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The situation with the C7 Corvette Z06’s Nurburgring lap time is quickly becoming a fiasco for Chevrolet.
Autoweek’s rumor yesterday from an anonymous source proclaiming the Z06’s lap time to be 7:08 has supposedly been debunked by another anonymous source from a competing media outlet, Road & Track.
Road & Track posted yesterday that they had reached out to a trusted source inside GM and that source responded:
[quote_box_center]Our inquiry to a trusted source within General Motors was replied to with a flat out denial that the car turned that time. Guess we’ll have to wait some more for a Ring time to be set.[/quote_box_center]
The hold-up is apparently over the new rules imposed by the new owners of the Nurburgring and that they are the ones (again, just speculation) that have placed a gag order on all discussion of Nurburgring times. The Corvette Z06 ran its timed lap prior to the new rules taking effect, but perhaps Chevrolet doesn’t want to rock the boat by posting that lap time should those rules get changed in the future.
But does the Nurburgring’s gag order go as far to say you can’t talk about the gag order? We imagine the new rules for manufactures wanting to run a record lap at the Nurburgring look like this:
- First rule of Nurburgring lap times is that do not talk about the Nurburgring Lap times.
- Second rule of Nurburgring lap times is that you DO NOT talk about the Nurburgring Lap times.
Corvette owners are getting tired of this as well and this is how conspiracy theories get their start. Is it the gag order or is GM embarrassed by a less than stellar time for its 650 hp supercar and went home with their tail between their legs, never to talk about it again. Because these are the kind of comments we are hearing:
From our Facebook page, Jermaine L. said “I’m tired of rumors, can we just get the damn times, I swear, with all this hype and holding back times, this had better be a record breaker!” Bobby M. posted “My guess is it ran a worse time than they want to release. The car was at the ring more than 3 months ago. They know the time but I’m guessing they don’t want to release it.”
In defense of the Corvette Team, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter did say “I can tell you we were more than satisfied with the results” when he announced that the Z06 had run a continuous lap of the Nurburgring prior to the manufacturer’s ban during an Ask Tadge segment on the Corvette Forum.
We’re all big boys and girls. Just issue a tersely worded statement that says No Nurburgring time will be coming in the foreseeable future due to a request from the owners of the track. And make sure there is a name associated with the quote so we know it’s official.
Until then, rumors and speculation and now conspiracy theories will fill the void.
Road & Track
[RUMOR] Did the 2015 Corvette Z06 Lap the Nurburgring in 7:08?
Nurburgring Lap Time for the C7 Corvette Z06 Completed and Video Coming Soon
[VIDEO] 2015 Corvette Z06 Testing Again on the Nurburgring