Two Corvettes on Top 100 Nurburgring Lap Times List

When driver enthusiasts dream of the ultimate track to test their skills they think of the infamous Nurburgring track. Designed to push cars and drivers to their limits, car manufacturers have used the Nurburgring track to prove their engineer advancements and gain bragging rights over competing manufacturers for years. Those on the Top 100 Nurburgring lap time list are usually proud of where they stand, but all are eager to return and improve.

Spots #13 and #15 are held by Corvettes and the rumor is Corvette is itching to get back on the Nurburgring and fight for higher spots.

Corvette ZR1 vs. Nurburgring

At spot #13 sits the 2012 Corvette ZR1. Surprisingly the ZR1 driven was one with no special racing modifications. It was completely stock, sporting nothing but what was available to any Corvette buyer. In fact, the only changes made were for safety purposes and actually increased the weight of the Corvette. This added weight is said to have slowed it more than the ZR1’s available to the public. Whether or not it was really slowed by the extra weight, it was hard to tell. The ZR1 reached speeds up to 180 MPH and finished with an official Nurburgring lap time of 7:19:63. The 2012 ZR1 was completely driver optimized with aero package improvements along with Pilot Sport Tires. The track driver was Corvette’s very own lead chassis development engineer, a typical move by Corvette. Corvette believes that having one of their own engineers drive the car will allow them to more easily translate notes from track performance into the changes on the manufacturing floor.

Corvette Z06 vs. Nurburgring

At spot #15 is the 2011 Corvette Z06. Taken to the Nurburgring track to test its substantial performance upgrade, the Z06 did not disappoint. New to this model was the ZR1 performance traction management system. Available for the first time to Z06s, this system allowed for custom tuned vehicle behavior for each driver. The Z06 also had the help of its new braking system, allowing a 60–0 stop to happen in just 100ft. The chassis development engineer drove yet again, reaching speeds of 170MPH and finishing with a strong Nurburgring lap time of 7:22:68.

What’s Next for Corvettes on the Nurburgring Track?

So why are newer corvettes not on the list? Unfortunately for all manufacturers, including Corvette, in early 2015 there was a fatal accident during a Nurburgring race that killed an audience member. Following the accident the Nurburgring implemented speed limits on certain parts of the track and disallowed the sharing of lap times. The 2015 Corvette Z06 still took to the track despite these new limitations, but unfortunately crashed. For the laps it did complete there are rumors of very impressive speed improvements but due to the strict “no share rule” we will never know the truth.

2016 brings excitement and hope again as the Nurburgring speed limits have been lifted and lap times are shareable once again. The question now is will Corvette return and fight for a spot higher on the list? While there is no way to be certain one thing we know for sure is Corvette has created a track beast that is hard to contain, making the Nurburgring even harder to resist.

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What Should We Expect From The E-Ray Corvette?

Corvette owners, fans and dreamers got let in on GM’s little a secret last year when it leaked that the name “Corvette E-Ray” was submitted to be trademarked in December of 2015 and later also trademarked the stand alone “E-Ray.” Does this mean we should be on the lookout for a hybrid or electric Corvette? What do you think about this classic American sports car going electric?

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Top 10 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Results

The Barrett-Jackson Auction season is in mid-swing, traveling from city to city auctioning off some of the most interesting and expensive cars in the world. With a reputation that impresses, it comes with no surprise that the recent Palm Beach Barret-Jackson auction sold over $23.2 million and achieved the highest sell through rate to date at an impressive 96.3%. “Our Palm Beach auction was a remarkable success with an incredible docket of desirable supercars, original muscle cars and automobilia,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. Celebrities including William Shatner and Zac Brown were in attendance, both selling their exceptional rides. Among the notable collection of items sold were a large amount of cars benefiting charities. These included the VIN #001 Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition!

With over 525 cars sold, these Top 10 Best Sellers managed to bring in the highest sales, including two Chevrolet Corvettes!

1969 Ford Mustang Boss

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  1. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss (Lot #423) Sold: $550,000

This Ford Mustang Boss was the 170th unit produced in Ford’s effort to remain competitive in NASCAR. At a recent Mustang Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina it received an impressive 504 points thanks to its pristine condition and original paperwork.

2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT

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  1. 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT (Lot #401) Sold: $467,500

This Heritage Edition Ford GT is one of only 343 produced in tribute to the original Gulf Oil sponsored GT40. With only 5 miles and the original factory transport stickers, shrink wrap, steering wheel warp and seat plastic still in place, this Ford GT feels as though it just rolled off the factory floor.

2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT

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3. 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT (Lot #426) Sold: $412,500

This Gulf Livery Ford GT sold with its original books, manuals, keys, car cover, and production information. With only 3,050 miles on the odometer and pristine condition.
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code Convertible

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4. 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code Convertible (Lot #386) Sold: $193,600
Besides the unusual Flame Red paint job, the fact that this Thunderbird is one of only 212 makes it very unique. It flaunts a 4-barrel carburetor with a McCullock Paxton VR57 supercharger and power brakes.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #402) Sold: $192,500

A Custom Corvette proudly takes the number 5 spot! This impeccably designed Corvette Convertible has a detailed engine bay, sculpted fender walls, a Haartz Stayfast top and a clear coat polished to a mirror shine. Custom touches also include an Autosound stereo with a Kenwood amplifier and a Bazooka subwoofer.

1987 Ferrari Testarossa

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6. 1987 Ferrari Testarossa (Lot #419) Sold: $189,200

This 5-speed manual transmission Ferrari Testarossa was delivered new to the Symbolic Ferrari of La Jolla and spent a majority of its life on the coast of California accumulating just 37,980 miles. It was sold with the original books, pouch, tool roll and jack kit.

1977 Porsche 930 Turbo

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7. 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo (Lot #398) Sold: $187,000

One of only 717 produced, this 930 Turbo is extremely rare. Both the interior and exterior are in great shape and the engine remains the original 3.0-liter 260hp no-intercooler with only 15,200 miles driven.

1984 Porsche 930/935

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8. 1984 Porsche 930/935 DP Turbo (Lot #425) Sold: $187,000
This Porsche 930/935 DP Turbo was previously owned by Olympic gold medal-winner skier Bode Miller. Since bought and restored, it was refinished in a bold Gulf Racing blue and orange. 
1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabrio

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9. 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabrio (Lot #417) Sold: $183,700

This Porsche 930 Turbo represents an advancement is technology with its 3.3-liter turbocharged Flat-6 engine and 5 speed manual transmission. Less than 1,000 were built around the world and it continues to be one of the most sot after 911s.

1967 Corvette Roadster

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10. 1967 Corvette Roadster (Lot #375) Sold: $181,500

This Corvette Roadster is an incredibly rare piece of history. It is Bloomington Gold Certified and believed to be one of only 34 red leather cars in 1967. It is has undergone a complete restoration and still has the original motor. 

The next Barrett-Jackson auction will be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on June 23-25, 2016, but you don’t have to wait until then to find your dream Corvette. Shop Rick Hendrick’s impressive new and used inventory and find yourself one of the best deals on a Corvette in the nation.

 

Barrett Jackson Auction 2016

VIN 001 Corvette Purchased by Rick Hendrick 2016 Barrett-Jackson

History of the Barrett Jackson Auction

For more than four decades, Barrett-Jackson has been known as the world’s undisputed leader in collector car auctions.  The legacy started in the 1960s as a meeting between two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. The early auctions, held in Scottsdale, AZ, were so popular that fellow collectors and car buffs across the country demanded their own auctions. In 2003, the first Palm Beach, FL, auction was held and in 2008 it was brought to Las Vegas, NV.

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Corvette Unveils 2017 Grand Sport, Exceeds all Expectations

Last week the Geneva International Motor Show was lucky enough to host the unveiling of Chevrolet Corvette’s 2017 Grand Sport, collector’s edition.

2017 Grand Sport

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The unveiling of Corvette’s newest track-ready legacy came to a surprise for many show attendees who only heard rumors that the unveiling was taking place. After delaying its initial anticipated unveiling by nearly two months, the show attendees were anything but disappointed.

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Zora Corvette

2017 Corvette Zora

2017 Corvette Zora

Continuing a proud American tradition, General Motors (GM) has confirmed they will introduce a new C8 Corvette for the 2017 model year that features a striking mid-engine design. Named after legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus Duntove, the Zora Corvette represents a significant evolution of the platform designed to appeal to a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts.

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Rick Hendrick, A Corvette Icon

Rick Hendrick has long been identified with the Chevrolet brand and with the Corvette in particular. That association has now been officially recognized with Rick’s induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame during the 21st Anniversary Celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Rick was honored for his achievements both on the racetrack and in the automotive sales and service field. These accomplishments led to Rick’s selection in the Enthusiast field as a 2015 inductee into the Corvette Hall of Fame.

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Corvette News August 2015

Here’s a synopsis of what happened this month in the Corvette world:

2015 Z06 Corvette Engine Update: Chevy is confident they have found and fixed all potential engine issues in the 2015 Z06, but does suggest that owners get an oil change after the 500-mile break-in point.

Previous owner reunited with his 1977 Corvette

Corvette Reunion: A 1977 Corvette brings tears or joy to its previous owner’s eyes. Yep, people love Corvettes that much!

 

Teal 1957 Ca Corvette

Trio of Corvette Firsts: Each firsts in their own right, these three classics will be auctioned off in Scottsdale this coming January.

1959 Corvette Purple People Eater

Purple People Eater: It’s back, and it’s upgraded.

Corvette News From Around the Web: April 2015

Here’s the latest from the Corvette world.

  • If 650 horsepower just isn’t enough for you, check out this video of Hennessey’s 1,000-Horsepower Corvette.

2016 Corvette C7 and C7R

  • The 2016 C7 Corvette will include new options and a racing edition predicted to be more rare than the The Lamborghini Aventador SV.
  • Legendary NASCAR drive Jeff Gordon will pace the Indy 500’s “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in none other than a 2015 Corvette Z06.

C4 Corvette limo

  • One corvette fans with a special occasion to attend will end up with this C4 Corvette limo. What do you think about this Vette modification?

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Corvette News From Around the Web: March 2015

Read about how Chevrolet Corvettes have made it into the news this month.

Corvette wins at 2015 Sebring race

  • Chevrolet Corvette represents on the winner’s stand at this year’s Sebring races. Read more here.
  • One C7 Z06 Corvette owner makes these slight modifications to break 9 seconds in a quarter mile, making it the fastest C7 Z06 Corvette yet! (The C7 is pretty impressive even without modifications – read more about that here.)
Gold C7 Z51 Corvette
  • As if the latest Corvette body style wasn’t eye-catching enough – Check out the video of this gold chrome wrapped Forgiato widebody C7 Corvette in action.
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