To test the chassis and suspension components to ensure they were up to repeated hard-start launches typical at the drag strip, engineers subjected the ZL1 to the grueling “Woodward Avenue Schedule” at the GM Milford Proving Ground.
Named for the famous cruising route that cuts north through Detroit’s suburbs and has been the venue for untold thousands of unofficial launch capability demonstrations since the 1960s, each test cycle is a hard-launch, standing-start drag race up to 100 mph. The ZL1 was subjected to 1,000 test cycles before its driveline was stamped “approved”.
“The Woodward Avenue Schedule was a really brutal test, but it told us the Camaro ZL1 would live up to the way we knew our customers would drive it on the track.”
The only problem is that as Robert Genet’s book on cruising Woodward back in the day says, street racers on Woodward used a rolling start. They were probably driving their family’s car, they didn’t want to break it, so at a red light they’d negotiate a starting speed, like a 20 mph roll or a 30 mph roll, the light would change, they’d roll off, at the agreed upon speed someone would should “Go!”, and they’d race, repeating the process at the next light.