Jay Leno Tops 200 MPH in 2019 Corvette ZR1
World’s greatest car collector takes a deep dive, and fast drive in the new king of the supercar hill.
Of every car collector on the planet, comedian Jay Leno has to be the luckiest of all. The former Tonight Show host has amassed a simply ridiculous, almost uncountable number of amazing cars over the years. And now, in “retirement,” he gets to do all the things we mere mortals wish we could. Like drive the brand new 2019 Corvette ZR1. Not just around sunny SoCal, mind you. But also at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.
Here we get to see the full, extended segment from a recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Which starts out with some spirited driving around public roads in a production Corvette ZR1. A car that he calls “the greatest high performance bargain of the century.” And who are we to argue? If anybody on the planet knows cars, it’s Leno. Heck, he’s driven all of them.
Leno’s 204 mph (to be exact) blast around Milford was in a pre-production model, however. Turns out, GM didn’t have a production-ready version available at the time. But the way it sounds screaming around that elongated oval is just about as mind-blowing as the way it effortlessly gains speed. In between that thrilling footage, we’re treated to some in-depth analysis on the car by Spring Mountain Motor Resort’s Todd Crutcher.
Interestingly enough, Crutcher admits that they “have a whole fleet” of these cars. As most of you already know, 2019 Corvette ZR1 buyers also get two days at the performance driving school included with their purchase. Which is great because it avoids, as Leno says, “people who don’t know what they’re doing, sliding into things.” You know, like what happens at every Cars and Coffee event.
For a car with this kind of extreme performance, that’s obviously a good thing. Especially when it’s so easy (and quick) to top 200 mph!