With Chevrolet having blitzed the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 16 seconds with a 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE last year, we were curious to see how other U.S. models stack up at the infamous track. You’ll notice a peculiar absence of a certain manufacturer from Dearborn on this list.
Why aren't there more Blue Oval badges on this list? It's not necessarily for a lack of speed; Ford has been somewhat vocal in its dislike of publishing Nürburgring times even though the manufacturer tests there. Ford representatives have even gone so far as to say such things don’t matter, though we suspect there are more than a few people in the marketing department who would disagree.
If Ford were to have a change of heart, it would likely have a few vehicles on this list. A video surfaced a few years back of a 2014 Mustang Shelby GT500 claiming a time of 7:39.28, which would be astounding considering its solid rear axle. Rumors of a Mustang Shelby GT350R running 7:32.19 were also all the rage for awhile, with sources claiming the numbers came from Ford proper. And with the new Ford GT on the minds of everyone, it could well be a contender to not just make this list, but place at the very top. Unfortunately, none of the rumored times can be confirmed, and for the immediate future, it seems Ford is sticking to its guns.
The Viper officially holds the top spot for now, but there's serious competition in the works. The next-generation Corvette ZR1 will almost certainly be faster than the Camaro ZL1, and then there's Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus – an American boutique carmaker that believes the production version of its SGC 003 could dip well into the six-minute range.
Right now, let’s see which Americans rule the ‘Ring. All times are manufacturer confirmed.