It's not every day that you get to see a supercar being used for its intended purpose. Most of the time, folks who are able to own such rare supercars will treat them as garage queens, as opposed to actually using them for what they were designed for.
After all, with demand being greater than the limited supply of these cars, they're expected to appreciate if they were kept in a good condition. Thankfully, this owner of a brand-new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 decided to put the 'Vette through its paces around the Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
See And Hear The Corvette Z06 From An Immersive First-Person POV
The immersive video comes courtesy of Speed Phenom, a.k.a Austin, who recently purchased the Corvette Z06 that you're about to see. Firstly, let's talk about the specs of his own vehicle. His C8 Z06 comes with the $8,995 Z07 package.
It adds the carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Cup 2 R tires, as you can immediately tell with its prerequisite $8,495 Aero package that's made out of carbon fiber and generates 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. The owner also went for the $9,995 carbon fiber wheels, which not only look great, but the 41-pound weight loss also means less rotational mass and thus sharper cornering abilities.
The Corvette Z06 Is An Overtaking Machine
Before the actual track driving segment of the video, the Austin explains how the Corvette Z06 felt extremely stable and planted in the corners. The wide 275 front tires and even wider 345 tires at the rear make the Corvette Z06 feel sticky through the corners, even at low speeds where the aerodynamic elements aren't able to produce a lot of downforce. He even notes that his lap time of 2 minutes and 19 seconds, which is pretty good, but at some point in the video, he says he was still cautious with how he treats the vehicle on track.
As for the actual track video itself, well, the good thing about it is that Austin left the engine to do the talking. All you'll hear is the screaming flat-plane crank 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. In an age of electrification and forced induction, the naturally-aspirated noise of the Corvette Z06 is something to celebrate and is worth listening to.
The performance of the Corvette Z06 is indeed impressive, as it overtook every supercar it set its sights on the track, and that includes a more track-focused Ferrari 488 GT3, though we're not exactly sure of the driver of that car is pushing the Ferrari to its limits. Nevertheless, the video is as immersive as it could get if you want to feel like you're behind the wheel of a brand-new C8 Z06.
The video then concludes with Austin further explaining how the flagship Chevy sports car performs so confidently even when going through the curbs. He concludes that the Corvette Z06 is such an accurate track car, remaining planted through corners without being upset by the imperfections of the track.