2006 Corvette Z06 Race Car - Dream Matchup

MTI Girds A New Z06 For Open-Track Battle

Walt Thurn Jun 5, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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The two front seats were removed to install the Brey-Krause C6 Harness Bar and G-Force belts. The stock belts remain operational.

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Here, Roman is completing installation of MTI Racing's Six-Shooter quick shifter.

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The factory springs were removed and replaced with Eibach coilovers and Penske shocks. MTI Racing's 35mm front and 25mm rear anti-roll bars help minimize corner roll.

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The Z06 tends to get light in the front when it nears its top speed. To remedy this, Reese and Roman added MTI Racing's wind-tunnel and track-tested aero package. Here, Reese is installing the carbon-fiber rear wing.

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The last stage of the modification process involved adding Corsa's excellent three-inch exhaust system. With the system in place, the car sounded very healthy without becoming obnoxious.

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Dream Car Garage VP of Marketing Adrian Chadwick lends a hand cleaning the Z06 as the project nears completion.

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The final step of the project involved putting the Z06 back on the chassis dyno. Earlier baseline testing had produced 425 hp and 400 lb-ft with the hood open and 409.4/389.10 with the hood closed. The final, post-modification pulls produced a whopping 489/470 regardless of hood position.

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How would you like to drive your 500-plus-horse Z06 in this weather? Notice the snowflakes streaking down.

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