While the Dodge Viper is in the midst of a much-too-long (and thankfully soon-to-be-rectified) hiatus, there's really no question as to who holds the title of Baddest American Sports Car: The Chevrolet Corvette. And the top-of-the-line in Corvette Land is, of course, the 638-horsepower supercharged ZR1.

Not that the 'Vette is the only way domestic car lovers can fan their inner flames of performance. Nipping at the Corvette's super wide and sticky heels are such classic nameplates as the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger... not to mention, from within its own stomping grounds no less, the Chevrolet Camaro.

Perhaps in a bid to cement its internal pecking order, the boys from Chevy took one Corvette ZR1 and one Camaro ZL1 to Virginia International Raceway for some sordid fun and hot laps. Wondering just how close the Camaro is to the top-rung Corvette, which the automaker says set the fastest published lap for a stock car in VIR's history? Satiate your curiosity by watching the two videos after the jump.




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      tkosoccer03
      • 2 Years Ago
      that camaro looks damn impressive..
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impressive lap from the Camaro. I really want to see what would happen in head to head comparison with the new GT500.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      So lets recap: ZL1 ZR1 GT500 Boss New Viper on the way C7 on the way Looks like it's a good time to be a fan of the domestics. :D
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The ZR1 video was quite thrilling. As old as this 'Vette is, it is still an amazing car. The C7 will have a lot to live up to. The Camaro, especially the ZL1 is an awesome car. If GM can get such performance from this, then the Alpha Camaro will jaw dropping.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not the biggest GM fan in the world, but I have to give them props, Great job on the ZL1 GM, just a fantastic job.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was pretty awesome but I can't help but think that VIR needs a shave and repave, that's a bumpy circuit!
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great test and videos. Bet the Porsche folks won't take the challenge after we blew them away at Nurbergring. Regards the legalese, I was fortunate to be an engineer for GM for 45 great years. I recall some Florida idiot's parents sued GM after he crashed his new Trans Am driving like he saw in Smoky and the Bandit because GM had provided the movie producers with Trans AM's. I thought it was Darwin at his finest, but USA lawyers have no sense of justice.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, those results are damn impressive for both cars, and both the 2013 GT500 and its driver must be at the very top of their game to have a shot at beating the ZL1. But comparing these results to Car and Driver's Lightning Lap results just wont work. C/D drivers are handy at a track, but they are in no way racing drivers, and even if they were, they have only a few laps to actually get used to the car's behavior and the complex, ~3 minute course. In comparison, these guys here are test driver factory hot shoes, who know the course and cars inside out, which is easily a 10 second advantave on such a course compared to a relative amateur. Look at the ZR1: The journalists are off the mark by about 7 seconds in the exact same specification car. That means we could probably expect all of Car and Driver's times to have at least several seconds left on the table, which makes sense: Driver skill is a tremendous factor. In order for the ZL1's time to be put into perspective with Lightning Lap, it would probably lose 3-4 seconds, still securing its place in the 3 minute club and thus an impressive time, but the GTR (amongst other low 2:50 scorers) could breathe easy. With a factory driver, the Viper ACR could probably run a 2:42 or better, and the Mosler... do they even have a factory driver capable of 100%? Also, FWIW, a Ford test driver in a 2011-12 (no change) GT500 ran a 2:58, compared to Car and Driver obtaining a 3:04 in probably an identical car.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think drivers need to go to Spa more often and drive there.
      James Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better headline: Chevy announces fastest track record on track nobody cares about, declares victory.
        BLSully
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Scott
        Nurburgring isn't the only great race track in the world....
          James Scott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BLSully
          Looks like someone made an assumption, no I didnt even actually consider Nurbrugring when I wrote this. I had other north American tracks on my mind like Sebring or Road America.
        nvygw171
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Scott
        really?
        Daekwan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Scott
        What a dumbazz comment. VIR is probably the most popular roadracing track on the entire East Coast for people who actually go to the track. The Daytona oval is probably the most popular one to the public.
        James Scott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Scott
        Everybody appears to have missed my point. When was the last time we saw someone post a track time on this track? Never? That's correct. Chevy went and found a track nobody else has really made a concerted attempt on. The most recent competition for it on that track is the ACR Viper from 08 which has since had work done and a Mosler MT900S from 2000. If you check the fastest laps database there's really only a couple tracks where it's not slower than anyone else, and most of those tracks are one time races where they only have 4-5 cars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Scott
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      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Try Hockenheim instead of yet another power track with factory ace drivers. Nurburgring and VIR track times scale pretty much on power-to-weight. This whole track time thing is getting out of hand. Pretty soon we'll see someone paying an active F1 driver to drive a "stock" car around the Nurburgring and proclaim victory.
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