Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

It's as if this car exists solely for Lightning Lap.

Oct 2015 - By Multiple Authors
Car and Driver Magazine

Seconds before the Corvette Z06 crosses the start-finish line to begin its hot lap, you’re subjected to 1.20 g’s of lateral acceleration for six full seconds through Hog Pen. A silence falls over the switchboard in your head. Every neuron lines up to get the Z06 moving through space as quickly as possible. Gone are the employment doubts, the mortgage-payment anxieties, and the hair-thinning concerns that clutter up your daily thoughts—domestic worry is not possible at 1.20 g’s. Belt into a Z06 with the Z07 package like this one and the automotive-induced enlightenment lasts exactly 2:44.6.

This isn’t a peaceful, monk-on-a-mountain experience, though. It’s like being caught inside your own personal earthquake. And in 100-degree heat, as we don’t run power-robbing A/C while lapping. Did we mention that you have one chance to perfectly execute a quick lap before the fresh $2200 set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires lose their maximum potential?

It’s not until the lap ends that the steering comes across as heavy. Or that you realize that the brake pedal needs a mildly excessive amount of travel before biting. Or that you’ve sweat through your antiperspirant. Still, this Corvette is exactly right. There’s simply no understeer anywhere, with grip of 1.20 g’s or more in several corners. Tall gearing—second is good for 93 mph—means that you can get on the throttle earlier in the slow corners without the fear of lighting up the tires. It’s as if this car exists solely for Lightning Lap.

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