Corvette Racing driver, Oliver Gavin, may be the man tasked with producing an official Nürburgring lap time with the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1.
The racing driver posted to Facebook on Tuesday saying, “There’s something coming,” along with a photo of himself behind the wheel of a Corvette. What’s slightly confusing is the fact Gavin mentions the Corvette Z06 and not the Corvette ZR1 in his hashtagging. It very well could be a simple mix up. We’re not sure why Chevrolet would suddenly re-run the ‘Ring without its most powerful and track-honed Corvette, that being the ZR1.
Previously, ‘Ring watchers noted the Corvette ZR1 only managed to clock a 7:12 lap time, though it’s far from official. It’s unclear if whoever was behind the wheel when onlookers timed the car actually gave his or her all, or if other forces led to the rather slow time. The C6 Corvette ZR1 managed a 7:19 years ago.
Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, also previously hinted he’d like to see a sub-7-minute time from the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1.
No matter what happens, the Corvette ZR1 is already a record holder. The sports car smashed the Virginia International Raceway record time last January and shamed the Ford GT in the process with a 2:37.25. Ford claimed the GT ran the track in 2:38.62.