The Nürburgring, the ‘Ring, the “Green Hell,” is one of the most grueling, dangerous and demanding racetracks in the world. And with constant elevation changes and over 154 turns, it’s the perfect environment for the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
A team of GM technical experts is currently testing two Corvette Stingrays in Europe on a wide variety of roads and on the racetrack. Chevrolet vehicle dynamics engineer, Jim Mero, says that the crew is fine-tuning the Stingray for European roads, with the testing procedures being part of GM’s standard quality control program for all of its vehicles bound for sale in Europe.
“Nürburgring is renowned for its demanding race track and it is perfectly suited for our purpose, which is to fine-tune the ride and handling characteristics of the European Corvette Stingray,” Mero said.
“We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits.”
The announcement of testing at the Nürburgring comes only a few months prior to the release of the Corvette Stingray in Europe. We’re confident that the C7 was fast around the 12.9 mi circuit, but for now GM has remained tight lipped about the car’s official lap time. For now. At this point, it’s not really a question of if will beat the Porsche 911, but by how much.