We may not know the exact specs of General Motors's forthcoming super sports car just yet, but if even half the rumors about the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 are true, the C7-generation 'Vette's swan song will likely go down in the history books as one of the most spectacular American speed machines ever made.
Especially if it can set a Nurburgring record.
A YouTube car spotter who goes by the handle of Carspotter Jeroen caught Chevy's new wunder-Vette kicking ass and taking names at the Nurburgring Nordschleife again recently, giving us our best look yet at the car. More importantly, the camerman is clever enough to seemingly clock one of the ZR1's laps on his iPhone. Even though the Corvette in question was running the circuit while the 'Ring was clogged up with other, presumably-lesser cars, the ZR1 apparently managed to run around the 12.9-mile course in a hair's breath less than 7:30.
For comparison, the previous Corvette ZR1 managed a 7:19.63 lap of the Nordschleife back in 2011—but that was a balls-to-the-wall hot lap, not one with the window down and a Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class blocking the track ahead. It seems all but guaranteed that the new super-Vette will be able to beat its predecessor around the track; what's less clear is whether it will be able to beat the current production car lap record holder, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Like that Lambo, the 2018 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is expected to offer active aerodynamics to optimize grip—but unlike the Huracan, the Corvette won't have the corner exit-benefitting advantage of all-wheel-drive.
Then again, the ZR1 is likely to pack a 'roided-out version of the Z06's motor delivering at least 700 horsepower. So maybe it'll even out in the end.