Chevy Goes All Out In Track Testing 2018 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet is clearly eager to make the 2018 Corvette ZR1 its fastest and most track-focused vehicle to date and in recent weeks, has been filmed testing out prototypes at circuits around the world, including the Nurburgring and Laguna Seca.

In the last few days, ZR1s have been screaming around the ‘Ring and were apparently so loud that the automaker had to fit special exhaust tips after the car is thought to have exceeded over 100 decibels while testing at the circuit. They may look weird, but even with them, the ZR1 is remarkably loud.

Based on what we’ve seen from spy shots, as well as videos like the one below, the last-hurrah for the front-engine Corvette will be something special. It appears as though it will be offered with a number of different aero packages, the most extreme of which will include a huge rear wing and an ankle-splitting front splitter.

At this stage, all indications point towards the ZR1 being outfitted with the twin-turbo LT5 V8 engine, rather than a modified example of the Z06’s supercharged V8. A horsepower figure that starts with the number 7 is inevitable and a seriously impressive Nurburgring lap time can be expected.

Tip of the hat to Michael de Jong!

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  • john1168

    Probably the best footage I’ve seen yet. I still say it’s supercharged. I think I hear supercharger whine at 1:05 and 1:21.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    I have to say it: those exhausts seem to be “dabbing”.

  • getoffme

    Still trying to beat the GT-R (R35) since 2009. LMAO

    • SteersUright

      You do understand they are two utterly different driving experiences for different types of drivers? One does not need to be the superior of the other. One is light, exceptionally powerful, makes real downforce and is truly agile. The other is a huge, heavy, powerful, techno-fabulous drive that heavily relies on its electronics (not you) to keep it on the road. Both are awesome in their own way and I would not turn down either or both for my personal garage. Would you honestly?

      • Six_Tymes

        don’t bother, he obviously doesn’t know s.

  • SteersUright

    The sound. Damn. And here I was thinking only Porsche GT cars’ engine sound could give me goosebumps. This thing sounds pure Nascar and just ferocious. Almost dont even care how good it is, I’d rev it up and change gears all day.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Sounds interesting. @ 2:00 mark, begins a comparo of the two versions on the track. The 1st example (with exposed grey door skins) sounds like an auto/DCT set up, while the 2nd sounds to have a manual.

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