A few weeks back we broke the news the new up-powered model of the 'vette we've been talking about at length for the past year now โ€” the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 โ€” would be taking a hot lap or two around the track at Laguna Seca. We knew we'd get some pictures of the hot lap โ€” even posting a contest on it โ€” and we hoped for some video. What we didn't know was that the passenger of the ZR1 would be holding a camcorder. So, thanks to our friends at Corvette Quarterly, here's the exclusive video of the hot lap 'round Laguna Seca with Corvette racer Johnny O'Connell. It's epic and we think we just may have wet ourselves. While we clean up, we'll let you take a gander โ€” and listen to the sweet, sweet engine sounds. We certainly don't think you'll be seeing a look at the new 'vette this good until the press shots start to seep out prior to the Detroit Auto Show.

[via Corvette Quarterly]