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Old 04-10-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Corvette ZR1 Testing at Nürburgring...Oh man.

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...hotopanel..1.*

After months of seeing the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 sitting on a stand at auto shows, we can finally bring you video of the 620-horsepower supercar in action — and you won't be disappointed. Shot on the Nürburgring test track in Germany, the engineers behind the wheel of the most powerful Corvette ever were flogging it hard and we have the lap times to prove it.

According to our shooters on the ground, the Corvette ZR1 was turning in lap times in the low 1:40s, a pace that puts it right up there with the world's fastest supercars. And given the damp conditions and rough, hand-timed numbers, you can expect to see even quicker official lap times when Chevrolet goes public with its Nürburgring data.

Introduced earlier this year at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a limited-production version of the standard Corvette. It features a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 rated at 620 hp and 595 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed transmission sends power to the 335/35R20 tires. Extensive use of carbon fiber gives the ZR1 a unique look, but it still weighs a few hundred pounds more than a standard Corvette Z06.

That said, the folks at Chevrolet aren't worried about the performance potential of their $100,000 halo car. According to ZR1 Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, the ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world.

Looks like they still have some work to do at the Nürburgring, because the Nissan GT-R has already run a lap of 1:38. We're guessing the ZR1 will be able to shave off another 4 seconds without much trouble. The only question now is how much quicker than 1:38 can it go? We'll keep you posted.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:44 AM   #3
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The ZR-1 couldn't have been going full tilt if it was running a 7:40. Thats 2 seconds faster than the Z06, for 115 more hp, better brakes, and better suspension. I'm hoping for a 7:24, 1 sec faster than the GT-R Vspec. Might not happen though. Then again, GM has only said that the ZR-1 will be making 'at least' or 'around' 620 hp, because they are still testing. Run a slow time? swap a pulley then claim 660 hp.
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:56 AM   #4
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it's probably a good thing i dont have a hundred grand sitting around, I would get in trouble with that Vette...
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:22 AM   #5
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you and me both. lots and lots of trouble...
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:41 AM   #6
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huh. So.........does this mean the ZR-1 and Camaro are doing laps together?
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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huh. So.........does this mean the ZR-1 and Camaro are doing laps together?
i was just thinking that, why didn't we get a vid for the camaro
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:50 AM   #8
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huh. So.........does this mean the ZR-1 and Camaro are doing laps together?
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i was just thinking that, why didn't we get a vid for the camaro
I hate to give credibility to any conspiracy theory. But, It sure does seem like the Vids are kept close to the vest. There were a few vids of the ZR1 out there but none of them surfaced until Chevy officially announced the car.

And the camaro is still a Mule. So I don't think we are gonna see any vids until GM shows us the final production car. I still can't believe that no one outside of GM has a vid of the camaro at the Ring... I just don't think we'll see it before GM is ready. Seems strange yeah?
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:28 PM   #10
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Nice sound at that distance But needs more Camaro vids! :(
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:00 PM   #11
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I'm guessing that they just opened up the ring up for the season this week, judging by the number of cars there
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I guess this is gm reponse against the 07' viper now I wonder what there thinking, ford too
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Awesome find!!! I loved the sound of that thing; it seemed to have a touch of rasp when they got on it pretty hard, although it didn't even seem like they went WOT in any of the vids'. Very promising indeed
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why is the gtr faster then the zr1? http://www.cobaltss.net/forums/showt...=106147&page=9
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