Back in 2008, a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 driven by General Motors development engineer, Jim Mero, ran its way around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4 . Now, a 2012 ZR1 equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires has tackled that same run, eclipsing the time set in 2008 by more than six seconds. The ZR1’s new time of 7:19.63 gets that much closer to the record holding 7:18 run of the Porsche GT2 RS, but more importantly, provides the Corvette with ammo against the Dodge Viper ACR (7.19 seconds), the Nissan GTR (7:26.7), Ferrari Enzo (7:25.21), and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport (7:24.44).
For 2012, the Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2 Liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine with a total of 638 hp at 6500 rpm and 604 lb.- ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. With this output the ZR1 can hit an impressive top speed of 205 mph.