New Corvette ZR1 Goes For Top Speed Run, Emerges With 212 MPH Average

When Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette ZR1 at the end of 2017, the automaker claimed the vehicle would be able to reach speeds of over 210 mph (337 km/h). With its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 755 HP, it did sound feasible, though the automaker’s word was all we had.

Well, Chevrolet has recently released a video of the ZR1 completing two flying-mile runs and maxing out at above 210 mph.

As usual when it comes to top speed runs, they ran the ZR1 first with the wind to its back and then in the opposite direction. The first run saw the ZR1 hit 214.88 mph (345.5 km/h) in seventh gear. Things weren’t as quick for the second run, as the vehicle managed to reach 210.20 mph (338 km/h). This results in an average of 212 mph (341 km/h).

Chevrolet tested the ZR1 at the Papenberg test track in Germany and used an example that wasn’t fitted with the enormous rear wing. While it is useful for drivers looking to go quickly around a track, as it generates downforce, it hinders the car when it comes to going flat out in a straight line because it also induces drag.

The quintessential American supercar might have more in store, though. When the ZR1 came out, chief engineer Tadge Juechter stated that the vehicle was limited to 215 mph (345 km/h). “We didn’t actually expect to get there, but we were surprised when we hit the speed limiter,” he said last November. “We talked about raising it [the limiter], but the tires were validated to 215.”

Being as fast as a Ferrari 488 Pista in a straight line is an impressive feat. But the way the ZR1 reached those numbers is just as remarkable. Both the driver and passenger look calm throughout both runs, which is easier said than done at over 200 mph (320 km/h).

Of course, even if you’ve got the funds to buy a ZR1, you won’t be able to hit top speed unless you live near a de-restricted Autobahn or find a circuit (or an old airport) with a (very) long straight. Even so, we can’t wait for someone to get rid of that electronic speed limiter, fit a set of tires that can handle the speed and do another run.

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