The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 isn’t just about the numbers or its extraordinary V8 mill. When it debuted last year, Chevrolet was adamant that it had a different body than the C8 Stingray, starting with a wider track, plus a host of aerodynamic parts to improve the ride. air flow.
A new video from Chevrolet aims to explain how these aerodynamic parts work front to back. As a member of Corvette Academy video series, Corvette engineers impart the wisdom behind the design and engineering of America’s supercar.
Standard 2023 Corvette Z06 models come with a front splitter and a regular spoiler with an installable fixed wicker spoiler, which was described as a small tab at the edge of the spoiler and can increase downforce. The shape of the hood contributes to airflow, with air being directed both towards the engine for cooling and through the roof for downforce.
Even the chainstays are designed to increase downforce, but those wanting more aero efficiency should opt for the carbon fiber aero package. This package adds a taller front splitter, front corner dive planes, underbody strakes and a huge wing.
For maximum performance, Chevy also offers the Z07 Performance Package, which adds FE7 suspension with additional Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations, and a set of Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires developed specifically for the Z06.
The result? The ability to do 1.22g on a 300ft skidpad and hit 734 pounds of downforce at 186 miles per hour (299 kilometers per hour). What’s more to the vaunted top speed of over 200 mph?
Production of the Corvette Z06 will begin this summer, so it’s only a matter of time before first owners receive the hottest Corvette yet.