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The Corvette Z06’s Performance Evolution Over The Generations

From the original RPO Z06 through to the C8

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If you’re here, you are most likely already familiar with the Corvette to a certain extent. I hope. I mean, this is CORVsport, after all! Just in case you’re maybe less familiar with the history of the ‘Vette and the intentions of its First Chief Engineer (all hail Zora, praised be his name), here’s a very brief synopsis: 

Harley J. Earl
Harley J. Earl

Harley Earl birthed the Corvette in 1953, which is the same year Zora Arkus-Duntov joined GM. He became Director of High Performance Cars at Chevrolet in 1957, and the first Corvette chief engineer in 1967. Zora was driven by a passion for racing and race cars, and he pushed from 1953 to his retirement in 1975 for the Corvette to be race ready. Witness the almighty 1967 L88, essentially a race car with some lights hung from it. Suffice to say that racing is in every part of a Corvette.

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