Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and C7.R: two separate street and racing sports cars at birth

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Faced with Chevrolet’s announced escape from Europe, all that remains is to protect ourselves in the Camaro and the Corvette, the only two models that from now on will continue to be marketed on our continent. Precisely this new Corvette Stingray – now in its seventh generation – it had managed to fall in love with preserving its aggressive aesthetics, the more traditional features of a pure Corvette, a fairly advanced idea of ​​a quality, driver-focused cabin and – of course – loads of power and performance.

But the real benefits will come from the hand of new chevrolet corvette Z06, a high-flying sports car that is presented at the Detroit Motor Show along with the new Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, its racing namesake. Chevrolet saw fit for both to present themselves at the same time, among other things because the development of the street sports car and the racing sports car was carried out simultaneouslyAll the more reason to believe in the possibilities of this new Z06.

The simultaneous development of the street sports car and its racing counterpart

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015

The heart of the new Z06 it is a powerful 6.2-liter V8, supercharged to reach 625 hp.

And, as we already anticipated you just a few days ago, the emblem Z06 It was born fifty years ago as a sports package designed for amateur pilots and those fans of weekend circuit runs who are looking for the fastest and most effective machine on the track. Maybe he Z06 no longer that street and racing sports car of yesteryear, although in any case Chevrolet gives us enough reasons to think that it is not that different from the C7.R of races that, among others, we will see at Le Mans.

The 460 hp of the Stingray is nothing next to the 625 HP of power of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06, a waste of power coming from the 6.2 engine V8 LT4 of General Motors, supercharged by compressor and with direct injection, which for the first time since GT1 2009 will also be available in a racing Corvette, although due to homologation restrictions it will be limited to 5.5 liters and will be atmospheric. According to Chevrolet, the fuel economy of the C7.R would be around 3%, enough to save a pit stop in an endurance race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Both the Corvette Z06 like the C7.R will share the same aluminum frame, which in both cases will be manufactured on the same production lines at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) factory. The corvette Z06 It will be available with two transmissions: a seven-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic (dual-clutch).

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and C7.R

Its outward appearance is more than just props. Chevrolet’s priority was to provide the maximum possible aerodynamic vertical support and thus achieve optimal cornering.

Although this Corvette is out of doors Z06 it may seem somewhat overloaded, all the additions that we see regarding a Stingray are more than just props. Chevrolet made it one of its priorities to offer one of the sports cars with the highest vertical aerodynamic support on the market and according to the brand, he Z06 is the street car with the most downforce of how many have passed through the General Motors wind tunnel. And we intuit that enough models of the competition will have passed to take references.

The obsession with achieving a sports car with optimal cornering and very effective on the track, led Chevrolet to transfer all those aerodynamic elements that were – humanly and legally – possible to transfer to a street sports car. We already see how this Corvette Z06 it has extensions of low and a good diffuser or a bulky hood that in short they are not so different from those of the C7.R.

In any case, the racing Corvette C7.R will continue to reserve the exclusivity of its huge spoiler, side exhausts and a huge grille to offer optimal engine cooling in the demanding endurance racing.

Z07 Performance Package: more grip and braking for the Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and C7.R

Finally, Chevrolet has also wanted to go a little further in its intentions to create a sports car designed by and for the circuits. Besides the Corvette Z06, a slightly more radical option will also be marketed, the Z07 Performance Package, which will not increase your power and will be essentially the same Z06 with semi-slick tires grip (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 vs. Pilot Super Sport of the Z06) Y ceramic Brembo brakes.

Source: Chevrolet
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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015


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