That’s On Cold Tires, Too
Chevrolet did not release the 2019 Corvette ZR1’s Nurburgring lap time to the public, but now it seems the driver of the car, Jim Mero, has. According to a report from Corvette Blogger, he said the ZR1 managed to pull a 7:04 time on cold tires at the racetrack. That’s an extremely quick time around the ‘Ring for a car on cold tires.
Mero also said that the segmented time for the car was 6:57, dipping below the 7-minute mark that several other supercars have managed. Segmented means that the car ran different segments of the track and then added up the times. It shows what the car is capable of, but it’s not a true full lap time.
The cold tire factor likely played a serious role in the true full lap time. We have no doubt that if Mero had been able to get the tires good and warm and really get a run at the Nurburgring right, he would have managed to get at least a little closer to the 6:57 segmented time in his full lap time.
To put that into perspective, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS holds the record with a time of 6:40.30, according to CarBuzz. Before that, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ posted a time of 6:44.97. It now sits in second place. For a while, it was speculated that the C7 Corvette ZR1 had matched the Porsche 918’s time of 6:57. Now we know that the car did do that in the segmented portion, but was unable to achieve that on cold tires in a full lap. Still, a 7:04 time around the Nurburgring is insanely fast.