From early this morning, there’s a rumor going around that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 lapped the Nürburgring in an amazing 6:59,13, but we’re here to tell that it’s not true.
If it were, the Corvette Z06 would have been the fourth fastest production car on the Nordschleife, two seconds behind the Porsche 918 Spyder (6:57).
The story seems to have originated on Horsepowerkings (you probably remember them from their report on Ford dropping V8 engines from 2017 which was debunked, and their claims that the Mustang GT350R lapped the ‘Ring in 7:32.19, which we question as well), and quickly spread on other sites, and we quote Horsepowerkings:
“According to fresh reports, the 2015 Corvette Z06 has run a lap time of 6:59.13 at Nurburgring, and the HD on-board video will be released ‘soon’. What do we know about this run? It was done in a production 2015 C7 Z06, and the car was equipped with the Z07 aerodynamics package, along with GM’s new 8L90 eight-speed transmission. That is all the information we have at this point, but we do expect more (official) information to be released in coming weeks.”
We contacted Chevrolet Spokesman Monte Doran and asked him about the alleged report. This is what he told Carscoops:
“Simply put, that number is not correct,” said Doran. “We accumulated nearly 1,000 miles of testing on the Nurburgring with the Z06. However, as you know, there are very limited opportunities to get a lap on video at the ‘Ring. Both opportunities we had to record a lap on video were rained out. We have decided not to release a lap, as we don’t have the video to back up a time. When we get a chance to run a fast lap for video, we will publish an official time.”