The 2012 Corvette ZR1 just shaved nearly seven seconds from its Nurburgring lap time, and now the 2012 Corvette Z06 has taken a whopping 20 seconds off the previous best Z06 lap time, recorded in 2005.
Most impressively, the 2012 Z06 lapped the 'Ring in 7:22.68--just a hair over three seconds slower than the 2012 ZR1, and nearly four seconds quicker than the previous ZR1 lap time.
Why is the new Z06 so fast? In part because the test car was fitted with the Z07 chassis package, which includes a special Performance Traction Management system previously unique to the ZR1, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
Of course, there's also a strong possibility that weather, driver familiarity with the circuit, and other environmental factors played into the 20-second improvement. Whatever the reason, however, the video is evidence that the Corvette, in either Z06 or ZR1 form, is a world-class supercar when it comes to laying down lap times.