Watch The Stig Thrash a Corvette Stingray Around Top Gear’s Test Track


Watch The Stig Thrash a Corvette Stingray Around Top Gear's Test Track

Last week on the BBC’s Top Gear, we got to see the C7 Corvette Stingray make its first appearance on the British automotive show where it was featured for nearly 10 minutes.

The Velocity Yellow Stingray was put through its paces by co-host Richard Hammond and then it was compared and reviewed against the Porsche Cayman GTS. Of course, no Top Gear appearance is complete without seeing how the car would place on the leaderboard when driven by ace test driver “The Stig”.

While the TV version showed a split screen between the cars while the lap was being run, Top Gear has released the full video of the Corvette Stingray’s individual lap by The Stig.

The Corvette Stingray’s time around the Top Gear test track was a very quick 1:19.8 while the Caymen finished at 1:21.6. According to this list of Top Gear Power Laps on Wikipedia, the Stingray’s time is equal to laps run by a Ferrari 599 GTO, a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Porsche Carrera GT.

So how does the Corvette Stingray compare against previous Corvettes on the Top Gear test track? Both the C6 Z06 and the supercharged ZR1 both made trips around Top Gear’s track when they first came out. The C6 Corvette Z06 ran a 1:22.4 way back in 2006 while seven years ago the ZR1 ran on a damp track with a time of 1:20.4. Both C6 Corvettes were on the regular Michelins and not the cup tires that debuted in 2011.

Any video from Top Gear is hit or miss on how long it will be available so head over now to Top Gear’s blog to see the Corvette Stingray and the Porsche Cayman GTS laps with The Stig.


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