The new mid-engine C8 Corvette may be stealing all the headlines now, but the 2019 ZR1 – the most powerful street-legal Corvette produced so far – just proved it isn’t ready for the pasture yet.
A new video shows a Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat ZR1 actually surpassing the official top speed as claimed by the manufacturer. Chevy says the top speed for its 755-horsepower ZR1 is 212 mph (with the best 0-60 time being 2.85, by the way), but this completely stock version managed to reach a new peak of 214 mph on a recent 2.7-mile run on the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida.
Conditions as listed in a graphic on this YouTube video on the Bohmer channel show a 72-degree temperature with a 15 mph wind and 30.30 barometric pressure, with a surface temp of 70 degrees.
In an earlier test a couple of years back at the Virginia International Raceway, the ZR1 managed to beat the Ford GT and McLaren 720S on Car & Driver’s annual Lightning Lap competition, but they weren’t testing for top speed the way they were at the Space Shuttle landing strip.
In this Florida run, the ZR1 reached 200 mph in about 30 seconds, then hit 211 mph about 10 seconds later before hesitating briefly two times on the way to the new record, eventually making it to 212 mph at about 47 seconds and finally to 214 mph (or actually 213.649 mph) another seven seconds later.
This video is probably the closest to seeing what it’s like to travel at a speed of more than 200 mph that most people will ever know. This run proves we don’t need to send those C7s to the retirement home just yet!
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