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  • Muscle Cars & Trucks Speculations on Z06: Tires, Aero, & Exhaust

    Some pretty cool and logical speculation from some guys who have a tendency to be right. Seems to fit too with the carbon wheels that were leaked on ebay a few months ago:

    https://www.musclecarsandtrucks.com/c8-corvette-z06-tires-aerodynamics-and-exhuast-detailed-exclusive/

    C8 CORVETTE Z06 TIRES, AERODYNAMICS AND EXHUAST DETAILED: EXCLUSIVE

    We Uncover New Info On Chevy’s Upcoming Supercar



    It’s been almost a year since the official reveal of the world’s first production mid-engine Corvette. Easily the biggest vehicle debut of the year, and perhaps maybe the decade, the 2020 Corvette challenges perceptions, and aims to break the mold of what America’s sports car can be. Its launch hasn’t been without a few spasms, however. First came the 40-day UAW strike last fall, hindering its start out of the gate. Then, just as Bowling Green Assembly was starting to go full-steam, COVID-19 happened. But the show must go on, as General Motors has a schedule to keep. And next on that schedule is the 2022 C8 Corvette Z06. To which, we here at MC&T have once again accrued new details on America’s upcoming supercar from our network of well-placed sources.

    First off, we’ll talk about the tires. Wrapping a radical set of (optional) carbon fiber wheels will be a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Specifications of the front tires are 275/30 R20, while the rears surround a 21-inch wheel and will measure 345/25 R21. These steamroller tires are also Z-rated, which means they’ll built for speeds in excess of 149 miles per hour (the new Z06 will be able to exceed that speed effortlessly).

    Porsche enthusiasts may recognize this tire as the factory equipment for the 991-generation 911 GT3 RS and 911 GT2 RS. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tire utilizes a tread compound taken directly from Michelin’s motorsport tires, which is molded into an updated, asymmetric pattern with reduced void area to improve grip in dry conditions. They are some of the best and most exclusive performance tires on the market today. It’s expected that Michelin, a long standing partner with Corvette, will create a custom size for the C8 Z06, as well as the C8 ZR1 and Zora, as the measurements found on the Porsches are not big enough.
    Photo via USPTOPhoto via USPTOPhoto via USPTOPhoto via USPTO
    As previously hinted from various USPTO images, the C8 Corvette Z06 is expected to integrate active aerodynamics, with adjustable wings, splitters and even side flaps that will variably adjust themselves as the American supercar negotiates braking, cornering, as well as accelerating all the way to v-max. This equipment will be optional – and likely available with the ‘Z07’ package that’s traditionally offered with the Z06 Corvette. Allegations of a large fixed rear wing for the upcoming C8 Z06 are baseless, according to our sources.

    Finally, the C8 Corvette Z06 may or may not see a revised rear fascia from the C8 Corvette Stingray with a center-mounted rear exhaust. Currently, the design change is being proposed, as it requires additional funding, and needs full approval from those involved in such decision making. According to sources, the outcome of re-routing the exhaust from the edges of the rear fascia to the traditional center would improve the sound of the 5.5L DOHC flat-plane crank naturally aspirated V8 engine, codenamed LT6. It would improve the pitch of the exhaust note, and allow the mid-engine Corvette Z06 to sound more like an exotic car, further differentiating it from the pushrod V8 found in the LT2-powered C8 Stingray.

    Be sure to watch this space for future factoids revolving around C8 Corvette Z06 well before you’re supposed to know about it.

  • #2
    Wow! Spectacular if true!!!

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    • #3
      Interesting that this source shares this specific paten (a magazine source I respect and have for many years), and it identifies this as new info when we had it here in this thread on Feb. 14, 2019.

      https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...y-panel-system

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      MECF has already shared C8 Stingray features from GM’s earlier patents and many we believe (some we know) will be part of the C8 Z06. Here are the twenty three we have listed.

      I would encourage all to spend time on them, for some I can tell you with certainty will be part of future C8 components.

      https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...alized-patents
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      • #4
        They were the same outfit that said the LS2 in the C8 would have 520HP

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        • #5
          There are so many patents, it does not mean anything of this will actually be in a final car. Having active Aero on a Z06 seems crazy and I guess it would be really pricy. If there really will be a ZR1 or ZORA, I can see Chevy going all in on them on things you usally see on supercars. But on a Z06? I don't know.

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          • #6
            excellent diagrams 👍

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ace View Post
              There are so many patents, it does not mean anything of this will actually be in a final car. Having active Aero on a Z06 seems crazy and I guess it would be really pricy. If there really will be a ZR1 or ZORA, I can see Chevy going all in on them on things you usally see on supercars. But on a Z06? I don't know.
              That is totally true, but we have already seen some of the earlier potential patents released during the C7 era since become C8 reality, such as the example of the venting of the engine compartment around the rear hatch openings.

              ​​​​There will be some of the 23 earlier patents become C8 later generation model realities.

              And of course most which will not — just like the pattern of all patterns files in all industries.
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              • #8
                Concerning tire speed ratings, the tires fitted to Corvettes at the factory have "Y" speed rating. The Y speed specifies up to 300 km/hr, which equals 186 mph.

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                • #9
                  The possibility of a rear facia re-design caught my eye, as that is the one part of the C8 design that many don't care for. Wonder if it would just be minor to accommodate center exhaust, or something more significant that could improve the entire rear facia's appearance?
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                  Shark Grey '15 Z51 Coupe : White / Blue Diamond '13 427 60th roadster ( really miss the 'stripe delete' 427 )

                  Status 3000 - 7th Corvette... Zeus Bronze Coupe, 2LT, GT2 seats, Natural two tone, Body color accents, Pewter wheels

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                  • #10
                    I have said it many times . If anything gets changed on the C8 it will be the rear fascia . I do not believe it would be changed to accomodate a center exhaust as the drive train(DCT) is an obstacle. To imagine a C9 goes beyond my imagination cause GM seemed to nail this one with the C8 and it took so any years to get here. What can be better than this?. OK, a beer tap and a pocorn maker in the frunk

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