For the past five years, Car and Driver magazine has featured an annual time trial competition at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) where cars are pitted against one another based on selling price. There are five classes and Corvettes can be found in both the LL2 class ($30,000-$60,000) and LL3 class ($60,000-$120,000). This latest test featured the new 2011 Corvette Z06 which was equipped with the Z07 package.
The Corvette Z06 that was provided by General Motors for the time-trial was equipped with the Z07 package which features Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Michelin PS2 tires and the ZR1’s Brembro carbon ceramic brakes as well. The Z06 also has the new CFX carbon fiber package which helps make this the lightest Corvette in the model line-up.
For this year’s time trials in the LL3 class, the Z06 was joined by the Jaguar XFR, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Lotus Evora, Mercedes E63 AMG and Porsche Boxster Spyder. Ranks are based solely on the best lap time around VIR’s 4.1 mile circuit.
The Z06 was by far the fasted in the LL3 category among cars tested this year and its 2:53.5 time ranks it 7th in all Lighting Lap track attack times. This is a 4.7 second improvement in times since the Z06 was last tested in 2007. Among Corvettes, the Z06 finished 3.7 seconds behind the 2010 Corvette ZR1 and 5.3 seconds faster than the Z52-equipped Corvette Grand Sport that tested last year in the LL2 class. Against competitors that cost much more, the Corvette Z06 finished ahead of Lamborghini’s Murciélago LP670-4 SV the Ferrari 430 Scuderia which ran at VIR in 2008.
Here is a video showing the Z06 and other contenders in this year’s LL3 class:
Check out more from Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap compeititon including a list of track times for all classes as well as videos from the other classes.
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