Remember when the tiny college football team went up against the high-and-mighty Division I squad and barely lost – a moral victory of sorts?
This video taken from the Performance Data Recorder of the Z06 serves as an automotive reminder of that very kind of situation.
On paper, pitting a $100,000 Corvette Z06 against a million-dollar McLaren P1 shouldn’t be much of a contest.
Yet despite giving up 250 horsepower (900 to 650) and 430 ft-lbs of torque (1080 to 650), the Z06 doesn’t really get totally embarrassed by the much-lighter McLaren.
Sure, the P1 winds up blowing the Z06 away on the straightaway at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) during a track day, but Corvette enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that both cars left a Porsche Cayman in their dust. Also, the ‘Vette managed to catch up with the P1 on the corners.
There really shouldn’t be any hard feelings from either of the top two camps since the P1 is obviously a hypercar that is hard to adequately describe in words and the Z06 is a great supercar that delivers unprecedented performance for a Corvette or any American sports car.
As one poster put it on Corvette Forum: “It’s all good. I’ll be happy with both.”
“So nice to see a hyper car on the track and not roped off in front of a restaurant,” wrote another.
The driver of the Z06 concludes things nicely with this gracious post:
“To be fair to the owner of the P1, he was braking way earlier than he needed to b(an experienced pro) was driving his butt off to just catch him in the corners (and of course he had my fat xxx in the passenger’s seat egging him on and adding more of a weight penalty to the car)…. Nonetheless, a rare, special treat for both of us those few times we were able to catch him in the corners………”
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