Last week was a momentous occasion for Corvette enthusiasts as the 2023 Corvette Z06 was spied at the Nurburgring wearing only a camo wrap instead of the heavy black cladding which we’ve only seen them in up to this point. Those spy photos have provided us with the best look yet at the upcoming sports car.
So imagine our surprise when rumors started circulating about the prototype making a surprise visit to the Corvette Racing paddock at the Circuit de la Sarthe during the weekend’s practice session in advance of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We first caught wind of the C8 Z06 in France through Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner who did an instagram story on it. While he hid the C8 Z06 that was parked side-by-side with the C8.R, he did provide a couple of close-up photos showing the camouflage wrap and a headlight.
Soon after, a photo from professional photographer Kristof Vermeulen started making the rounds and so we reached out to him and licensed these five photos of the C8 Z06 with the C8.R and Corvette Racing driver Jordan Taylor who was standing in front of the car with his Dale Earnhardt tribute helmet on.
As of yet, we do not know the reason for the car being at Le Mans, but it looks like it was staged for a photoshoot, or perhaps Chevrolet will be offering a Part III to the Mid-Engine Revolution Documentary once the car is officially released.
But seeing the two cars together, you can see the C8.R and the Z06 are closely related with the large angular side intake scoops and aerodynamics. Both cars share a 5.5L flat-plane crank V8 with a redline over 8000 RPM so the Z06 is indeed a street-based race car, or as Alexander Rossi called it, “… the C8 race car without stickers.”
Reading from our comments, we know many of you are very excited about what you are seeing and we are as well. GM will be officially revealing the all-new Z06 sometime this fall and production will starting sometime in 2022.
Photos used under license by Kristof Vermeulen / MPS-Agency
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