GM dropped cover on the C6 Corvette Z06 for the 2006 model year, revealing a lightweight, high-powered, track-ready sports car that blew away the critics thanks to its impressive supercar-levels of performance. Now, this early 2006 Corvette Z06 prototype model will be up for grabs in an upcoming auction.
Built at the GM Bowling Green plant on February 4th, 2005, this 2006 Corvette Z06 prototype endured a variety of testing and development sessions at various race tracks, all in the name of ensuring the Z06’s track-ready credentials. Among this prototype’s accomplishments was a run on the German autobahn by Tony Rifici, who took the two-door up to 200 mph in June of 2005. Further high-speed testing was conducted in Papenberg, Germany, where Patrick Herrmann averaged 198.6 mph in both directions, while Jim Mero took the helm for test laps at Spa-Francorchamps. Jan Magnussen is another big name that sat in the hot seat, clipping off a 7:42.99 lap time at the Nurburgring.
Without a doubt, the C6 Corvette Z06’s party piece is the naturally aspirated 7.0L V8 LS7 gasoline engine, which is capable of revving up to a 7,000-rpm redline. Output when new was rated at 505 horsepower, all of which is sent to the rear axle through a six-speed manual transmission.
Notably, this particular example was refreshed in 2008 with a new LS7 engine, a new transmission, and a new torque tube. Also of note is the interior, where we find Sparco Evo L racing seats and Simpson five-point harnesses, plus a harness bar in back.
As a prototype, this Corvette Z06 doesn’t have a VIN, and is not eligible to be registered or legally driven on the street.
Now, this C6 Corvette Z06 prototype is headed to the upcoming 2023 Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida, where it will be offered as Lot F97.2 at no reserve. The sale includes the original paperwork and supporting historical documentation.