H Chevrolet πήγε την αναβαθμισμένη Corvette ZR1 με τα 638άλογα στο Nurburgring και με οδηγό τον μηχανικό της Corvette, Jim Mero έγραψε χρόνο 7:19.63, 6 δευτερόλεπτα γρηγορότερα από την προηγούμενη έκδοση της ZR1 του 2008 (7:26:40) και 5 δεύτερα από τον χρόνο του Nissan GT-R 2012 το οποίο έχει γράψει 7:24.22.

Η Corvette ZR1 φορούσε τα Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure που βρίσκονται στον έξτρα εξοπλισμό και το ηλεκτρονικό σύστημα Performance Traction Management (PTM). Ο χρόνος είναι κατά 1 δευτ. αργότερος από αυτό που έχει κάνει η Porsche 911 GT2 RS τον Απρίλιο του 2010 (7:18)

Σε λίγο καιρό η Chevrolet θα δώσει και το σχετικό video της Corvette Z06 2012 από το Ring. Τόσο η Corvette Z06 2012 όσο και η Corvette ZR1 2012 θα ξεκινήσουν τις πωλήσεις του στην Αμερική από τον Ιούλιο. Το σχετικό video στη συνέχεια.

[Πηγή: Chevrolet]

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Corvette Returns to Nurburgring

New 2012 models eclipse previous-best lap times at Germany’s famed testing ground

DETROIT – Corvette returned to the world’s most-demanding testing ground – Germany’s famed Nurburgring – and recorded lap times that rank among the fastest recorded for a production car.

As detailed on video, the 2012 Corvette ZR1 recorded a lap time of 7:19.63, more than six seconds faster than the previous Corvette-best recorded in 2008. A lap video featuring the Corvette Z06 will be released soon.

“Testing at the Nurburgring is one of the important methods we have to validate our car in the toughest track conditions.” says Tadge Juechter, Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer.

Measuring 12.9 miles (20.8 km) and including some 154 turns, the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife (“north loop”) is widely considered the world’s most-demanding course. As was the case at Corvette’s last test in 2008, the car was driven by Corvette engineer Jim Mero and was a full production model with no performance modifications. This test was to validate the car’s added performance technology coming to production later this summer for the 2012 model year.

Corvette’s improved performance for 2012 begins with the new, optional Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which are available on the two highest-performing models, the lightweight, 505-hp (377 kW) Z06 and the maximum-performance, 638-hp (476 kW) supercharged ZR1. They are competition-oriented tires, optimized for warm, dry conditions to increase cornering and handling capability.

When combined with the Corvette’s exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology – which manages torque delivery for maximum performance – the tires set new benchmarks for Corvette performance. Engineers estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than 1.1g, and improved braking distance.