For those adventurous owners whose need for speed has them engaging in track activities, the 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe is a great track car complete with upgraded cooling, suspension, and brakes, as well as the sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires. Chevrolet says if regular track days are your thing, the Z51 Stingray is the car you want.
But what about a base (non-Z51) Corvette Stingray on the track? How would it perform for the driver that might take on the very occasional track date?
The good news is that the base 2020 Corvette handles itself pretty good…up to a point. The little bit of feedback from this driver suggests that the brake fluid temps might have gotten up there which I don’t think was unexpected given the better cooling on the Z51s.
This video shows a bone-stock 2020 Corvette Stingray with its Michelin All-Season tires running at Motorsport Ranch. The car is not set up with the track camber as the Owner’s Manual suggests, but in its stock form, the car provided plenty of on-track excitement for the driver.
From Adam Tobolowsky via YouTube:
This is a bone stock, base 2020 C8 Corvette. Z51 cars have different brakes (calipers, pads, rotors) e-diff, mag-ride, PTM…etc. Everyone was honestly impressed with it’s lap time and speeds on All-Season tires. I did a 1:23 lap time…imagine an alignment and tires, that means the base C8 is seriously capable. The car also looks great color-matched and with zero aero.
It really was impressive for the tires I was on and it had basically no -camber. The C8 moves around and the weight transfer change is rewarding. I was fighting the stock brake fluid and stock alignment specs but it really had great balance in stock form. This car doesn’t have PTM so I ran it in Comp mode as the track was slippery and I wanted to lay down power, not slide it around.
Adam Tobolowsky / YouTube