Notices
Autocrossing & Roadracing Suspension Setup for Track Corvettes, Camber/Caster Adjustments, R-Compound Tires, Race Slicks, Tips on Driving Technique, Events, Results
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Track Day Vette?

 
Old 07-12-2017, 03:37 PM
  #1  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Track Day Vette?

I don't have a car yet, would pretty much only be buying it for track days.

I thought about a C5, then see the improvements in a C6 then the C7 and now I want a C7 Z06 or Z07 etc.

Money is an object but I don't want to buy one then instantly want another as soon as I learn to drive it.

I do not have track experience but I have raced off-road and won a championship twice doing that so not the same thing but I can drive!! LOL

Would rather buy more car than I know how to drive and learn to drive it than buy one that I would want more pretty fast after driving it a few times

Looking for advice. not sure age is a factor but I am 49.

Thanks in advance.
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:29 PM
  #2  
jaredtxrx
CF Senior Member
 
jaredtxrx's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2017
Location: Austin TX
Posts: 1,120
Received 190 Likes on 167 Posts
Default

C6 Z06 or C7 Grand Sport w/Z07.
Personally those are where I would lay my money down.
If money is of a concern a C6 Z06 can be picked up for mid-30's. Make sure the required head work is done or gets done and you have a damn rocket ship out of the box, and a ton of aftermarket to scratch that itch if you feel like it isn't quite fast enough.
jaredtxrx is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:34 PM
  #3  
2014GT
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2014
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 130
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

UrbanKnight should be able to chime in, hes gone through a ton of vettes LOL.

If you are looking to find the best bargain, a c5z or possibly a c5 FRC would be the most cost effective.
If funds allow, a C6Z or C7 Grand Sport, the latter definitely is more expensive, but gives you a lot as far as the mag ride, and a great chassis, all of the great things of the C7Z w/o the headaches of cooling issues but 200 less HP.

I went through a C6Z to a C7 GS and I've been happy but the cost difference in parts is noticeable. If I could build the ideal track car, I'd start with a C6Z.
2014GT is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:36 PM
  #4  
fleming23
CF Senior Member
 
fleming23's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2009
Location: Dallas Georgia
Posts: 2,753
Received 551 Likes on 386 Posts
Default

Whatever you decide, for the love of god, don't buy an automatic.....

Last edited by fleming23; 08-12-2017 at 05:36 PM.
fleming23 is offline  
The following users liked this post:
2014GT (07-12-2017)
Old 07-12-2017, 04:38 PM
  #5  
2014GT
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2014
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 130
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

^amen
2014GT is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:45 PM
  #6  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by jaredtxrx View Post
C6 Z06 or C7 Grand Sport w/Z07.
Personally those are where I would lay my money down.
If money is of a concern a C6 Z06 can be picked up for mid-30's. Make sure the required head work is done or gets done and you have a damn rocket ship out of the box, and a ton of aftermarket to scratch that itch if you feel like it isn't quite fast enough.
IM new, required head work? what does it need?
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:45 PM
  #7  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by fleming23 View Post
Whatever you decide, for the love of god, don't but an automatic.....
Yeah I figured that part out for sure
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:47 PM
  #8  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 2014GT View Post
UrbanKnight should be able to chime in, hes gone through a ton of vettes LOL.

If you are looking to find the best bargain, a c5z or possibly a c5 FRC would be the most cost effective.
If funds allow, a C6Z or C7 Grand Sport, the latter definitely is more expensive, but gives you a lot as far as the mag ride, and a great chassis, all of the great things of the C7Z w/o the headaches of cooling issues but 200 less HP.

I went through a C6Z to a C7 GS and I've been happy but the cost difference in parts is noticeable. If I could build the ideal track car, I'd start with a C6Z.
Dumb question, why not the C7 Z06 with more HP?
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 04:54 PM
  #9  
smellya
CF Senior Member
 
smellya's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2006
Location: Cumming Ga
Posts: 829
Received 5 Likes on 5 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Hunterworks View Post
Dumb question, why not the C7 Z06 with more HP?
Heat issues. Cooking your oil, coolant temp and reduced power.
smellya is offline  
The following users liked this post:
Hunterworks (07-12-2017)
Old 07-12-2017, 05:01 PM
  #10  
DunlevysZ
CF Senior Member
 
DunlevysZ's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2017
Location: Huntinton Beach CA
Posts: 245
Received 39 Likes on 23 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Hunterworks View Post
IM new, required head work? what does it need?
Best to read this thread to get a primer

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...confirmed.html
DunlevysZ is offline  
The following users liked this post:
Hunterworks (07-12-2017)
Old 07-12-2017, 05:12 PM
  #11  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by DunlevysZ View Post
Best to read this thread to get a primer

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...confirmed.html
I only read first couple lines but it looks like a issue back in 2012 that was resolved. What year vehicles is this an issue?

Last edited by Hunterworks; 07-12-2017 at 05:13 PM.
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:21 PM
  #12  
2014GT
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2014
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 130
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

^ as smellya said, plus HP is not the end all for road course work.

The C7Z is well known for overheating on track after 1 or 2 hard laps. The GS gives you the best of the c7 and the c7z(minus HP) and will take hot lap after hot lap without any whining.
2014GT is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:21 PM
  #13  
2014GT
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2014
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 130
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

edit: the don't trust that, have the heads replaced or rebuilt in any c6z. You're tempting fate if you don't

Last edited by 2014GT; 07-12-2017 at 05:23 PM.
2014GT is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:27 PM
  #14  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 2014GT View Post
^ as smellya said, plus HP is not the end all for road course work.

The C7Z is well known for overheating on track after 1 or 2 hard laps. The GS gives you the best of the c7 and the c7z(minus HP) and will take hot lap after hot lap without any whining.
This is why I am asking for advice. Just did a build on chevy site the GS got north of $86k quick, guessing used ones hard to find
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:32 PM
  #15  
2014GT
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2014
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 130
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

go to the dealership and buy one of the lot, much better deals available by dealing with what they have on hand and are ready to make a deal on. I didn't pay anywhere near that for mine. I also didn't check the box for every toy. If you want the car as a true track car, Z07 isn't required but is nice, everything else is unnecessary.

You may find a rare used GS, but its the sweet spot for the vette for now.
2014GT is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:48 PM
  #16  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 2014GT View Post
go to the dealership and buy one of the lot, much better deals available by dealing with what they have on hand and are ready to make a deal on. I didn't pay anywhere near that for mine. I also didn't check the box for every toy. If you want the car as a true track car, Z07 isn't required but is nice, everything else is unnecessary.

You may find a rare used GS, but its the sweet spot for the vette for now.
There are no vettes at the chevy dealers around here, I am in MS we poor!!! LOL I will look for a used one or have to travel to a bigger dealership if I do it.
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 05:53 PM
  #17  
63Corvette
CF Senior Member
 
63Corvette's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2001
Location: Granbury Texas
Posts: 9,557
Received 252 Likes on 177 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Hunterworks View Post
There are no vettes at the chevy dealers around here, I am in MS we poor!!! LOL I will look for a used one or have to travel to a bigger dealership if I do it.
NOOoooo Use the internet! Then have it shipped or drive it home.
63Corvette is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 06:24 PM
  #18  
SunnydayDILYSI
CF Senior Member
 
SunnydayDILYSI's Avatar
 
Member Since: Apr 2012
Location: Dallas Texas
Posts: 609
Received 36 Likes on 32 Posts
Default

You have experience, know this is a good hobby for you, and want a track only car. The biggest factor is to buy something that is already a full on track car (i.e., one that is already caged, has fire suppression, cooling (oil, water, trans, diff, brakes), aero, coil overs, dry sump (ARE, not stock) and BBK. With these mods, C5 vs C6, vs C7 is not that important. I'd put my ST2 C5 FRC up against any stock vette over a 30 minute race. C5 will be a bit cheaper, newer will be a bit faster. But there are a lot of good ST1 C5s out there. Track cars like these go for about 1/3rd of the price of a new C7Z

Last edited by SunnydayDILYSI; 07-12-2017 at 06:34 PM.
SunnydayDILYSI is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 06:33 PM
  #19  
Hunterworks
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Jul 2017
Posts: 18
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 2014GT View Post
go to the dealership and buy one of the lot, much better deals available by dealing with what they have on hand and are ready to make a deal on. I didn't pay anywhere near that for mine. I also didn't check the box for every toy. If you want the car as a true track car, Z07 isn't required but is nice, everything else is unnecessary.

You may find a rare used GS, but its the sweet spot for the vette for now.
Got it down to $76 MSRP 1lt, z07 package, data recorder and better seats I think were only options
Hunterworks is offline  
Old 07-12-2017, 06:59 PM
  #20  
C5inWV
CF Senior Member
 
C5inWV's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2002
Location: Martinsburg wv
Posts: 923
Received 18 Likes on 18 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by SunnydayDILYSI View Post
You have experience, know this is a good hobby for you, and want a track only car. The biggest factor is to buy something that is already a full on track car (i.e., one that is already caged, has fire suppression, cooling (oil, water, trans, diff, brakes), aero, coil overs, dry sump (ARE, not stock) and BBK. With these mods, C5 vs C6, vs C7 is not that important. I'd put my ST2 C5 FRC up against any stock vette over a 30 minute race. C5 will be a bit cheaper, newer will be a bit faster. But there are a lot of good ST1 C5s out there. Track cars like these go for about 1/3rd of the price of a new C7Z
C5inWV is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Track Day Vette?


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: