What those who worked on the car love about it

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 team members from left to right: Aaron Link, senior development engineer; Dustin Gardner, assistant engineer, small block; Harlan Charles, Product Marketing Manager; Josh Holder, chief engineer; Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer; Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager.

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DETROIT – General Motors’ new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 marks the latest chapter in the famous 70-year history of the famous American sports car.

Those closely involved in the manufacture of the car described it as “supernatural” and a “utopian version of a sports car.” It is a street-legal race car designed for the track that allows GM to tense its engineering muscles and draw attention to the Corvette, which Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has said could be a $ 7-12 billion franchise for the automaker.

CNBC spoke with several team members about the 2023 Corvette Z06, which features a new 5.5-liter V-8 engine with 670 horsepower and 460-pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine of its kind in any production car.

In their own words, here’s what Corvette team members had to say about the vehicle and their roles in GM’s most iconic franchise, including the regular Corvette Stingray.

Tadge Juechter, CEO of Corvette

“When I think about why we do this, it’s going to sound funny, but I think of adults giggling. When you put someone behind the wheel of a Corvette and put them on a good road and just let them go, is what you get, adult giggles.It’s hard to control and it does not get old.You hear the engine, it’s a super passionate machine in a time of hominization of transportation, there are not so many unique driver experiences out there.We has not only created a unique, but far out in the left field.

“Stingray is this super nice, cute, well-developed car. This is a bit of a bad boy. It has a little bit of an edge to it. Not an edge in meaning difficult handling, but it has a lot more attitude, I would say. The character “comes through loud and clear from the moment you start it, to every time you drive it. The speed of the car’s reaction, it’s something of a world.”

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06


Aaron Link, Corvette senior development engineer

“This car represents the utopian version of a sports car for me. It’s a mid-engine architecture and all the inherent goodness that comes from it with a lightweight front that really amplifies how fast the car turns and then all the traction in back where you have need it where you can have a huge power figure.And then the natural aspirated engine part is the kind that everyone has always thought of when you think of it as this mid-engine supercar / sports car.And we are, right? And no one else is.

“So what’s beautiful about me is being a part of it and getting a big hand in how it’s formed and shaped and comes out … It just makes you smile and we say that a lot about cars, but this one is really like you’ll never want it to stop. “

Dustin Gardner, GM small block engine assistant chief engineer

“The privilege of working on this as a career is enormous. This engine, being able to make a clean sheet of Z06 dedicated to this mission, and so just so proud of the engineering team around it. This thing is an engineering masterpiece. Make a 5 , 5-liter flat crank, full mechanical valve engine that provides 670 horsepower for me, it is a highlight of my career…

“Just hearing it all work, feeling the power, all your senses are excited. It’s just exciting, and that’s what it’s supposed to do, and it’s doing so well. It’s been my baby for a while. It’s exciting.”

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06


Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager

“For me, the Corvette has always been the dream car, so to make our customers’ dreams come true. I think we with Stingray started it, and gave people a mid-engine, exotic supercar. But with this, I think it becomes more brings the racing experience to the driver … The sounds, the way the car feels and handles, you feel like you are driving the street legal race car, and that is you basically.It means a lot and so also on a historical scale … future or electrification or whatever, and the future will of course be here one day, but let’s just reflect on this moment right now.Here is a highlight of technology and naturally aspirated internal combustion engine.

“This is a kind of golden era where we are able to drive and operate an engine that is a real engine and that makes you feel alive … And so let’s all enjoy this while we can and really appreciate that we are able to offer a supercar like This is relatively achievable that people who work hard can afford it and drive it and it is American and people can be proud to have something , designed, built and constructed here in America that can take the world’s best and win. “

Josh Holder, Corvette chief engineer

“I think we all want to say that it’s a dream job, it’s a dream job. Especially everyone who’s a car guy and a gear head, to get to work on any performance car, but especially the Corvette, of course are we bias.And so this Corvette makes it even more special.So we are all really happy that we are allowed to do this job, super appreciated by it and very lucky…

“This car is for the thrill of driving. It’s for people who enjoy the driving experience, right? The journey is as much as the destination. And when you’re in a car, especially this car, the new Z06, you do not just feel the freedom to be able to go where you want, but as if you are a superhero, enjoy that freedom because you can go where you want as you want, take on anything on the road or track and compete and win. Having that kind of freedom in a car like this is something very special. “

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06



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