Ground control, we have lift-off!
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a savage track car, with 755-hp, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and a huge rear wing that adds the equivalent of 950 lbs of downforce to the rear. It’s the most complete Corvette for the track or the streets ever built and those who are actually racing it having the times of their lives!
We’ve been following the racing exploits of a Corvette Forum member named “Poor-sha” who was among the first to receive his 2019 ZR1 and take it to the track. He recently took the Sebring Orange racer to Summit Point’s Shenandoah circuit and these amazing photos from his track day show all four wheels leaving the ground when cresting a slight rise on the backstretch.
Check out this first-person account of the Corvette ZR1 by Poor-sha and make sure you check out some of the PDR video from one of the track sessions at Shenandoah where you can see (and hear) that beautiful ZR1 as it tames another track.
I received the pictures from SP Shenandoah last week and there are a few neat pics of the car getting four wheels off the ground at ~125 MPH as you go over the crest on the back straight. There is a bend in the track leading up to the crest so you end up pointed a little towards off track to the right as go airborne, then you need to get on the binders to drop in the Karousel. I had to lighten the airborne pics quite a bit so you could see the wheels from the tires from the shadow so the color is a bit washed out.
Here’s one of the car lifting the inside wheels in a corner and another that shows how much tire deflection you get on the rim even with the Cup 2 tires.
Several Forum members asked specific questions about the tires and handling of the car which Poor-sha answered:
No issues on the landing, remember this was lap after lap too and that’s just the one the camera guy caught. No bottoming out and it was nice and smooth. We don’t have a DSC controller yet that works in this car. I need to reach out to Mike and check in on that.
I ran the [Michelin] factory Cup 2 on day 1 and the Pirelli scrubs on day 2. The airborne pictures are on the slicks, the others are on the Cup 2. It’s easy to tell by the pentastar wheels.
I am definitely comfortable pushing the car in the slower corners like on this track. I was sliding around a lot in this session.
Here is the track session video from the ZR1’s Performance Data Recorder. Poor-sha takes it easy the first lap to warm up the tires and then throws the hammer down:
Big thanks to the Corvette Forum’s Poor-sha (aka Sean) for allowing us to share these amazing pics and video.
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