The new C8 Corvette has already lapped the Nürburgring

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Oct 2019

The car that you cannot buy because the UAW strike is preventing GM from building it has already turned a few laps of the Green Hell.

That’s because any performance car worth its salt has to have a Nurburgring number. Turns out, Chevy’s new mid-engined Corvette already has a lap time under its belt but GM folk want to keep it a secret a little while longer.

According to Corvette lead development engineer, Mike Petrucci, who spoke to Motor Authority, the C8 ‘Vette went around the Nürburgring back in July, allegedly stopping the clock sooner than the team expected. For reference, the fastest Corvette at the moment is the C7 ZR1, which managed a 7:04 lap in the hands of former Corvette test driver and ride/handling engineer Jim Mero.

The older ZR1 made 563kW and 969Nm courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 while the C8 uses a naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 of slightly different design making 369kW/637Nm. It would be quite a feat to get near to the ZR1’s time, considering the power deficit. However, it will give us a good idea of how quick future, hotter C8s might be.

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