Ford doesn’t care much for lap times and records, but it happily gloated that the Ford GT set a new production car record lap at Virginia International Raceway this week.
The 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 had something to say about that.
Chevrolet announced the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 lapped VIR in 2:37.25, which makes it the quickest production car at the circuit and dethroned the GT’s days-old record. The GT managed to scoot around the track in 2:38.62, though the brand insisted the GT and racing driver Billy Johnson achieved the time during routine diagnostic testing and in far from ideal track conditions.
But, so the story goes, the Corvette ZR1 also happened to set the record during routine diagnostic testing, but with an engineer behind the wheel—not a racing driver. The record gave way to a fairly blunt quote from GM product chief Mark Reuss:
On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.
Chevrolet added the Corvette ZR1 managed the new record with a stock setup and factory Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires. The only differences from the production car were a harness bar and five-point harnesses.
The brand provided onboard video of the lap via the Corvette ZR1’s Performance Data Recorder as proof of achievement. We doubt Ford will change its tune over lap records, but as it stands, Chevy is king of the VIR hill.