Chevrolet Releases 2019 ZR1 Top Speed Test Run at Over 210 MPH!
ZR1’s top speed is more of a technical achievement than most folks realize.
There are few places in the world that allow a car to reach its real-world top speed. In Germany, one such place exists. Papenburg is home to a high-speed oval test track that allows a car to set a top speed run. Said top speed being measured going with, and against the wind. Averaging these speeds gives the true top speed. In the ZR1’s case, it is 214 on the first run, and 210 on the second. Officially, the ZR1 is a 212 mile per hour car.
If the car in question doesn’t look like a ZR1 in the initial shots of this video, it’s not because it is covered in camo, but because you noticed the smaller wing. Granted, the big wing is an optional extra, and lets face it, makes for awesome publicity shots. However, the big wing is better for a road course setting. About to break lap times at VIR or Nurburgring? Slap the big wing on. Top speed? It creates too much drag from the 900+ pounds of downforce.
When you factor in the ZR1’s little wing, the extra 27 miles per hour in speed becomes even more amazing. With the small wing, the ZR1 makes more downforce than the Z06 with the rear wicker bill. However, at the same time, it also creates less drag. But at speeds that high, wind becomes a significant force to deal with. Fast is fast, but to put things into perspective, think of a car going 30 miles per hour, then one going 57 miles per hour. Like a decibel, air acts as a multiplier of force the faster you go, which, factoring in the increase in downforce makes the ZR1’s top speed a remarkable achievement.