Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire was at Road Atlanta to test the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and he did one of his famous “One Take” videos as he lapped the track. Matt’s a former Corvette owner and has driven just about every performance car on the market at one time or another so he really knows how to describe the ride. Truth be told, he can get talk and drive like no one else in the business.
Farah was there at the test on behalf of Road and Track Magazine and you can read the words of his test at the link. But please watch this video as he takes the ZR1 for a ride…or should we say the ZR1 takes him for a ride.
Here’s a little snippet from his time in the ZR1:
Every time you lay into the throttle though, it feels like the thing wants to jump out of its own tires. It rears up on its haunches, the front end gets a bit light, and the sustained tidal wave of torque hurtles you down the straightaways so fast that the entire course feels almost like a kart track. One full throttle squeeze through the esses, for maybe a half a second, necessitates full brakes to make it up turn five. I saw 132 mph on the short mid-straight in the back. Last year, I lapped a modified Porsche 991 Turbo S and ran out of bravery across the kink at 151 mph. In the ZR1, I chickened out at 155. Supposedly GM’s engineers have seen 165 across the kink, but I’ll leave those kind of heroics for PCOTY and not a regional press launch. It would probably take me all day of training with a ZR1 to get near the limit.
Matt does find some faults with the ZR1, namely the 8-speed automatic transmission which sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. But it’s a very good review of the ZR1’s capabilities. Matt also alluded the driving the Corvette Grand Sport prior to the testing the ZR1 and so click here to watch his Grand Sport One Take Video. Let us know what you think after watching…
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