THE C7’S 5 YEARS OF BAD LUCKJuly 11, 2019
According to the July 2019 issue of Road & Track, Chevrolet tried to set a new Corvette time with the C7 Corvette at Nurburgring but had 5 years of bad luck.
According to the interview with Jim Mero, he and his team tried extremely hard to get the car to turn a sub-seven-minute lap time at the famous 12.9-mile German track, but each time the track had other ideas.
Mero is not a professional racer but is rather a long-time factory Corvette ride and handling engineer. But don’t let this fool you about his capabilities. In 2008, Mero ran a C6 ZR1 around Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 26.4 seconds. The video of that lap went viral, kicking off Corvette fans obsession with Nurburgring lap times.
In the C6’s Mero set many lap times in the Z06 and ZR1 but from 2013 to 2018 there were never any C7 official lap times or videos. C7’s were seen constantly at the track, but no official times came out. Mero says the truth wasn’t a conspiracy, as some have suggested; it was a curse. And now that a mid-engine Corvette is on the horizon and the C7’s life is coming to an end, he wants to set the record straight.
In 2013 Chevrolet scheduled eight attempts with a Z51, but every run either got rained or fogged out.
In 2015, they ran a 7:10, but it was with 100 octane gas and GM had not offed this calibration yet, so did not want to publish this time.
In 2018, they brought the ZR1 with big hopes for Sub-Seven Minutes, but again it was not to be. They had cooling issues, changes that forced them to run on cold tires and track entry point changes. Still the ZR1 ran a best time of 7:04!
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