Think An 18-Year-Old Corvette Can’t Go 228 MPH? Watch This
Due to the shorter speed of the six-speed M12, the Chevy Corvette Z06 of the early 2000s reached just 168 mph compared to the 175 mph speed achieved by the C5. It compensated for the absolute top speed loss with better acceleration, braking and handling while remaining docile in normal use.
If you’ve ever watched the above video of the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds, you will understand that this is far from a standard Z06 C5. Gone is the naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 as it had to give way to a 6.2-liter V8 with a pair of turbochargers thrown in for good measure. Power has gone from the 405 hp and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) available from the 2002MY to a colossal 900 hp and 850 lb-ft (1152 Nm). Note that the upgraded version generates these numbers at the wheels.
The car weighs just 1383 kg (3050 pounds) and sends all that power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. It weighs about 45kg less than a regular Z06 from the C5 era and uses “prototype parts” to turn the Corvette into a real rocket in a top speed test. He managed to finish at 227.663 mph (366.388 km / h) at the Space Florida shuttle landing facility in a 4.3 km run. Not too bad for an 18 year old car, right?
Getting there was just as exciting, with the beefy turbos cranking up to cause the wheels to spin even in third gear, making the Chevy heavily modified a handful considering the insane amount of power going only to both. wheels. Then there’s the soundtrack delivered by the V8, which suits this brutal Z06 perfectly as it shifts gears and hits supercar levels of speed.
It’s worth mentioning that the same car took part in a stopped mile speed test in June when it managed to hit 342.227 km / h in just 1.61 km.