Europe is known for exotic cars and some of the most challenging roads in the world, but how would an American supercar fare in Ferrari territory? Angus MacKenzie of Motor Trend and racer Justin Bell decided to put a ZR1 Corvette through the paces on the some Europe’s most inspiring roadways in the third episode of Epic Drives. Bell tells MacKenzie about his last European roadtrip with his father, racer Derek Bell. Starting off the trip in Munich, Germany the duo compared the oddity of seeing a Corvette, let alone a ZR1, on the country roads to seeing a Ferrari in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bell and MacKenzie agreed that Corvettes were welcomed in Europe, but they were not commonly seen on the roads, especially the ZR1. Upon entering Germany’s world famous autobahn highway the pair discuss the statistics of ZR1 and whether or not the American made car was capable of hitting 200 MPH.
Bell attempts to break the 200 MPH barrier, but another vehicle pulls out in front of him causing him to abort the attempt. However, the ZR1 gave the racer the opportunity to drive the fastest he had ever gone on a public road. After the some banter back and forth, MacKenzie gets behind the wheel of the ZR1 and takes it to 200 on the Autobahn. Both MacKenzie and Bell were impressed with the ZR1’s power and ability to pull even in 6th gear.
On their way to Maranello, Italy, the guys take the ZR1 through the incredibly twisty Stelvio Pass in the Alps, which provided some of the most visually appealing views on the ZR1 in action. Once the pair arrived in Maranello and the home of Ferrari, MacKenzie manages to get a hold of a brand new Ferrari 458. Pitting the Corvette against the Italian supercar on some twisty roads for comparison’s sake made for spectacular reviews of both cars and some drool worthy moments.