Turns in 2:51.8 lap at Virginia International Raceway ‘Grand Course’
BY GERRY MILES
Now THAT is FAST!
To keep the PR machine turning on its 2014 Corvette, Chevy took the vaunte ‘Vette to VIR where it shot from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds. The tested Vette also had the Z51 Performance Package, but so what … that is quicker than quick.
Conversely, it can scrub its accumulated speed in 107 feet to return to zero (slight nod to the old Boston group, Boston, which had a slight rerun with the name Return to Zero), and sustain 1.03 gs while cornering.
Cumulatively the Vette needed but 2:51.78 to lap the entire VIR 4.2-mile ‘grand course.’
“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”
|2014 Corvette Stingray Z51|
|Acceleration from 0-60 MPH||3.8 seconds|
|¼ mile acceleration||12 seconds @ 119 mph|
|Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH||107 feet|
|Maximum lateral acceleration||1.03 G|
|VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap||2:51.78|
The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.
“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.