Chevy Planning Sub-Seven Minute ‘Ring Lap With 2019 ZR1

Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette ZR1 has finally arrived. However, no Nurburgring lap time for the car has been released. Don’t stress, it’s coming.

At the ZR1’s global debut at the Dubai Motor Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Road & Track that the automaker will attempt a flying lap next year in hopes of cracking the seven-minute barrier.

Although 2019 ZR1 prototypes have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring, they’ve never had a run at the production car lap record. In fact, Juecther revealed that Chevrolet only had a single day to set a flying lap during the German summer a few months ago. The firm opted to use the Camaro ZL1 1LE that day, as its development was more complete than the ZR1’s. It set a blistering 7:16.04 lap.

With all the advanced aero of the new ZR1, as well as its incredibly powerful 755 hp, supercharged V8, there’s no doubt it will be the fastest ever production Chevrolet around the circuit.

The previous-generation ZR1 set a best of 7:19.63 at the circuit in 2011 and beyond its power and aero improvements, the new ZR1 would benefit from Michelin’s sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. A sub-seven minute lap would also make it faster than the Dodge Viper ACR.


  • john1168

    I think it’ll do it…

  • Bash

    That will be great.

  • The Watcher

    It’s really scary to think performance segment progress this fast. It was only less than a decade ago, sub 8 mins was considered stupid fast for a production car.

    • Shahul Usman

      yea I just saw the E63 wagon did a 7:45 which is what the 911 turbo 996 did… and now you have the Huracan performante doing under 7 minutes is nuts…and now cars getting under 7:20 for under $90k… The Zr1 will do under 7 minutes…maybe not beat the GT2RS or Performante, but close to the 918


    or faster than GT2 RS

  • Moveon Libtards

    They have secretly tested and it will do it. It will be timed with thr launch for maximum exposure.

    There are a lot of euro “exotics” that are worried and rightly so. Porsche will also be beat.

  • ErnieB

    It surely looks like it can!

  • Infinite1

    Regardless, it’s a beast

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