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Tony O'Kane | May 8, 2008

Chevrolet's much-anticipated Corvette ZR1 has been spotted at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe conducting some shakedown laps of the 22km circuit,and presumably also attempting to set some scorching laptimes too.

It seems that after Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Jeuchter made the audacious claim that the ZR1 “will be able to take the production-car track record at any racetrack”, Chevrolet are preparing to put their money where Jeuchter's mouth is and are finally taking to the Nordschliefe in a concerted attempt to unseat the current champ: the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport, who holds the current lap record with a very quick 7:27.

As we've said before, Chevrolet would probably be just as happy to top the time of the second fastest car, the R35 GT-R (7:29), which is perhaps the closest match for the ZR1 in both outright performance and price. They'll need to improve a lot on their past performances though: with the last timed lap of the ZR1 being in the low 7:40s, Chevrolet have got a lot of catching up to do.

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