[VIDEO] Randy Pobst Hot Laps the C8 Corvette at Laguna Seca for MotorTrend


[VIDEO] Randy Pobst Hot Laps the C8 Corvette at Laguna Seca for MotorTrend

Last year, the 2020 Corvette was named 2020 Car of the Year by Motor Trend, but is it good enough to be named this year’s Best Driver’s Car from the publication? We are about to find out!

MotorTrend has assembled seven sports cars (or six sports cars and one sports SUV) for its Best Driver’s Car for 2020 and to say the competition is stout this year would be an understatement. The contenders joining the fray include:

  • Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z51
  • Ferrari F8 Tributo
  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
  • Lamborghini Huracan Evo
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Each of the vehicles are judged by the various writers and editors of MotorTrend which includes hot-shoe Randy Pobst who does a hot lap in each car at Laguna Seca. MotorTrend will be announcing the Best Driver’s Car for 2020 on Wednesday, December 30th.

But why wait when you can read the Corvette’s initial Best Driver’s Car Review and watch Randy’s hot lap today! Based on some of the reviewer’s comments, I am not so sure of the Corvette’s chances when the competition comes loaded with more horsepower and performance capabilities than the base model Stingray. As an example, Road Test Editor Chris Walton, who did appreciate the ride quality of the C8 Corvette during the raod test, is quoted as being “bored” behind the wheel even as he was driving at “9/10s in a mid-engine sports car on a proper track.”

Bored…while driving 9/10ths on a race track? Really?

Pobst doesn’t think that’s the case despite knowing that high-performance models are on the way. Calling the C8 Corvette much more sophisticated and refined than the C7 ever was, the “Maestro of Laguna Seca” is seen hooting and hollering as he puts the Corvette through its paces.


MotorTrend’s Randy Pobst Does 2:00.96 in the C8 Corvette Z51 on VIR’s Full Course
Randy Pobst Drives the C7 and C8 Corvettes at VIR for MotorTrend
[VIDEO] Randy Pobst Track Tests the C8 Corvette with Inferior Tires



  1. That Cayman GT4 with only 414 horsepower and a manual transmission ran a pretty damn impressive time! Light weight is the way to go with sports cars, too many cars today rely on massive amounts of horsepower to achieve quick times. It’s nice to see a nimble light car with a manual transmission hanging in there with cars that have ridiculous amounts of power and torque.

  2. Alex Sommers, the TA and ACR are still two of the fastest production cars to run at Laguna Seca. Only now has the competition finally started to catch up. The Viper was one nasty track weapon!

  3. Mako, the Senna is unattainable and has an extremely low production number, basically it doesn’t exist to most people. We are talking but cars that people can actually buy and drive, not some insanely priced automobile that nobody can afford. The Senna is a race car not really a street car, it can be barely street driven and the maintenance costs are astronomically high! And good luck getting one of of those insured! That’s why you so so many super and hyper cars uninsured, nobody can afford to insure them.

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