5 Fastest Ford Cars Around The Nurburgring Track (And 5 Chevys)

The Nurburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), nicknamed “The Green Hell” by Sir Jackie Stewart, is one of the longest and most treacherous racetracks in the world. Measuring 12.94 miles, the asphalt/concrete track is notorious for its 1,000 feet of elevation changes, unpredictable weather changes, and numerous blind corners. Although it is an actual racetrack in Germany used for the awesome 24 Hours Of N├╝rburgring endurance race, the Nurburgring track also serves as a proving ground for the best cars today.

For about 10 decades of pilgrimage to the legendary track has remained a gold standard for vehicle testing and development. American carmakers like General Motors are not left out in the quest for better lap times on the infamous track. Ford does not publish lap times despite testing their vehicles there because they believe that Nurburgring lap times do not matter. However, several Ford cars have been tested by auto media outlets, and lap times published for comparison and reporting purposes. Here, we look at the fastest ford and Chevy cars around the Nurburgring track.

10 Ford: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack – 8:07

With Horst Von Saurma behind the wheel, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance pack ran an 8:07 lap time in 2015. Redesigned for the model year, the pony car got motivation from a 5-liter V8 mill rated at 435 hp and 400 lb -ft of torque.

When sent to the rear wheels, this mix was potent enough for a 12.8-second quarter-mile time at a trap speed of 112.2 mph. Although the 2015 Mustang introduced a new 4-wheel independent suspension, the optional Performance pack took things up a notch with firmer suspension, a limited-slip differential, stronger brakes, and beefier tires.

9 Ford: 2016 Ford Focus RS – 8:06.29

Judging by appearance alone, the 2016 Ford Focus RS would easily be dismissed as just another midsize grocery getter with a fancy design. That would be a big mistake since it is a rocket that is powered by a 350 hp 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine.

Hooked to a 6-speed manual and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, it takes the hot hatch to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The Focus RS, boasting excellent handling and grip, was taken around the Nurburgring track by Christian Gebhardt in 8 minutes 6 seconds.

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8th Ford: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – 7:58.29

Resurrected for 2021, the Mach 1 came with a $52,915 MSRP for which it delivers a deft blend of blistering acceleration and sure-footed handling. Power is supplied by a 5-liter V8 engine that sends 480 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic.

The Mustang Mach 1 is a well-crafted piece of machinery that is equally at home on curved roads and straight lines. A Europe-spec’ed example rated at 453 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque clocked a time of 7:58.29 in 2021.

7 Ford: 2005 Ford GT – 7:52.00

Although it was inspired by the GT40 from the 1960s, the 2005 Ford GT is bigger, wider, and 4 inches taller. It was powered by an all-aluminum, supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine that laid down 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed transmission.

0-60 mph happened in 3.3 seconds while the quarter-mile went by in 11.8 seconds on to a top speed of 205 mph. It is not surprising that it ran the course in 7 minutes 52 seconds at an average speed of 98 mph.

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6 Ford: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R – 7:32.19

The Shelby GT350R is a more hardcore version of the track-focused Shelby GT350 and was developed to rival the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Porsche 911 GT3. Just like the GT350, it is powered by a 5.2-liter paired with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission for 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.

However, it boasts better performance, thanks to lighter carbon fiber wheels wrapped in wider tires in addition to several suspension and aerodynamic upgrades. In a January 2015 issue, EVO reported that the 2016 Shelby GT350R has clocked a 7:32.19 lap time on the Nurburgring.

5 Chevrolet: 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – 7:19.63

Although it shares a platform with the Z06, the C6 Corvette ZR1 is a more badass machine that boasts many lightweight materials. The beating heart is a supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter V8 rated at 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque.

Boasting an exceptional power to weight ratio, the 2012 ZR1 is capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and topping out at 205 mph. In a General Motors test conducted in June 2011, Jim Mero clocked a lap time of 7:19.63 in one of these beauties.

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4 Chevrolet: 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 7:22.68

While there is no slow Corvette in the 2012 lineup, the Z06 came with various enhancements that make it a fearsome track-tuned sports car. The list contains everything from stiffer shocks/springs, aluminum chassis, stronger sway bars, a rear spoiler, and wider tires to larger brakes.

Tipping the scales at 3130 pounds, the Z06 is the lightest of the lot and draws power from a 505 hp 7-liter V8. Good for an 11.7-second quarter mile at 125 mph, it was taken around the Nurburgring track in a blistering 7 minutes 22.68 seconds.


3 Chevrolet: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 7:29.9

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 engine that churns out 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a Tremec 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it sends the 2020 Stingray to 60 mph in a stunning 2.8 seconds.

It rides on a performance-tuned adjustable suspension with firmer dampers and boasts large Brembo brakes for ample stopping power. Nimble, balanced, and furnished with 6 drive modes, the Corvette was taken around the track in 7 minutes 29.9 seconds by Oliver Gavin.

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2 Chevrolet: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE – 7:16.04

The ZL1 1LE is a more track-focused variant of the Camaro SS that comes with Multimatic spool valve shocks and wide Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. Behind the wider front grille was a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission.

Boasting 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, it sends the ZL1 1LE to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 198 mph. In 2017, with test driver Bill Wise manning the wheel, a 2018 model blitzed the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 16 seconds.


1 Chevrolet: Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06 – 7:13.9

Making its way to the C7 Corvette lineup for 2015, the Z06 is powered by a supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter V8 engine. Hooked to a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission, it churns out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

While this is good for a top speed of 185 mph, a unique suspension setup with high-tech features enhances its driving dynamics. Under Christian Gebhardt’s control, the C7 Z06 lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes 13.9 seconds with an average speed of 106 mph.


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