The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has been filmed lapping the demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
It seems General Motors itself was testing the ZR1 at the Nurburgring, as the car was fitted with a Michigan manufacturer’s license plate. The Nurburgring was also recently closed down for industry pool testing, which is when the world’s automakers bring out their latest products to test on the fast and undulating 12.9-mile circuit.
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter has already said his team would like to lap the Nordschleife in under seven minutes with its 755 hp ZR1. Chevy hopes to have completed the sub-seven minute lap shortly after the car goes on sale this spring, so it’s likely that Chevy was gathering data with this test car in preparation for the actual lap.
Compared to the C7 Corvette Z06, the ZR1 boasts more power, more downforce, better cooling and also benefits from extra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The funny-looking exhausts seen on the Nurburgring car aren’t part of the upgrade package – they are just there so the ZR1 doesn’t violate the Nurburgring’s noise regulations. America’s supercar is a bit too loud for the German Rhineland, it seems.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will go on sale shortly starting at $119,995.
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