General Motors has toppled Nissan at the Nürburgring with its new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar, lapping the benchmark circuit marginally quicker than the infamous GT-R.
The GT-R's blisteringly quick lap of 7:29 cemented its position as the greatest bang-for-buck buy on the market, and has since been the target for manufacturers keen to claim a spot in the bargain performance stakes.
A successor has emerged from a very unlikely source, with General Motors development engineer Jim Mero driving the Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4 - almost 3 seconds faster than the GT-R.
Aside from additional safety and communications equipment, the car used was completely stock, running the factory Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres - developed specifically for the ZR1.
Chassis alignment, ride height and engine calibrations were all set to factory specifications with the car running on standard pump fuel.
The lap was electronically timed and verified by two hand-held stop watches with a rolling start as per industry practice.
GM plans to release the full in-car video of the record breaking lap in the coming week.