Virginia International Raceway, for those not in-the-know, is where Car and Driver magazine does their annual Lightning Lap feature, lapping the year’s hottest performance cars around “The American Nürburgring.” It has plenty of elevation changes, long, sweeping corners, tighter corners, straightaways – basically the whole shebang.
At the 2014 edition of Car and Driver‘s Lightning Lap, the staff set their fastest time ever for a production car: 2 minutes, 43.1 seconds in the Porsche 918. And then, Chevrolet went and beat that time with the Corvette Z06.
Okay, to some extent, that’s comparing apples to oranges; the Z06’s VIR lap time was set by none other than Jim Mero, a GM Vehicle Dynamics Engineer, and likely one of the most gifted (and experienced) souls to drive the supercharged ‘Vette to-date. And as Car and Driver reports, the circumstances of the hot lap were entirely different. But at 2 minutes, 41.3 seconds, the lap does make you think.
The Corvette Z06 which posted this insane lap time was bone stock, filled with a heavy oil weight, and with the chassis set to beast mode. We wouldn’t count on the Z06 conquering the Porsche 918’s 6 minute, 57 second lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, as that wasn’t set by a journalist, either. But it will certainly be interesting to see its official time – if it ever comes at all.