Last year, Ford and Chevrolet got into a bit of a slap fight when the C7 Corvette ZR1 set a lap of 2:37.25 at Virginia International Raceway, toppling the previous course record of 2:38.62, which was set by the Ford GT.
VIR is a common place for magazines and manufacturers to test new vehicles, so we expected the C7 Corvette ZR1’s record to fall at some point—though we didn’t expect it to take a near-$1 million car to topple the time.
During the recent Car and Driver Lightning Lap test, one of the magazine’s editors climbed behind the wheel of the McLaren Senna and set a rather ridiculous lap time of 2:34.9, beating the C7 Corvette ZR1 by over two seconds.
It’s not much of a surprise to see the Senna beat the Corvette—in fact, it would have been extremely embarrassing if it hadn’t. The supercar tips the scales at just over 3,000 lbs, has a 789-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 sitting midship and enough downforce to rival some race cars. We should note it was riding on the factory-spec Pirelli Trofeo R tires for the lap and not some extra sticky prototype tires or something of that sort.
The real kicker here is the cost. The C7 Corvette ZR1, as you may already know, starts at $121,995, with the ZTK Performance Package adding $2,995 to the price tag. The Senna, meanwhile, starts at an eye-watering $837,000. That sure is a lot of extra cash to go two seconds faster at VIR. We know the real draw of the Senna is its exclusivity, but C7 Corvette ZR1 fans can certainly take some solace in the fact that their car remains one of the best performance bargains around.
This record also has us wondering what the upcoming high-performance variants of the new mid-engine Corvette C8 will be capable of. We’ve heard all sorts of rumors that Chevrolet is preparing some ridiculously powerful model variants for its new supercar and we’d be surprised if it wasn’t setting the Senna’s lap time in its crosshairs for one of them.
For now, though, you can watch Car and Driver lap the Senna around VIR in the video embedded below.