Earlier this year, Chevrolet invited us out to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada to test drive the most track-capable Corvette they’ve ever built, the 2015 Corvette Z06. Luckily, the Z06 comes standard with General Motors new Performance Data Recorder, which allowed us to easily record our laps and share them with you. Yay for the 21st century.
Following our short time spent with the Z06, we walked away feeling as though the race-grade aerodynamics and 650 horsepower 6.2-liter LT4 V8 would be beyond the abilities of many of the car’s buyers. Just because your car is capable of lapping Virginia International Raceway in an absurdly short amount of time does not mean it will give you Randy Pobst’s talents.
Perhaps our PDR footage will help you understand why we feel as though most customers won’t be able to wring all the possible performance out of the Z06. We had the car at wide-open throttle on an open racetrack and still felt like it had much more to give, so you can imagine how fast feels on the road. Chevrolet also advised us to leave the car in sport mode, as even they know how much of a handful it can be in its Track setting.
Enjoy the footage, and remember to save this kind of driving for the track.