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

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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, 10:41 AM   #6
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huh. So.........does this mean the ZR-1 and Camaro are doing laps together?
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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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Old 04-10-2008, 11:01 AM   #9
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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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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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Old 04-11-2008, 09:55 AM   #12
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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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Old 04-11-2008, 02:01 PM   #15
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why is the gtr faster then the zr1? http://www.cobaltss.net/forums/showt...=106147&page=9
IF I remember right, that low 1.40 time was only preliminary.
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It may or may not be, they said clearly the 'Ring was cold and damp. They expect times to drop. Also driven by Chevy engineers, not Stig or race driver.

But, the GT-R is a real piece of work. It's stunning the performance now available. ZR-1 will give it a run. I fell out of love when I found out they were only importing tiny numbers and with the definite price gouging already started. I'll never own this car, or a ZR-1.

On the other hand I'm ordering my new Camaro Z28 the day the dealer gets the order book.




"According to our shooters on the ground, the Corvette ZR1 was turning in lap times in the low 7:40s, 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.

Looks like they still have some work to do at the Nürburgring, because the Nissan GT-R has already run a lap of 7:38. 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 7:38 can it go? We'll keep you posted."


Great, now where's my Camaro 'Ring video with lap times!

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:17 PM   #17
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ZR1 Rocks the ring too!!!

I guess the Camaro Concept and the G8 GXP weren't the only GM V8 vehicles at the track that day... Judging by the road conditions this video was done the same day the Camaro's was. Listen to the exhaust of the LS9 and then listen to the Track times!!!

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Hate to break it to you, but the GT-R's 7:38 time had damp sections on the track as well.

There is also a rumor that the 7:38 time was posted at nowhere close to full tilt either, but thats just a rumor.

I am a bit of a GT-R fanboi, I admit, but just a bit >.>
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Hate to break it to you, but the GT-R's 7:38 time had damp sections on the track as well.

There is also a rumor that the 7:38 time was posted at nowhere close to full tilt either, but thats just a rumor.

I am a bit of a GT-R fanboi, I admit, but just a bit >.>
I heard that they turned up the boost, and gave it some sticky tires to run that time....hmmmm; Interesting the massive contrast
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I heard that they turned up the boost, and gave it some sticky tires to run that time....hmmmm; Interesting the massive contrast
Last I heard, that rumor was started by all the Porsche and 'vette boys who didn't want to believe how fast the GT-R was.

I suppose we won't know for sure until someone gets their production GT-R onto the ring
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well, the GTR is under-rated by about 10% too. I want to see what happens in a race between those two cars. same time, same track. first run with the vette starting in front, second with the nissan in front. Oh, and make it a GTR V spec so that we comapre similar cars. ~100k vs ~100k.
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Considering the recent 'dry track' standard GT-R run, I'm thinking the V-spec would eat the vette alive.

Just my opinion though... don't eat me.
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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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Hate to break it to you, but the GT-R's 7:38 time had damp sections on the track as well.

There is also a rumor that the 7:38 time was posted at nowhere close to full tilt either, but thats just a rumor.

I am a bit of a GT-R fanboi, I admit, but just a bit >.>
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Last I heard, that rumor was started by all the Porsche and 'vette boys who didn't want to believe how fast the GT-R was.

I suppose we won't know for sure until someone gets their production GT-R onto the ring
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well, the GTR is under-rated by about 10% too. I want to see what happens in a race between those two cars. same time, same track. first run with the vette starting in front, second with the nissan in front. Oh, and make it a GTR V spec so that we comapre similar cars. ~100k vs ~100k.
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Considering the recent 'dry track' standard GT-R run, I'm thinking the V-spec would eat the vette alive.

Just my opinion though... don't eat me.
Well there's more to a car than just lap time around the track...and all these times are unofficial.

The Vette is a looker and the GTR is F-Ugly...buts thats my opinion.

I'll agree that the GTR V Spec has put up some impressive numbers.

Now take into consideration these times were posted Pre-Corvette times, which makes me wonder if the Vette boys decided to take it easy, make few tweaks, then running again (prior to release date) with some official times.

Why I think this is! The Vette boys made a rather LARGE claim, that the new LS9 would beat any and all productions car track times.

Those who are in the Car Biz would testify, you would never say that unless you could back it up.

Come Vette boys....make us proud.
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