ZR1 Finds Competitor in Chevy Corvette Z06
By Jon Derrickson on January 12, 2018
In recent weeks, much of the conversation regarding Chevrolet Corvette has surrounded the ZR1; with 755 horsepower and numerous other fantastic features, this is hardly surprising. However, when it comes to the track, it now has a close competitor in the Z06 thanks to Geiger Cars in Germany. As a ‘circuit-ready’ variant of the original, the special Z06 Carbon 65 Edition model boosts the supercharged V8 engine (6.2 liters) right up to around 760 horsepower and 729 lb-ft of torque.
Compared to the original, Geiger Cars has actually left most of the carbon fiber in place before then adding more elsewhere; this is before we even mention the four-point racing safety harness and Heigo roll bar in the cockpit. With the body kit, the grille has been revised on a new front end and this is said to improve airflow along with the adjusted side skirts, fender vents, and a brand-new integrated diffuser rear sub-frame. If you’re lucky enough to purchase the upgraded vehicle, you’ll also choose between three different rear spoilers depending on whether you’re looking for a full race setup or something a little subtler. Overall, the appearance is, of course, a little more aggressive but still manages to maintain modesty.
Straight from the factory, the Z06 provides 650 horsepower which Geiger has boosted by 100 horsepower in the altered version. To do this, they had to use a 2.3-liter screw-type unit as opposed to the 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger. In addition to this, the company has adjusted the engine software, throttle, and intake; for the seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, depending on the model, these remain the same.
As a result of these changes, it takes just under three seconds for the coupe to reach 62mph before then going on to reach a maximum speed of 209mph. For the eagle-eyed Chevrolet fans, you’ll notice this is just one mile per hour short of the ZL1.
According to Geiger Cars, the model is expected to excel at the track since the upgrades have all been geared towards this arena. With small adjustments to the cooling systems in the powertrain, the car is suited to lapping a circuit. Furthermore, the ride height can be lowered with revised suspension knuckles while Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or Pilot Super Sport tires can be installed.
As you can see, the upgrades are impressive but what does this mean for the price tag? Well, the upgrades don’t actually come as a package which means the buyer can request which of the modifications they would like for the model. For example, $11,500 will get you the carbon fiber body kit while an additional $15,400 is needed for the engine. After this, the revised suspension costs $5,120, racing harness $1,099, tires $8,830, cooling runs $18,500, and the roll bar $3,100.
In short, the upgrades don’t come too cheap and you’ll have to fork over a total of $63,700 if you want a model with all of the improvements. On a more positive note, buyers will attend the Nurburgring Nordschleife for a two-day driving course!