On a normal track day, a high percentage of sports cars going head-to-head with a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 would likely have no chance, especially if the Corvette in question is equipped with the Z07 Package and grippy Michelin Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires. Unfortunately for his bragging rights but luckily for us, the footage above doesn’t depict the average track day for this Corvette Z06 owner, as he was accompanied and then downright obliterated by a mighty McLaren P1 on the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.
It is worth mentioning that the video was shot courtesy of the Performance Data Recorder found on the Z06, which overlays the engine rpm, acceleration and braking, G-forces, steering angle, gear position, speed, lap times and a map of the track being driven on top of the video. Thanks to that helpful data we can estimate that the McLaren P1 goes to plaid on the straights, since it pretty much leaves the Corvette in the dust on every occasion.
On the other hand, the McLaren P1 driver may be either inexperienced, unfamiliar with the Circuit of the Americas or simply overly protective of his car. I say this because the Z06 easily keeps up with the P1 in the corners and the British hypercar seems to brake way too early. Either way, the resulting footage is pretty enjoyable, to say the least, even if it isn’t a race per se.
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Some people see it as the aspiritual successor to the McLaren F1, even though it doesn’t feature a three-seat layout or a V-12 engine. It more than makes up for that with a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-8 that develops a monstrous 727 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque though. That alone would make it more powerful than the mighty F1, but McLaren also paired the internal combustion engine with an electric motor, which brings an additional 177 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque into the equation.
A total of 903 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque are thus sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, making the P1 accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. More impressive is the hypercar’s 0-124 mph time, which sits at just 6.8 seconds and is likely responsible for passing the 2015 Corvette Z06 like it was standing still on the straights.
Unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show but on the market for just a a little over two months, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is technically the fastest track-ready American sports car as of February 2015. Powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the latest Z06 is even faster than the C6 Corvette ZR1, which is no mean feat for any car, nevermind the new Corvette.
The Z07 performance package fitted on the model in the video above includes wider, high-performance tires, massive carbon ceramic brake rotors, more efficient winglets on the front splitter and an adjustable section for the standard rear spoiler. When fitted with the seven-speed, manual transmission with rev-matching function, the Corvette Z06 can hit 0-60 mph in a satisfying 3.2 seconds, but that is still not enough to help it against a McLaren P1 in a straight line.