The 2018 Corvette ZR1 prototypes are still in Germany as this recent video shows both the big and small-wing variants being exercised vigorously on the 12-9 mile Nordschleife.
The Corvettes are also still equipped with the Bosozoku-styled exhaust pipes for directing the Corvette’s exhaust sound away from the monitors on the track.
As the team has been at the Nurburgring for at least three weeks, I would suggest that Jim Mero and the ZR1 are preparing for an assault on the previous ZR1’s lap time of 7:19.63.
The video shows plenty of action with the ZR1 cutting curbs and flowing through the Esses. Previous behind-the-scenes videos talked about the engineers dividing the track into segments and then working to build the fastest segment times until they are ready for a full track assault.
Unlike other manufacturers that cobble together their best segment times to present as their fastest lap, the Corvette team chooses to count only a full lap time with corresponding video to back up the claims.
Of course, it’s a moot exercise if they decide not to release the time as was the case with the Corvette Z06. The time for the C7 Z06 is still unknown and was kaboshed after the owners of the track had passed a speed limit (after the Corvette Z06 recorded its time). Other manufacturers have since promoted their Nurburgring times, including the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s most recent time of 7:29.60.
Finally, the timing of when the 2018 Corvette ZR1 will be made public is still anyone’s guess. Our best guess is that it will happen sometime during the three month shut-down of the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, which will be August 1st-October 31st.
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