Corvette ZR1 Sets New 7:19.63 Nurburgring Lap Time, Just Off Porsche GT2 RS Record [Video]

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Corvette ZR1 Sets New 7:19.63 Nurburgring Lap Time, Just Off Porsche GT2 RS Record [Video]
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To showcase just how much a few small changes can mean, Chevrolet took the updated 2012 Corvette ZR1 to the Nurburgring, knocking 6 seconds off the car’s previous best time set back in 2008. The new 7:19.63 lap time was set by Corvette engineer Jim Mero and is a solid three seconds off the Viper ACR’s best, but its just shy of the production car record set by the Porsche GT2 RS at 7:18. (Faster lap times do exist by a Radical and the Gumpert Apollo, but it’s not hard to argue that those cars aren’t true production models).

Corvette credits much of the car’s added performance to its new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which provided an 8 percent gain in lateral acceleration, as well as improved braking. The new tires are available on the flagship 638-hp ZR1 as well as on the 505-hp Z06.

Watch the video after the jump:

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  • IRN_FST

    Ah, why did the timer start at the end of the straight, and then end as soon as he came around that last left. To me there should have been an extra 2 seconds as the timer didnt start and stop at the same place…. Something is fishy here.

  • Firemode

    It doesn’t matter if the timer starts and stops in a coincident location on the track, all that matters is the place where they start and stop the timer is consistent. You don’t fault drag racers on their times because they don’t turn around or back up, do you?

  • xt65

    firemode is correct. comparing this run to the previous ZR-1 run, the start and stop points are the same. on the long straightaway the new ZR-1 gets up to 183, compared to 179 in the previous test.

  • The Mad Zak

    God Bless America!

  • Harald Hardrada

    How many laps can he do before the car breaks his back?