Chevrolet unveiled the much-anticipated Corvette Z06 and the C7.R race car at the NAIAS [North American International Auto Show]
Billed as ‘the most track-capable Corvette ever’, the 2015 Corvette Z06 comes with a supercharged engine, automatic transmission and a removable roof panel (thanks to a stiffer aluminum frame).
Co-developed with the Corvette C7.R race car, the Z06 has a new 6.2L engine rated at an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm).
The supercharged engine also incorporates cylinder deactivation technology. This reduces fuel consumption in situations with low engine loads, such as when cruising on the highway. The Z06 also comes with a Driver Mode Selector like the Stingray, and features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including Launch Control, Active Handling (StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control), Traction Control, Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited Slip Differential.
Corvette Z06 Photos
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2015 Corvette Z06 Availability
The 2015 Corvette Z06 is expected to go on sale in early 2015.
2014 Corvette C7.R
Corvette Racing will field two C7.R race cars in 2014 to take part in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans class. The cars are also expected to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
Many of the architectural and aerodynamic features of the C7.R are based on equivalent components and technologies from the 2015 Corvette Z06, including, a new aluminum frame, direct injected engine and advanced aerodynamics. The race chassis for the C7.R is 40 percent stronger than the outgoing C6.R.
The addition of direct fuel injection promises greater efficiency, which can make a significant difference in long-distance endurance racing such as Daytona and Le Mans through fewer time-consuming pit stops. The Z06 and C7.R take that aerodynamic foundation to the next level, sharing aggressive strategies for increased cooling and aerodynamic downforce, including similar front splitters, rocker panels, and front- and rear-brake cooling ducts.
Corvette C7.R Race Cars Photos
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