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Chevrolet Aiming For Sub-Seven Second 'Ring Time With 2019 ZR1

Chevrolet Aiming For Sub-Seven Second 'Ring Time With 2019 ZR1

Chevrolet has a lofty goal with regards to the beastly 2019 Corvette ZR1. Engineers say the company is aiming for a sub-seven second lap time around the famed Nürburgring race track in Germany, which would be a first for any GM product.

This goal was conveyed to Road & Track by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, who spoke with the publication at the ZR1 reveal at the Dubai Motor Show.

Thus far a production version of the 2019 ZR1 has not seen track time at the ‘Ring. Engineering mules of the car have been photographed at the track, but in terms of official lap times, a near-production car needs to set the lap time. The last time GM had an opportunity to set an official time, they utilized it for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, which was more mature in development. The ZL1 1LE managed a swift 7.16.04 lap time.

A sub-seven second goal for the ZR1 is an aggressive one. To put this in comparison, there are currently only four production vehicles that have sub-seven lap records at the Nürburgring and they’re some exotic nameplates. Porsche 911 GTS RS, Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 918 and Lamborghini Aventador make up the current sub-seven list. The Dodge Viper ACR comes close to the club with a 7.01 time.

Juechter has not offered a timeline as to when GM will get the chance to attempt their goal. Rest assured, they’re eager to make it happen.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. CobaltSSKing
    Oliver Gavin has posted frame shot pics of him in a ZR1 at the Ring on his Instagram Stories. I wonder if its already taken place.
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