Review: 75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car

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NASCAR is among the most popular racing series in the world but has been absent from the Speed Champions theme over the last few years. 75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car is accordingly an interesting addition to the range, representing a modern stock car which has not appeared in the theme previously.

The model looks superb when compared with its source material in official images, capturing the distinctive shape of stock cars with surprising accuracy. In addition, this set comes with some new wheel covers which appear interesting so I have been looking forward to building the Chevrolet Camaro ZR1.

Minifigure

This set contains a driver for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, wearing branded racing overalls and a blue helmet. Chevrolet symbols with a metallic silver border adorn both sides of the torso along with a few blue highlights. The white legs appear plain by comparison and some decoration would certainly have been beneficial here.

75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car

Furthermore, the overalls worn by NASCAR drivers often feature numerous sponsors and I think that would have improved this minifigure. Presumably it was not possible to include advertisements on the uniform for licensing reasons. The driver comes with a wrench which is can be used to remove the hub caps from Speed Champions cars.

75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car

The Completed Model

Chevrolet introduced a NASCAR series version of their Camaro ZL1 in readiness for the 2018 season and the same vehicle will appear during 2019. This rendition features a blue colour scheme that looks pretty good in relation to the original car, although a slightly darker shade would have been ideal. The model measures 14cm in length, matching other Speed Champions vehicles, but it is slightly broader than most because of the new wheel inserts.

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NASCAR racing cars generally feature a forward rake and that is reflected here as the rear wheels are elevated by the height of a plate. The vehicle looks great when viewed from the side and features fairly realistic proportions as the rear extends further beyond the wheels than one would generally find on an unmodified production car. There is little ground clearance which is authentic but causes issues during play on carpeted surfaces.

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The radiator grille and Chevrolet emblem at the front of the car are formed using stickers which might disappoint some people but the resultant design looks superb in my opinion. I like the 2x2 curved tiles above the wheel arches and the decorative symbols on the bonnet are excellent. However, a series of curved slopes are found in this area and they do not form a smooth surface, unfortunately.

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Additional stickers are applied on the flanks, forming the driver number. The original vehicle shown on the box features the number eight, belonging to Daniel Hemric of Richard Childress Racing during the 2018 season, but this model is actually decorated with the number five. I like the window nets and the printed wheel covers look brilliant, accurately recreating the branded tyres which appear on track. A plain version of this component comes with 75893 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.

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There is space to place a minifigure behind the steering wheel inside, as usual. However, this car also includes a light bluish grey roll cage which reflects the design of real NASCAR vehicles and it fits very neatly around the driver. This continues behind the figure where part of the roll cage is visible through the rear window and a corresponding design even appears on the neighbouring stickers!

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Rapid refueling is an integral aspect of NASCAR racing and this model includes a fuel port where you can connect an enormous fuel can. This red accessory appears unrealistically large but actually looks very good when compared with the real equipment which is designed to deliver its contents as quickly as possible. The angled hose is ingeniously represented by a harpoon and a sticker wraps around the can too.

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A couple of 1x3 plates are printed with the Chevrolet branding behind the rear wheel arches, although the decoration on the back consists entirely of stickers. These designs look marvellous and I love how this section of the model is attached upside down, allowing two 1x2 grille slopes to form tapering side skirts underneath the vehicle. The spoiler is slightly too large but this is an important feature and no smaller slopes are available.

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Overall

Speed Champions sets sometimes receive criticism for their reliance upon stickers and that is certainly the case here. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant model of the Chevrolet Camaro Z1. It features numerous realistic details, the most notable of which are probably the internal roll cage and branded racing tyres. The distinctive shape and forward rake of NASCAR vehicles has also been replicated effectively.

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Moreover, this car represents a departure from the design of previous Speed Champions sets, focusing upon a racing series which has not appeared in the theme before. I would therefore recommend 75891 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car to NASCAR fans, although those with a particular dislike for stickers may wish to avoid this set as I think they are important to the vehicle's design.

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

37 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Any chance we could get an image of the wheel covers alone? Is it hard plastic or rubbery like the tires?

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By in United States,

This car looks really good! The blue design is quite the standout!

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By in United States,

I've been waiting so long for this! I'm a huge nascar fan so this is welcomed in my house.

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By in United States,

Very nice. Much better looking than the previous Camaro that they released.

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By in United States,

Much better than the previous Camaro model

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By in Canada,

Am I the only one that tries to limit the number of stickers I actually apply to speed champions. For example. With this build I wont be putting any of the door, hood, or roof stickers on. Also, if the sticker has lego branding on it, like the green Mustang does, it is 100% not going on.

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By in New Zealand,

Looks like they've almost got the Porsche shape right. :-)

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By in Canada,

@Rogue10 It's hard plastic- attaches to the regular wheels similar to a rim and flares over the outside of the tires. Kind of like a plug. Sorry I don't have a photo.

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By in United States,

Day one purchase!

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By in United States,

I'm enjoying the speed champions reviews, thank you. It's going to be a tough wait for discounts on them!

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By in United States,

I think the hood could be improved, but that particular piece matches the general shape on the hood of the actual car.

The 5 isn't currently being used at the Cup level, which is why that number was probably chosen for this - it wouldn't require license fees to be paid like the 8 would. The 8 is pictured on the box because that was the original promotional/show car that Chevrolet built and that is the number they used.

I'd also point out that most of the details being stickers, particularly the headlights and taillights, is not inaccurate. On real NASCAR Series cars those details are simply decals that are placed upon the bodywork (which are then clear coated and sanded multiple times for the best possible aerodynamic benefit).

I would have liked to see one crew person added, and a second fuel can (and possibly a hand truck for those two fuel cans). Often it takes two fuel cans to completely fill the vehicle on a pit stop. As an interesting note, these vehicles have no fuel gauges, the crew chief actually has to calculate the remaining fuel left during a run based on lap times and speed.

Still, that and the hood are very minor tweaks - I'm overall very happy with how this set looks.

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By in France,

Very nice details

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By in Canada,

The roll cage is a fun detail!

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By in United States,

As SithLord196 pointed out, the stickers are actually an authentic detail for once. XD

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By in Netherlands,

Am I seeing this right? Does the car have no steering wheel?

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By in United States,

@DeltaV My personal take is that I avoid stickers on rare parts. For example, the 2018 Mustang, 75884, has two earth green [TLG] / dark green [BL] 1x6 tiles on the side that show a sticker, which really helps with the look of the vertical white markings. Since the sticker is fairly dark anyway, and black 1x6 tiles are common, I used that instead. It looks fine, and I get to keep the rare elements for my own creations.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review!

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By in United States,

Not a NASCAR fan but this is one of the better designed SC sets that mimic the 1:1 very closely.

And as always for those not used to SC sets, let the sticker hating begin!

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By in Austria,

Great review of an awesome Lego car! I´ll buy it asap as it is available in Austria! I really like the Camaro ZL1 in general and this Speedchampions model looks really really similar to a real one!

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By in United Kingdom,

The roll cage is a neat surprise, but as another modern race car truly dependent on stickers, I think I can wait on this one.

I'm looking forward to the F40, and maybe the Senna though.

Actually, this wave seems different- one less single car, and a January release rather than March. I like the latter, but do we have any idea why we might be getting one less car? Perhaps another McLaren 720S situation where the release and reveal of the model is timed to the reveal of the actual car? Because that was pretty neat.

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By in Australia,

I tend to not to apply stickers to my Speed Champions models at all. They look fine without. It's too stressful, lining up all those damn stickers. If your hobby brings that much stress then you're doing it wrong.

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By in United States,

I would love to see LEGO do NASCAR.

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By in United States,

Looking forward to picking this up, please keep these new Speed Champions sets reviews coming! I'm going to leave off most stickers and the wheel covers on mine though, to get it as close to a "street legal" look as I can w/o too many mod.'s.

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By in United States,

@Zordboy.. Same here.. None of mine SC have stickers and they still look cool, although I have modded a little..

For example the 68 Mustang Fastback has a couple white pieces in the door that correspond with the white sticker, but without the sticker there they look sorta weird, so mine has black stripes down the sides instead... Or something like that, don't remember exactly.

(I think the only set I've ever put stickers on was Ninjago City, but the sensory overload craziness of that one kind of demands them..)

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By in Australia,

Great review (as always) - thanks!

Love Speed Champions and love this set, can't wait.

A Nascar team has missed a great opportunity to get some of their livery on this car and minifig.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant review, wasn’t sure about this one at first, but its locked in now!

I get the hate for stickers, specially on Speed Champions (tiny parts, tinier stickers) but I do strangely love putting them on, taking my time, lining them up, getting them central, find it satisfying looking at the finished model

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By in Australia,

I hate when stickers are used to get head and tail light detail, it feels like cheating but real NASCARs use stickers to represent lights and grilles anyway so it looks really good and accurate here!

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By in Canada,

Not a fan of small stickers. It’d be so nice if there was a make-your-own option for stickers of different sizes. Not as though I don’t buy marker pens.

Looking to be a good year for Speed Champs

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By in United States,

Leaving that gas can in the car like that is a disaster waiting to happen

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By in United States,

This is by far the coolest Speed Champions set I've ever seen. Excited to see some more American muscle, especially in NASCAR form.

When does it come out? I can't wait to pick it up if my partner didn't get the hints.....

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By in United States,

Oh dear, another year of SC where I'll break down and buy all the sets almost as soon as possible!

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By in United States,

I love the stickers. Better than buying it via 3rd party vendor online. The whole sticker criticism is silly. Real cars use decals and paint. We should be thankful about how awesome the decals are : ))

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By in Australia,

I passed this by on first look as I immediately added the F40 and Senna to my wishlist, but having read your review @CapnRex101 and seen the model in profile, I really like it.

Thanks for a good review.

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By in Canada,

love it, bought it yesterday and will be building it today. Looks wonderful.

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By in United States,

That roll cage is interesting.

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By in United States,

This is a really nice Speed Champs set. I would agree that TLG really could not have done sponsors on the race uniform (or the car for that matter). However, I would like to point out that this could have been avoided by using a sponsor set similar to that emblazoned on the Race Car Guy.

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