Corvette ZR1 Gearing Up For Record ‘Ring Run? by Michael Accardi May 17, 2017May 17, 2017 Share Comments 2018 Corvette ZR1 prototypes continue to lay mileage down around the 12.9-mile Nurburgring circuit. The ZR1 team has been in Germany since early April playing with its armada of Corvette prototypes, seemingly with more speed every time we see them. The development drivers have slowly but surely begun bashing the curbs, scraping the splitter and building confidence through the Nordschleife’s myriad corners. It’s believed, Jim Mero, Ride & Handling Engineer for the ZR1 is once again gearing up for an official timed assault. Mero was the wheelman behind the ZR1’s 7:19.63 ‘Ring time in 2012, and the guy who hustled a bone stock Corvette Z06 around Virginia International Raceway faster than a Porsche 918. Chevy continues to run two versions of the ZR1, with both big wing cars and the smaller winged prototype making an appearance on sticky new Michelin rubber. Whatever engine’s under the hood of the big wing cars is without a doubt topped by a supercharger, while the little wing car continues to tease us with thoughts of a new V8 engine architecture from GM. We still have absolutely no idea when Chevy will officially unveil the next-generation Corvette ZR1, but popular theory pins it sometime before the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reopens in November.