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Old 09-07-2018, 05:30 PM
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You do realize that the OP was just naming the cars in the picture as there was no offical statement with this picture that was taken from Jim Mero's wifes FB page? If they track tested the GS at the Ring it would be the Z07 package, no question.
Huh. So I went back and did some calculation based on Randy Pobst's Laguna Seca lap times and it appears you're correct. The ~2 second difference between the C7 Grand Sport with Z07 package in which Randy pulled a 1:35.6x @ Laguna vs. the 2012 C6 ZR1 on Cup 1 tires WOULD translate to about a 10 second gap between the two cars on the Nurburgring. So the GS is likely running Z07 with the Cup 2 tires to rip out a similar time to the ZR1 on 2nd gen Pilot Sports.

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We have NO understanding of track conditions, weather, traffic and so on. Also the “Ring” recently has been reworked making it difficult to compare year to year.
And VIR has been reworked a few times for better and worse. The Magazines even admit the difference in track conditions on the same day changing from morning to afternoon and evening. Unless it’s “perfectly” qualified and quantified, times are for fun.
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Small thread drift....

Somewhere here on the forum I saw a list of cars, and their lap times (the track I don't recall), all performed by a single driver. Would someone direct me to that list please? My forum search-fu is failing me.
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VIR is the track to win at and set times at. No need to ship a car overseas, no need to deal with the varying track conditions at the Ring, nor with the crappy weather, nor with the fact no official lap times can be done. The Ring will fade into obscurity with nobody but Porsche caring.

hahahaha, yeah, okay, keep telling yourself that.....spoken like someone who's never been to Nurburgring let alone driven on it.

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Ya Think? We all will fade into obscurity but on my way, I plan on doing some cool things including Nurburgring and some other things.

Yep, Life causes death and in 100 years no one will care. No one will care about anything we are talking about but we can all care about achieving our own personal goals.

Stay tuned for my totally insignificant attempt at Nurburgring that will be recorded with a precise in car camera with the start and finish points set in the camera system display with a GPS for all to see and forget as time passes.

Funny how life is like that.

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Lou - I did some reading and catching up on LG. I think your efforts to tackle the Ring are nothing short of AWESOME! To design/prep/ship/and race from TX to Germany and back. Not cheap and yes, it shows passion and grit.

As a fellow Italian/Texan I truly wish you well and no matter the outcome, hopefully the setup you have spurs some interest (probably already done so) among European Z06 customers as well.

During your stint at the Nurb I am consulting in Stuttgart. I know you don't need Merc and Porsche parts...LOL ...but if you need a hand...let me know!

Salute!

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Last weekend, the same friend who sent me Jim Mero's retirement announcement sent me a Facebook post from Jim's wife, Terri. The post was photos of the gifts Jim received for his retirement. One of the gifts was a large photograph composed of a lot of smaller photos. At the bottom of the large photo was 7 smaller photos of what seems to be all of Jim's Nurburgring times. I believe this because included in the photos and times were his 3 C6 times that we all know about:
  1. 2009 ZR1 7:26
  2. 2012 Z06/Z07 7:22
  3. 2012 ZR1 7:19
I have no idea what (S) means, but these are the times associated with the C7 photos:
  1. C7 Z51 7:33 (S)
  2. C7 Grand Sport 7:27
  3. C7 Z06/Z07 7:10
  4. C7 ZR1 6:57 (S)
The C7 times are very impressive, but, for the life of me, I can't understand why they were never made public.

Look at the lap time range at Nurburgring where our C7 Corvettes are competing, this is great, I wonder why GM never published their lap times. Amazing! The ZR1 H2H VS Porsche 918:

Porsche 918 SpyderMarc Lieb6:57.008.Modified Subaru WRX STIunknown6:57.509.Aventador LP750-4 SVunknown6:59.7310.Dodge Viper ACR (Mk V)Lance Arnold7:01.3011.Nio EP9unknown7:05.1212.Nissan GT-R Nismo (R35)Michael Krumm7:08.6813.Mercedes-Benz AMG GT RChristian Gebhardt7:10.9214.Gumpert Apollo SportFlorian Gruber7:11.5715.Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACRDominik Farnbacher7:12.1316.Porsche 911 GT3unknown7:12.7017.Porsche 918 SpyderHorst von Saurma7:13.0018.Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C7)Christian Gebhardt7:13.9019.McLaren 720Sunknown7:14.0020.Lexus LFA Nurburgring PackageAkira Iida7:14.6421.Donkervoort D8 RSMichael Duechting7:14.8922.Camaro ZL1 1LE Packageunknown7:16.0423.Porsche 911 Turbo SChristian Gebhardt7:17.1124.Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997)Timo Kluck7:18.0025.Nissan GT-R (R35 550 PS)Toshio Suzuki7:19.1026.Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Jim Mero7:19.6327.Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991)unknown7:20.0028.Ferrari 488 GTBunknown7:21.0029.Jaguar XE SV Project 8unknown7:21.2330.Ferrari 488 GTBChristian Gebhardt7:21.6331.Corvette Z06 Z07 PackageJim Mero7:22.6832.Porsche 911 Carrera GTSChristian Gebhardt7:23.7733.Gumpert Apollo Sportunknown7:24.0034.Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997)Horst von Saurma7:24.0035.Maserati MC12Marc Basseng7:24.2936.Pagani Zonda F ClubsportMarc Basseng7:24.6537.Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4Horst von Saurma7:25.0038.KTM X-Bow RChristopher Haase7:25.0039.Porsche 911 GT3 (991)Timo Kluck7:25.0040.Ferrari EnzoMarc Basseng7:25.2141.SLS AMG Black SeriesMarkus Hofbauer7:25.6742.KTM X-BOW RRunknown7:25.7243.Porsche 911 Turbo S (991)unknown7:26.0044.Nissan GT-R (R35)Toshio Suzuki7:26.7045.Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997)unknown7:27.0046.BMW M4 GTSunknown7:27.8847.McLaren MP4-12CHorst von Saurma7:28.0048.Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991)Christian Gebhardt7:28.0049.Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4Christian Gebhardt7:28.0050.Porsche Carrera GTMarc Basseng7:28.7151.Porsche 911 Turbo (991)unknown7:29.0052.Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Mk VI)unknown7:29.6053.Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GTunknown7:30.0054.Porsche 911 GT2 (997)Walter Rohrl7:31.0055.Porsche 911 Turbo SWalter Rohrl7:32.0056.Audi R8 V10 Plus (Mk II)unknown7:32.0057.Alfa Romeo Giulia QVFabio Francia7:32.0058.Ford Shelby Mustang GT350Runknown7:32.1959.Porsche 911 GT3 (991)unknown7:32.2060.Pagani Zonda Funknown7:33.0061.Porsche 911 GT3 RSunknown7:33.0062.Ferrari F12 BerlinettaHorst von Saurma7:33.0063.Koenigsegg CCXMarc Basseng7:33.55

Competing with the best world Sport cars, in the same league

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Old 09-08-2018, 07:56 AM
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The Z51 and ZR1 seem to be calculated laps, The time I'm most interested in is the 7:10 Z06 lap because it appears to be a complete lap.

I assume this is the lap Tadge originally said they have a time supported by a video followed by crickets.

I was at the Museum in July. My favorite display is the 7:19 C6 ZR1 Nurburgring display. Now that the cat appears to be out of the bag, I would love to hear the story on the 7:10 lap. Assuming a video exists, it would be nice to see a 7th Gen car in that display. IMO
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Hi guys you may or may not know that we are heading over to the Nürburgring with our Corvette C7 Z06 with our cooling modifications and a bunch of our other LG Motorsports parts to set a time.
So far I have spent five days running on track and logged over 720 miles on the Nürburgring in various BMW cars while our Corvette is being shipped over It is scheduled to arrive around September 10.
I have four more days schedule on track During that time we will make some time to run I have to dial the car in for the track will be on Pirelli Trofeo R tires. Bilstein made us Special set of double adjustable shocks with their Nurburgring valving. We have help from Forgline wheels- Stoptech brakes, and our LG motorsports Aero package which we feel exceeds that of the Corvette ZR 1.
Our goal is the sub 7 minute time for a full lap- not segment times - and it will be videotaped with the timer on screen. Shipping the car took longer than we anticipated with Customs and special bond to insure that we bring the car back.

I will be heading over in the 24th and I will stay there until October 10 looking for dry conditions. My main concern is the weather. Of the five days I spent on track one day was after a rain the night before and there were still parts of the track where the sun can’t reach because of the trees that stay wet. So in order to set a good time we need a full dry track.

Stay tuned —- we will keep you posted.

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Record Lap times to beat:

Lamborghini Aventador SVJMarco Mapelli6:44.972.Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991)Lars Kern6:47.303.Radical SR8LMMichael Vergers6:48.004.Huracán PerformanteMarco Mapelli6:52.015.Radical SR8Michael Vergers6:55.006.Porsche 911 GT3 RSKevin Estre6:56.40

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Record Lap times to beat:

Lamborghini Aventador SVJMarco Mapelli6:44.972.Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991)Lars Kern6:47.303.Radical SR8LMMichael Vergers6:48.004.Huracán PerformanteMarco Mapelli6:52.015.Radical SR8Michael Vergers6:55.006.Porsche 911 GT3 RSKevin Estre6:56.40
Viper ACR *7:01, Corvette C7 Z06 7:13, Camaro 1le 7:16 * *American production car base times would be good enough

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I think VIR and the annual Lightning Lap held there (now, with a full decade of running results of every major car released) has overtaken any significance the Nurburgring might have had. The fact that there is no such thing as an official Ring time certainly hasn’t helped the Ring’s relevance.

Owning records at VIR is great and indeed significant. But internationally, the green hell means a lot more whether we agree or not. If the Corvette is suppose to become a world sportscar, we need to do work there and show it.
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VIR by Car and Driver is as close to a standardized test as we can get here, glad they’re doing it.
Looks like a Euopean magizine runs a similar test at Sachsenring, German track, 2.3 miles long. Over 300 cars times on fastestlaps.com. C7s do very well although I don’t see a ZR1 time on there yet.
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record lap times to beat:

lamborghini aventador svjmarco mapelli6:44.972.porsche 911 gt2 rs (991)lars kern6:47.303.radical sr8lmmichael vergers6:48.004.huracán performantemarco mapelli6:52.015.radical sr8michael vergers6:55.006.porsche 911 gt3 rskevin estre6:56.40
lol...... *
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Owning records at VIR is great and indeed significant. But internationally, the green hell means a lot more whether we agree or not. If the Corvette is suppose to become a world sportscar, we need to do work there and show it.
The top 5 cars listed as "ring record holders" put together have annual sales of less than 1000 units "internationally".

That is the current run rate volume of the current ZR1 in 6 MONTHS! and without the ring to boot! This tells me the "world sportscar" accolade is rather overblown...?

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lol...... *
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The top 5 cars listed as "ring record holders" put together have annual sales of less than 1000 units "internationally".

That is the current run rate volume of the current ZR1 in 6 MONTHS! and without the ring to boot! This tells me the "world sportscar" accolade is rather overblown...?

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The fact that GM now has a R&D facility and are testing the C8 there, it would appear to me that they do care about what the world thinks.
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The fact that GM now has a R&D facility and are testing the C8 there, it would appear to me that they do care about what the world thinks.
I suggest that within this context they care more about what the world "buys" versus "think". Corvette sales 10% internationally and that is how much they care about it...That "R&D facility" is really been there for quite some time and is really a big garage which GM leverages from time to time to test wares from the OEMs that camp there and to conduct road worthy tests. They come, they open, they test, they close. Since Chevrolet pulled out of Europe it is actually closed for most of the year.
Again, I think some of you are erroneously conflating development car testing, with record lap times and the specific location.

Tadge has made it clear the Nurb is very useful for track/german road tunings and test electricals from BOSCH (which is there all the time..). Both the peculiar characteristics of the track and surrounding highways make it easier for team corvette to register behaviors on a long/sustained basis for meaningful telematics. The German highway is probably the cheapest longest stretch of road without speed limits..and it's all done away from preying eyes at "home".

As for the fast laps..Tadge says it better here:

quote: way below in our list of priorities...

and quote: no funny business..

Gee!...
I wonder what he was referring to...?

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I suggest that within this context they care more about what the world "buys" versus "think". Corvette sales 10% internationally and that is how much they care about it...That "R&D facility" is really been there for quite some time and is really a big garage which GM leverages from time to time to test wares from the OEMs that camp there and to conduct road worthy tests. They come, they open, they test, they close. Since Chevrolet pulled out of Europe it is actually closed for most of the year.
Again, I think some of you are erroneously conflating development car testing, with record lap times and the specific location.

Tadge has made it clear the Nurb is very useful for track/german road tunings and test electricals from BOSCH (which is there all the time..). Both the peculiar characteristics of the track and surrounding highways make it easier for team corvette to register behaviors on a long/sustained basis for meaningful telematics. The German highway is probably the cheapest longest stretch of road without speed limits..and it's all done away from preying eyes at "home".

As for the fast laps..Tadge says it better here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqFmzN7a_MQ

quote: way below in our list of priorities...

and quote: no funny business..

Gee!...
I wonder what he was referring to...?

While I agree development testing doesn't necessarily require recording the fastest Nurburgring lap time, improving the image and reputation of the Corvette in other parts of the world does. I think it comes down to does a company like GM want to increase their sales, market share and become a stronger player in countries where the Corvette currently is an afterthought.

What they did with the previous generations are irrelevant. Just because they didn't sell very many C7 Corvettes internationally doesn't mean they are satisfied with that. The mid engine platform is a whole new direction and there is tremendous opportunity to grow the brand/model into something much bigger. To me, that's the logical move for business.

You can find a "Nurburgring" thread on every performance car forum and in short, it matters to many enthusiasts. Tadge himself in the video acknowledges that Nurburging is known as one of the toughest tracks in the world. That is the very reason why it matters to enthusiasts and GM obviously agrees or else they wouldn't be validating there. Posting fast lap times there (preferably beating some top cars) would help to change a lot of the false images that some still have about American cars.





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I think beating all those car’s asses at VIR accomplishes the same thing. And in a far more controlled environment, such that the results are less able to be challenged and can easily be repeated.
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While I agree development testing doesn't necessarily require recording the fastest Nurburgring lap time, improving the image and reputation of the Corvette in other parts of the world does. I think it comes down to does a company like GM want to increase their sales, market share and become a stronger player in countries where the Corvette currently is an afterthought.

What they did with the previous generations are irrelevant. Just because they didn't sell very many C7 Corvettes internationally doesn't mean they are satisfied with that. The mid engine platform is a whole new direction and there is tremendous opportunity to grow the brand/model into something much bigger. To me, that's the logical move for business.

You can find a "Nurburgring" thread on every performance car forum and in short, it matters to many enthusiasts. Tadge himself in the video acknowledges that Nurburging is known as one of the toughest tracks in the world. That is the very reason why it matters to enthusiasts and GM obviously agrees or else they wouldn't be validating there. Posting fast lap times there (preferably beating some top cars) would help to change a lot of the false images that some still have about American cars.
Good arguments and I agree with you Nurburing lap times can (generally speaking) maintain and/or improve image and reputation. I think we are in disagreement on the degree of importance a ring time is to image and reputation. I wager, Image and reputation is not built solely on marketing and for sure not on feeble perceptions. I think the ultimate measuring stick of were a product stands with the market is sales, period. Easy to vote with your mouth...a bit more convincing when you vote with the wallet..

Point remains C7s have enjoyed sales at par if not better for certain segments (see Z06) than the predecessors WITHOUT the ring. C7s also enjoys a wide margin on sales with competition with ring "bragging" rights...

Finally, I can tell you that as an international business developer practitioner, Corvette enjoys a great degree of respect among knowledgeable car enthusiasts. Some can afford to buy the car but most buckle at the outrageous tariffs, ownership tax and costly import obstacles.
Look up the price and ownership tax for a new Z06 in let's say Germany or Italy, or UK and you will quickly understand Corvette does not have an image problem. Corvette has a market protectionism problem and they have made it abundantly clear that is not their problem (see Corvette statements on ZR1 exports to EU).



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It is a licensed street driven Corvette C7 Z06. BUT it performs like so much more than that.

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Looks badass. My GS would pee itself if it has that in it’s rear view mirror. 😂
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