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. .
Dodge Viper ACR Sets Nurburgring Record
The Dodge Viper ACR, with Dutch driver Tom Coronel, sets a new record at
Germany's Nurburgring track, the ultimate test of a car's performance,
beating the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
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.
ZR1 Corvette Nurburgring
Part of a lap at the Nurburgring in my 1991 C4 ZR1, not very fast as it is
only my 4th lap, I eventually get fed up following the Porsche and try to
keep up with the BMW that goes past.
2009 ZR1 engine rev
Bloomington Gold Corvette Car show 2008...the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was just
tested to be the fastest car in production. When tested at a track in
Germany it beat the previous world record lap time recently held by the 911
turbo GT3 by 20 seconds. I was told all
this by the main engineer of the ZR1 project, the one revving the engine.
ZR1 vs GT-R at the Nurburgring Sync at 00:00:00
Here is a video combining the GT-R (7:29) run with the ZR1 run (7:26) at
Both GT-R and ZR1 runs are using the original videos in their original
timeline (no time stretching). Both times are off with respect to each
other. So I added a timer using Sony Vegas' timecode Video Event FX in its
The 2 videos were sync'ed at the point immediately before the 00:00:00
started to tick. It's also at this point where the Sony Vegas timecode was
started. Actually, at this starting time, the ZR1 is already ahead (slight
head-start). I could have used the landmarks to sync but I decided to trust
the timings done by both GM and Nissan.
The Nissan timer is closer to the Sony Vegas timer (both end points). The
GM timer seems to get an accumulated delay of a little more than 1 second.
For example, when the ZR1 finished at 7:26.4, the Nissan timer was at
7:27.58 and the Sony Vegas timer was at 7:27.580. When GT-R finished at
7:29.03, Vegas timer was at 7:29.015. The best way to confirm which of
these 3 timers is correct is to use your own stopwatch as this YouTube clip
I would need to create another comparison video where I will stretch the
ZR1 timeline so that it is in sync with the GT-R timer at both 00:00:00 and