Ever since Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said the 2015 Corvette Z06 had completed a timed lap at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany, Corvette fans have been waiting (and waiting) for Chevrolet’s marketing department to release the video of the run. In the meantime, the incredible vacuum of silence has been filled with rumors and speculation about the 650 hp supercar’s time.
As a faithful lurker on the Corvette Forum, we’re aware of several users who say they know unequivocally that the 2015’s Z06 time is 7:08. (7:08.39 to be exact). However, another site which we will not name has said its 7:18 (and even provided a link to GM’s media site which errors in a 404 ‘Not Found’ immediately after it was posted).
We really thought the Z06’s Nurburgring time would have been made public now, but according to a story today from Autoweek, they are saying that the recent decision by the new owners of the Nurburgring to ban ‘record attempts’ by manufacturers is what is keeping Chevy quiet for now.
But adding fuel to the fire is that the author of the Autoweek story tells about his trip to the U.K.’s Goodwood Festival of Speed where another guy supposedly in the know also confirmed the 7:08 time:
[quote_box_center]I bumped into a guy who spends a ton of time (and money) at the Nurburgring. During a wide-ranging conversation with me and an another automotive journalist, he mentioned that Chevrolet had somewhat recently made a timed run at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the 2015 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package. The time was reportedly something like 7:08.[/quote_box_center]
If that time works out to be true, then the Corvette Z06 is in really good company:
- 6:57.00 Porsche 918
- 6:59.73 Lamborghini Aventador SV
- 7:08.xx Corvette Z06?
- 7:08.69 Nissan GT-R Nismo
- 7:11.57 Gumpert Apollo Sport
- 7:12:13 Dodge Viper ACR
- 7:14.64 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package
- 7:14.89 Donkervoort D8 RS
- 7:19.63 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
- 7:22.68 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
Corvette’s previous fast time was set in 2012 with the Corvette ZR1 which ran the Nordschleife in 7:19.63 so an improvement of 11 seconds on the 12.9 mile track would be a huge PR boost to the Corvette Z06. Why wouldn’t Chevrolet release that video if there was something else holding them up?
So Autoweek’s claims that the time is being held up by the manufacturers ban on record time runs may hold water. According to some of the previous articles we read on the subject, the new owners of the Nurburgring are charging manufactures out the wazoo for everything from track times to copyright release rights.
Autoblog says that the new owners are softening on their position of the speed limits (which would thwart any new attempts of manufacturers to attempt a record run) but those limits were imposed after the Z06’s attempt.
Along with many of the Corvette faithful, we’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the news of the Nurburgring time and so let’s hope it comes soon. In the mean time, check out Corvette Forum’s highly appropriate meme on the subject.
Nurburgring Lap Time for the C7 Corvette Z06 Completed and Video Coming Soon
[VIDEO] 2015 Corvette Z06 Testing Again on the Nurburgring
Chevy Debunks Report of a 2015 Corvette Z06 Lapping the Nurburgring in 6:59.13