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STAR AND STRIPES - FASZINATION AUTO CORVETTE Z06
- TEXT Michael Godde PHOTOGRAPHS Willy Bister
If the American flag before the white house is go-eaten, it does not give Aufl up. But if General Motors starts a new Corvette, the US Boys sinks in collective Andaechtigkeit. If the Z06 rolls, strongest Corvette of all times, on the stage, the lovers salute. We drove the supersportsman on the racing course.
CAPTION: The Sting Ray of 1962 with the legendary Split Window was the first Corvette with Big block V8.
AMERICA HEART STRIKES WITH EIGHT CYLINDERS
Those 1953 presented Corvette is the oldest acting sports car of the world for the first time. Mercedes brings it with the SL only on 52 years, and Porsche 911 is also straight 42 Lenzen still another Jungspund. Nevertheless some people think that this American sportscar is only a kind of inflated Bodybuilder, state quasi a case for the Dopingliste. That may be because of the fact that these ignorant people were not ever with a Corvette on a racetrack. Already not at all with the Z06, the strongest and fastest Corvette of all times. We can put in a word there, because we were with the Z06 on the French ex-Grand-Prix-racing course Paul Ricard, who by the way ndet itself in the private property of Formel-1-boss Bernie Ecclestone befi. To the papierform: 512 HP, drawn from seven litres capacity, are to bring the 1418 Kilos of the Z06 in 3.9 seconds on speed to 100. Maximum speed 320 km/h. Deeply in the back and far down in the engine compartment the large V8 lurks. However this is no langhubiger Big block, but a hand-made Small block. American HP culture since more than a half century. In the Z06 the file T-fitting to the largest and strongest Small block of all times, equipped with a technology, which outdated European sportscar manufacturers considered already decades ago. Only a down-lying cam shaft lifts and lowers the 16 valves - over push rods. General Motors fi ndet that evolution is better than or other revolution of Europe. Nevertheless: All mobile drive components are made from lightweight construction materials and are problem free at high revs. The V8 remains only briefly, before it pushes the Z06 with condition gas brabbelnd from the box lane. Everything that comes then, is greed for numbers of revolutions. 7000 routes in the first course are 110 kilometers per hour. No trace of difficulty in breathing at high numbers of revolutions, the Corvette Z06 seems to open only times the second Lungenfl uegel, it presses its driver unyieldingly into the thick leather pads. Through the enormous throat the bubbling eight-cylinder sucks its air. Those hisses past at plate-large valves, and pistons with a diameter of 104,8 millimeters already press the explosive cocktail together, the explosions are enormous.
CAPTION: Inside the Z06 without Schnickschnack gets along. The different information of the Head UP display in the windshield shines only in the evening. Purists are content gladly with the six round instruments (left). The seats of the Z06 are easier and offer above all more side stop than those of 404 HP strong C6 Corvette. The steering wheel can be adjusted also in longitudinal direction.
Under full load stands to the roar of the eight-cylinder then nothing more in the way: The exhaust system opens its flaps - hammering and stampfen remind of the time, when American herds of buffalo thundered still freely over the prairie and the Sioux the white ones skalpierten. With these V8-hymn, which changes its clock during each shifting process jaggedly, the Z06 the muck ral straight line of Paul Ricard marches up. The straight line is long, very long. But even briefly before the brake point, with speed 250, electronics of the unrestrained strength must put on still the zuegel for the correct straight line discharge. Because still prevent individual Wasserfl aechen on the runway the Corvette to unfold free. Although already the Jagdfi packed its driver more eber: The compact steering wheel fits itself well in the hand, those for the Z06 of again formed sport seats bevels ever more intimately. More curves ask. Slowly the runway dries, the 325er-Goodyears at the rear axle of the Corvette sticks on the bitumen like the power Tape of Pattex. Without electronic regulatory contacts the foot controls - so long it only beautifully sensitively remains - the merciless achievement.
THE ZO6 UNCONDITIONALLY FOLLOWS EACH INSTRUCTION
CAPTION: A mechanic screws the largest Small block of all times in manual work together (down). At the tail the small spoiler provides for more drift, and the four final pipes trombones inoffi the zielle American national anthem (right). Ideal line or crosswise, the Z06 controls each discipline.
A treat for step dancers and Virtuosen of the Pedalerie. The Z06 talks with its driver like no Corvette before. Who deals here with accelerotor pedal, brake and steering element dear, drives the supersports cars always at the edge to more, precisely on the ideal line. Or to the Freedance in the curves. And if necessary it knows the Corvette also gladly crosswise. And the brakes? Firmly like vices, but with the fine feeling of a uhrmachers the front six-piston saddles and the rear four-piston saddles press their single linings with necessity against ventilated and punched disks - jerk point-exactly, twitch up to the stop or into the curve. The Corvette obeys each instruction. The confidence to it grows with each kilometer, even with Topspeed can the Z06 without damp hands be moved. A rather sophisticated spoiler work and a special Unterboden with Ground Effect press it reliably on the runway. More still than its germ cell, the C6R-Rennboliden limited by the regulation, General Motors goennt the Z06 the erlesensten materials. Everything is easily and extremely loadable. The chassis consists of aluminum, it is strengthened with carbon fiber, the sand yielding soil of carbon has a Balsaholzkern. However the Kotfl modelled from carbon fiber uegel weighs approximately six Kilos per piece less than those the civilian variant. Driving bolster and parts of the roof structure manufacture GM made of magnesium. Effi zienz within all ranges - therefore it goes with the Z06. But body and interior lives had to abspecken, engine and chassis however add - engineers strengthened here each construction unit. Corvette Desinger Zora Duntov was it, which in the year 1963 - after General Motors 1957 offi the ziellen running employment of the Corvette had forbidden - for the first time the PRO-Z06-Kit customer offered. Today its 63er-Sting Ray models with sport package ranks among the most in demand pieces of lover. With the new Z06 goes the theatre again well loosely: The models for 2006 are according to data of the importer already sell off. Because GM operates again offi ziell racing. With ten victories in eleven running secured itself the run Vette C6R in the last year 2005 the historical fourth GT1-Sieg with the 24-Stunden-Rennen von Le Mans.
Capacity: 7011 cc
Achievement: 512 HP (377 KW)
with 6000 /min
max. torque: 637 Nm with 4800 /min
Drilling x stroke: 98.5 x 92 mm
Power transmission: Six-gearbox manual
all around: Aluminum double wishbone, group leaf springs crosswise inserted, absorber, stabilizers
all around: ventilated disks
lengthens broad x height: 4459/1927/1246 mm
wheel base: 2686 mm?
Unloaded weight: 1418 kg of
0 - 100 km/h: 3.9 s
Hoechstgeschw.: 320 km/h
European Union consumption: 14.7 l (FR)
Price: 79,950 euro