• Sep 11, 2008
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We recently brought you video of the Corvette ZR1 being manhandled around General Motors' Milford Proving Grounds by our own Sam Abuelsamid. House rules that day made the car a 4-on-the-floor, since invitees weren't allowed to explore any gear beyond fourth. Car junkies over in Europe, however, recently got a chance to ride in the first pre-production ZR1 on The Continent while it was shaken down and then flogged on the Autobahn before heading to Nardo. If you believe the speedometer, the yellow scorcher runs to 315 kph (195.73 mph) before it ran out of clear highway, not out of speed. Looks like we'll have to change the phrase from "blue" to "Fast as yellow blazes..." Follow the jump to check out the full video. Thanks for the tip, Thomas!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, you can get speeding tickets turned over in court, especially in VA.

      You need a certified calibration sheet though, where you take it to a shop and they drive it at various speeds, marking the dyno speed and the speedometer speed on a sheet of paper and witness it.
      My tiburon was certified at between 2 and 3mph high all the way to 65, and gps confirms about 5 high @ 90. So working out the math, it would be about 10 high at 200mph. But it doesn't do 200mph, and never will unless I find a cliff by accident.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Woops, I need a new pair of pants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I cant wait my neighbor will be giting on in 3 months and im set for a ride in it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      you really dont think that we are to the point where we have the technology to have a fairly accurate speedometer?

      the speedo in my old-ass C5 was only a few mph off at 120mph (gps confirmed)
        • 6 Years Ago
        that and the C5 and C5 speedos only got up to 200
        the ZR1 and Vipers only go to 220

        so i'm going to call bs on "230-250mph on the in-car speedo"
        • 6 Years Ago
        LMAO. 230-250mph... Nice one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see some genuine Euro respect for the 'Vette!
      • 6 Years Ago
      and thats why cop cars have "certified speedos"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, if the guy at the shop puts in the correct speedo gear when he swaps the trans out of a 2001 into a 1998 unit.

        You better believe I fought that ticket. 75 in a 55 when my speedo read 62.

        Replaced the speedo gear and took the paperwork to court. Came down from $250 and 4 points to 0 points and a $25 service fee.

        Stupid old cop cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Shouldn't the speedo be connected to the (non traction) wheel and not trans dependent? In bikes it is - standing burn outs won't make it budge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Corvette owner whose hit triple digits in the past, I can tell you that at 180+ mph, Speedos can be off by a couple of mph but for the most part, they are fairly accurate.

      GM has posted video of the ZR1 doing 205 mph (in fact, Autoblog posted it as well). The speed was verified with third party telemetry equipment. The ZR1 can easily reach the 200+ mph mark so it's kinda silly to think this video is doctored or inaccurate in some way.



      • 6 Years Ago
      *C5 and C6
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi,

      I'm living in Duesseldorf and they tested this car on one of the Highways in this area which has no speedlimit. Please consider, the speedometer was in km/h (you can see it on the video).

      Well, I think 310 km/H = 192 mph
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks funny with the fender repeaters.

      It appears to have headlamp washers too. Does the ZR1 have that in the US?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, it looks smart.
        The rear turn signal look good not in red.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did any of you notice that the speedo is in KM/H, not MPH? Just a thought...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i also noticed that it said over 300KM/H
        for some reason the video wont show up on here, so i pulled it up on streetfire
      • 6 Years Ago
      The majority of car speedos are off. There was a test that some magazine did comparing the accuracey of speedos across different car companies. Granted, GM was one of the most accurate, but the majority of them read high. And that was at ~70mph. The margin becomes greater at higher speeds of course.

      Motorcycles are notorious for having inaccurate speedos. Sportbikes generally read ~15-20mph high at speeds of 140-160mph (so they'll read ~160-180).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I assume you mean the GM ones that aren't just sitting at 0mph all the time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's a reason for that: there's no way to calculate the exact wheel diameter at any given time (different tires, wear, pressure, weight, even tilting angle, on turns, in bikes), so they err on the safe side.
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