Chevrolet Corvette Z06 team members left to right: Aaron Link, Senior Development Engineer; Dustin Gardner, assistant chief engineer, small block; Harlan Charles, Product Marketing Manager; Josh Holder, chief engineer; Tadge Jüchter, senior chief engineer; Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager.
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DETROIT – General Motors new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 marks the latest chapter in the almost 70-year history of the famous American sports car.
Those closely involved in the making of the car referred to it as “otherworldly” and a “utopian version of a sports car”. It’s a street legal racing car designed for the track that makes it possible GM to flex its technical muscles and draw attention to Corvette, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said it could be a $ 7 billion to $ 12 billion franchise for the automaker.
CNBC spoke to several team members about the 2023 Corvette Z06, which features a new 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 engine with 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine of its kind in any production vehicle.
In their own words, here is what Corvette team members have to say about the vehicle and their roles in GM’s most famous franchise, including the normal Corvette Stingray.
Tadge Juechter, Corvette’s Executive Chief Engineer
“When I think about why we’re doing this, it’ll sound weird, but I think of adults who giggle. If you put someone behind the wheel in a Corvette and get them on a good road and just let them go, what you get is adults giggling. It’s hard to control and it doesn’t get old. You can hear the engine, it’s a super passionate machine in an age of hominization of transport, there aren’t that many unique driver experiences, just one-of-a-kind, but far out in the left field.
“The Stingray is this super beautiful, cute, well developed car. This is a bit of a bad boy. He has a bit of a head start. I would say. The character comes into its own loud and clear from start to drive. The car’s reaction speed is somehow unearthly. “
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Aaron Link, Senior Development Engineer at Corvette
“This car represents the utopian version of a sports car to me. It’s mid-engined architecture and all the inherent goodness that comes with it, with a light front that really boosts the car’s turning speed and then all of the traction in the back where you need it, where you can have a huge figure of merit. And then the naturally aspirated engine part is something like what everyone always thinks of when they think of that mid-engined supercar / sports car. And we are doing it, right? And no one else really is doing it.
“The nice thing for me is to be a part of it and have a huge impact on how it is shaped and shaped and how it comes out … It just makes you smile and we say that a lot about cars, but this one really is like you never want it to stop. “
Dustin Gardner, GM Small Block Engine Assistant Chief Engineer
“The privilege to be able to work on it professionally is huge. That engine, the opportunity to build a Z06-Z06 designed for this mission, and then just so proud of the engineering team around it. This thing is a masterpiece of engineering a 5.5 liter flat plane crank engine with a fully mechanical valve train that makes 670 hp for me is a high point of my career …
“To hear everything works, feel the power, all senses are excited. It’s just exhilarating and it’s what it’s supposed to do and it does it so well. It’s been my baby for a while. It is exciting.”
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager
“For me, the Corvette has always been the dream car to make our customer dreams come true. I think we started with the Stingray and gave people an exotic mid-engined supercar. Bringing the racing experience to the driver … The noise, the driving feel and the handling, you feel like you are driving a street legal racing car and basically you are That means a lot and then also on a historical scale … the future or electrification or whatever, and of course the future will be here one day, but let’s just think about this moment now: Here is the cutting edge of technology and a naturally aspirated engine with combustion engine.
“This is kind of a golden era where we will be able to drive and operate an engine that is a real engine and makes you feel alive… So let’s all enjoy it for as long as we can and really appreciate that we can offer a supercar like this is relatively achievable, so people who work hard can afford it and drive it, and it’s American and people can be proud to have something that is here Designed, built and engineered in America to rival and win against the best in the world. “
Josh Holder, Corvette chief engineer
“I think we’d all say it’s a dream job, it’s a dream job. Especially anyone that’s a dude and gearhead to work on a performance car, but especially Corvette, of course we’re biased. And then the Corvette makes it even more special. We are all very happy that we are allowed to do this job, very appreciated and very happy …
“This car is for the thrill of driving. It’s for people who enjoy the driving experience, right? The journey as well as the destination. And when you sit in a car, especially this car, the new Z06, you don’t just feel the freedom to go anywhere, but to be like a superhero, to enjoy that freedom because you can go where you want Any way you want, record anything on the road or track, compete and win. This freedom in a car like this is something very special. “
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06