Have you seen the video of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 getting walked/spanked/decimated by a McLaren 720S in both dig and roll races? Apparently, we are supposed to believe it’s the end of the world if you take the word of the ZR1-haters that seemed to have come out of the woodwork just like they did when the C7 Z06 lost a race to a Viper in 2015.
As much as we want the Corvette ZR1 to be the literal King of the Hill, there are going to be cars (and drivers) that can outperform it, especially in a format like this that doesn’t take into account what the ZR1 was really built to do. Corvettes have traditionally performed well against sports car costing two to three times as much, but occasionally it will get beaten. Doesn’t make it the norm, and the video provides only visual evidence without any PDR or timing present for “driver-mod” comparisons.
After all, the Corvette ZR1 and the McLaren 720S seemed to match up fairly well. To use the boxing term, the tale of the tape shows the ZR1 is 755-hp with 715 lb-ft of torque and has a top speed of 212 mph. The McLaren has 710-hp with 568 lb-ft of torque and also has a top speed of 212 mph.
But both cars are very different in how they get there. The Chevrolet Corvette does so with brute V8 power, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a fixed high-wing spoiler that provides 950-lb of downforce. Powered by a bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8, the McLaren 720S is optioned with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the active-aero system that automatically streamlines itself at high speeds. One “huge” advantage goes to the McLaren which weighs less than 3,200 pounds while the Corvette ZR1 weighs in at over 3600-lbs.
And did we mention the price? The ZR1 starts at $123K and the one in this video topped out at nearly $140,000. The McLaren 720S starts at $284,745 but no mention as to the price as tested.
After watching the video, you got to say its most likely these three factors that led to the Corvette ZR1 appearing so slow against the McLaren: Weight, DCT transmission, and the Active Aero. The driver of the McLaren speaks afterward and talks about the weight disparity and aero has as to why he thinks the 720S did so well.
The McLaren 720S appears to be the real deal and if anything, the attributes that the 720S boasts are the same reasons why the mid-engine C8 Corvette is coming.
The Corvette ZR1 with its ZTK high-wing performance package was meant for the track and we are talking road courses, not quarter-miles. We see how well the 720S zooms in a straight line, could it hang with the Corvette ZR1 on a road course? Show me that video next…
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