power adjustability, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, unique alloy pedal covers, ZL1 door sill plates, Boston Acoustics-provided premium audio, complete with nine speakers, four auxiliary gauges including boost, rear park assist, rear camera display in the mirror and more.

 The new ZL1 rear driveline system, for example, is the strongest independent rear axle option available for the Camaro. To withstand the heavy loads of repeated hard launches and high-load cornering its 9.9-inch rear differential is mounted in a robust cast iron center section (vs. the aluminum center section in SS and V-6 models). It also features asymmetrical half-shafts: a 60mm hollow shaft on the right and a 33mm solid shaft on the left. The different torsional stiffness rates of the shafts work in conjunction with the limited-slip differential to minimize the chance of wheel hop at launch. The strength of its design was tested prior to production with 1,000 failure-free hard launches. The setup also helps provide sure-footed traction when exiting corners at wide-open throttle.

Its robust driveline helps the 580-horsepower, supercharged production Camaro ZL1 to achieve:

  • 0-60 mph in four seconds
  • A top speed of 184 mph
  • 11-second quarter-mile ETs (11.93 with the automatic / 11.96 with the manual transmission)
  • Nürburgring lap time of 7:41.27.


  • 0-60 mph in four seconds
  • Top speed of 184 mph
  • 11-second quarter-mile ETs (11.93 with the automatic / 11.96 with the manual transmission)
  • Lapped the Nürburgring in 7:41.27.

Few production cars can match the ZL1’s performance, and all of its high-velocity achievements were conducted with a stock test vehicle wearing all the street-legal, factory-issued components – and no time-consuming equipment adjustments at the racetrack.

More than just power and raw numbers, the ZL1 features technologically advanced and highly developed chassis and suspension systems. They help it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output, and include third-generation Magnetic Ride Control.

“The ZL1 is great at everything and we’re very proud of that,” said Tony Roma, Camaro ZL1 program engineering manager. “You can take it to the drag strip and run 11-second quarter-miles all day long. You can also take it to a road course, where it’s balanced, handles well, and does exactly what you want – including lapping Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course in under three minutes – and yet the ZL1 is sophisticated enough to use as a daily driver. It’s a supercar you can drive every day.”

The ZL1 name is derived from the all-aluminum racing engine of the same name, which was developed in the late 1960s and installed into a handful of regular-production 1969 Camaros. Only 69 were built with the engine, but they’ve achieved mythical status among enthusiasts, as they represented the pinnacle in Camaro performance – until the new ZL1 was introduced.

Check out these Camaro related sites !
(to see Ghost Z on ZL1 Registry News page for 1/27/14)


Check out Chevrolet's Camaro ZL1 promotion page for all the specs on the legendary car.

Camaro ZL1 embodies everything I have liked about all my cars combined into one. All the respect it has garnered from Road & Track, Car and Driver, and other magazines was well deserved. This car is one for the ages.... 5th generation ZL1 brought the fear factor back to the Camaro name, and was followed up by the Z/28.

Businesses that help the Ghosts Ride

2901 34th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL. 33713

(the official pit crew for the Camaro)
900 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL. 33701

5753 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL. 33710


19103 Sunlake Blvd.
Lutz, FL. 33558


3161 118th Av. N.
St. Petersburg, FL. 33716


6890 142nd Ave. N.
Largo, FL. 33771


10333 Woodberry Rd. 
Tampa, FL 33619


12295 Automibile Bv. # A2
Clearwater, FL 33762


10471 Park Blvd.
Seminole FL, 33772


10949 Seminole Blvd
Largo  FL, 33778


4720 66th St. N.
Pinellas Park FL, 33781




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<p>This site is dedicated to Daryl J. Lane, Trinity Loren, Roberto Rolon, Victoria Palmeri, and Mike Graham.</p>