When Chevrolet had announced that it had finally begun production of the much-awaited mid-engine Corvette, early in February, it had also released a trailer of the documentary, that they had shot. The documentary had behind-the-scenes footages of what went into to making the C8 a much more faster car than it's predecessor. Interestingly, the trailer also showed the Corvette's lap timing in the legendary Nurburgring, which was 7:29:9.
The numbers were neatly hidden in the and were first pointed out by Roadshow. The numbers can be found in the 0:53 mark of the video, superimposed on the trach cleverly as part of the virtual graffiti. However, officials have confirmed the timing, and they have also added that the Corvette had the Z51 package equipped car.
The Z51 package is $5000 worth package, and it includes Michelin summer tires, a rear spoiler that generates 400 pounds of downforce (What the..._). Apart from that, there are also cooling hardware, an exhaust that ups the torque and power and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
The record was set by Corvette's Racing Factory driver, Oliver Gavin. Oliver Gavin is a five-time 24-hour Le-Mans class driver. Oliver was assisted in the pits by a bunch of development engineers. The C8's new record surpasses the C7 previous timing at the Nurburgring by 10 seconds. It is also quicker than the 992 generation, Porsche 911 Carrera S, which lapped the approximately 17 miles circuit.
The new C8 has the engine placed in the middle, unlike its predecessor, which had the engine at the front. The C8 houses a 6.2- liter-LT2 V8 makes 495 horsepower and a gargantuan amount of torque. That's 35 horsepower more than the C7's Z51 engine though the pound per power of both cars remains the same.
Attached to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system, and the new Stingray can do a 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That is 1.1. Seconds quicker than the C7 with its Z51 engine.
But keeping such figures aside, the Corvette has always been one of those cars that has a very versatile ride. If you want to burn tarmacs and skip the red lights, the Corvette will deliver so. And if you're going to just the laze around and enjoy the countryside at 70 miles per hour with no rush and hurry, the C8 will not disappoint then also.
Corvette has managed to retain its genuineness and at the same time break the Nurburgring record.