We never doubted the outstanding performance of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with its 6.2 liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine that enables it to produce up to 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-metres) of torque. Moreover, it has a top speed of 210 miles per hour (337 kilometers per hour). However, there is one question that a lot of us are asking, and that’s how fast can it perform around the Green Hell, and will it break records?
Just like any other automaker out there, Chevy also has plans of taking the hardcore Corvette ZR1 to the Nurburgring to try and beat the performance of other vehicles. The problem is that there are few dry days left to attempt a record run on the track. Having said that, the best thing they could do is wait until next season. Road & Track also said that Chevy has already used up their 2017 run on the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and the said model was able to leave the track with a lap time of 7 minutes 16.04 seconds.
Going back to the new Corvette ZR1, it will be even faster than the one that lapped the Nurburgring this year. It was fitted with a set of super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly, and an optional package they call the “High Wing”. This package gives it 60 percent more downforce over the Z06. With all these new features, Chevy believes that it can lap the ‘Ring in just under seven minutes. If this is accurate, it would be looking at beating the Dodge Viper ACR’s 7:01.3 record, and may even come close to the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6:59.73 record.
As of today, Chevrolet’s fastest Corvette around the Nurburgring would be the C7 Z06, which has a lap time of 7 minutes 13.90 seconds. They gained this record in April 2017 with the Corvette that sits on the same Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires like that of the ZR1. To compare both models, the Z06 is actually less powerful than the ZR1, with 105 horsepower less than the latter. It also does not come with as many aerodynamic features.
Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer said that it is highly likely that the Corvette ZR1 would make an attempt around the Nurburgring, but they have not scheduled it yet as it is not their top priority. However, he did say that it might happen sometime next summer, after the model goes on sale in early spring next year. How convinced are you that the ZR1 could beat the Lamborghini Aventador’s lap time? Stay tuned.