The engineers involved with the Corvette program continue to impress us. Back in 2008, the almighty ZR1 took a crack at the Nurburgring with a fantastic time of 7:26.4, which happened to set a new record for production cars at the time. The car has since been dethroned, but with the revised 2012 ZR1, the team looked to reclaim the top spot, and did (officially) with a blistering time of 7:19.63, eclipsing the old record on the 12.9 mile course by a whopping six seconds.
Watch the video narrated by Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter if you don’t believe us. Don’t forget to eye the lateral and longitudinal G-meter at the corner of the screen to give for an indicator of just how hard driver and engineer Jim Mero is pushing the vehicle. Most of the credit to the new time goes to the ZR1’s new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero tires, which GM claims are now the best street-legal racing tires money can buy.
Some people will argue that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS — which posted a time of 7:18 — is the faster car. However, Porsche and company have yet to release video footage of such a lap, nor have they admitted to the vehicle being completely stock. So until then… USA! USA!