The mid-engine C8 Corvette has only recently begun testing at the Nürburgring, but test drivers haven’t been taking it easy. We’ve spotted the car ourselves and reported on videos showing the sports car opening up on stretches of the famed race course.
But someone has already timed the mid-engine C8 Corvette around the ‘Ring.
The “someone” is Dale Lomas, the man behind the Nürburgring news site Bridge to Gantry. In a story published to Road and Track on Thursday, Lomas admitted he’s already timed the mid-engine Corvette around the circuit, though he doesn’t plan on sharing the time with anyone. And that’s simply because they’re benchmarks.
Lomas wrote that lap times have become a risky “cryptocurrency” of sorts in today’s world. Lomas is also the man behind the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1‘s reportedly dismal Nürburgring time, which didn’t dip under seven minutes as many on the Corvette team had hoped for. Yes, a recent report suggested the ZR1 managed a 6:57.00 time, but not for a full and complete lap. Instead, the time was most likely calculated with best sector times and added up to mimic what a full lap time could be.
And we know the ZR1 disappointed in Germany since Chevrolet never bothered to release an official lap time. The times are nothing but an excellent way to garner good press. If we knew what the Corvette ZR1 actually managed around the course with 755 horsepower and some of the finest engineering to ever leave the Corvette team, it wouldn’t do any positive things to perception.
The only clue Lomas gave surrounding the C8 Corvette’s time was that it’s under 11 minutes after noting the time he witnessed was far from a lap record. Will the C8 Corvette one day be king of the ‘Ring? Possibly, but it wasn’t on Lomas’ watch.