Horsepower, torque, 0-to-60 mph time, and top speed are the obvious go-to figures numbers when talking about fast cars, but these days, it seems like a quick Nürburgring lap time is just as important. As such, the absence of an official ‘Ring time for the 2020 Corvette has not gone without notice, but luckily, General Motors just fixed that with confirmation that the 2020 Corvette has lapped the infamous German racetrack in seven minutes, 29.9 seconds.
The 7:29.9 Nürburgring lap time was achieved in a 2020 Corvette Stingray equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package. The time was set during the C8’s development in July of 2019, with Oliver Gavin, Corvette Racing team member, as pilot. Gavin is a five-time class winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and definitely has the skills to pay the bills, so we can rest assured that the car in question was driven to its maximum for the given track conditions.
Interestingly, the 7:29.9 lap time was hidden as an Easter Egg in the recently released teaser video for the upcoming C8 development documentary. The time is sprayed as graffiti on the world-famous race track‘s surface about 52 seconds into the video, as initially reported by Roadshow. Gavin also hinted as much in a recent post to Twitter.
I had a great time behind the wheel of the Corvette Stingray last summer in Germany. Take a close look at the Corvette Documentary Trailer to see how we did, they even let me set a laptime! @Corvette @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/XtM6Vu3j92
— Oliver Gavin (@olivergavin) February 4, 2020
General Motors later confirmed the 2020 Corvette’s time, making it official.
At 7:29.9, the 2020 Corvette is just a few tenths off the time set by Drew Cattell in a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 back in 2016 (7:29.6). It’s also quicker than the time set last year by Christian Gehardt in a Porsche 911 Carrera S 992 (7:30.41), and it’s in the same ballpark as the time set by Horst Von Saurma in a McLaren MP4-12C in 2011 (7:28). All in all, not too shabby for the sub-500-horsepower 2020 Corvette. That said, the lap is still quite a bit slower than the time set by Bill Wise in a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in 2017 (7:16.04).
Either way, the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is only gonna get faster from here, with higher-performance model variants like the C8 Corvette Z06 still headed down the pipe. We can’t wait to see what happens when that hits the ‘Ring.