The C7 Z06 is one of the most track-focused Corvettes ever made, there’s no doubt about that. Consequently, drivers are encouraged to take their supercars to the track to test its abilities. But even then, it seems some drivers still struggle to properly manage all 650 hp under its low-slung hood.
A Z06 recently competed in SCCA Track Night in America on July 7th at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Illinois. The event ran three different heats of three different classes (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced), but there were no instructors on hand to categorize drivers into their respective groups. Drivers must know their skill level and in which group they should drive. This ‘Shark Grey’ Corvette driver began the day in ‘Novice’ but for the last heat of the day ended up in ‘Intermediate,’ according to Corvette Blogger and Sons of Speed.
The Corvette Z06 “broke loose,” on turn 4, which sent it hurling onto the grass and into a soft tire wall. It made solid contact on the left side, which pushed in the bumper and surrounding bodywork. Thankfully the driver was uninjured, and eventually managed to slowly drive the damaged Z06 off under its own steam.
While the impact was severe enough to engage the driver’s seat airbag, it’s unclear if any internal components were damaged in the crash. Or how long it’s going to take to fix that carbon fiber hood.