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Sacre blue! Limited edition Camaro looks like Chevy's 24 Hours of Le Mans race car

There is an old adage in the car business that goes “win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” but “race on Saturday and Sunday, sell on Monday” better applies to Chevrolet’s latest sports car.

Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports have entered a modified version of the NASCAR Cup Series Camaro in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as an exhibition of the series’ technology.

The Camaro will run alone in a special Innovative Car class the race organizers offer to showcase new ideas under the guise of Garage 56, the name inspired by the race’s traditional 55 car entry limit, which is no longer fixed.

Seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will team up with 2009 F1 Champion Jenson Button and 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller to drive the car twice around the clock.

The Garage 56 Camaro is entered in the race as a demonstration of NASCAR’s latest technology. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Its body has also been significantly updated with a new aerodynamic design optimized for the 8.5-mile long Circuit de la Sarthe, with prominent dive planes sprouting from its front corners, while fade-resistant carbon brake rotors bring it down from speed.

The most shocking update, however, may be the fact that it has functional head and tail lights, not just stickers like the Cup Series cars.

In pre-qualifying testing, the V8-powered car ws turning laps a few seconds quicker than the lighter, but less powerful GTE sports cars, but far behind the prototype classes.

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The 2024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Garage 56 Edition features special graphics and bodywork modifications. (Chevrolet)

Dive planes have also been added to the front corners and a tall NASCAR-style wicker bill on the rear spoiler.

Garage 56 and Hendrick Motorsports logos are affixed to the exterior and additional Garage 56 badges can be found inside.

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Just 56 of the ZL1 Garage 56 Edition cars will be offered later this year at a yet to be announced price, but the recently unveiled Camaro ZL1 Collector’s Edition, which commemorates the end of the model’s production next January, starts at $88,690. 

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