A highly-anticipated American vehicle that has outrageous power, GT racing levels of down-force and the handling of a supercar? It can only be the 2015 Corvette Z06.
I did a feature on the Corvette racing C7.R at Le Mans this year which focused on the successful technology partnership between Pratt & Miller and the GM engineers. This extends to almost every area of the car and it proves that racing is still the best ‘hothouse’ for fast track development of technology.
And why is this good news for us? Well, starting with the fact that the down force figures on the Stingray were the best ever by a GM vehicle, the Z06 will stun that statistic into submission. The front splitter is as wide and pronounced as regulations allow and the complex body panels feed the air back over a stylish and effective rear spoiler. There are also the two functional intakes just above and in front of the rear wheels that feed air to the drivetrain, lessons learned from the demands of the race program.
But people will likely talk most about the engine and the herculean level of power and torque that the Z06 will hit the roads with. The LT4 supercharged engine will deliver a minimum of 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
In the short space of time since the ZR1 hit our roads with a vengeance the Z06 looks like it will be a most eligible successor. Just meaner, faster and even better looking.