The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is one of the most anticipated cars of the year This is so desirable after some dealers try to sell them with six-digit markup. A pair of new videos straight from Chevrolet show off some design choices that make this American sports car so groundbreaking.
The two videos are a new addition to a playlist created by Chevrolet called “Corvette Academy”.
Entitled “Conquer the Air,” the first of the new videos focuses heavily on the airflow in and around the Corvette Z06. Kirk Benion, Corvette’s exterior design manager, says the new car is almost as spacious as the C8R race car, and requires all sorts of bits and pieces to be moved outward.
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The taillights are moved outward from the center of the vehicle, and the extractors are low and wide on the Z06. Those huge side intakes are another direct result of the need for more air for the engine.
The shape of the wings is designed to provide excellent rear visibility and provide maximum downforce with focus on each end. That’s where the airflow is most clear, Benion says. With the Z07 package installed, the Corvette can produce 734 pounds of downforce at 186 miles per hour.
The second video, known as “The Beauty Wins the Beast”, emphasizes interior customization and the design choices made in it. The squared-off circular steering wheel is not just a styling choice for example. Instead, it is designed not only to make it easier to enter and exit but also to provide a complete view of the gauge cluster that will not be cut by rounded steering wheel corners.
There are 11,000+ options that can be specified in the new Z06 when considering different stitches, skin color, trim finishing and much more. It’s kind of like focusing on building detailed and useful cars that are often reserved for people who spend $ 250,000 or more on just one car.
Remember when everyone panicked that the Chevrolet C6 Corvette dropped pop-up headlights? That choice was made with performance in mind and today, it is clear that it was a minor prediction that has been directed towards today. Now, the C8 Corvette Z06 looks like it’s going to embarrass sports cars around the world.