The pics of the rumored C8 Corvette Z06 keep on coming with another sighting that may show just who the Corvette Team wants to compete against in terms of benchmarking. The photo comes from Brandon Byers on Facebook with the simple caption of “Bam!” BTW, Brandon profile is sporting a C8 logo as his avatar so we’re pretty sure we can count him as a Corvette fan!
The camouflaged C8 Corvette widebody was spied in a parking log with the silver Porsche 911 next to it. A couple of engineers are outside the cars with the C8 driver having a laptop opened up on the roof. Brandon comments that they were up high in the California mountains testing at 4200 ft. That sounds like similar terrain as to where the previous sighting of a camouflaged C8 Z06 whose engine note was captured on video earlier this week. The sound of that prototype is described as having a flat-plane V8 engine which we believe is a direct result of the homologation of the C8.R’s 5.5L naturally-aspirated DOHC V8 engine.
The Porsche in this photo isn’t just a run-of-the-mill 911, which I don’t believe there is such a thing, but this is THE Porsche that lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 47 seconds! With a base price of $294K, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS has 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and its 3.8L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve flat-6 comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. It weighs in at just 3241 lbs, runs 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 211 mph. And did you see that wing on the back?
I mention the wing as it’s been rumored that the C8 Corvette Z06 will have its own version of the BAW (big ass wing) that is said to be taller than the Stingray’s High Wing and it’s affixed to the rear of the car with two stanchions instead of the High Wing’s four.
When we look at this Porsche 911 GT2 RS, we see that it has the ability to suck in a tremendous amount of air, both through the air intakes on the front and the NACA ducts on the hood, but the rear also has an air intake which is very nicely done in carbon fiber as these photos from automobilemag.com show.
As the Corvette C8.R also has a similar air intake on its rear deck, we wonder if we will be seeing a version on the street car? If so, just another example of technology transfering from the racing program to production Corvettes.
Here’s the Nurburgring video of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS which runs a crazy-fast lap of 6 minutes and 47 seconds:
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