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Old 11-04-2006, 07:59 PM   #1
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I grew up relishing the stories on Zora’s specially prepared ZL1 Corvette running in the 10.90s on slicks. Love those stories. And it’s almost hard to imagine that 35 years later, a showroom stock Corvette, albeit a 2006 Z06, with no change to the car other than using DOT drag radial tires could eclipse the times posted by that fabled ZL1. But it happened today at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland.

On my first pass of the day, after an hour-long cool-down and change of rear tires to the BFGs, I ran a clean pass with the type of launch and 1-2 shift I’ve been looking for. Here are the splits:

60'........1.679 3650 launch rpm with a fast clutch release and fast throttle squeeze
330'......4.625
660'......7.046 102.61
1000'.....9.114
1320'...10.856 129.50



Play Ranger's LS7 Rhapsody

Density Altitude at the time of the pass was negative 850 feet on my TAG weather station. Air temperature was 51 degrees. Barometer was excellent and humidity was low.

Track surface temperature was 60 degrees, kissed sweetly by full sun.

Soon after returning to the pits, amid a mild celebration, I was visited by a track official on a motor-bike for a discussion of the safety equipment in my car. He noted it was apparent from the tower that my UnderArmor compression top wasn’t a fire-jacket. And his check inside the car found no roll-bar. He complimented the pass and I took the hint, agreeing to slow down. In keeping with that pledge, I made one more pass. After bogging the launch to comply with guidance, was then somehow unable to keep from driving the rest of the pass…well…fast. I picked up the slip, 11.03 129.22 1.80. And that was it for the day.

Special thanks to dgdoc, Steve, and Bill for their moral support and assistance crewing the car, today.

For the record, nothing has been changed on my car since delivery other than the driver’s experience. ECU/PCM is stock. Air filter is original. Nothing after-market at all.

I did dismount the stock rears and strap on three-year-old BFG 315.35.17 DRs, graciously lent to me by Dick Link. These tires are perfect for the C6Z in that they don’t overwhelm the finicky LS7 clutch. And, if properly heated, they can provide excellent traction. I also raised the stock front tires to 40 psi; above that the DIC starts nagging on start-up.

If anyone wishes to draw a distinction that “bone stock” must include “stock tires,” he/she may wish to revisit scores of threads I’ve started over the past six years describing adventures at the drag strip with bone-stock Z06s either on (1) stock tires or (2) drag radials. I’m always clear about the tires on the car any particular day, in the thread title.

On shift points, as alway, I tried to make each shift as close to the limiter as possible without kissing it. On this 10.85 pass my shift points were good, at 7000 except for the 2-3 which occurred at about 6700. So, was not a perfect pass.

As for powershifting, I eased the throttle on the 1-2 and 2-3 but did powershift the 3-4. My experience has shown that you can shift fast while still easing the throttle. Takes practice.

I’ve written frequently that it takes 30-50 passes for a driver to approach his lower limit in a new plaform. That 10.85 was my 52d pass in the car.

I have some video footage of uncertain quality (new guy on the camera) and some audio files of the exhaust on the pass, plus a spreadsheet with split/incremental analysis. I’ll work on these over the weekend and edit them into this post. I am posting the slip of this record pass, certified by an MIR tower official.

I close by offering my continued appreciation to the Corvette Team and extended family for the C6Z06, a truly amazing car and the new legend. And somehow I know, Zora is pleased.

Edit (061105): I've added a thumb of my normal spreadsheet analysis of the 10.85 pass at a negative DA against my 11.06 at a positive DA last week. It clearly shows the small contribution made by the better DA. But improved driving in the first 330' is the main factor that made the pass memorable.

Edit (061128): Added a link to the sound file of the 10.85 pass, as recorded at the exhaust. Easy to hear
(1) bog on launch, inevitable with the LS7 clutch
(2) speed of shifts, which takes practice and
(3) the urgent rhythm of the LS7 at wide-open-throttle.

Best to all,

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Old 11-04-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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Unreal,Great job Ranger! U are the man when it comes to stock 1/4 mile times.
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Congrats! A great accomplishment!
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Congratulations Ranger! Hard to imagine 10 second cars on radial tires with no engine mods whatsoever. Congrats again!
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Get ready for a flood! Congats Ranger. I started a teaser thread earlier today, but left out the e.t. and speed.

You are within .29 of my prediction almost two years ago and .5 mph.

Simply WOW!

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Congrats, John...glad to see all your hard work pay off.

I suspect tomorrows weather will even be better ...but I suspect you'd be turned away at the gate.
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No doubt about it....YOU ARE THE MAN!!! Congrat's Ranger! It's always extra sweet to be the 1st
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You are the man Ranger!!!
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Congrat's john.. Long time coming... Looking forward to the vid.. 1.6 60ft is pretty darn impressive.. Congrat's again..
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Congrats Ranger!
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Contrats!! Amazing run.
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Amazing Ranger, Congrats!
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Congrats! Ranger;

The best time yet for a Stock-Car.

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Great run, great car, great driver. I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.
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wow i think the traffic in this thread broke the forum
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But why so slow!! Great run Ranger! Scott
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guess with the air today you were putting down close to 500rwhp incredible times cut 1 tenth off in the 60 foot and you are there with my times congrats

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