Waiting for the official launch in spring, the new generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has proven its performance by downloading on the asphalt of the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) the 765 hp and 968 Nm of maximum torque delivered by the 6.2 LT5 V8 engine.
On the 5.26 km track located at Alton (Virginia), the Corvette's most successful and fastest variant has set a new record by stopping the clock at 2 minutes 37.25 seconds. A time that, in fact, exceeds the 2 minutes 38.62 seconds of the Ford GT, and 2 minutes 43.10 seconds of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The record was achieved thanks to the use of the extreme high-downforce package with showy front splitter and a bulky rear wing adjustable in carbon fiber that provides 430 kg of downforce. The configuration also makes use of the Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The transmission combined with the engine is an 8-speed automatic.
The new ZR1 represents the swan song of the current generation of Corvette C7 as it will be the last to be equipped with the engine in the front position. As already known, the eighth generation (C8) will be equipped with the central engine, a maneuver that corresponds to a radical change in the history of the American brand from 1953 to today despite the development attempts that occurred about a decade ago before the financial crisis that hit the General Motors.