Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Destroys Ford GT on VIR, Nurburgring Record In Sight

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Destroys Ford GT on VIR, Nurburgring Record In Sight

Yes, this does look like another lap record fiasco.

If you are reading this, the odds are good that you know all of the key details of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but just in case, here is a quick rundown.

Sure, the Ford GT might seem more of a purpose-built machine than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but the latter offers a V8 (the Ford Performance halo auto has a 647 twin-turbo V6, remember?) and more chronograph glory for a quarter of the money. According to the Corvette team, this too was a validation run, not meant for cracking the lap record. Thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, the ZR1 delivers 755 hp and 715 pound-feet of torque. A $2,995 option, the latter consists of an adjustable carbon fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, as well as specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning.

Only now Chevy has taken the new Corvette ZR1 there and gone faster still, its dynamics engineer Jim Mero recording a 2:37.25. The ZR1 has a V8 mounted up front-supercharged and not downsized- is soup-ed up and based on a cheaper version of itself, and still costs at least a quarter of the price of the auto it just beat.

That Viper set the VIR Grand West record back in 2015 with a time of 2:40.02. Ford even specifically told The Drive recently that it would not be making any official hot lap record attempts with the Ford GT. The Corvette has a big advantage in power over the Viper and an even bigger advantage in the tire department, so there is a very good chance that the ZR1 will beat the Viper's Ring time while becoming the first American road vehicle to run in the 6-minute range.

If you'd like to watch the ZR1 bask in all of its supercharged glory while setting the laptime record at VIR, check out Chevy's dashcam video of the run below. Do you think that the C7 ZR1 will break the 6-minute barrier at the Ring?

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