German magazine tests the Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R again

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

German magazine Auto Sport has organized a means to test which car -- the 2010 "Series II" GT-R or the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar -- has the faster Nurburging lap time.

Nissan 2010 "Series II" GT-R had claimed a 7m 26.7s Nurburgring lap time while General Motors Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar boasted to have a laptime of 7m 22.4 seconds.

 The two cars actually have huge differences. One is an all-wheel drive turbocharged V-6 with 480 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and a curb weight of 3,800 pounds.

The other is a supercharged V-8 with 638 horsepower and a 604 pound-feet of torque in a chassis weighing just 3,352 pounds.

Note that the first series 2009 Nissan GT-R with slightly less power and softer suspension than the 2010 model was used.

However, there are many variables that can affect the lap times. So what Auto Sport did was to run the test with both cars on the same day. No other than current editor and former race driver Horst von Saurma was behind the wheel.

Saurma had held the "Ring record for a production car with a time of 7m 32s in a Porsche Carrera GT for several years. The tests revealed that both the GT-R and Corvette ZR1 achieved a lap time of 7m 38s around the treacherous 13-mile Nordschliefe course.

Moreover, other tracks were also compared in the German test, the ZR1 beat out the GT-R's Hockenheimring laptime (1m 09.7s to the GT-R's 1m 10.7s). The ZR1 lost out to the GT-R in the wet handling course (1m 36.8s to the GT-R's 1m 32.4s).

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