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Steane Klose | May 5, 2008

Insideline recently spoke to Corvette Chief Engineer, Tadge Jeuchter about the Corvette ZR1 and to say that Tadge is confident in the ZR1’s abilities is an understatement.

He said that the ZR1 "will be able to take the production-car track record at any racetrack”. We all know that there is only one production car lap record that really matters and that’s at the Nurburgring. When GM finally introduce the ZR1 to the Green Hell Tagde says they are expecting a lap time of "seven minutes, twenty-something seconds."

That’s big talk and obviously aimed at Nissan’s new GT-R, which in North America will be the most affordable ‘off the rack’ imported performance challenger to the likes of the ZR1 and Z06 Corvettes.

With the standard GT-R clocking a 7:29 lap of the ‘Ring just recently we can’t help wondering if Tadge has conveniently forgotten about the lighter and more powerful V-Spec GT-R that has just recently taken to the ‘Ring and is already circulating faster than the standard car.

Maybe Tadge knows something that we don’t…?

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