Motor Trend recently handed its 2019 Corvette ZR1 off to Randy Pobst, resident racing driver extraordinaire, to see what the car could manage at Willow Springs. It didn’t manage a new lap record, but it still impressed.
At 1:23.70, Chevrolet’s supercar slayers was just 0:01 seconds behind the Ford GT at the track, which set a 1:23.69. The top record belongs to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a 1:21.08, followed by the McLaren 720S (1:21.75), 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante (1:22.53), and Porsche 918 Spyder (1:23.54).
Think about that for one moment: the Corvette ZR1 sits in the ballpark with the 918 Spyder, a purpose-built hypercar.
Pobst found the ZR1’s track behavior more pleasant than the Z06 and said the ZTK package’s high wing provided greater stability at high speeds. But, he said typical Corvette twitchiness was on display when accelerating in lower gears.