Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Nurburgring record 7:22.68 / 2011
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 sets a new record with a lap time of 7:22.68, which is a 20 seconds improvement on the Corvette ZR1. At its launch, a lot was said about the various updates that have been done to the Z06 to validate the car’s performance and its prowess on the race track. To prove this fact, Corvette Nurburgring was initiated. The Corvette engineer, Jim Mero, took the brand new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to the German race track to set the record straight – and he did just that. The supercar, fitted with the chassis package of Z07 performed exceptionally at the track, adding to the existing Nurburgring times with its 7:22.68 lap time.
For race enthusiasts, you’ll recall that this lap time is 20 seconds faster than the former record lap of the older Z06, which was set in the year 2005. It’s also worth noting that the new record is just three seconds slower than the fastest Nurburgring times set by ZR1 time.
Differentiating Features of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The Corvette Z06 reportedly is the most balanced and lightest model of Corvette brand. Positioned slightly below the top range ZR1 supercar model, the 2011 Z06 features the Z07 chassis package with new optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, Performance Traction Management & Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Coupled with the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, this Corvette stands sturdy among its peers. It doesn’t stop there; it also features carbon fiber components, rockers, front splitter, hood; and exceptional aerodynamic improvement. These features are integral part of the 2011 Corvette Z06 model and they all contributed to its enhanced performance level.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Benchmark Performance at the Nurburgring Race Track
Although the Nurburgring Nordschliefe’s lap times are regarded as unofficial, they are the benchmark for many of the highest performing cars in the world. There have been a lot of legendary stories surrounding the German Nurburgring lap times, which is why the records from the race track are held in high esteem. Popular called the Green Hell, there is nothing compared to the speed, notoriety, and severity of speed associated with Nurburgring. For this reason, any record validated at this track is mostly taken as the gospel truth about the performance of a supercar.
So, if you doubt the performance of the Corvette Nurburgring, you might want to think again. So as far as performance is concerned, the Z06 has set a new lap record and its improved performance is strongly associated with its feature, especially the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which have been noticed to be a significant feature on the two highest performing models of Corvette. Additionally, its lightweight at 505 hp and the maximum performance at 638 hp all contributed to the ensemble that made its record setting at the Nurburgring possible.
The tires, which are optimized for dry and warm conditions and designed to enhance handling and cornering capability; combined with the exclusive PTM ( Performance Traction Management) technology, which is a trademark of Chevrolet, are a true testament to the fact that the Corvette Z06 was designed for benchmark performance from the word go.