• Dec 6, 2007


The folks at Corvette Quarterly have been holding onto this vid ever since the Corvette ZR1 was trotted out at Laguna Seca in October for a hot lap. In it we get a cockpit's view of the track from inside the most powerful Corvette ever produced, but aside from the visuals, we really get rockin' to the soundtrack that features a distinct and glorious supercharger whine right at the beginning as the car's leaving the pits that just can't be denied. And while the driver was taking it easy, there's plenty of tire screeching and V8 rumbling to the redline that can be heard, too. Enjoy!

[Source: Corvette Quarterly]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Compare the lap above with this one, made in a RX-8 at Laguna Seca:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiacYoi9D_M

      By the time ZR1 reached the pit lane it was already 10 seconds faster than the RX-8.

      Yeah, I know that RX-8 has less than half the power, but the RX-8 had a rolling start and the pilot was really struggling, while the guy in the Corvette seemed like he was cruising (judging by the comments here).

        • 7 Years Ago
        That rx-8 sounds awefull, reminds me of ricers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that the "puss" behind the wheel is Johnny O'Connell. So, unless mom's picked up a few class wins at Le Mans, she's got some competition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well he was far from pushing the entire lap and the was only 1 min 40 sec.

      Many parts of the track couild have been pushed as well as the end entering the pits he was just coasting. For a sreet car on street rubber this car is going to put dow some times to make people notice. I expect a lap in the low 1:30's can be done. These are time reaching near times the Pratt and Miller GT1 Vettes can so in the mid 1:20's

      Here are times to compare from full blown race cars in 2006 on race rubber and a flying start on Laguna.

      750hp F1 Toyota _ 1:06.309

      650hp ALMS P1 Zytek 06S _ 1:13.731

      500hp ALMS P2 Porsche RS Spyder _ 1:14.030

      600hp ALMS GT1 Aston Martin DBR9 _ 1:21.012

      250hp Honda MotoGP Bike _ 1:22.843

      480hp ALMS GT2 Ferrari F430 GT _ 1:23.611

      500hp Grand-Am DP Crawford-Porsche _ 1:23.712

      Also for the record there is no Small Block or Big Block at GM anymore they are LS series engines as GM likes to call them and they share little with the original small block engines.

      Note also the engine is planned to go over 700 HP sometime in the future as it has already been test to 725 HP with no issues. Jim Queen of GM was asked about the 700 HP and he said they would not do that in the first year.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the driver was obviously told to go easy. this is the kind of driving I get when I ask seasoned racers to take me around the track - they will show good line and great car control but not push the car or their skills to the limit.

        great video but I would not start extracting lap times from this just yet. GM is hinting that this car will dance with ferraris and lambos and I think they got a shot at this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is anybody else experiencing youtube problems? I can't get the vids to download more than half way!
        • 7 Years Ago
        just you, sorry
        • 7 Years Ago
        Damnit. My computer, my moms, and my girlfriends are all having the same issue. I want to hear this thing!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Damnit. My computer, my moms, and my girlfriends are all having the same issue. I want to hear this thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, he got into 4th gear really fast, this thing must have some serious power
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Big block" and "small block" have nothing to do with the actual displacement, it's all about their physical size. A big block was just that, a BIG block, and vice versa for a small block.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The small/big block designation is sort of irrelevant here. The only reason it existed was that most of the automakers had two completely separate engine designs for two ranges of sizes. The new engines are more like the designs from Buick, Olds, and Pontiac back in the day, in that they are "mid-blocks"... running somewhere between those two extremes - roughly 350 - 427 c.i.

        A good example of a mid-block was the Buick nailhead. Early examples were 322 c.i., with the big 425 c.i. mills topping out the lineup in '65.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I stand corrected on the big block thing (dang gm and their engine designations). I always thought small blocks stopped around the 400ci mark. But then again that’s gen 1 thinking lol
        Well the bigger CUIs gives it a deeper rumble IMHO is the point I was getting at.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's the puss behind the wheel? My 70 year old mom could drive faster than that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        so he braked before the corkscrew? You realize this car isn't even in PRODUCTION yet. He drove it pretty hard for a car you need to be careful with!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @epilonious

        You make the arrangements and I'll oblige.
        • 7 Years Ago
        youtube links of you driving laguna seca better, or you're chock full of crap.

        (Gran Tourismo doesn't count)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure they told him to take it easy on the corkscrew, being a pre-production model and all. He actually got on the power really early on turn 5. At least a lot earlier than I can in video games. He obviously wasn't going 100%, but his lines were good, as far as i can tell.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He got ya on that one!
        • 7 Years Ago
        He pushed it pretty hard through 5, then let up almost completely on the run up the hill.

        Still the car got to show some potential.
        • 7 Years Ago
        he obviously was not pushing it hard

        doesnt mean he is a bad driver
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha I also like at the end of the video. "Like the exhaust?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      watching in-car footage of the corkscrew always scares the bejeezus out of me.
        Carlos
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not a big block, or atleast GM likes to think that haha.

        That car sounds so great, but I can't help but notice how much pitch there is upon launching the car? Maybe it was just the camera?
        • 7 Years Ago
        the corkscrew scares me in video games, haha
        • 7 Years Ago
        That LS9 sounds sweet. The LS7 still sounds better, you can't mistake the sound of a bigblock. The C6Rs at the track are awsome.

        I bet you get a chill down your spine when you hear the whine and feel the horsepower of the supercharger!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The LS7 is NOT a big block.

        It is a 427.x (closer to 428, actually) cubic inch small block V8.

        :)

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that was awesome! I swear you could hear the driver "pass wind" every time he clipped a corner. I suppose it is because he is tensing up just before the corner with predictable results! That poor passenger, no wonder the camera kept shaking! That guy must have just chowed down at Taco Bell or something. What do you guys think?
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