It’s a tribute to the engineers at Chevrolet that the Corvette ZR1 is even considered a peer with the much, much more expensive Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C.
Road & Track recently decided to pit three of the best that the United States, Italy, and Britain have to offer at Spring Mountain’s Radical Loop, with IMSA GT legend Steve Millen driving for the timed laps. Millen, of course, has the most all-time wins in that series with 20 as well as the most pole positions with 23.
For proper evaluation, the magazine flogged the three cars on a Death Valley road trip, lapped them at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, and finally through the generosity of Hennessey Performance Engineering validated their power on a dynojet chassis dyno.
Road & Track found all three cars spectacular in their own way, praising the Corvette for its easy, effortless torque, fantastically stick Michelin tires, and a chassis that’s planted yet still offers a reasonable ride. They describe the Ferrari as high strung, incredibly precise, and with a flick of a switch on its steering wheel can go from merely precise to racecar levels of handling aggression.
The McLaren dazzles with its looks, amazes with its twin turbo power, and can also change handling personality with the flip of a switch, R&T says.
While each of the three cars is absolutely world class in performance and execution, Road & Track aptly points out that there can be only one winner. So which is the most desirable V8-powered supercar on the planet?
We won’t spoil the surprise, but we will tell you it comes down to the Ferrari and the Corvette. Check out the video to find out which is the winner:
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