Can the C6 Corvette ZR1 compete with a brand new Lamborghini supercar? To find out, the team made their way to Pocono Speedway in Pennsylvania on Track Day to do some roller races and find out. The Chevy Corvette is known for its ability to beat above its weight class. Can the most powerful Corvette from 14 years ago compete with a modern Italian exotic?
The ZR1 trim level has stood for Corvette’s highest levels of performance for decades, and the C6 ZR1 was a milestone when it debuted in 2006. Powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 with 638 hp and a 6-speed manual transmission. The C6 ZR1 boosted the Corvette’s performance into the super sports car league. In 2006, 638 horsepower (475 kW) was a shocking figure, enough to embarrass almost any car on the road.
The C6 Corvette ZR1 was much more than a powerful engine and benefited from Magnaride suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and the extensive use of carbon fibers. The ZR1 was a showcase of the best technology General Motors could offer consumers. Although many critics made fun of the workmanship of the interior, the C6 ZR1 has now achieved cult status thanks to its performance and still offers an analog driving experience.
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The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 is one of the last naturally aspirated super sports cars on the market. This mix of a high-revving V10 engine with a modern dual clutch transmission and four-wheel drive with torque vector is the perfect mix of new and old. The 5.2-liter V10 in the Huracan LP610-4 develops an impressive 602 hp (448 kW) and 559 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. From the start, the Huracan would almost certainly beat the C6 ZR1, but things get far more interesting in a roller race.