When you first buy a brand new performance car, there’s always a little voice in the back of your mind that tells you to just beat the hell out of it. Rip through the gears, smoke the tires, and race everything that moves. It’s tempting, and we should know, we’ve been there. No matter our age, we instantly become 8-year olds again once we slide behind the steering wheel, and our new car is essentially a really big toy.
However, the wisest of us actually invests five minutes of our time to open up the glove box and read the owner’s manual. In the first few pages of your car’s owner’s manual, there are usually instructions describing the proper break-in technique of your new ride. Some of us don’t read it, though we should. Beating on a brand new car could be detrimental to your engine and drivetrain’s life expectancy, potentially leaving you with many warranty-related headaches later on down the road.
We recently found this new video from Chevy giving new owners of the 580HP ZL1 instructions on the proper break-in technique. Probably because they’re worried about warranty claims. Anyway, the video is quite informational to those who were lucky enough to get their hands on the baddest Camaro ever, or to those of us who just bought a new car or are in the market.
There are also several over videos in the series, including a “Welcome to Your New ZL1″ with Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser , and another video with some helpful ZL1 specific car care tips. Our favorite, however, covers how to “Get Track Ready” in your new ZL1. Check them out below.