The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been billed by GM since day 1 as the most track capable Corvette of all time and when considering some of the monster Corvettes of the past half century, that is a pretty big claim. The Corvette Z06 proved that it was a force to be reckoned with when it won Car and Driver’s Lightning Lap shootout, but when it came time for the folks at Motor Trend to put the C7 Z06 through the paces of the Best Driver’s Car, the supercharged American supercar ran into mechanical issues that resulted in a poor lap time and an even worse review by driver Randy Pobst.
A Lap of Laguna Seca in the Z06
The video below shows the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe being piloted by professional racer and Motor Trend regular Randy Pobst. Pobst has turned in some crazy fast laps in past Corvettes at Laguna Seca so he is an excellent choice for pushing the new Corvette Z06 to its limits on the Cali road course.
The most track capable Corvette ever with a driver who has historically been very fast in Corvettes on this very track – it seems like the perfect combination for insanely fast lap times in the Motor Trend contest. Unfortunately, the 650 horsepower LT4 V8 under the hood had different ideas.
Shortly into the run, Pobst begins to voice his concerns about the lack of power coming out of turns, going so far as to refer to the Corvette Z06 as a sick puppy. He praises the braking and cornering capabilities, but he repeatedly discusses the lack of power on the straights, which ultimately leads to what he considers to be a poor lap time. He went so far as to compare the new Corvette Z06 to a 1962 Ford Falcon and having driven a '62 Falcon, that is a pretty serious insult to the super-Vette.
Mechanic Gremlins Happen
While this engine issue may kill the C7 Corvette Z06 coupe’s chances of winning the Best Driver’s Car award from Motor Trend this year, this is the kind of unfortunate issue that anyone can run into in the racing world. It has been discussed online that the Corvette Z06 may have actually been experiencing the “hot engine limp mode” that owners have complained about, but you would think that Motor Trend would know to avoid that issue. In short, it seems that an unusual engine problem caused a misfire in the new Z06 and as a result, the Corvette might not win this time.
Fortunately, the new Corvette has won so many awards that one more honor could go unnoticed, but I would bet that at some point in the near future, GM will have Motor Trend and Pobst hooked up with another, proper-running Z06 to tackle Laguna Seca.
In the meantime, check out the video below of the 2015 Corvette Z06 blasting around Laguna Seca via Motor Trend. The lap time may not be great, but it is still an awesome action video of the new Z06.
Image captured from the video shown here.