34 2014 CHEVROLET RACING SPECIAL
FROM TRACK TO STREET TO TRACK
MOST CAPABLE. EVER.
he 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has
erupted from the starting blocks with the
promise of peformance that reflects its
synergic relationship with the C7.R racer.
Described by Chevrolet as the most
track-capable Corvette in the brand’s
history, the new Z06’s LT4 engine is a
6.2-liter, supercharged unit that’s expected
to deliver 625hp and 635lb-ft of torque.
But there’s huge news behind the engine
bay, too, as Tadge Juechter, Corvette
chief engineer, reveals.
“Unlike most ultra-performance cars,
the Z06 offers customers the choice
between two transmissions to suit their
driving styles. The seven-speed manual
gives the driver control of a true three-pedal
manual with perfect shifts enabled by Active
Rev Matching. The new eight-speed
automatic offers drivers the comfort and
drivability of a true automatic, as well as
lightning-fast shifts and manual control
for track driving.”
So much for the mechanics: it’s the
aerodynamics that are the most visible link
to the C7.R and the aero package is offered
in three levels. The most ferocious of these
is the Z07, which adds large winglets to the
front splitter and an adjustable see-through
center section on the rear spoiler. In this
form, the Z06 delivers more aero downforce
than any production car GM has tested.
In anticipation of the Z06’s track day
use, it’s fitted with larger Michelin tires –
Pilot Super Sports, with Sport Cup 2s on
the Z07 package. The P285/30ZR19 fronts
and 335/25ZR20 rears are, respectively,
1.5in. and 2.0in. wider than those found on
the Stingray. Flared fenders, huge Brembo
brakes, enlarged vents on the hood and front
fender, and the front fascia’s extra ducts are
additional visual clues to the Z06’s potency.
Despite the Z06’s track-worthiness, the
Corvette’s extra-strong aluminum frame
allowed the engineers to fit a removable
roof panel – a first for a Z06 model.
There’s no mistaking a Corvette Z06…nor
that it was developed in conjunction with the
C7.R. Consequently, all the Z06’s appendages
and modifications are for go, not just show…