Let's play a game of "two truths and a lie." One: The 2015 Corvette Z06 is wickedly, astoundingly fast. Two: The internet is a place where non-credible sources make up non-truths freely. Three: The Z06 just lapped the Nürburgring in 6:59.13. Can you spot the fib?
Yes, there's a claim going around the internet that the new Z06 blasted past the seven-minute barrier around the 'Ring. Problem is, it's just not true, according to Chevrolet itself. Those folks would know.
In a statement to R&T, a Chevy spokesman was unequivocal: "Chevrolet has not released a lap record for the Z06 at the Nurburgring, and the claimed time of 6:59 is not accurate," the spokesman said.
That's borne out by a lack of video evidence. You see, while the website where this rumor seems to have originated links to a YouTube video that has since disappeared, Chevy itself hasn't done a videoed lap around the 'Ring yet. "Anyone—a manufacturer, a journalist, a guy standing on the fence of the 'Ring—can claim a lap time," Chevy's guy told us. "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."
While the Corvette team racked up nearly 1,000 miles testing the Z06 at the 'Ring, Chevy says it was only able to run full, videoed laps under rainy track conditions. "If we get a lap on video, we will post an official time," the spokesman said.
So while it would be nice to believe that 6:59 number you've seen floating around, well, don't. Like all those "free new car" scams on Facebook, it's just something the internet made up.
All of which leaves the burning question: Just how fast will the Z06 lap the famed German racetrack? Our at Chevy would only reference the ZR1's best record of 7:19, saying that the Corvette team is confident the new Z06 (with Z07 upgrades) will beat that time.
Which leaves us ample room for speculation. Thus far, the only official lap time we have for the new Z06 is the blistering 2:41 it did at Virginia International Raceway. That, fair reader, is a full 4.3 seconds faster than the old ZR1's best.
What could that translate to at the Green Hell? You do the math. Until Chevy posts an official, videoed lap, your guess is as good as ours. And probably just as reliable as the internet's.