If you watched clips of the new Corvette ZR1 testing at the Nurburgring we posted yesterday, you may have noticed some utterly bizarre exhaust pipes. We assumed their presence had to do with noise regulations, and while we're fairly certain the ZR1 is too loud for the 'Ring, we can't say that definitively
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As , automakers are limited to 100dBA when testing their cars at the Nurburgring, and that the "strictest" noise-testing equipment is on the right-hand side of the track. Considering the first ZR1s seen testing at the 'Ring didn't have this jerry-rigged solution, it seems a lot like Chevy got in trouble for making too much noise.
Of course we can't verify that the ZR1 is too loud, short of actually standing in the Nurburgring outfield with a decibel meter in hand. But, all visual evidence points to this car making too much of a ruckus.
Sadly, we don't expect the ZR1 to reach production with this exhaust arrangement intact.