Here's another great video from our friends at the Corvette factory. Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter starts off talking about the Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes at Germany's famous Nurburgring race course. Then you're treated to a driver's eye view as world record-holding race driver and Corvette engineer Jim Mero drives the 'Ring in the Z06.
The point of the video is to provide us a peek inside the extensive testing that is instrumental in creating one of the world's highest performing cars. In this video, the Z06 and Mero recorded a lap time of 7:22.68, which is nothing short of phenomenal. The lap time is 20 seconds faster than the previous-best Z06 lap time, recorded in 2005, which was recorded from a standing start rather than the generally-accepted rolling start technique now used.
The truly amazing part is that the Z06 lap time is only 3 seconds behind the fastest Corvette lap time ever, recorded by Mero in the 2012 Corvette ZR1 and featured in a previous blog post.
The Z06 is the lightest and most balanced Corvette model, positioned below the supercharged ZR1 supercar model. The 2012 Corvette Z06 model shown includes the Z07 chassis package, featuring new optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, as well as carbon fiber components (hood, front splitter and rockers) and aerodynamic improvements. All of those features are regular production options for the 2012 Corvette Z06.