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.
2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hits the Nürburgring
To demonstrate the improvements on the 2012 Corvette, Chevrolet has
returned to the Nürburgring with the range-topping ZR1.
As the video shows, the car - which features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8
engine with 638 hp (476 kW / 647 PS) and 604 lb-ft (818 Nm) of torque -
lapped the legendary Nordschleife in 7:19.63 which is more than six seconds
faster than the previous Corvette
record that was set back in 2008.
To get the improved time, the ZR1 was equipped with the new PDE performance
package which has a full-width rear spoiler and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
Zero Pressure tires that are "optimized for warm, dry conditions to
increase cornering and handling capability."
► Corvette ZR1 returns to Nurburgring for new record (On Board)
Corvette returned to the world's most-demanding testing ground -- Germany's
famed Nurburgring -- and recorded lap times that rank among the fastest
recorded for a production car.
As detailed on video, the Corvette ZR1 recorded a lap time of 7:19.63, more
than six seconds faster than the
previous Corvette-best recorded in 2008. A lap video featuring the Corvette
Z06 will be released soon.
"Testing at the Nurburgring is one of the important methods we have to
validate our car in the toughest track conditions," says Tadge Juechter,
Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer.
Measuring 20.8 km (12.9 miles) and including some 154 turns, the
Nurburgring's Nordschleife ("north loop") is widely considered the world's
most-demanding course. As was the case at Corvette's last test in 2008, the
car was driven by Corvette engineer Jim Mero and was a full production
model with no performance modifications. This test was to validate the
car's added performance technology coming to production later this summer
for the 2012 model year.
Corvette's improved performance for 2012 begins with the new, optional
Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which are available on
the two highest-performing models, the lightweight, 505-hp (377 kW) Z06 and
the maximum-performance, 638-hp (476 kW) supercharged ZR1. They are
competition-oriented tires, optimized for warm, dry conditions to increase
cornering and handling capability.
When combined with the Corvette's exclusive Performance Traction Management
(PTM) technology -- which manages torque delivery for maximum performance
-- the tires set new benchmarks for Corvette performance. Engineers
estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than
1.1g, and improved braking distance.
Monsters' Brawl! Corvette ZR1 vs Porsche 911 Turbo
It's the King of the Hill vs the Autobahn Kaiser. The Chevrolet Corvette
ZR1 and the Porsche 911 turbo do battle
in a comparison of epic proportions at the track with professional hot shoe
Justin Bell, on the drag strip and through a standing mile...
Read the full story here:
Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Duane Sempson
Edited by: Mike Suggett
Jan Magnussen Laguna Seca ALMS 2012.wmv
Jan BigMag Magnussen epic overtake for P2 at Laguna Seca ALMS 2012. 14 min
before end of the race, BigMag shows his skills and huge ba..s ;-) Absolute
one of the best GT drivers in the world.
A winner in all 12 previous seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Jan
Magnussen, a four-time class winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, drives the
No. 3 Corvette Racing C6.R in the ALMS GT category with Antonio Garcia. For
more information, visit w w w.janmagnussen.c o m.
ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Read the story here:
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. .