New C7 Corvette Z06 Immediately Transformed for Track Duty
Most track builds start with used or even tatty cars. But this Corvette Forum member decided to start fresh!
Track builds are nothing new here at Corvette Forum. In fact, there are literally hundreds of them in the forums. But typically, these kinds of builds take place on older, cheaper cars. Oftentimes those that need a lot of work. But when CF member and seasoned builder X25 set out on his latest project, he wanted to start fresh. And it doesn’t get any fresher than a brand spankin’ new 2019 Corvette Z06.
“Following up the discussion on my previous thread, ’16 Z51 Arctic White TRACK BUILD, I’ve decided to create a new thread for my new project car. It’s a 2019 Z06 2LZ w/ Z07, comp seats, microsuede interior, and black wheels. I’ve always been fan of Corvettes, and well, this will be my 7th Corvette and 2nd C7.”
Sure, working on old cars is fun and all. But you can’t deny the beauty of building something that’s fresh off the assembly line. And the OP certainly isn’t concerned about tearing into his brand new Corvette, as the mods begin immediately. The first change was an easy one – wheels and tires.
“Going with spin forged wheels (Forgestar CF5V) at OEM sizes with a different front offset: 19×10 ET30 fronts, 20×12 ET59 rears. Forgestar asked for the front offset change to safely clear CCB brakes. The front wheel with PSS ZP 285/30/19 is pictured here.”
Next up – an iron brake swap. Which sounds strange, but the OP has his reasons.
“I’ve decided to swap to iron brakes since I intend to use this car heavily on the track, and iron brakes would better suit my needs. The cooling/heat capacity of this system along with the OEM double air ducting should be sufficient. Considering people with 372mm AP kit with similar cooling and heat capacity have no issues, I don’t see any problems.”
To give you an idea of how obsessive this Corvette track project is, the OP goes to some pretty extreme lengths. As in, he flushes all the fluids, and even does his own alignment to ensure everything is exactly the way he wants it. And that attention to detail continues down to the most minute detail.
“Used the opportunity to also replace the washers on the upper control arms with much thinner ones. GM wants at least one washer left out. In case it is due to requiring a washer (and not a geometry issue), I decided to put these shims in. Why shims, but not washers? Well, these are what I had in hand.
Front: 1.95 degrees to 2.4 degrees jump in camber with the swap of washers. This is obviously not a good way to measure the camber, but it gives us an idea on the impact of the removal of these washers. Honestly, they helped more than I thought!”
Throw on a tow hook, and this track-prepped Corvette appears ready to go. But we’re betting that this project is far from over, regardless of what the OP says right now. So be sure and keep up with his exploits by heading over here!