• Aug 11, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Corvette ZR1 with new pics

The stats we throw around when comparing cars has remained the same for years. A car's 0-60 mph time and top speed are the two most well known, but this year a new stat has emerged that tells us more about a car's overall abilities than just mashing the accelerator would. It's the lap time of the Nürburgring, and you're just not a contender for supercar of the year until you've done it. The Nissan GT-R really brought attention to this statistic when it began impressing spy photogs who watched it slither around the 'Ring all through its development. Then the GT-R posted a blistering 7:29 lap time. The stat was further thrust into the spotlight when a Corvette engineer promised that Nissan would not hold the record for long. And it didn't. On June 27th, the Corvette ZR1 ran the 'Ring in 7:26.4 to take the crown. While we've watched video of the ZR1's fast lap over and over, we haven't enjoyed any professoinal images of the ZR1 running the Nürburgring yet, until today. GM has just released four new photos of a production ZR1 on the famous German track, and while these aren't pics of the record run, they still show a ZR1 on the 'Ring and that's enough to become our next desktop wallpaper. Check out all the new pics in our gallery below.


[Source: GM]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think what's most impressive is this car manages to do this without an enormous rear wing. Thank God, the Cobalt designers weren't in charge of aerodynamics...

      That said, color me impressed, but 'Ring times are really nothing more than bragging rights for that specific course. I'd really like to know how this fairs against other cars on other tracks. I think it'd hold its own against most, if not all. I think that'd be even more impressive. At least to me anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least ring times are more realistic of actual driving dynamics than 0-60 times. If I had a ZR1 (or GT-R), I'd want to take it on some lovely curvy roads; just slamming on the gas on a straight track is just not that interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      New background. It looks fantastic in red.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely my new wallpaper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What GM forgot to release, the car they used to take photos.... GTR lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are there no ZR1 tags on the side of the car???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looking at the outside, I'd initially say the best view would be from the driver's seat, but shots of the Playskool interior prove I'm wrong there too. I really WANT to like the American Supercar, but with plain-jane body panels and caveman-quality accommodations, all I can say is that it is a stellar performer. All go, absolutely no show. Disappointing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They forgot to put the center caps back on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the zr1 has become an american supercar, the zo6 was great on performance, but now this blue devil looks really nice and scary fast. great great car. new technology is not always better, if what you want is american v8 sound, and raw power that can still smoke other cars on curves this is the way to go. if I had the option to buy a 100 000 car which i don't, this would be in very top.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are we sure this is not the car that ran the record lap?

      The lack of the wheel center caps and the roll cage are a dead giveaway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice pictures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will say however, I do think this car's most impressive feat is doing as well as it does with the technology it has. All things considered this is pretty old school compared to, say, the GT-R's sophisticated AWD, plasma lined cylinders, dual clutch transmission, etc. I say this as someone who's had experience with the GT-R, but still...old school American concepts meet new school American thinking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly the absence of the hyper modern technologies make for me the fascination of the 'Vette
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Corvette God, Please inspire the designer's to create the most insanely beautiful, sexy, and functional Vette body ever imagined for the next generation Corvette. And please let it not look like the Corvette concept in the next Transformer's movie. Amen
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