How about some good news to share!
After two aborted attempts to record a hot lap on the 12.9 mile Nurburgring, the 2015 Corvette Z06 returned to Germany last month and was finally successful in getting a continuously-timed lap. Apparently, the team is more than happy with the lap time they got from the Z06 at the “Green Hell”.
That bit of news came directly from Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter who shared the tidbit of the completed lap during his weekly “Ask Tadge” question and answer posts on the Corvette Forum.
Tadge was asked about the design philosophy of the C7 Z06 vs the previous C6 Z06 which was lighter and was considered more of track car than the generously appointed C7 version. The answer is quite detailed and you can read the full reply there. But here is what Tadge said about the Nurburgring time:
[quote_box_center]…it is the quickest car around the track we know how to make. That has been validated by numerous third parties. Last week, we were finally able to confirm the performance of the car on a continuous lap of the Nurburgring. We are putting together the press release and will have the lap time and video out shortly. I can tell you we were more than satisfied with the results.[/quote_box_center]
The completion of the fast lap for the Corvette Z06 was thwarted on its two previous tries. The first attempt was scrubbed after rain started falling on one section of the track. During the next visit, test driver Jim Mero crashed the car after an oil spill or some other fluids left behind from another car caused the Z06 to lose traction and crash nose first in the section called Hatzenbach.
The lack of a Nurburgring time for the Corvette Z06 has some people thinking conspiracy theories but it’s really just as simple as these three points and messing with anyone of them can scrub the entire attempt:
- The track is in Germany. That’s a long way from Detroit.
- The track limits the days and times that manufacturers can record video.
- Clearing of the track for a high speed run requires advance planning and $$$.
The time to beat of course is the 7:19.64 that the C6 Corvette ZR1 ran in 2012. We’ve already seen the C7 Z06 take seconds off the ZR1s time on the Milford road course. Later, with Jim Mero behind the wheel, the Corvette Z06 bested the ZR1s time at VIR by an astonishing 4.3 seconds.
When asked earlier this year about the ‘Ring time, Tadge quipped “Do the math”. Some Corvette enthusiasts did the math and came up with an estimate of somewhere between 7:06.43 to 7:08.13.
Now that we know that release of the lap time is eminent, hit the poll we previously posted and tell us what you think the 2015 Corvette Z06’s Nurburgring will be.
[VIDEO] 2015 Corvette Z06 Testing Again on the Nurburgring
Corvette Enthusiasts ‘Do the Math’ to Calculate the Corvette Z06 Nurburgring Time
[VIDEO] GM Returns to the Nurburgring with the 2012 Corvette ZR1