For the past few generations of the Corvette, the Z06 trim level has been positioned as the track-day sweetheart of the Vette lineup – not quite as powerful as the ZR1, but much more capable than the Stingray. For the C8 Z06, this formula remains much the same, and now, a 2023 Corvette Z06 driven by Ron Fellows has set a new Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) production car record.
Taking place on May 23rd, 2023, Fellows took a 2023 Corvette Z06 equipped with the Z07 performance package and set a new production car record of 1:22.12. This beats the previous CTMP record of 1:22.36, which was set three years ago by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Of course, while the C8 Z06 is an extremely capable performance machine in its own right, it’s the Z07 package that enabled this 2023 Z06 to best the Porsche. As a dedicated track-focused package, the Z07 option includes:
- Carbon fiber aero package with larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing and underbody strakes
- Unique FE7 suspension with specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations
- Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires developed specifically for the Z06
- Available carbon fiber wheels that deliver a 41-pound reduction in unsprung mass
- Brembo carbon ceramic brake system featuring larger, 15.7-inch-diameter front rotors and 15.4-inch-diameter rear rotors
Notably, the Z07 is available for both Coupe and Convertible configurations, and can be equipped on any trim level for an additional $8,995. However, it’s worth noting that either the $8,495 Carbon Flash (RPO code CFZ) painted aero kit and wing or the $10,495 visible carbon fiber (RPO code $10,495) aero kit and wing must be optioned in conjunction.
Aside from the high-performance Z07 track pack, the C8 Z06’s drivetrain is also largely responsible for this new CTMP record. Under the hood, the 2023 Z06 features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which cranks out 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed to the rear wheels via the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.