It's A Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Vs Corvette ZR1 Track Face-Off!

Does the track-focused version of the Camaro ZL1 have an answer to the Corvette ZR1's mighty firepower? Thanks to this track test, we can find out...

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For whatever reason, the Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1 just wasn’t as fast at the Nurburgring as expected. But how might it do at a shorter track, like Hockenheim?

Thanks to Sport Auto, we get to find out. The German publication put the ridiculously handy Christian Gebhardt behind the wheel and sent him out on the track’s short configuration to see how it might get on. Oh, and he also had a go with the Camaro ZL1 1LE. Packing 745bhp, the ‘Vette has around 100bhp more to play with, so does that mean this is a walkover, even at a short track? Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to see a spoiler…

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Assuming you don’t mind knowing the result or have just watched it, here are the numbers: 01:09.6 for the Camaro, and 01:06.9 for the Corvette. Yep, that’s a pretty clear victory for the ZR1, which isn’t exactly surprising. As well as the extra power, the ZR1 is on semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, where the ZL1 uses slightly less focused Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar boots, albeit of a design bespoke to the car. Oh, and a base Corvette is a somewhat more athletic starting point for a track weapon than a base Camaro.

What’s particularly interesting though, is Sport Auto managed to get a Z06 around Hockenheim not so long ago in exactly the same time