We’ve been inundated with the sights and sounds of the 2023 Corvette Z06 at the Nurburgring this week and it’s only Wednesday! But I’m thinking this quick 4-minute video might be the best one we’ve watched yet. Not only do we see both the base and Z06/Z07 models at the infamous Green Hell, but we finally get to watch the cars go around the most famous corner on the 12.9-mile Nordschleife – the Carousel.
For those who may not be familiar with the Carousel, Porsche ambassador Timo Bernhard, who has five overall wins at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, talked about driving through the Carousel last year in this article that appeared on Porsche’s website:
“You almost drop down the banked bend with your car, land on concrete slabs and literally shoot out again at the exit of the corner – and this is really tricky – you can’t win a lot of time, but you can lose everything.” After the long high-speed passages and average speeds of more than 190 km/h (118 mph) over the entire lap, the Karussell represents a dramatic change in rhythm. “Many underestimate this section and they pay the price,” warns Bernhard.
The video shows the Corvettes on different segments of the track including the carousel from multiple vantage points. Watch as the suspension on the Z06 is compressed down as the cars go through the turn and then they are spit out on the other side. This video is very crisp and the soundtrack is pure rock and roll for Corvette enthusiasts:
And since I have your attention right now, I’ve noticed something different about one of the base Z06 Corvettes that are running on the track. On the No.08 Corvette, it appears the lower portions of the taillights are illuminated while the others on the track aren’t. Not sure why that may be, but I’ve seen it now in multiple videos. I was able to capture a screenshot showing this car with one of the Z07s in front:
In the C7 generation, the Z06’s taillights were differentiated by a clear lens illuminated by red LED bulbs while the Stingray and Grand Sport have red lenses. Maybe they are trying something different for the C8 Z06 or this is how they appear when the headlights are on which I have also seen in the spy photos. It’s only this car though which is why I’ve noticed it. Who knows, I’m just throwing that out there… On further analysis, it’s the only Z06 consistently running with the headlights on.
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