Despite all the awards and accolades that the Corvette Z06 has received since its arrival in 2014, there has been something missing from its marketing toolbox that has become almost a requirement for any sports car that wants to play on the world stage – a timed lap at the Nurburgring.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to put a checkbox next to that item in the coming weeks as it looks like the boys from Detroit are back in Germany for another try.
This silver 2015 Corvette Z06 wearing a Michigan manufacturer’s license plate was spotted driving on the Nurburgring last week. This is the production Corvette team’s latest attempt to run a timed fast lap on the famous German track with the first two tries having been scrubbed do to bad weather and a crash.
Will the third time be a charm for the Corvette Team? We certainly hope so!
Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said at the NCM Bash last month that its getting harder to schedule a timed run due to the new owners of the track who are limiting videotaping to certain days/time periods. Tadge has always stated that a lap time would not be released unless a complete, unbroken lap could be run with videotape as the evidence.
The Silver 2015 Corvette Z06 spotted last week has the Z07 performance package and is running the Stage 3 aerodynamics package. The Z06 is first spotted on public roads heading into the track and then we see the on-track action.
The driver of the Corvette Z06 is most likely Jim Mero based on the blue fire suit and the familiar white helmet with Jake and Corvette flags on it.
As the Corvette is sharing the track with other cars, and it’s not equipped with any GoPro cameras (something we’ve spotted before), we are assuming that these laps that were filmed were run as part of the testing procedures prior to a fast lap being recorded.
We’ll keep an eye out for anymore Corvette Z06 news from the Nordschleife, but in the meantime, check out this video showing the Corvette Z06 on the Nurburgring:
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