Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by 1.8t, Jun 27, 2008.
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Corvette_ZR1_laps_the_Nurburgring_in_7_26_4'; Tadge J. Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer, announced this morning that Jim Mero, GM's development engineer, drove the ZR1 around the Nurburgring in 7:26.4. According to the GMNext blog, the run took place earlier this morning and that conditions were good on the track, with the exception of a strong headwind down the main straight. Mero mentioned that he felt there were a few places where he could have gone faster, although no details were provided about why and where.
Juechter makes it clear that the ZR1 that lapped the 'Ring was instock trim, with the exception of safety and communications equipment. As such, the ZR1 was wearing the same Michelin Pilot Sport 2s found on the production model, the chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory specs and the unmodified engine was running on pump gas.
The lap began with a rolling start – which falls in line with current industry practices – and the time was confirmed both through an electronic timing system and two hand-held stopwatches. The ZR1 team will be posting a video of their run when they return from Germany and we'll be keeping our eye out for it when it's online the week of July 7th.
Curious. what did the GTR post in lap times?
LOL fuck yo 7:29 Nissan
The engineer was driving? I wonder how it would do with a race driver, no headwind and pushed harder in the few places he said he could have gone faster. 7.20 would be sick.
I'm making 550rwhp on my GTO and can appreciate the power of the ZR1 even though the GTO is heavier than the ZR1.
-The timed lap was run with a rolling start, a departure from our previous practice of standing starts. This is more aligned with current industry practice.
-Over the last two weeks, we have been doing our final tuning and testing there before we start ZR1 production cars. This morning (Friday June 27), General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove the Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4.
-Jim commented after the lap that conditions were good except for a strong headwind down the main straight and that the lap was solid, but he felt there were a few places he could have gone faster.
-Despite posting one of the fastest times ever run by a production car, Nürburgring lap times were not an over-riding priority in the development of the ZR1. The truth is, if the only priority was speed at the ring, the car would not be very pleasant to drive on American roads.
I just hope the degree to which that is true is moderate; a base C6, let alone a ZR1, should not drive like a DTS. It's America's Sports Car, not america's luxoboat
You think the "engineer" they let drive it is anything less than a race car driver?
In fact i bet you hes a former race car driver.
anyway, good job GM.
honeslty, might as well? putting an average joe driver in there doesn't demonstrate the capability ofthe car.
The GT-R has a posted lap of 7.29.03 on stock tires and an unofficial time of 7.25 out of the V-Spec prepped car timed from "bystanders"
As for the driver... Mero is one fine car pilot... and a GM engineer.
Could a track driver have gotten a better time on the ring... well... Mero DID place in 5th place overall for the history of the ring in production car... that says he's a damn good driver Bra.
But there is always someone else with a better day... the record will be bested later I'm sure.
The GTR V spec might even break into the 12sec quarter mile mark in production trim. It's little brother has trouble breaking into the 12.5 already and 111mph.
The Nissan is the ugly duckling in this group, it is the heaviest, lowest power, has the worst brakes, has the worst tyres, and has the worst torque. The Corvette ZR1 is around equal power to the Zonda, far more torque, best brakes, and widest tires.
Zonda F Clubsport
Power: 649.9ps @ 6200rpm
Torque: 575 ft•lb @ 4000rpm
Weight: 2712 lbs
Tyres: PS2 255 (F), PS2 335 (R)
Brake: Carbon Ceramic 380(F), 335 (R)
Power: 638 SAE hp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 604 ft•lb @ 3800rpm
Weight: 3324 lbs
Tyres: PS2 285 (F), PS2 335 (R)
Brake: Carbon Ceramic 393.7 (F), 381 (R)
Porsche Carrera GT
Power: 605 hp @ 8000rpm
Torque: 437 ft•lb @ 5750rpm
Weight: 3043 lbs
Tyres: PS2 265 (F), PS2 335 (R)
Brake: Carbon Ceramic 380 (F), 380 (R)
Porsche 911 GT2
Power: 530 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 501 ft•lb @ 4500rpm
Weight: 3175 lbs
Tyres: PSC 235 (F), PS2 325 (R)
Brake: Carbon Ceramic 380 (F), 340 (R)
Power: 480 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque: 430 ft•lb @ 5200rpm
Weight: 3850 lbs
Tyres: Bridgestone RE070A 255 (F), 285(R)
Brake: 380 (F), 380 (R)
lol at people thinking the GT-R is even in the same class as the ZR-1.
My point exactly. how dare people compare something build by Generic Motors to something built in Japan.
like it or not, the corvette practically compares to some ferrari and other exotics.
the gtr is a quick car, but it's ugly as fuck and hasn't proven itself. Not saying it's less of a car than the corvette, but it's certainly not in any better of a class.
I'm pretty sure the GTR is 81K Cdn and the ZR1 125K CDN. A new 08 Viper just listed in the paper for cash 98K. GTR is one helluva deal!
You left out about 60-100 hp on that power rating there (depending on which results you listen to)
They need to run the GTR and ZR1 both stock but with complete removal of factory exhaust
I guess if the GT-R is in the same class as the ZR-1, My 150hp B-Series is in the same class as the F-250.
HAY GUYS AM I TOO LATE TO GET INTO THE BENCH RACE????