Corvette ZR1 Laps Nurburgring In 7:26.4

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Today, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 officially stepped up the global war for Nürburgring supremacy, as General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove a stock ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4. That's significantly faster than the 7:29 lap set by the Nissan GT-R. We can't wait to see what the rest of the world's supercar competitors are gonna do now to step up their game.


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GM assures us that the lap time was set by stock ZR1, fitted only with extra safety and communications equipment. Everything else, from the production-spec Michelin Pilot tires, to the factory-spec ride height and suspension settings were untouched. Even the fuel was normal pump gas, though that stuff is still probably like $500 per gallon in Germany, right? None the less, this is the same spec car that people all across the country are going to buy at an inflated price, and inevitably hide away in their garage only to be driven on Sundays. Let's hope some this isn't the last we'll see of the ZR1 ripping up a racetrack.

[General Motors]

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Production car lap times

Length Best Lap Times Make Model Power/Weight Driver Date Source Notes

6:55 Radical SR8 360 PS/650 kg Michael Vergers 2005-09-28 Video

7:18 Donkervoort D8 RS 370 PS/670 kg Michael Düchting Sport Auto 12/04

7:24 Lexus LF-A ~552 PS/~1360 kg 2007-12-28 Auto Express

Winding Road

Unofficial time measured by bystanders at the track

7:25 Nissan GT-R V-Spec ~551 PS/~1590 kg 2008-04-08 Car Magazine [autoblog.com] Unofficial time measured by bystanders at the track

7:26.4 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 638 HP/1519 kg Jim Mero 2008-06-27 [8] Strong headwind on main straight.

7:27.82 Pagani Zonda F Clubsport 650 PS/1230 kg 2007-09 video Semi-wet conditions.

7:29.03 Nissan GT-R 480 hp/1740 kg Toshio Suzuki 2008-04-16 Best Motoring 07/08 video NISSAN Press release Standard run-flat tires. Dry Track.

7:32.02 Porsche 911 GT2 2008 530 PS/1440 kg Walter Röhrl 2007 *manufacturer claim.Motor Authority,

video

Semi-slicks tires.

7:32.44 Porsche Carrera GT 612 PS/1380 kg Horst Von Saurma Sport Auto

7:34 Koenigsegg CCR 817 PS/1180 kg Horst von Saurma 2005-10-17 Sport Auto Cold conditions

7:35 RUF RT12 659 hp/1573 kg Sport Auto

7:40 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 626 PS /1768 kg Klaus Ludwig AutoBild

7:42 Ford GT 550 PS/1521 kg Octane Magazine

7:42 Porsche 911 GT3 415 PS/1440 kg Walter Röhrl Automobil 05/06 sport auto 05/06

7:42.9 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 505 hp / 1450 kg Jan Magnussen 2005 Motor Trend[9] Muggy conditions

7:43 Porsche 996 GT3 RS 381 hp/1360 kg "Motor" magazine

7:44 Pagani Zonda S 550 PS/1280 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 02/05

7:46 Porsche 911 GT2 462 PS/1450 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 06/01

7:47 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 381 PS/1321 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 08/04

7:47 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 620 PS/1690 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto

7:47 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 E-gear 640 PS/n/a Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 01/07 Sport tyres

7:49 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06 512 ps / 1440 kg Horst von Saurma 2007-06-22 Sport Auto

7:50 BMW M3 CSL 360 PS/1421 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 08/03

7:50 BMW X5 E53 LM Hans-Joachim Stuck 2000 EVO magazine 08/2005 BMW M70 S70B56 engine from a V12 LMR producing 750 bhp

7:54 Mercedes CLK DTM AMG 582 PS/1678 kg Sport Auto 03/05

7:55 Caterham R500 Superlight 233 PS/460 kg Robert Nearn EVO magazine 07/2000

7:55 Ferrari F430 Scuderia F1 490 PS/1493 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 01/06

7:56 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 405 PS/1409.1 KG (3100 lb) Dave Hill [1]

7:56 Honda NSX-R (NA2) 280 PS/1270 kg Motoharu Kurosawa Best MOTORing 08/02 Omit the safe equipment model No Airbags No ESC No Spare tire

7:56 Porsche 911 Turbo 420 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 06/00

7:56 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale f1 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 02/04 Sport tyres

7:59* Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z51 405 PS/1481 kg driver Dave Hill *manufacturer claim.

7:59 Cadillac CTS-V (2nd Generation) ~550 HP/ ~4200 John Heinricy 2008-05-09 manufacturer claim[2]

7:59 Porsche 911 Carrera S Walter Röhrl WHEELS 06/04 PASM setting "Performance"

7:59 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Dirk Schoysmans Autocar magazine 1997 Without speed limiter

7:59 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2005-11 Motor Trend

8:01 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 280 PS/1540 kg Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring - Video Special DVD Series Prototype (weight/horsepower different from production car)

8:02 Mercedes CLK 63 AMG - Black Series 507 PS/ 1790 kg Autobild 07/07

8:03 Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2005) 380 bhp/1570 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 10/05

8:03 Porsche 911 GT3 360 PS/1391 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 08/99

8:03 Honda NSX-R (NA1) 280 PS/1230 kg Motoharu Kurosawa Best MOTORing 02/06 Omit the safe equipment model No Airbags No ESC No Spare tire

8:04 Audi R8 420 PS/1595 kg Sport Auto 07/07

8:05 BMW M3 E92 420 PS/1608 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 12/07

8:06 Subaru WRX STi Spec-C 280 PS/1370 kg Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video "NISMO Beast Unleashed"

8:07 BMW Z8 E52 400 PS/1615 kg [autobild.de] 06/01

8:09 Audi RS4 420 PS sport auto 06/2006

8:09 BMW M6 E63 507 PS/n/a Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 12/05 Sport tyres, limited to 259 km/h

8:09 Honda NSX-R 320 PS/1467 kg Sport Auto 08/02 Sport tires, suspension modification

8:10 Chrysler Viper GTS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 10/97

8:13 BMW M5 E60 507 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 12/04

8:13 Ferrari 355 GTB Sport Auto 10/1994

8:22* Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2008 2.0 Turbo *manufacturer claim.

8:22 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 280 PS/1430 kg Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video Special DVD

8:22 BMW M3 E46 343 PS/1584 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 12/00

8:22 BMW M Coupe E36/7 321 PS/1445 kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 10/98

8:24 Audi S5 354 PS/1718 kg * Sport Auto 01/08

8:24 Subaru Impreza Sport Auto 05/04 Sport tires

8:25 Lotus Exige S 243 PS/xxx kg Horst von Saurma Sport Auto

8:25 Jaguar XKR Horst von Saurma Sport Auto

8:25 Porsche Cayman S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto

8:24 Mitsubishi Charisma GT Evo VI Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 11/99 Sport tires

8:25 Mitsubishi Charisma GT Evo VII Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 11/02 Sport tires

8:26 BMW 335i E92 Coupe 306 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 306 hp

8:26 Nissan 350Z 290 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 10/03

8:28 Porsche 911 Carrera (993) 272 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 07/97

8:32 Porsche Boxster S 252 PS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 12/99

8:38 Honda NSX Sport Auto, 08/97

8:39 Honda S2000 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 01/00

8:39 Mazdaspeed3(MPS) 260 PS/1403 kg Mark Ticehurst 2007 Mazda News 06/07[10] Driver inexperienced on track.

8:40 Chevrolet Corvette C5 automatic 344 PS/1505 kg Sport Auto 07/97 Crash involving civilian later in the lap

8:42 Lotus Exige Mk1 179PS/796KG Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 11/00 Sport tires

8:47 Honda Civic Type-R 200PS/1204KG Horst von Saurma Sport Auto 11/01

8:49 Volkswagen Golf R32 250PS/1591KG Sport Auto 09/06

8:51 Ford Focus ST 225PS/1330KG Sport Auto 09/05

8:53 Volkswagen Golf GTi DSG Mk5 200PS/1421KG Sport Auto 11/05

8:54 Vauxhall Corsa VXR 192PS/1262KG Sport Auto 04/08

9:05 Ford Focus RS 215PS/1355KG Sport Auto 09/05

9:12 Jaguar S-Type Diesel 208PS/1722kg Sabine Schmitz Top Gear episode of Top Gear, (Series 5, Episode 5 Bridge to Gantry)[3]

9:59 Jaguar S-Type Diesel 208PS/1722kg Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear episode of Top Gear, (Series 5, Episode 5 Bridge to Gantry)[3]

10:08 Ford Transit (van) Sabine Schmitz Top Gear episode of Top Gear, (Series 6, episode 7; Bridge to Gantry