With Monday’s official start of the C8’s production marked with an image of a black 2020 Corvette Stingray coming off the assembly line, Chevrolet also shared a video trailer for a forthcoming two-part documentary about the development of the mid-engine Corvette.
The documentary is called “Revolution” and it will be posted on the Chevrolet Corvette’s media page sometime later this year. The trailer video shared on Monday features Chevrolet designers discussing the mid-engine sports car and then it cuts to scenes of the C8 Corvette on the Nurburgring.
Included in the documentary was this Easter Egg revealing the C8 Corvette’s lap time to be 7:29.9. The time can be seen on the track at the 52 second mark:
CNet’s Roadshow as the first to pick up on the C8 ‘Ring time and reached out to Chevrolet for a statement. In their article, they say “A Chevy spokesperson said in a statement to Roadshow that the uncertified time was set last summer by a new Corvette with the optional Z51 Performance Package.”
The timed lap was apparently run by Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin who previously said he attempted a timed lap at the Nurburgring when testing the car last summer. Gavin is seen in the video with his distinctive OG helmet as the car rolls on the track. Yesterday, Gavin retweeted the video trailer and added a bit of info to those scenes in the trailer that show the C8 prototype on the Nurburgring.
I had a great time behind the wheel of the Corvette Stingray last summer in Germany. Take a close look at the Corvette Documentary Trailer to see how we did, they even let me set a laptime! @Corvette @TeamChevy
I had a great time behind the wheel of the Corvette Stingray last summer in Germany. Take a close look at the Corvette Documentary Trailer to see how we did, they even let me set a laptime! @Corvette @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/XtM6Vu3j92— Oliver Gavin (@olivergavin) February 4, 2020
Chevrolet didn’t release any Nurburgring times for the C7, but thanks to now-retired Corvette Ride and Handling Engineer Jim Mero, we know the segment time (where times of various sections of the track are added together) for the C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 was 7:33.
The statement provided to Roadshow calls the time “uncertified” so we’re not sure what that exactly means. It would also be interesting to find out if they plan on going back as there have been further improvements made to the car since its last visit to the ‘Ring.
In late December, there was another report of the C8 Corvette’s Nurburgring time from Muscle Cars and Trucks that put the lap time at 7:28.30, although they did never explain exactly how they came across it.
As the Stingray Z51 is the base model, we will only see improvements to those times as higher performance models come to market. And if Chevrolet is indeed endorsing and sharing these lap times, the wait will be worth it.
Once again, here is the trailer for “Revolution”:
[RUMOR] C8 Corvette Z51’s Nurburgring Lap Time Revealed?
The 2020 Corvette Stingray Set a Nurburgring Time with Oliver Gavin Doing the Driving
As the C8 Corvettes Leave the Nurburgring, Mark Reuss Posts a Group Photo of Chevy’s Engineers