Track Record – 2009 Corvette ZR1 Nürburgring 7:26.4
Track Record – 2012 Corvette ZR1 Nürburgring 7:19.6
2012 Corvette Z06/Z07 Nürburgring 7:22.6
Track Record – 2019 Corvette ZR1 Virginia International Raceway WGC 2:37
Track Record – 2017 Corvette Z06 Virginia International Raceway GCW 2:39
Corvette ZR1 Hot Lap at GM’s Milford Proving Ground – After the Nürburgring 1:19 track record, I was honored to give several journalists rides on the Proving Grounds 3 mile straight.
Corvette | Rebuilding An Icon (Documentary) – This was a Discovery Channel Documentary about the development of the C6 and the Nürburgring. Actually this was before I was the Corvette ride and handling engineer, but I happened to be in Germany at the time of the filming, and was lucky enough to be asked to participate. This is where I learned adding drama for effect…..
The Grand Tour – The World’s Best Job – this video was shot by Amazon. They call it a vignette to support their TV show The Grand Tour. Actually, Michelin is the one who requested the video, and I was lucky enough to have them asked me to participate. The Amazon director and film crew was awesome. Total transparency, I did not want to say early in the video “and that means I have the best job in the entire world”. I felt that had an arrogant tone, but I lost that argument.
Corvette C7 vs. C6 Z06 on German Autobahn – So, this video actually blew me away. We were at the Nürburgring. This was during the weekend. When the track is closed on the weekend, we always go down to the Audubon doing development at high speeds. We had a couple of Z06’s and a Z51. I was doing a few touch ups on the Z51, and I was headed back to the shop to pick up another Z06. As I was driving back on the A1, I remember passing this C6 Z06. It was a beautiful car. As I was passing him, I thought to myself why can’t I have the Z06? Another 155HP would have been nice…. So we made the run back. I think we maybe touched 170 mph. After I got the Z06, came back down to the autobahn and finished up our development, I was back at the shop telling all the guys about this run. Coincidently, when I got to our hotel, the car was there, but I never really found out who the owner was. Then I was floored when a good friend found this video on YouTube. I had no idea he was recording the run. And the cool thing is at 4:53, he somehow knew it was me and mention my name.
The next two videos are during a press day at the Milford proving grounds shortly after we set the track record at the Nürburgring in the 2009 ZR1. On this day we had a reporter from all four of the major stations. ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS and several major radio stations in the Detroit area. The two videos below are the only one still on YouTube.
WWJ Gets A Ride in the 2009 Corvette ZR1
TV Reporter Takes a Spin in the 2009 Corvette ZR1
Interviews and Podcasts
C7 & C8 CORVETTE CONVERSATION with RIDE & HANLDING ENGINEER JIM MERO – Rick “Corvette” Conti
In Conversation with Jim Mero, The Corvette ‘Ringmeister.
Corvette Today Podcast – CORVETTE TODAY #42 – Corvette Test Driver, Jim Mero Drives at Le Mans!
Corvette Today Podcast – CORVETTE TODAY #18 – Corvette Test Driver Jim Mero!
Overcrest Podcast – Corvette Ride and Handling Engineer – Jim Mero
Speed Secrets Podcast – 123 – Jim Mero: Corvette Handling Engineer & Test Driver