The introduction of the latest eighth-generation Corvette C8 was a watershed moment for the Chevy Corvette nameplate thanks to its all-new mid-engine layout, and the 2023 Corvette Z06 ups the ante with even more race-inspired performance potential. Now, Chevrolet is providing a little insight into what makes the 2023 Corvette Z06 so agile with the following brief video.
The new video clocks in at about 2 minutes, 20 seconds, and is part of the Corvette Academy series, showing off the new 2023 Corvette Z06 as it does its thing on the track, while the brains behind the machine explain what makes it tick.
“We knew we wanted to raise the suspension tuning of the car to provide a platform that reacts to the highest aerodynamic downforce we’ve ever had on a Corvette,” says Lead Development Engineer Aaron Link. “And the mid-engine architecture really allows you to do that because you have less weight on the front.”
Interestingly, GM’s design team worked with engineers to develop the C8 chassis and maximize handling around things like steering ratios, per comments from Exterior Design Manager, Corvette, Kirk Bennion. The result was that the architecture itself was developed around the positioning of the wheels and tires, yielding crisp, intuitive handling dynamics.
The suspension components are also specific to the 2023 Corvette Z06, including stiffer spring rates than the C8 Corvette Stingray Z51. The optional Z07 Performance Package adds in suspension that’s an additional 10 percent stiffer, making it the perfect choice for those owners eager to hit the track.
Check out the full video right here:
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette Z06 features the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin, the C8 rides on the GM Y2 platform, while production takes place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.