Factory Prepared

Stingray engineers share their tips for taking your C7 to the next level

Andy Bolig - March 22, 2014 02:32 PM


The guide even references what those four rings are used for that were shipped with your 2014 Z51 Stingray.

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The guide goes on to explain through five various steps, how you can not only get the most out of your Z51 Stingray

Even through the AMA ban back in the 50s and 60s, it is now known that there were certain levels of factory involvement in making their cars go faster on track.

Since then, we have been the recipients of a much more generous relationship between the manufacturers and those driven to go faster. The latest gem to roll out of the knowledge-base at GM has been this C7 Corvette Stingray Factory Track Prep Guide, where Corvette's engineers have pulled the curtain back just a bit to allow mere mortals to look in an behold some of the tricks known within the blue box to make the quickest, most capable Corvette ever, just a little bit faster and reliable on the track.

Chevrolet has just released the Corvette Stingray Track Preparation Guide, which goes through a check-list of items that can/should be done before turning your sights to the track. GM recommends the Z51-equipped Corvette for track use and the guide assumes the use of this variant. The official guide starts out with, "The 2014 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package has been designed and engineered to be a world-class sports car for the track. But before unleashing its acceleration, cornering and braking capability, there are several key procedures and steps that must be taken in order to properly experience its track prowess."

The guide goes on to explain through five various steps, how you can not only get the most out of your Z51 Stingray, but also how to ensure the longevity of all of its components. Various sections deal with proper engine break-in, preparing the brakes (including adding brake cooling rings), tire pressure and wheel alignment, fluids and lubricants and getting the most out of your Stingray's electronic managment systems.

There is even a section devoted to what you should do after you attack the track. Most OEM manufacturers agree that competition helps make the next generation of car better, but very few are willing to help those who drive them get the most out of their current model. Another sign that Corvette has many enthusiasts within the corporation, as well as without.