Nothing like American muscle on a European track.
The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a very fast car, and we would expect nothing less from the most powerful, naturally aspirated V8 ever fitted to a production car. Still, it's shocking to see the times the vehicle can pull, and in a recent video shared by Sport Auto on YouTube, we were treated to a very impressive lap time of 1:49.1 to lap the Hockenheim GP in Germany.
The car, piloted by Uwe Sener, was a stock Z06 fitted with the Z07 track pack wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires. The car obviously had a rolling start, but we're unsure if the goal was to get the fastest time possible or just try for a quick lap. Whatever it was, the time was good enough to make it the 93rd fastest car ever to lap the track. This is a stat that doesn't sound super impressive on its own, but you have to remember the first 62 fastest vehicles around the track are F1 cars.
Definitely check out the onboard above, and see how planted the car looks during the lap.
With a time like this, the Z06 is in some pretty impressive company, putting it just ahead of a 992 Porsche 911 Turbo with a time of 1:49.30 and with the same exact time as a 991 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Some other impressive vehicles in front of it are the McLaren 720 S (1:45.50), AMG GT Black Series (1:43.30), and even a modified C6 ZR1 (1:46.75).
The fastest production car to ever lap the track is the Mercedes-AMG One with a time of 1:38.56, a shockingly fast time that is only 20 seconds slower around the track than the Red Bull RB14 F1 car piloted by everyone's favorite Aussie driver, Daniel Ricciardo.
The Z06's performance is no surprise, and it's always awesome to see an American sports car on a European track. Just buying a normal Corvette in Europe is expensive in Europe, starting at $113,125. This means the Z06 is probably pushing near $200,000, and that's before the inevitable dealer markups
More powerful Corvettes are obviously on the way though, and even the recently unveiled E-Ray is going to give the Z06 a run for its money with 655 combined horsepower thanks to its electrically assisted LT2 V8 and AWD in a Corvette for the first time. Now that's a car we're excited to see lap a racetrack, though it's going to be a little before the company really gets them to customers.
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