UPDATE: August 18, 2007: My beloved Corvette Z06 was traded in today on a new 2007 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T, Plum Crazy # 981 of 1400.
One of my dream cars when first released. Purchased July 5, 2004 with just under 14,000 miles.
This car started off stock. Since then, I have added plenty of show items, as right now my Z06 has plenty of go for me.
Interior: Silver accent door handle and "Oh $hit" bar, leather shift boot and e-brake boot, leather console pad, brushed aluminum scuff plates, blue LED lighting in switches, custom stereo (see mods for more info, picts in album), Flameball shift handle, aluminum gauge bezels
Chrome Z06 rims, custom graphics styled after 2004 Corvette Pace Car, Shaved rear side markers, blackout treatment front and back, Altezza tail lights, diamond cut backup lights, rear duct screens in rear that match the brake duct screening
Electron blue painted Fuel Rail Covers, Washer Tank, Coolant Overflow Tank, Upper Radiator Cover, Side Fender Covers
Chrome Alternator Cover, TPS Cover, Intake Cover, Air Intake Cobra, all caps (oil, washer, brake, coolant, clutch), brake booster, brake master cylinder, headlight motor covers, hood strut covers, open element air cleaner, Predator base tune.
I run my Z06 out at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach, FL as part of the Corvette Challenge here. I have a lot of fun and am still learning how to shift and get off the line quickly. The car is capable of low 12-high 11 runs from the factory. Best so far for me has been 12.780 @ 109.60 mph. But, I am getting better. Recently, to help me out at the track, I have added a Hurst Line Lock and a pair of Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radials.
Duh Vette has been sold. I needed a house more than a fast car. So I bought a fast bike instead. >:-D
The LS6 produces 385 hp at 6000 rpm, and torque of 385 ft.-lb. at 4800 rpm. The engine is redlined at 6500 rpm (versus the LS1's 6000 rpm redline), and its torque curve is slightly biased toward the upper end where that power will be most appreciated on the track. LS6 power output is achieved as the result of dozens of refinements to increase volumetric efficiency and maximum rpm.
The LS6's aluminum cylinder heads are cast with pent-roof combustion chambers that are smaller than the LS1's. Compression ratio increases from 10.1:1 to 10.5:1, improving thermal efficiency and increasing horsepower. Intake and exhaust ports in the LS6 head are refined and more precisely cast, contributing to the engine's overall increase in volumetric efficiency.
To further maximize the breathing capabilities of the LS6 and significantly reduce vehicle mass, a new titanium exhaust system was developed for the Z06. This marks the first-ever use of titanium in the exhaust system of a mass-production vehicle. The titanium portion of the Z06's exhaust system starts just forward of the rear axle, then goes over the top of the axle to the muffler. The entire muffler, all of its internal parts and exterior skin, the outlet pipes, including the exhaust tips, are constructed of titanium. The Z06 muffler is a completely new design featuring larger-diameter louver tubes inside the mufflers to reduce backpressure and provide less restriction for the exhaust gases flowing through the system. The exhaust tips are different too, with four 3.5-in.-dia. tips to visually set the Z06 apart from the standard Corvette. Titanium offers a lower density than steel, and higher strength than either magnesium or aluminum at all temperatures. It reduces the Z06's weight by 17.6 pounds a whopping 50 percent reduction compared to the weight of the stainless steel exhaust system used on the Corvette coupe and convertible. In addition to easing exhaust gas restrictions, reducing mass and looking distinctive, this exhaust system sounds more aggressive than that of the standard Corvette. Considerable time and effort went into the design and tuning of the mufflers to ensure an exhaust note that would be unique to the Z06.
The driveshaft is upgraded from a metalmatrix composite to aluminum alloy 6061, and it is increased in diameter from 55mm to 63mm. Driveshaft couplings have also been upgraded on manual-equipped models for additional strength and durability.
This transmission is unique to the Z06, and is the only transmission available for that model. It is not available on Corvette coupes or convertibles. It has more aggressive gearing to increase torque multiplication in most forward gears, allowing for more rapid acceleration and more usable torque at higher speeds.
The Z06 features a suspension system all its own designated FE4. It's not available on other Corvette models but is standard equipment on the Z06. It features a larger front stabilizer bar, a stiffer rear leaf spring, revised camber settings and unique shock calibrations, all engineered with a bias toward maximum control during high-speed operation.
5.7l LS6, Tremec T56 6-speed, titanium exhaust, and some other pimp stuff
In 2001, there were not many options available on the Z06. My Z06 does not have two options: CD Changer & Body Side Molding. Other than those, my Z06 has every option offered in 2001 on the Z06.
Body Side Moldings (which I removed),
1250 watt stereo with DVD. Used all Stinger wiring, Phoenix Gold amps and speakers, Sony headunit and LCD monitor. Installed by me. In addition, I have done the engine in electron blue and chrome, added custom striping, Altezza LED tail lights, Flame ball shifter handle, chrome Z06 rims and a host of other dress-up mods.
Performance and safety mods include:
Corbeau Leather A4 Seats
AZS&M Harness Bar
Simpson 5 point belts
DTE Transmission Brace
Hardened Output Shaft (Left)
Remote Clutch Bleeder Line
Bilstein Sport Shocks
Mickey Thompson ET Street Drag Radials
MGW shift knob, B&M shifter, CAGS elim., Ecklers partition, factory wheels powdercoated and machined.
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