GTR and ZR1 Nurburgring times fake? Alex Roy and Matt Farah
Matt Farah and Alex Roy discuss the new "BMW" 7-series, the NHRA 1000ft Funny Car and Top Fuel limit, the upcoming McLaren SLR Speedster, the validity of the GTR and ZR1 Nurburgring lap times and how to standardize those times. Question of the Day = Is the Ring a good benchmark?
2010 Lotus Elise vs. 2000 Lotus Esprit
The Smoking Tire visits the beautiful Ojai valley with two of Lotus's
finest cars, the Elise and the Esprit. Matt Farah hits the canyons to find
out how the quintessential 'new' Lotus compares to the well-aging Esprit
09 CTS-V Nurburgring Record Run 7:59.32 - Garage419
2009 Cadillac CTS-V Nurburgring Testing: 7:59.32 lap of the Nordschleife,
fastest recorded production sedan on factory-spec street tires. Driven
Friday, May 9th 2008. Driver: John Heinricy, executive of GM performance
Top Gear US Hosts, Used Lamborghinis, and The Ring-Garage419
Mike Spinelli joins Farah to discuss the final US Top Gears hosts,
Lamborghini's Certified Pre Owned program, how the Ring is the new
benchmark, the side effects of high gas prices, and whether or not the Audi
TT-RS is badass or not.
Corvette ZR1 Nurburgring 7:26.4
I know many people have been very interested in how fast the ZR1 would be
at the Ring...
Most car enthusiasts are quite familiar with the Nürburgring. Built in the
1920's near Cologne, Germany, "the Ring" is considered to be the toughest
and most challenging race track in the world.
Over the last two weeks, we have been doing our final tuning and testing
there before we start ZR1 production cars. This morning (Friday June 27),
General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove the Corvette ZR1 around
the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4.
Jim commented after the lap that conditions were good except for a strong
headwind down the main straight and that the lap was solid, but he felt
there were a few places he could have gone faster.
The car was bone stock with the exception of the communications and safety
equipment. The tires were production Michelin Pilot Sport 2's. These
tires have been developed specifically for the ZR1 and will have impressive
wet traction and wear (tread wear rating = 220), in addition to excellent
dry road holding. Chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory
specs. Likewise, the engine calibrations were absolutely stock, emissions
compliant and the car ran on pump (not racing) fuel. The vehicle was
exactly like the cars that will be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and
sold around the world later this summer.
Despite posting one of the fastest times ever run by a production car,
Nürburgring lap times were not an over-riding priority in the development
of the ZR1. The truth is, if the only priority was speed at the ring, the
car would not be very pleasant to drive on American roads. The ZR1 is an
incredibly capable track machine, but unlike most ultra-high performance
cars, it is very easy to live with on a daily basis.
The timed lap was run with a rolling start, a departure from our previous
practice of standing starts. This is more aligned with current industry
practice. The lap was electronically timed and confirmed with two
hand-held stopwatches. .
Best GTR launch control reaction ever
Courage is strong in this beautiful GTR Pilot! She took the directions
given to her and just rolled with it!
I love the part where the fear takes over body control, which makes it hard
for her to think straight to let off the gas to make it stop. Hahahahaha
This is by far the best GTR Reaction I have ever seen with for GTR Launch
ZR1 Smokes GT-R: Chevy Corvette ZR1 vs. Nissan GT-R
SEE THE FULL COMPARISON STORY:
Corvette Grand Sport Road Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWlK669ZVdY
SEE RHYS MILLEN TOP PIKES PEAK:
It's already hot at 11 a.m. as we pull our 2009 Nissan GT-R into the
visitor's parking lot at GM's proving grounds in Arizona. The Japanese
supercar looks like a spaceship next to the aging, 1960s-era brick
buildings that front the massive desert test facility on the outskirts of
Nissan GT-R v the World: GT-R v R8 v 911 v STI v Evo v Elise
We're in a 2009 Nissan GT-R, helmet on, seatbelt fastened, left foot poised
to release the brake and unleash Godzilla's wrath. But we're not on a
racetrack. In front of us there are 22 miles and 402 turns of the best
driving road in the world, Southern California's Glendora Mountain Road.
We've covered this ground thousands of times, but today it's different.
Today there are two California Highway Patrol cruisers stationed at either
end of this twisting strip of sun-drenched blacktop. It is our personal
playground for the afternoon.
The radio crackles the "All clear" and with the GT-R's engine revved to a
launch-controlled 4,500 rpm, we release the brake and let the big Nissan do
what it does best: twist physics into knots.
This process is repeated all afternoon in a collection of today's quickest
and most capable road cars. The list includes a 2008 Audi R8, 2008 Lotus
Elise SC, 2008 Porsche 911, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR and 2008
Subaru WRX STI. We didn't discriminate: Rally cars, focused rear-drive
performance cars and everything in between was invited to the party. In
fact, there's only one genre missing from this otherwise comprehensive list
— the big-power, rear-drive supercar. But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Fact is, we asked Chevy for a 2008 Corvette Z06 and we asked Dodge for a
2008 Viper SRT10, but both refused to loan us their cars — presumably
because we'd be testing their best metal against the almighty GT-R.
Sniff, sniff. Does somebody smell chicken?
Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1
Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1. Unfortuantely,
this was a day that the 'ring was open to the public and traffic slowed
down the 638 hp Corvette several times. Still, a great way to see how a
professional race car driver attacks one of the most difficult road courses
in the world.
Porsche 911 GT2 v Corvette ZR1 - drag race by autocar.co.uk
Which is faster in a one-mile drag
race? Porsche 911 GT2 or Corvette ZR1? Visit
http://www.autocar.co.uk/porsche/ for the latest Porsche news and reviews,
or http://www.autocar.co.uk/chevrolet for the ZR1 reviews.
Get the latest car news and reviews at http://www.autocar.co.uk
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Road Test
nside Line roasts the tires of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 then
explains why the car's new Performance Traction Management system makes it
harder to do ... and why that's a good thing.
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