Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring

Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

It’s been a while since we used the word “Spied” and “ZR1″ in a headline, but that is exactly what was caught on the Nordschleife portion of the Nürburgring in Germany last week. BridgeToGantry.com photographed the Blue Devil sporting a most interesting exterior color as it put its 620 horses to ground on one of the most famous road courses in the world.

Edmunds.com has an exclusive video of the Corvette ZR1 at Nürburgring. The report is that ZR1 is turning laps in the low “1:40s” (Don’t they mean 7:40s?) and times should improve as the track conditions have been a bit on the damp side.

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

GM has an “Any Time Any Where” mentality when it comes to running the Corvette ZR1 on public tracks, having shocked the auto world back in October with a couple of hotlaps around Laguna Seca. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter boasts the ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world. It’s no doubt that the ZR1 has something to prove – can she compete with the fastest production cars to lap the ‘ring? Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen lapped the track in a Corvette Z06 back in 2005 with a time of 7:42.9. Nissan GT-R claimed a best lap time of 7:38.54 back in September 2007 while a Porsche Carrera GT lapped the ‘ring back in 2004 with a time of 7:28.

This story is about to go global with ramifications from Nürburg to Detroit and points in between. As official lap times are released, CorvetteBlogger.com will have them here for you.


Source:
BridgeToGantry.com
Edmunds.com

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Alex:

    I do believe the Corvette to be Atomic Orange after looking at it closely and seeing some anaylsis on it. AO Corvettes can look to be have different shades depending on the lighting and as it was overcast and raining, it’s not lit up like it would be in the sun.

    We also know that the only new Corvette colors coming up in 2009 are the Cyber Grey and a new silver so it almost has to be Atomic Orange.

    Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments!

    Keith

  2. The ZR1 is an amazing car, no doubt, but sorry vette lovers, it’s still gonna lose to the Nissan GTR. Ask the Blue Devil guys what happened last time the GTR and ZR1 were at the ring!

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