The brand new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will function the official tempo automotive of the 2022 Indianapolis 500, the spotlight of the IndyCar collection.
Nonetheless, it will not simply be the common Z06 however a particular seventieth Anniversary Version that was introduced in January and marks this 12 months’s seventieth anniversary of the arrival of America’s sports activities automotive.
This 12 months’s Indy 500 is scheduled for Could 29 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and tasked with pacing duties is none aside from former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher. She’s additionally served because the collection’ security automotive driver in earlier years.
Fisher can be one of many first exterior of Normal Motors to have pushed the brand new Z06, and we will not think about she’ll be disillusioned by the expertise. We’ll remind you that the brand new Z06 is powered by a flat-plane crank V-8 associated to the engine discovered within the C8.R endurance racer. It displaces 5.5 liters and generates its peak energy by way of revs as an alternative of pressured induction, with the tachometer capable of fly to a lofty 8,600 rpm.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 seventieth Anniversary Version Indianapolis 500 tempo automotive
The 670-hp peak energy arrives at 8,400 rpm, whereas peak torque of 460 lb-ft arrives at 6,300 rpm. The only real transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch computerized that sends energy to the rear wheels solely. Efficiency numbers have not been revealed however a 0-60 mph time in 2.6 seconds is anticipated.
Buyer deliveries are scheduled to start out later this 12 months. Pricing hasn’t been introduced however is anticipated to start out round $90,000 for the coupe. A convertible can be out there.
No different model and automobile have dealt with tempo automotive duties on the Indy 500 extra typically than Chevy and the Corvette, respectively. This would be the nineteenth time a Corvette has served because the tempo automotive, and the thirty third time for a Chevy. A Corvette first paced the Indy 500 in 1978, however Chevy has been offering tempo vehicles since 1948, when a Fleetmaster Six convertible did the honors.
Chevy, which can be a present energy unit provider to IndyCar (along with Honda), has a historical past with the Indy 500 that goes again a lot additional. Model co-founder Louis Chevrolet, together with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early races. Gaston gained the 1920 race.