Tadge Calls Out Nissan’s GT-R: Corvette ZR1 Will Beat ‘Ring Time

Tadge Calls Out Nissan’s GT-R: Corvette ZR1 Will Beat ‘Ring Time

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

When news hit last month of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 running the Nürburgring, many of us were a bit disappointed to hear that lap times were averaging in the low 7:40s. After all, Jan Magnussen took a 2005 Corvette Z06 around the ring in 7:42.9 and the new Corvette ZR1 should be faster than that, right? So we kept reminding ourselves about how the track was wet and cold and that the timing was by hand and that the car held two occupants. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter told us not to worry as the “ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world.”

That’s a fairly tall order, especially in the light of the recent 7:29 Nürburgring performance by Nissan’s GT-R. Think about that for a minute. The Corvette Z06 piloted by a professional race car driver was nearly 14 seconds slower than the new AWD wonder. But does that make Tadge back down? Of course not, we’re talking about Team Corvette! According to Edmund’s Inside Line, Tadge said they’re expecting a lap time of “seven minutes, twenty-something seconds.”

Wow! I love the fact that our boys are confident in the ability of the Corvette ZR1 to perform and a lap of the 7:2X time would certainly make any sport car enthusiast familiar with the ‘ring say “%^$#!”

There’s no telling when the timed attempt at Nürburgring history will occur. Despite being at the famed 12.9 mile track last month, the ZR1 Corvette that GM used was a testing car and not a regular production model. And in the chat session early this week with Corvette enthusiasts, Tadge said in response to a question about the Corvette ZR1 taking on the World Speed Endurance Record like the 1990 ZR-1 that “we are currently focused on a perfect launch and getting the ZR1 into production. We will talk about record attempts later”.

So for now we’ll have to wait and see. My thoughts are that this will happen sooner rather than later, but it’s ultimately up to GM. Let’s just hope they add a bit of weight to the car in the form of an onboard camera when the attempt is made.



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  1. How about chevy do the ring the correct way, the way everyone else does it? how about they dont do a standing start so that they can be used to compair other cars to the track time. the ring is never done in a standing start. also for $70k usa you can get a GT-R. for $100+k you can get a zr1 (before markups for both). the nissan does 7:29 on the ring, while the Zr1 will do 7: twenty something. that means the GT-R has much better performance for the money (Tho i do agree stait line performance at a rolling start will hurt the GT-R, but the GT-R is spacificly made for race track, so its a mute point that vette fanboys will never let go). The Spec-V which will more directly compete with the ZR1 because they will both cost $100+k wil defeat the ZR1 by alot! it will definatly get a better time with less weight (slightly more hp due to less weight and exuast) it will also have better suspention thats much stiffer in the GT-R Spec-V.

    in anycase the vette is a great car, but still riding on old technolgy and needs to upgrade to get all that power to make a better time. i can see vettes with a DSG/dual clutch style transmission, then it can achive even higher track times. a redisgn of the whole car will enable more power and faster times to utilize this power… i dunno if GM has the guts or the money to do it tho.

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