Earlier this year, Ford’s carbon-fiber GT, priced at nearly half a million dollars, set a lap record for production cars at the Virginia International Raceway with a time of 2:38.62, beating out a past record set by the Dodge Viper ACR in 2015. This record is no more, as the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has blown it away.
The newest Corvette ZR1 model has set a new Virginia International Raceway lap record with a time of 2:37.25. This new record was set by vehicle dynamics engineer Jim Mero during testing in January. With an improvement of almost 1.5 seconds, the Corvette’s record is impressive, especially on a track that’s 4.1 miles long.
What makes this record even more impressive is the fact that the ZR1 is significantly less expensive than the GT, coming in at a quarter of the GT’s price, and utilizes a less exotic aluminum construction and front-engine layout.
Along with being fitted with this eight-speed transmission, this record-breaking vehicle was also suited up with the ZR1’s available ZTK Performance Package, which adds a front splitter, an adjustable rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and special tuning for the magnetic shocks.
Where the Corvette ZR1 truly stands out, though, is power. The ZR1 delivers an unbelievable 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. This powertrain offers significantly more oomph than the GT’s 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The Corvette’s eight-speed automatic also shifts quicker, too, making it easier to gain speed.
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