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Did the new Corvette Z06 really just become the first production car to lap the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes?

Rumors on the internet say so. Chevy disagrees.

Either way, don’t be surprised if the new Z06 is dramatically faster than any time a Corvette has set at the famed Green Hell before.

“Chevrolet has not released a lap record for the Z06 at the Nurburgring,” said Corvette PR rep Monte Doran, “and the claimed time of 6:59 is not accurate.”

Rumors of this shockingly fast time appeared on Reddit with a source pointing to an unknown site That very same site was also the first to report recently that the new Shelby GT350R set a blistering lap time of 7:32.19 edging out the Camaro Z/28.

What makes the claimed time so amazing is that it’s just shy of the million dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. The Z06 costs just under $80,000.

“Any one – a manufacturer, a journalist, a guy standing on the fence of the ‘Ring – can claim a lap time,” said Doran. “As such, we think the in-car video is essential to proving a time is real and credible, and Chevrolet will not to release a lap until we have a video to substantiate the claim.”

Doran went on to say that the new Z06 has completed almost 1,000 miles of testing at the Nurburgring. He explained that opportunity to shoot a timed lap there is limited and that the only two days available were rained out. “If we get a lap on video, we will post an official time,” he said.

So how fast could the new Z06 be? Doran shared the only official lap of the Z06, taken at Virginia International Raceway. With a lap of 2:41 the car is 4.3 seconds faster than the best time for the ZR1. The Nurburgring is roughly three times the length of VIR. Some simple math and its entirely possible that the new Z06 could run a 7:07 lap time, 12 seconds faster than the ZR1’s 2012 time of 7:19.

Well off the 7 minute mark, it would still put the Z06 ahead of the GT-R NISMO at 7:08 and, apart from million dollar hybrid hypercars, the Z06 would once again own the Nurburgring record for production cars.
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