As part of their “Best Driver’s Car 2011” competition, Motor Trend turned renowned race car driver Randy Pobst loose around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition, to see just how fast of a hot lap he could wring out of the Vette. Thanks to the video Motor Trend posted to YouTube, we get to ride shotgun.
The announcer points out that while the Z06 might not be the most powerful Corvette available since the release of the ZR1, there are still many people who believe that the lighter Z06 is actually a better “Driver’s Car”, offering more response and a more engaging driving experience.
The Z06 that Pobst tests in this video is a Centennial Edition, equipped with the Z07 ultimate performance package which features magnetic ride control, carbon ceramic brakes, and the optional ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Pobst doesn’t hold anything back, and pushes the Z06 hard around Laguna Seca’s hairpin curves, as the LS7 growls in only the way an American pushrod V8 power plant can. The Pilot Cup tires do just what they were made to do, as Pobst comments, “It hooks right up!”
At one point on the course, Pobst purposely brakes a little late going into a turn, and the Carbon Ceramic Brembos don’t let him down, as he comments, “That’s what you call brakes, kids! Whew!” Pobst pushes the Z06 to a final lap time of 1:34.43 seconds. For a little perspective, Pobst ran the Porsche 911 GT3 RS around Laguna Seca in 1:36.77, and the Ferrari 458 Italia in 1:36.22.