2019 Corvette ZR1 Takes VIR Production Car Lap RecordFebruary 2nd, 2018
Chevrolet took its all-new 2019 Corvette ZR1 down to Virginia International Raceway and set the beast loose. The 4.1-mile circuit is described by many as the most challenging road course in the US. The 2019 ZR1 rolled away with the record for fastest production car lap at the track, besting the far more expensive, but less powerful Ford GT.
Vehicle dynamics engineer Jim Mero put down an impressive lap time of 2:37.25, with speeds topping out around 162 mph. The ZR1 used for the feat was all stock, other than the requisite safety equipment. That safety gear included racing seats and harnesses. The 755 horsepower ZR1 was fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission and the $2,995 ZTK Performance Package. That package includes a large rear wing, front splitter, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Custom suspension turning is also part of the package. The cost of the same ZR1 would total $122,990 plus the price of seats and harnesses. Check out the in-car video of the lap record below: