This news is unsurprising, seeing as the Corvette C8 was photographed and filmed testing at the 154-turn, 12.9-mile race track multiple times throughout its development. The bumpy Nurburgring not only helps automakers develop the chassis and suspension for vehicles (and not just performance cars), lap times there have become the benchmark for measuring a car’s overall performance.
According to Motor Authority, which first broke the story, British Corvette Racing ace Oliver Gavin was behind the wheel for the Corvette C8’s fastest Nurburgring lap. While Chevy did not hint as to how fast the car lapped the daunting German track, a spokesperson told the publication that the car had exceeded their expectations. For reference, the C7 Corvette Z06 set a fastest lap of 7 minutes and 10 seconds at so-called Green Hell, while the C7 Corvette ZR1 allegedly set a time of 7 minutes and 4 seconds according to GM hotshoe Jim Mero. Chevrolet never officially released the ZR1’s time, however, as they wanted the car to dip into the 6-minute range and various factors prevented it from doing so.
The current Nurburgring lap record for a production car on street legal tires is held by the all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which set a lap of 6:44.97. Don’t expect the Corvette C8 to come close to the Lambo’s time. Not only does it have active aerodynamics and AWD, it also makes 759 horsepower from its 6.5-liter V12 engine. A time beating the C7 Corvette Z06’s does seem like a possibility, but we’ll wait for an official announcement from GM before we get too carried away with speculation.
Motor Authority thinks GM will release the Corvette C8 Nurburgring lap sometime in the next couple of months. When they do, you can be sure that we’ll have all the details and hopefully an onboard video to share as well.
Source: Motor Authority