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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 10,315
edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds took its long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to a track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. So how did the first session out on track go?

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    fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    A stock vehicle with the factory exhaust is too loud? Then the limit is too low. As for the brakes, it sounds like what Chevy REALLY wants is for you to buy the upcoming Z06.
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    kirkhilles_kirkhilles_ Member Posts: 151
    That NSX still looks good after all of these years.
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    fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    Sorry for the double post, but as for the understeer...maybe you needed to get a little more air into the tires - ? Regardless of what Chevy recommends, 26 psi is pretty low.
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    donszr1_donszr1_ Member Posts: 7
    The neighbors at Laguna Seca are jerks, but they are rich and influential jerks. They built homes next to a racetrack, then complained about the noise. A$$wipes!
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    bassrockerxbassrockerx Member Posts: 24
    that sound ordinance is really lame its probably some peoples republic of california legislation but its really extreme when its a completely stock exhaust, no wonder so many car makers stock exhaust sounds lame these days.
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    markinnaples_markinnaples_ Member Posts: 251
    It's a shame that the state where, essentially, hot rodding started is such a bastion of those who seem to hate cars and everything related to them.
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    desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    The take away from this is that the upgraded brakes are not up to snuff. Which means the stock z51 brakes are really not up to snuff if taken to a track day.
    A Porsche Cayman is about the same $ as a Vette. Sure it is slower, but does it cook its brakes in this fashion? I'm just wondering if you get better hardware over less power for the same outlay.
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    ayaoayao Member Posts: 27
    Looks like Essex's analysis of the Z51 brakes (previous Vette post comments section) was spot on...
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    dashpotdashpot Member Posts: 5
    I will opine that you picked the wrong pads.

    Carbotech's, more than any other pad, need a dedicated set of rotors. You probably burned off 60% of your pads in one day. In addition you will now be treated to a lumpy pedal if you swap back to stock street pads.

    A more hard core carbon/metallic pad (like old favorite PFC-01) can be swapped in & bedded quickly with the benefit of not fouling your rotors for your swap back to street pads.
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    s1ginss1gins Member Posts: 51
    I am disappointed to hear the brakes are so poor on the new Corvette. The GTR weighs more and can be taken to the track on its OEM pads and rotors and will last not only a full 30 minute session but a full day two event of just cars (usually more track time then a mixed event.)
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    nefariousnigelnefariousnigel Member Posts: 13
    The 1% living in those $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 homes surrounding the track pay lawyers and lawmakers to do their bidding.

    Track days and racing, unless done in Italy during holiday, are for the great unwashed masses don't you know...
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