Also below seven minutes: Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
From the moment you look at it, the new 755 hp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 looks the part. That massive rear wing. All of that bodywork designed to keep it planted to the road. Yes, this thing is going to be wicked fast. But how fast, exactly? Are we talking about a new Nurburgring lap record setter here? Perhaps. Road & Track spoke to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter at the ZR1’s Dubai debut a few days ago and was told Chevy would like to see a sub-seven minute ‘Ring lap time.
What else has lapped the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes, recently? That would be the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the current record holder, and the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, which lost to the former. However, the C7 ZR1’s main goal is to beat its C6 ZR1 predecessor’s Nurburgring time of 7:19.63, set back in 2011. That should be fairly doable, but outpacing the 911 GT2 RS’ time of 6:47.3 will definitely be far more difficult. Thing is, that’s not really the main goal, especially when taking price into account. Although Chevy hasn’t released an official figure, the C7 ZR1 won’t cost nearly as much as the $293,000 911 GT2 RS.
But assuming the C7 ZR1 does in fact beat its immediate predecessor’s ‘Ring lap time, that’d made it around 20 seconds faster. That’d be a huge accomplishment right there. Also bear in mind the recent efforts of the Dodge Viper ACR. Noble, but even it couldn’t break seven minutes. Its best ‘Ring lap time was 7:01.3. So if the new C7 ZR1 beats the Viper ACR, it’ll become the fastest American car at the Green Hell.