The all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a performance dream, packing impressive mid-engine punch and bringing the fight to the world’s best sports cars. Now, professional racing driver Randy Pobst is putting the new 2020 Corvette Z51 to the test with a few hot laps at the challenging Laguna Seca Raceway in California, as documented in the following six-minute, 18-second video.
Coming to us from the folks at MotorTrend, these 2020 Corvette Z51 hot laps were performed as part of the publication’s “Best Diver’s Car” shootout, which means the new C8 is up against some pretty stout competition. Nevertheless, Chevy’s mid-engine super star performed admirably, laying down a lap time of 1:37.83 around the two-and-a-quarter mile race track.
Interestingly, the 2020 Corvette Z51’s lap time is just a few tenths off the time set by the C7 Corvette Z51. However, the way in which the C8 managed that quicker time left a big impression on Pobst.
“It’s world-class handling for the first time,” Pobst says. “It’s not brutal. The [C7], you always thought like you were in a wrestling match or a boxing match. [The C8], man, you’re lined up and feeling good.”
Interestingly, the folks at MotorTrend point out that the Vette is running street-friendly Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, whereas the rest of the vehicles in the shootout are running stickier R-compound tires.
Indeed, watching Pobst fling the new 2020 Corvette Z51 around Laguna Seca is a delight to watch. Not only are his skills undeniable, but watching how the mid-engine C8 reacts to the pro’s deft inputs and control proves it to be a willing dance partner on the race track.
Hit play to watch the full lap in all its glory, and to hear Pobst’s feedback in the pits:
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