Watch Crosbie Prepare A 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 For The Track
According to YouTuber Morgan Crosbie, only about five percent of owners of the 2020 Corvette C8 plan to take their Chevy supercars to a race track. As such, it stands to reason that Chevrolet would equip its mid-engine sports car with driving dynamics that promote sporty driving on the road, which also extends tire life and tolerates traction limits. . But as the latest “Cars and Crosbie” video says (integrated above), those who are considering following their fancy new Corvette would do well to fix everything first.
Crosbie’s biggest advice is to make sure the Corvette is running smoothly before you take it to the track. For example, the tires must be a bit worn because new rollers often have a film that slides on them which remains from the vulcanization process. That said, it is not a good idea to succumb to the temptation to make a big burnout when leaving the dealership, because it will unevenly wear the tires before they are burgled.
Crosbie also suggests polishing the brakes to improve grip. His technique is to find an empty stretch of road that will allow the driver to drive at highway speed, then brake at about 80% of his strength, repeating this process eight to ten times.
Then, a 500-mile break-in oil change is necessary, which keeps the engine healthy. Next, the transmission needs a 1,500-mile break-in, at which point it needs to be drained and filled with its AC Delco dual-clutch transmission fluid. Finally, before driving on the track, Crosbie says that the brake fluid should be flushed and filled with a high temperature substitute.
Once the Corvette C8 in question is broken in, Crosbie says to tweak the Corvette’s alignment specs a bit. The negative camber (3 degrees at the front and 2.5 degrees at the rear) helps improve cornering response and overall grip when cornering, to the detriment of tire life. A little change of toe and caster also improves performance on the track, with some compromises on highway driving. While track driving isn’t for everyone, Crosbie says he drove a Corvette on a closed course using these configuration changes, noting that it transforms the handling of the economic supercar.