We all know that the Corvette ZR1 is a beast, and today it has proved itself yet again. Jan Magnussen was at the wheel in the ZR1 this time and 73 turns later he was able to knock 4 seconds off the ZR1’s previous time of 7:26.4.
The new time of 7:22.4 seconds is fast. Really really fast, but it’s still .3 seconds behind Dodge’s best run in their Viper ACR. To be honest, these times should all be considered unofficial until the top manufacturers get together at the ‘Ring on the same day and run their cars at the same time in similar weather conditions. Then we’ll really have something to compare the cars against and nobody can call foul on using modified cars and upgraded tires. Porsche, I’m looking in your direction.
Stay tuned, I’m sure GM will be releasing the video soon!
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Tagged Auto News, Autos, Chevy, Chevy Corvette, Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR-1, Corvette ZR1, Fast Cars, Nurburgring, Race Cars, Racing
Much like the GTR vs. ZR1 video, this split-screen compares the two fastest production cars to ever run the Nurburgring. Listen to the sounds of these two super cars FLY down the straights and hear their air intakes gulp in huge quantites of air as they tear through the corners.
The Dodge Viper ACR has gotten a lot of press from car magazines and blogs lately, and for good reason. The Viper ACR is a wolf in sheeps clothing, a street-legal racecar that was built for pure speed. It looks like all of Dodge’s hard work has paid off because it ran around the Ring in 7.22:1! Motor Trend has a video to prove the run, however, the time is still considered “unofficial” because it was only timed by the manufacturer and not any of the lap officials. Enjoy the video!
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Tagged Dodge Viper, Dodge Viper ACR, Fast Cars, Nurburgring, Racing, Sports Cars, Supercars
The R8 was a big surprise for the Auto industry. It’s fast, handles supremely well, and has great looks to boot. But with all the recent challenges on the Nurburgring, Audi decided that the R8 wasn’t fast enough. Auto reporters have spotted the V10 R8 on the ‘Ring, noting the subtle changes in the air intake design, front grill, and larger side scoops. Although no official details have been released about the engine, chassis, and suspension changes, rumors on the net point to Audi using the 5.2 liter V10 that they put in the Lamborghini Gallardo to give the R8 the extra boost it needs to compete on the ‘Ring. Additional chassis reinforcement and bigger brakes are also expected to be included on the V10 model to help handle the extra grunt.
Audi is boasting that the V10-powered R8 will beat out Chevy’s current record-holding production car run on the ‘Ring of 7:26.4. This is a bold claim on Audi’s part considering that the V8-powered R8 ran the ‘Ring in 8:04. Hopefully Audi can pull this off as it’ll put even more pressure on other auto manufacturers to develop faster cars with more advanced chassis’s and more highly tuned engines. To help wet your appetite, here’s a short video of the R8 doing test laps round the ‘Ring.
There has been some buzz on the car forums that the two car manufacturers, Chevy and Nissan, started the lap timer at different points on the track, thus giving room for error between the two run times. So Garage419 put the videos together and chose the pit lane exit sign as a marker to start the timer. Check out the video for the complete run down on who really is faster round the ring!
Here’s another look with a bigger view of what the camera’s captured….
Chevy finally got around to putting their all-mighty ZR1 to the ultimate test: Germany’s own Nurburgring. If you haven’t been following the dual, Nissan’s GT-R surprised everyone with a lap time of 7 minutes, 29.03 seconds… a VERY fast time. Chevy said that their ZR1 would beat it, and the new $103K Corvette followed through with a blazing time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds. Not bad, not bad at all Chevy! They say there was also a strong headwind on the longest straight, which might have slowed it down a bit.
They only thing Chevy is sweating over now, other than the dismal car market, is Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, the even more highly tuned and taught version of the already fast GT-R. Unofficial times of the V-Spec put it somewhere near the 7:25 mark, and since the GT-R is already $30k less that the ZR1, Nissan has a lot of head room to play with to beat out the Vette. Rest assured, when the official times are posted, you’ll find them here at the AutoAnything blog… this is one dog fight we’re not going to miss!
Posted in Nurburgring, Racing, Supercars
Tagged Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR-1, Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GT-R V-Spec, Nurburgring, ZR-1, ZR1
In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03. If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.
Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers. The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia. But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06. Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R. Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds? We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.
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Tagged Chevy, Corvette, Fast Car, GT-R, GTR, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Nurburgring, Racing, Super Cars, Supercars, ZR-1, ZR1