Every so often, there comes a report from Nurburgring that many wish would turn out to be true, only to discover it was an unsubstantiated rumor all along. In this instance, the rumor surrounded the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which was stated to have completed a lap time of just 6 minutes and 59 seconds. A below-7-minute record that would’ve put it just two seconds behind the Porsche 918 Spider, which holds plenty of speed records of its own.
The specific model in question was a Z06 that received a Z07 aerodynamics package. As stated before, American supercar models have struggled to hold their own against European and Asian models on Nurburgring, so many had hoped this sub-7-minute lap time was true—as it would suggest shifting production values of and attitudes toward American muscle cars.
Unfortunately, after some investigation, it appears this report was entirely manufactured. In fact, Chevrolet itself issued a statement saying the 6 minutes and 59 seconds was not at all accurate. However, this doesn’t mean the Z06 isn’t still an impressive piece of design and manufacturing
Tom Peters, Corvette design director, had this to say about the Z06: “Practically every exterior change served a functional purpose, as this beast needed more of everything. The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”
The original source of the report was the Horsepower Kings publication. While the original article remains online, the video purporting to be proof of the new record has been removed. This, combined with Chevrolet’s press release, leaves many waiting for a new lap time speed demon to emerge.