Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Goes for Timed Run Around Nurburgring
Famed Nurburgring aficionado Dale Lomas watched the C8 Corvette Zora run around the Nurburgring, and he has some reservations.
The C8 Corvette is ever closer to production ready. We have seen the spy shots, the shockingly accurate renderings and the preliminary track testing. However, Dale Lomas, the man who runs Nurburgring insider site Bridge to Gantry, and acts a part-time correspondent for Road & Track, has the next piece of the puzzle.
Lomas reports that he was on-hand at the ‘Ring during a private test session. These private sessions are conducted by manufacturers to test new vehicles without other vehicles being on track, in the way. Naturally, this is normally when manufacturers give it their all and go for lap records. After all, Nurburgring lap times have quickly become the most important stat for a performance car these days. Long gone are the days of quoting 0-60 figures or skidpad numbers, those are archaic measurements. If your supercar can’t lap the ‘Ring in less than seven minutes, no one cares.
So, according to Lomas, he spotted a C8 Corvette test mule running around the famed German road course. Lomas says the driver of the Corvette Zora was really on it, it looked like a hot lap. With his vantage point, Lomas had a greet view of the start/finish for the ‘Ring, so he whipped out his phone to record a rough stopwatch lap figure.
And the result, well, Lomas isn’t telling. Yes, really.
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Our meister of the Nurburgring says that lap times there are hotly contested, and, for whatever reason, if his claims aren’t accurate, or even if they are, he may become a wanted man. Fans of the marque and the manufacturer alike may come for him if he says what they don’t want to hear. Sad, but that’s the reality we live in.
So, what do you think? Did the C8 Zora break a record, or get sent back to the garages with its tailpipes tucked between its tires? Time will tell…