We recently published a news item about a rumored lap time for the C7 Corvette Z06, at the Nürburgring. The time in question was 7:08. Unfortunately Chevrolet quickly dispelled this as merely a rumor, and had nothing more to say. While some folks at GM may very well be enjoying the suspense built around the announcement, the enjoyment is not the driving force to their silence.
Due to a recent fatal accident involving a spectator, the Nürburgring operator recently instituted a 155 mph speed limit for specific sections of the course in an effort to improve safety for the time being. As you can imagine, the powers that be are well aware of the importance of The ‘Ring to motorsports, automotive history, and the fact that it has become the world’s acid test for performance automobiles. Fortunately, there have been some reports that these limits may be removed for special manufacturer attempts and certainly any other sanctioned events.
To put this clock work into perspective, the Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce recently posted a time of 6:57.73 which still did not supersede the Porsche 918 Spyder’s 6:57 which holds the current world record for a production vehicle. Those of us who pay attention to cars outside of Bowling Green know that aside from that fact that these cars are hovering between a half-million and 1 million dollars, they are also all-wheel drive.
So for an apples to apples comparison, we must look at the lowest time for a rear-wheel drive, production vehicle. This record belongs to the Dodge Viper ACR, coming in at 7:12.13. While this may cause us a slight clenching of the jaw, we have no issue giving credit where credit is due, and that is freaking FAST!
It is hard to make an assumption about lap times based on some of the build specs alone. After all, we know that aerodynamics, chassis design, handling characteristics, and a host of other differences can come into play here. That being said, we know that the team at GM has some seriously talented drivers behind the wheel overseas.
Undoubtedly Chevrolet has been running around The Green Hell with Z07 equipped Z06s, which is the best Corvette has to offer to this date. For those of you not yet brought up to speed–pun intended–we figured we’d rehash a few of the amazing performance specs of these machines. The power is generated from a supercharged 6.2-liter, pushrod V-8 that produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
The available eight-speed automatic helps to push the Z06, to 60 mph from a stop in just 2.95 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 10.95 seconds at 127 mph, and has the ability to reach about 200 mph. Thanks to an awesome set of Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors, the Z06 can decelerate from 60 mph to a standstill in just 99.6 feet.
Again, we don’t think that a comparison of these specs to those of the ACR will mean one thing or another when it comes to a time at Nurburgring, but it certainly gives us hope that it is in contention. We hope matters get sorted out, and an official time will be released. We shall keep you informed!