The Nürburgring has been the proving ground for many manufacturers around the world. They take their prized cars around the huge 4.5km track, pushing them as far as they can go around its demanding corners. Chevrolet is the latest company to take on this challenge, taking their upcoming Corvette Stingray to its limits. While they haven’t revealed much about the statistical outcome, it was still a watershed moment for the model, firmly placing the vehicle in a league of its own.
According to Chevrolet, their team of “technical experts are currently assessing two Corvette Stingrays in Europe, both of which are driven on a wide variety of roads.” These testing procedures are “part of the GM standard quality control program which is conducted for each new Chevrolet model before it goes on sale in Europe.” All the tests are documented by Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, and all the test results are made available through Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr and Instagram.
Jim Mero, vehicle dynamics engineer at General Motors, recently said: "Nürburgring is renowned for its demanding race track and it is perfectly suited for our purpose, which is to fine-tune the ride and handling characteristics of the European Corvette Stingray. We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits."
After making its UK debut in 2013, the Stingray has beaten the odds on a range of different fronts. Its lightweight design and stunning handling has made it the favourite of many drivers. Even the power hungry are happy with a 460bhp engine that achieves 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds. And after last week, the car was tested on the toughest German roads, making sure that the Stingray is the best vehicle money can buy.