When Chevrolet released the specs on the 2019 Corvette ZR1, we learned that its official top speed was rated at 212 mph, making it the fast Corvette ever produced from the factory.
To get that number, the Corvette was tested at the Automotive Testing Papenburg (ATP) in Papenburg, Germany. ATP has a variety of test tracks that automakers can test on including a high-speed oval that’s 7.6 miles (12.3 km) in length.
The Corvette ZR1 was run on the high-speed oval in two directions so that the speed would be recorded both with the wind and against the wind. The average of those two runs becomes the Corvette ZR1’s official Top Track Speed.
This ZR1 has the base low-wing and was tested with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Watch the video right at 0.40 seconds where the car is cruising at around 108 mph. The driver (wearing a Corvette Racing firesuit?) get’s the go ahead and the car shifts from 8th to 4th gear and then quickly climbs to 6th gear. Within 20 seconds of dropping the hammer, the car is rocketing past 190 mph on its way to a 214.88 mph top speed with the wind.
Seeing how wickedly fast this car can accelerate only raises my hopes for a great lap time at the Nurburgring. Let us know what you think about the Corvette ZR1’s high-speed run in the comments below!
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