The 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 wasn’t king of Virginia International Raceway during Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap tests this year, but it put up one hell of a fight and shamed a rival in the process—again.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 managed to lap VIR in 2:39.5, putting it only behind the Porsche 911 GT2 RS during this year’s event with a 2:37.8. The Corvette was placed in the LL4 category, while the Porsche sat in LL5. C/D splits the cars into five segments: LL1, LL2, LL3, LL4 and LL5. LL4 cars are priced from $125,000 to $249,999, while LL5 is $250,000-plus cars.
However, the Corvette’s VIR lap record remains intact. Earlier this year, the Corvette team set a record of 2:37.25, which the Porsche trailed during C/D testing. Even better for the Chevy/Ford rivalry: the Corvette ZR1 shamed the Ford GT around VIR. Compared to the 2:39.5 time, the GT only managed to scoot around VIR in 2:45.5. The Corvette team had already ousted the GT at VIR when it set its previous record, but C/D only confirmed the Corvette is a quicker machine without the supercar price tag.
Other cars the Corvette ZR1 took down with is Lightning Lap run is the McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the Porsche 911 GT3.
The fact now-retired Corvette ride and handling engineer, Jim Mero, was on hand to coach drivers how to squeeze the best time out of the ZR1 likely helped. He’s the man who set the lap time record at VIR, after all.
Onboard video shows the lap looks as quick as it sounds, too. The 6.2-lite LT5 supercharged V8 bellows its song into the hills with 755 horsepower screaming aloud and the brakes never seem to tire as they keep the car’s brute force of speed in check. The ZR1 still hasn’t been able to catch Porsche and its GT2 RS, but perhaps that’s not so bad. Remember, the Ford GT came in fifth.