The start of the new endurance racing season is approaching and all the teams are heavily preparing for the competition, including Chevrolet whose new Corvette Z06 GT3.R will make its debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The car will be powered by a 5.5L, flat-plane crankshaft DOHC V-8 engine that will develop up to 600 hp (447 kW), and this engine shares more than 70 percent of its parts with the production Z06 engine.
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R will compete in the new LMGT3 class, the successor to the LM GTE class that was held for the last time this year. Chevrolet will produce two Corvettes in the livery of the Pratt Miller Motorsport team that will compete in the North American IMSA Championship.
Manufacturer has announced that after more than 20 years, it will no longer perform under the name Corvette Racing. It will be interesting to see if Corvette, in a clash with the world’s biggest supercar manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, BMW, Lamborghini, McLaren, will repeat the success from this season when Corvette Racing won the trophy for LMGTE Am teams.
In 1953, Chevrolet introduced the first mass-produced American sports car in the post-war period, the Chevrolet Corvette. So far, eight generations of this model have been produced, each offered as a coupe and a roadster. Some of them have been transformed over time into elegant shooting brakes, and this one, a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette, was sold at auction a few days ago for USD $27,211.
This Chevrolet Corvette is powered by a 572ci 9.4L General Motors ZZ572 V8 engine with 707 hp (520 kW) and 679 lb-ft (921 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a Hurst-shifted Richmond Gear five-speed manual transmission with a Ram Clutches Powergrip HD clutch set. It’s mounted on Series 32 Keystone 15″ wheels wrapped in 245/60 front and 295/50 rear BFGoodrich Radial T/A white-letter tires.
The car is finished in metallic maroon and underwent a Sportwagon conversion which included the installation of a removable roof panel as well as rear fender flares and a high-rise cowl-induction hood, dual fixed headlamps, front fender vents, push-button door handles, chrome ribbed side-exit exhaust pipe covers, a short antenna, a chrome split rear bumper, and 572 badging.
Inside, the seats are trimmed in black vinyl that also covers the door panels and dash, while the carpets are covered with embroidered floor mats. In front of the driver is a three-spoke steering wheel behind which is hidden a five-digit odometer showing 85,454 miles.
The car is offered with build records, parts literature, period publications, and a clean New Jersey title.
Chevrolet said the ultimate performance machine will be a serious competitor to supercars. The new design of the front and wider body are just some of the changes, compared to previous models, which give the Z06 a more aggressive look.
Inside, the Z06 will retain the look of its predecessor with heated seats, a 12-inch digital cluster and a head-up display, but also with specific decals.
The Corvette Z06 will be powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine with 670 hp (500 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It reaches 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph (302 km/h).
In addition to the standard 1LZ equipment that will come with the new Corvette Z06, additional equipment packages such as 2LZ ($115,595) and 3LZ ($120,245) will be offered. For those who want top performance, there will be a Z07 ($8,995) equipment package with carbon-ceramic brakes, improved suspension, underbody strakes and Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires. There’s also the Carbon Aero package ($8,495) and the Carbon Flash Painted package ($10,495) that must be combined together with the Z07 package for the ultimate driver experience.
When it comes to price, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will start at $106,395.