Corvette ZR-1 horsepower hero

Posted by Tom Ford at 8:28 am on Tuesday March 31, 2009

A straight drag race with some exotica, which keeps it simple. And the ZR-1 proving that you don’t need to spend ludicrous amounts of money to make rich people feel insecure…

  1. fuzz said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to comment Report comment

    corvette rules!

  2. Bensthebest said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 9:49 am Link to comment Report comment

    2nd! (yes im sad but who cares!!!)

  3. Finchy said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 9:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    That’s an amazing discovery, the car with the most HP is fasted in the long run…

    I wonder why they didn’t take it out for a spin around a circuit ;)

  4. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 10:17 am Link to comment Report comment

    as fast as a zr1 is the fact of the matter is that like most american cars its most made of plastic which flexs when you breath on it as well as the fact when you use them yourself you relise that the steering wheel isnt actually attached to the wheels not to forget though the do look good in america when you bring them over to europe they look rubbish against cars like the 599

  5. Viper007Bond said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 10:18 am Link to comment Report comment

    Finchy: because it’s too boring watching the Corvette win there too. :P

    In all seriousness though, I think it’d be beat by the electronics of the GTR, but I really don’t think it’d be an ass-kicking. Contrary to what some stupid people seem to think, some American cars actually can go around corners. ;)

  6. PetrolHead247 said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm Link to comment Report comment

    That was a great drag race. The corvette was the odvious winner because it had loads more power than it’s rivals. Only problem with the drag race is that there was one car missing that should have raced, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 or the new LP-670/4 SV.

  7. PetrolHead247 said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Check out this video of Colin Mcrae Vs Ken Block at the X-Games Semi-final.

  8. Mikeado said...
    Tuesday March 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    “Only one word comes to mind: Drag Race” – Riiight.

    Wait… The Americans made a car that’s fast in a straight line? The most powerful car, with the biggest engine won a straight line race? OH MY GOD!!!! What’s up with that?!!

    Seriously, did they just want to show Americans a Yank winning at something? Pathetic. And show those cars a few corners, and I bet the epic Nissan GT-R comes out on top. Yes, I know the ZR1 – in fact all Corvette C6′s – are among the precious few US cars that understand corners, but there’s nowhere near the same control.

    *Breathes*

  9. Wobbletastic said...
    Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 10:05 am Link to comment Report comment

    Ohh what a surprise… I never realised the most powerfull car would be quickest in a straight line.

  10. fuzz said...
    Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    and this one shows the cars top speeds:)

  11. LOL said...
    Thursday April 2, 2009 at 6:12 am Link to comment Report comment

    Here we go again with the retarded “straight line” BS again..
    The ZR1 Corvette thrives in the corners as well.
    there should be no doubt, from its Ring performances..
    It all but matched the record time set by a stripped out track racer on R-compound tyres(Viper ACR,the OTHER, World beating, AMERICAN supercar))
    Its incredable that it outran the four wheel drive grip advantage the Nissan enjoys out of the hole.
    And the manual transmision,heavily handicapped the Corvette between the gear changes.
    The automated gear boxes in the other cars are 5 times faster at shifting than a conventional manual like the Corvette has.It was designed and built as a true drivers car so it uses a manual shifter and foot pedal clutch..a HUGE advantage in ANY drag race.

    Unbelievable car that ZR1!! dollar for dollar it’s simply the best supercar ever!!

  12. Mikeado said...
    Thursday April 2, 2009 at 10:20 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s not incredible that a hugely powerful car with high performance tyres beat a car weighing 1740 kg + driver with a power deficit of around 200bhp. Drag races prove nothing unpredictable.

    Plus ring times are irrelevant, because they’re all done with different drivers, making any scientific comparison unfair, and thus null and void. Wait for the TG track test, with the same driver, before claiming anything.

    That said I do like the ZR1, in blue. But you can’t have one in England because you’d look silly/brash.

  13. LOL said...
    Thursday April 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Your realy reaching there, kid…

  14. CheeseyPanda said...
    Thursday April 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I agree with PetrolHead247 were’s the murcie lp640, its in same price range as 599. plus we all know how fast the lp640 is. on top gear track hit 207mph in straight line, and in that episode were they were against the Germans it wasn’t far off the ariel atom. insanely quick car and in a straight line i think it would have beat this line up.

  15. FSO said...
    Saturday April 4, 2009 at 3:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    The Corvette ZR1 is acually a really good car even though build quality is not that good but you just dont care, 640bhp and 6th fastest car in the nurburgring and not costing as much as a ferrari or a 911 gt2

  16. audiman said...
    Sunday April 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    driving in a straight line doesnt mean much.
    should hav compared using a complex course

  17. unique uk said...
    Sunday April 5, 2009 at 7:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Am sorry but as for question everyone wants to know it dam sure dont involve straight lines!! When will u lot get an imagination??…straights lines bizarre!!

  18. Lee said...
    Saturday April 11, 2009 at 7:10 am Link to comment Report comment

    corvette’s don’t do corners? how many of you “experts” have driven one? judging by the rehashed clarkson/pub expert comments on here, not many of you. my standard c6 (the actual car that clarkson test drove for his times review)is a match for most cars on the road. read clarkson review in the times for his real thoughts on the car, not his comedy put downs on top gear.

  19. Fletch said...
    Monday April 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    He says “Only one word comes to mind; Drag Race” Funny, because I always thought that was two words.

    And the one word I was thinking of was circuit. And then two words “GTR Wins!”

    I saw the American road trip, and I realise the ZR1 isn’t bad in the corners, but I’d still rather have the GTR.

  20. Virageturbo said...
    Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Not that any of you guys will believe it, the Vette won on the road course by a lot!!!

    http://www.motortrend.com  /roadtests/coupes/112_08 10_2009_corvette_zr1_vs_p orsche_gt2_vs_ferrari_599 _vs_nissan_gtr/lap_times. html

  21. Well DUH!! said...
    Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 9:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Its “amazing” how the Vette won, its only got the MOST power. It probably fell apart minutes after they finished filming. Every road test i’ve seen with this car it always beats every european car in a drag race as if that shows the epitome of performance, and every american gets hard over it, and the several americans who bought this car and said “This thang right here’s a supercar, beets’em dang europeans, whoever they are.” as his body work falls off bit by bit, will realise that roads usually bend.

  22. big greg said...
    Saturday July 18, 2009 at 1:16 am Link to comment Report comment

    You brits have me laughing! You still hold on to the tired old conclusion that we Americans cannot make a car that corners. Wrong! Just to let you know, the Corvette ZR1 posted a 7:26 by GM’s own Jim Mero at the Nurburgring. After that, Jan Magnussen posted a blistering 7:22! Both the Corvette ZR1 and the Viper ACR hold the fastest times for production cars at the ring. Take that europe!

  23. ryan said...
    Tuesday August 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    they didn’t take it out onto a circut because they felt to bad for the others, it would have kicked their ass there too

  24. omnigear said...
    Saturday October 3, 2009 at 10:49 am Link to comment Report comment

    you guys dont like drag racing because you have 15sec cars. its not as easy as one think going on a straight line with a 3 sec car. point is because you have a slow car dont mean drag racing is moot, dont knock it till you try it.

  25. td said...
    Sunday October 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the prince of germany bought a zr1

  26. Brandic2020 said...
    Friday July 29, 2011 at 9:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    The Nissan GT-R is a ricer.

  27. hammerx6969 said...
    Sunday August 7, 2011 at 5:10 am Link to comment Report comment

    some people like cars and some know cars….the ZR1 is the best car, for price….for straight line speed… for lap time…grip, and horsepower. All has been said

  28. jmcgr69210@aol,com said...
    Sunday February 5, 2012 at 5:34 am Link to comment Report comment

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  29. DeadManWlkn said...
    Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm Link to comment Report comment

    European pansies. Ypu think that you’re the best in the world but the truth is you’re pathetic how you whine and moan every time we prove that we are better than you. Whiny Bitches

  30. corvetteman said...
    Monday June 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    still take the porshe or ferrari. corvette will still be a corvette. but awsome car, since im american.

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