If you’re an avid follower of all things racy in the field of fast cars, then you probably already know that recently the Ford all-carbon fiber GT was successful at setting a production car lap record at Virginia International Raceway. The actual time was 2:38.62, which was even better than the Dodge Viper ACR record in 2015 at VIR. That particular time was 2:40.02. Ok, since it obviously took three long years for any production car to beat the Dodge Viper and the Ford GT’s lap records, who could possibly do it now?
The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1
The simple answer to that is the brand new 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1, also well-known these days as “the new VIR king”. On January 31, 2018, the announcement came that back in January, the new ZR1 had literally demolished that GT time with Jim Mero, Chevy’s vehicle dynamics engineer, at the wheel. After blasting around the VIR track, Mero and the ZR1 reported a time of only 2:37.25 on the VIR Grand Course West 4.1 mile track. Often compared to the German Nürburgring, this particular VIR track is extremely demanding and considered to be the homegrown performance benchmark for racing.
The Ford GT
A few months ago, during diagnostic testing, driver Blljy Johnson set the Ford GT’s time. In addition to assisting Ford Motor Co. with developing the GT supercar, Johnson is well-known for racing the GT in the World Endurance Championship. And, the fact is that the GT cost a whopping four times as much as the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1!
Power is King!
Although the ZR1 actually possesses a front-engine layout and an aluminum body that’s somewhat less exotic than the GT, it far surpasses the GT in the power department, making the GT a clear underdog. Whereas it only packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 550 lb-ft and 647 hp, the ZR1 is capable of delivering 755 hp and 715 pound-feet of torque with its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. So, it’s quite clear that Ford really should’ve gone with a V-8.
The ZTK Performance Package
General Motors is also quite proud of the fact that the ZR1’s eight-speed automatic transmission is capable of shifting much faster than dual-clutch transmissions like the one that the GT is using. In addition, the ZR1 that set the VIR record was fitted with Chevy’s available ZTK Performance Package. This particular package includes an adjustable rear wing, front splitter, magnetic shocks with unique tuning, and the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires from Michelin.
Performance at its Best
From its muscular lines to its commanding stance and beyond to Chevy’s extensive carbon fiber usage, the ZR1 has definitely been designed with a singular purpose in mind and that’s definitely performance. For example, its striking engine cover and halo hood of chevron-patterned carbon-fiber were crafted meticulously for the express purpose of shedding weight and housing the powerful engine beneath. The fact is that the shapes of these features are not only stunning but also highly functional. Yes, everything about the new 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 personifies performance at its best!
And, driving the ZR1 brings new thrills for lucky drivers with every twist and turn of the road. In addition, available interior features include ZR1 interior badging that is quite unique, as well as sueded-microfiber inserts. For further indulgence, there’s the 3ZR trim level that includes Bose®premium audio, Napa leather seating surfaces that are vented and heated, a Performance Data Recorder, a leather steering wheel complete with a carbon-fiber rim, and so much more.
Watch Out McLaren and Porsche
The new mid-engine Corvette is presumed to be even faster than the front-engine ZR1 and that looks like a pretty good bet since the ZR1 has already been proven to be so fast. Does that mean that both McLaren and Porsche ought to start worrying about being beaten? Yes, they probably should, especially when you consider that Ford has simply backed out of the race already.
Hail to the King!
It’s evident that the ZR1 is a true supercar that is pushing Corvette’s legendary legacy to storied new heights with not only its luxurious interior and exterior but also the fact that it is fiercely capable of dishing out Corvette’s most advanced, fastest, and most powerful performance yet. Yes, with the ZR1, Corvette has indeed returned to its throne. So, hail to the King!
Available Spring 2018
So, on or off the track, the ZR1 is definitely a bit hit. And, if you’re among the many fast car enthusiasts who are looking forward to getting your hands on one, they’ll be available as soon as this Spring.