The 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 is the talk of the 2014 North American International Auto Show, with its C6 ZR1-eclipsing power figures, GT racecar aerodynamics, all blended with a subtle hint of attainability. Some wonder if the Corvette can continue to ascend to new levels of racing capability with a conservatively estimated 620 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, but power isn’t the only component of performance.
Imagine what the Corvette team could do if they took a closer look at the shocks of the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is shared with the more pedestrian Stingray. Or if they found ways to improve on the brakes, wheels and tires, which are all carryover parts from the C6 Corvette ZR1. Thirdly, there’s always more lightness to be added somewhere. Think of such a vehicle as the equivalent to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro family’s Z/28; a raw, barely street-legal machine built solely for the purpose of road course racing and time attacks.
For instance, the Z/28 uses racecar-grade DSSV shocks, the only street-legal vehicle to do so outside of the Aston Martin One-77. The Z/28 will also debut Pirelli Trofeo R cheater-slick tires before Lamborghini does so, mounted 305-wide on all four corners (the largest front mounted tires for a car on the market), and utilizes minimalist aluminum wheels to hold them in place. These are all examples of what the Corvette team could use to enhance the Z06’s track prowess. A good example of entertaining that very thought was the C6 Corvette Z06X SEMA concept car from a few years back.
When it comes down to feasibility, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles told Car and Driver that a C7 Z06X is “something we could see in the future. We’ve got a lot of ideas, but nothing to show today, unfortunately.” This comes after Charles told us that the ZR1 is currently not on the table, but just because there aren’t plans for a ZR1, doesn’t mean there won’t be a faster C7 Corvette.