We first featured this heavily-modified C5 Z06 Corvette back in June when we caught it at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. That video featured the Corvette running a standing half-mile with 172 mph being its top speed. Now the Corvette is back and this time it makes a run at the standing mile.
A stock 2002 Corvette Z06 can usually be found with the 5.7 liter LS6 with 405 horsepower under the hood. But this is no stock C5! This speed machine is now fitted with a 6.2-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 900 RWHP and 850 lb-ft of torque. The C5 Z06 is already one of the lightest Corvettes produced but this car was lightened even more with the specs showing it weighs in at just 3,050 lbs.
Like the standing Half-Mile it ran earlier, the silver Z06 has a bit of trouble hooking up, but once it does, you see the speedometer’s needle flying past the numbers until it passes the 200 mph barrier to land on 212 mph as the car crosses the finish line:
The modified engine puts this car nearly in a class of its own. It was faster than the 191 mph that the 2019 Corvette ZR1 ran in the Mile, as well as the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2RS that ran 194.8 mph and the 2019 McLaren 720S which was timed at 195.46 mph. In fact, it was still faster than the Genovation GXE’s top speed run of 211.8 mph.
Vehicles at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds can also run in a “Top Speed” category that features the 2.3 and 2.7-miles on the runway and we would be very interested to see what this twin-turbo Z06 could do in those distances.
The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds YouTube channel is filled with exotics and high-performance cars making runs on the perfectly-flat runway. So if you’re looking for a fun (and fast) way to kill some time, you won’t be disappointed!
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