If you recently heard that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 lapped the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 59 seconds, know that it is completely false. The time would be insane, considering that Porsche’s 918 Spyder did it in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. It’s not that the C7 Z06 isn’t an impressive car, because it is, but it isn’t quite that impressive.
The rumor about the Chevy’s lap time came via a car website called HorsepowerKings. The site has become notorious among automotive journalists and hardcore enthusiasts, considering it has run some sensational and unbelievable stories without citing sources, or even providing bylines for the writers. According to Motoramic, even the Mustang enthusiast site MustangG6G.com has told its users that any conversation threads that link to HorsepowerKings will be taken down promptly since the site features “completely fabricated stories.”
To further remove doubt, Chevrolet has patently denied that the Corvette Z06 achieved such an impressive ‘Ring lap time. The car was tested extensively at the famous German track, which has become a popular benchmarking activity for automakers. The brand would not comment on lap times for the car since it supposedly doesn’t have evidence to back up such claims. Perhaps HorsepowerKings could learn something from Chevrolet.
Many other gems have been published on HorsepowerKings. For example, the website claims that by 2018 Ford will no longer make any V-8 engines, even for the Mustang GT and the GT supercar. When Ford caught wind of the report, it said such a claim was completely bogus. It also claims that “sources” state the new Ford GT will cost well over $200,000 and will have a curb weight of just 2,900 pounds.
The moral of the story is that if a car news website makes a sensational claim that no other sites have picked up, and it doesn’t cite some solid sources or use bylines at all, you would be wise to treat the claim as complete rumor.