• Jun 27, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Corvette ZR1.

Tadge J. Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer, announced this morning that Jim Mero, GM's development engineer, drove the ZR1 around the Nurburgring in 7:26.4. According to the GMNext blog, the run took place earlier this morning and that conditions were good on the track, with the exception of a strong headwind down the main straight. Mero mentioned that he felt there were a few places where he could have gone faster, although no details were provided about why and where.

Juechter makes it clear that the ZR1 that lapped the 'Ring was instock trim, with the exception of safety and communications equipment. As such, the ZR1 was wearing the same Michelin Pilot Sport 2s found on the production model, the chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory specs and the unmodified engine was running on pump gas.

The lap began with a rolling start – which falls in line with current industry practices – and the time was confirmed both through an electronic timing system and two hand-held stopwatches. The ZR1 team will be posting a video of their run when they return from Germany and we'll be keeping our eye out for it when it's online the week of July 7th.

Top tip Mason!


[Source: GMNext]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      BRING IT!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      have you guys seen the vspec car? its horrible, it looks worst then the current gtr. in contrast the zr1 is just plain insane a car that you would be amazed if seen in public. i would love to have one in black specially. the sr1 is clearly a winner it doesnt matter if the vspec end up been a bit faster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fact of the matter is they're both fast cars. GM is king of the ring until someone else comes along with something better, be it Nissan or another manufacturer. Deal with it GT-R fan boys. And who gives a flying f#$% about what's in the pipeline? It's completely irrelevant to PRODUCTION vehicles that are lapping the 'Ring right now. You can't sit there and talk about a cars performance that won't even be available for another 1-2 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a huge Corvette fan - I own a Z06, but I gotta admit that this is disappointing. This only barely beats a car that costs 30k less, which is not impressive. The fair comparison is between this car and the V Spec, which will probably spank the ZR1.

      If the V Spec comes out on top (which I'm guessing it will), then the General definitely loses this battle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No lies man. I own a 2002 Z06 (my second Corvette) that I love, but you can't deny numbers. I'm trying to be objective. Maybe spank does overstate it, but the GTR comes out on top over the Z06 in every comparison I've seen.

        Don't get me wrong though - I would never buy a GTR over a Z06 partly because of bias and partly because nothing feels better than a rear drive, light weight, V8-powered car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Correct me if I'm wrong - the ZR1 uses softer springs and damper tuning than the Z06 right? So it's really a step in another direction than what Nissan is planning with the V-spec. Granted, it has what 125 more HP over the Z06 but it doesn't seem to me like GM is trying to build the ZR1 to be a 'Ring slut, unlike Nissan, which has been using the Nordschleife and Porsche as performance benchmarks for years.

        And as for the Viper ACR comparison... Neither the Vette nor the GT-R have wings or splitters. Botch GM and Nismo have the know-how to go out and add racy aero to their range-toppers and increase grip and high-speed stability. That's almost as bad as comparing a Carrera GT and C6.R - it'll get you nowhere.

        That being said, if I had this kind of money, I'd get the Maserati Gran Turismo. It's not like I need to break 'Ring records and it's not like the Maser's slow but it's looks could probably kill.

        Can any of you guys spot me 150 grand?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quote - "This only barely beats a car that costs 30k less, which is not impressive." -

        So, what's really more impressive, that there is 1 car that's $30K cheaper and is almost as quick, or that there are dozens of slower cars that cost significantly more? In my mind, both of these cars are amazing and actually represent fantastic values over other similarly-performaing vehicles.

        The whole cost issue never made sense to me really. I doubt highly that too many prospective Ferrari 430 Scuderia buyers are debating about buying a GT-R or a ZR1 instead because they are faster and for a lot less money. I know I wouldn't be too concerned if I had the cash to blow on a Scuderia, I'd actually probably own a ZR1 and a GT-R as well.

        What's really more amazing to me is that two of the fastest production cars on the 'Ring are also among the cheapest. Looking at the cost of many of the other cars near the top, that's an amazing feat in itself I think.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If its true that the Spec V will be stripped down for weight reasons and will be designed for hard care track use than its peformance vs the ZR1 is irrelevant. The Zr-1 is a supercar that can be used as a commuter car every day. Its not stripped down and has all the luxuries of the normal Vette. furthermore, the GTR has AWD which automatically gives it an advantage vs RWD cars including the Vette. No one should be too surprised that the GTR was faster than the base Z06 (although I dont know the margin) considering the tremendous grip offered by the AWD system. The GTR can get out of corners faster than the Z06. Teh Z06 makes up for it (best it can) when it can use its 505hp engine. The Z06 is faster than the GTR any way you cut it. Only the extreme direction changes at a track like the Ring can allow the GTR to beat the vette. Above 60mph the Z06 leaves the Nissan in its wake. Check the 1/4 mile times for yourselves.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Smells more like GTR fanboy than Z06 owner
        • 6 Years Ago
        In all the tests I've seen, the GT-R and Z06 are about equal 0-60 (sometimes with the GT-R having a slight advantage) and the Z06 pulling away at higher speeds. Road and Track, which tested a GT-R against a Z06 and a 911 Turbo, wrote this of the Z06:

        "It kept pace with the others to 60 mph, and then managed to set the fastest trap speed at the quarter-mile mark (123.7 mph), besting the 911 Turbo by 2.5 mph and the GT-R by 7.2. This just goes to show that although the Corvette couldn't get off the line as quickly as its awd competitors, once it got going, nothing here could touch it."
        http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=31&article_id=6592

        Basically, I have no idea how anyone could plausibly say that the GT-R "spanks" or "rapes" the Z06. Their numbers are virtually the same, with the GT-R generally posting slightly better 0-60 numbers and the Z06 being superior at higher speeds (where the GT-R's AWD isn't an advantage).
      • 6 Years Ago
      But, but the rings has corners.....
      • 6 Years Ago

      Is Proud Japanese really a Japanese guy, or just someone pretending to be one to troll here?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The truly proud Japanese would never disgrace themselves in such a prolific manner. I know because I am proud and Japanese, so I'm about to call him out:

        Oi kussogakiyarou omee no bakanomane yametekure. Kochi ga hasukashii.

        Depending on the response, we might be able to deduce whether he's a troll or a really dumb Jap.

        Those that get suckered in to the online flame wars look just as bad though, really. Those with intelligent replies seem to get overlooked and PJ continues to champion the fanboy fight club.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An engineer drove that lap?? I assume he's also a Ron Fellows level race car driver they just forgot to mention that part?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A top of the line Corvette beat a base GTR. Clutching the straws a bit? I can't wait till the V-Spec rapes the ZR1. I can just imagine your face.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To be clear, I realize that you said "base GTR," not Nissan's base car, but your statement is as disingenuous as going back in time 3 months and saying, "Big deal, Nissan's fastest car beat a base Z06."
        • 6 Years Ago
        My God, you're dishonest, even for someone who seeks to flame. The GTR is not Nissan's base car, it's Nissan's top-of-the-line car. (and I drive an '06 350Z roadster)

        If you want to be taken at least half seriously by anyone, don't make patently absurd statements.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow you're dumb. I won't buy either car, but the GTR already destroyed both the regular corvette AND the Z06. This is GM's fastest Vette... do you really think the Spec V isn't going to be able to be just a few seconds faster than the regular GTR? I really wish I knew you in real life, so when the Spec V comes along and goes even faster than the ZR1, I could call you the ignorant hillbilly you really are.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I'm a Ford guy, I still love Corvette's and it's just plain awesome to see these kinds of lap times.

      The GT-R, King of the what??? Certainly not the 'Ring! HAHAHA!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        We'll see who has the last laugh when the V-Spec comes out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And I also want to see what kind of a time a professional driver can achieve with the ZR1. I'll just say that the nissan fans need to take a broom with them when they run out of the competition like a bunch of scared little girls wearing Tu Tus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget the GT-R, I want to see this car run against the Viper ACR. They are very close in HP, weight, and price. It would be neat to see which is the king of the current American sports cars.
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