The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 made its debut late in October of last year, ushering in a new go-faster model for the eighth-generation C8 dripping with high-performance good stuff, including optional carbon fiber wheels. Notably, the new lightweight wheels will be supplied by Carbon Revolution.
Founded in 2007, Carbon Revolution is based out of Australia, and supplies carbon fiber wheels to a selection of global automotive OEMs, such as Ford, Ferrari, and Renault.
With regard to the carbon wheels offered with the 2023 Corvette Z06, the new rollers are the product of a five-year collaboration between the Australian company and General Motors, resulting in the tallest and widest wheel that Carbon Revolution has ever produced.
Sized at 20 inches by 10 inches in front and 21 inches by 13 inches in the rear, the carbon fiber wheels offered with the 2023 Corvette Z06 are available with the optional Z07 package, which includes larger carbon ceramic brakes, stickier Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, and unique FE7 suspension with Z07-specific Magnetic Ride Control damper calibration, as well as a full carbon fiber aerodynamics package with an aero package that adds a larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing, and an underbody strake.
The carbon fiber wheels are significantly lighter than the aluminum components which they replace, reducing unsprung mass by a whopping 41 pounds.
“There’s actually lap time associated with putting carbon wheels on your car,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. According to Juechter, the lightweight carbon fiber wheels would be good for reducing a 2-minute lap by 1 to 1.5 seconds, which is “equivalent to a fair horsepower increase.”
What’s more, Juechter says that the Corvette Z06’s carbon wheels are “much, much stronger” than an aluminum wheel.
The new carbon rollers will be manufactured at Carbon Revolution’s facility in Waurn Ponds, Australia, and assembled in the U.S.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Redline is set at a sky-high 8,600 rpm. Under the chiseled body panels, the new Z06 rides on the Y2 platform, while production will take place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.