The 2012 ZR1 smashes the Viper ACR's ‘Ring record - with video
The video below of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 tearing around the Nürburgring offers an amazing in-car view of the fastest official lap set by an American sports car at the famous race course. With GM engineer Jim Mero at the wheel, the ZR-1 screamed through the 12.9 mile road course with the result being a lap time of 7.19:63. This time makes the 2012 ZR-1 almost seven seconds faster around the ‘Ring than the 2008 ZR-1 and it allows GM to take bragging rights of the fastest production vehicle to lap the German course – with the only mainstream vehicle claiming a better time being the Porsche 911 GT2 RS after posting a lap time of 7:18.
As the video begins Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter explains why GM decided to bring the ZR-1 back to the ‘Ring, pointing out the advantages of the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires along with both chassis and aerodynamic improvements made to the Chevrolet supercar for 2012. These tires were designed specifically for the ZR-1 with cooperation between Michelin and Chevrolet – with an amazing outcome.