The C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is by far the best performing factory stock “base” Corvette of all time, but with the high level of track capabilities, more owners are taking their new Corvettes to road courses around the country. Once many of these Corvette owners take to the track, they get the itch to improve the performance of their car and while the aftermarket has a long list of possibilities, these new components of the Z06 come with all of the advantages of the GM R&D efforts. Basically, Stingray owners can now buy 14 of the items that help make the Corvette Z06 the most track capable Corvette of all time.
"No one has spent more time developing Corvette performance parts than Chevrolet and this new range of components is the result of countless hours of testing that aftermarket companies can't match," said Mark Dickens, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports. "You can mix and match the parts to build your own ultimate Stingray track car – all with factory-engineered components customers can trust will fit and perform as expected."
These 14 items are almost all direct replacements for the standard Corvette Stingray parts, so installation of almost everything should be very simple and fitment should be perfect. The red Corvette above is fitted with all of these components.
Z06 Items for the Stingray
First off, General Motors looks to improve the aerodynamics and the functionality of the Corvette Stingray with a trio of items from the Z06. This includes the Z06 Level 3 Aero Package which adds larger end plates on the front splitter and an adjustable wickerbill on the rear spoiler, a Z07 grille package which flows 17% better than the Stingray grille and the Z06 rear quarter panel vents which send 25% more air to the rear-mounted transmission cooler.
Next, the team wanted to improve the cooling capacity for long track stints and they did so by adding the Z06 600 watt radiator fan, a secondary radiator kit that drops engine coolant temps by 25 degrees and engine oil temps by 15 degrees F. There is also the Z06 rear transmission cooler and a larger heat shield for the prop shaft areas.
While none of these components add power, there are a few Z06 items which help the Corvette Stingray put more power to the ground. This includes the Z06 carbon fiber torque tube which cuts 15.5lbs from the driveline along with high temperature rubber couplers, all of which can be ordered separately as well. Also helping to remove weight from the Stingray is the Z06 carbon fiber underbody brace, which is 17% lighter than the Stingray’s aluminum brace while also being stiffer.
The braking system of the Corvette Z06 is one of the major areas where it truly shines, so it should come as no surprise that there is a Z06-based braking package for the Corvette Stingray. There is already a Z51 braking package available with 13.6 inch front rotors and 13.3 inch rear rotors, but those Stingray owners who want Z06-like stopping power can opt for the new Z06 brake kit for the Stingray with the Z51 package. This adds the iron Z06 rotors, measuring 14.6 inches up front and 14.4 inches out back. The front wheels get 6-piston monoblock calipers while the backs have 4-piston fixed calipers, but these brakes are so huge that they wont fit under the standard Stingray or Z51 wheels. Since a braking system like this can work better when cool, the Z06 brake cooling duct kit draws 16% more air into the front brakes for prolonged braking performance during long stints of hard braking.
Finally, while not technically a Z06 component, GM has also rolled out a new Stingray T1 suspension package that adds new shocks, stiffer stabilizer bars, new lower control arms and stiffer bushings. This suspension setup is approved for the SCCA Touring 1 class and it is designed to work with or without the Z51 package – so literally every new Stingray owner could purchase this race-ready suspension setup.
“Here at Spring Mountain, we drive the Corvette Stingray and Z06 at their limits nearly every day, so we’re in a unique position to recognize the parts that are most effective,” said Ron Fellows. “The effect of the new, Z06-based parts on the Stingray’s track capability is dramatic. They take the Stingray’s already great stopping and cornering capabilities to yet another exciting level of stability and precision.”