Select members of the media were recently given some seat time in the 2015 Corvette Z06 at Road Atlanta, allowing them to stretch the car’s legs on one of the United States’ best and most famous road courses. GM brought along one man who is capable of doing a little more than stretching the Z06’s legs though, Cadillac Racing’s own Andy Pilgrim.
As you may know, the 2015 Z06 is available with the Performance Data Recorder, which will record your time out on the track and overlay it with telemetry data. Once your track day is over, all you have to do is pop out the easy-to-access memory card, slide it into your computer and upload the footage to YouTube.
It’d be a shame to not turn the Z06’s PDR on when a hot shoe like Andy Pilgrim climbs behind the wheel. He’s driven for Corvette Racing at Le Mans on multiple occasions and helped Cadillac Racing win the Pirelli World Challenge manufacturer’s championship this past season in a CTS-V.R. Luckily someone switched it on before he hopped in the car, so now we can virtually climb aboard for the ride.
Pilgrim probably wasn’t driving on the complete edge (it isn’t his car after all) but his time of 1:30.53 is pretty close to Motor Trend’s Randy Pobst, who posted a 1:30.18 in the Z06 around Road Atlanta. It’s entertaining to note that Pilgrim managed to get the Z06 up to 155 mph on the back straight before leaning on the huge Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, whereas Pobst was about 2 mph slower.
See how all the Z06’s tricky aerodynamic work translates into blistering fast lap times and uncomfortable amounts of lateral G in the video below.