2014 Corvette Track Preparation

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ALL-NEW 2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY
2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY
TRACK PREPARATION
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. For full details and information, see the vehicle Owner’s Manual.
Please Note: The Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package is the recommended model for track use.
1. ATTAIN THE RIGHT MILEAGE
NEW VEHICLE BREAK-IN (OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-17)
All Corvette Stingray models have a recommended break-in period during the first 1,500 miles (2414km) that will prolong their
performance and driving precision.
PART/DRIVING BEHAVIOR
TIME PERIOD
RECOMMENDED ACTION
Tires
First 200 miles (322km)
Drive at moderate speeds and avoid hard cornering
Brake linings
First 200 miles (322km)
Avoid making hard stops (recommended every time
brake linings are replaced)
Full-throttle starts and abrupt stops
First 500 miles (800km)
Avoid full-throttle starts and abrupt stops
Exceeding 4000 rpm
First 500 miles (800km)
Avoid exceeding 4000 rpm
Cruise control or driving at one
constant speed
First 500 miles (800km)
Avoid cruise control or driving at one constant speed
Letting the engine labor or lugging the
engine
First 500 miles (800km)
Avoid letting the engine labor or lugging the engine.
With a manual transmission, shift to the next lower gear
(this rule applies at all times, not just during the breakin period)
Track or competitive driving
First 1,500 miles (2414km)
Do not participate in track events, sport driving schools
or similar activities
Engine oil
First 1,500 miles (2414km)
Check engine oil with every refueling and add if
necessary (oil and fuel consumption may be higher than
normal during the first 1,500 miles)
2. SEASON THE BRAKES
BRAKE BURNISH PROCEDURE (OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-9)
After the new vehicle break-in period, Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Package brake pads must be burnished (following the
steps below) before racing or competitive driving.
1. Medium Brake Application: Apply the
brakes 25 times starting at 60 mph
(100km/h) to 30 mph (50km/h) while
decelerating at 0.4 g. Drive for at least
0.6 miles (1km/h) between applying
the brakes. This first step may be
skipped if there are more than 200
miles (320km/h) on the brake pads.
2.Hard Brake Application: Repeatedly
apply the brakes from 60 mph
(100km/h) to 15 mph (25km/h) while
decelerating at 0.8 g. Drive for at least
0.6 miles (1km/h) between stops.
Repeat until the brake pedal travel
starts to increase. Depending on
conditions, this should take no longer
than 25 brake applications.
3.Cool Down: Drive at 60 mph
(100km/h) for approximately 10 miles
(15km) without using the brakes.
4.Medium Brake Application: Apply
the brakes 25 times from 60 mph
(100km/h) to 30 mph (50km/h) while
decelerating at 0.4 g. Drive for at least
0.6 miles (1km) between applications.
Please Note: The brake burnish procedure is specific to the Z51 brake package and should not be run on any other models as damage may result. When this procedure
is performed as instructed, it will not damage the brakes. The brake pads will smoke and produce an odor. The braking force and pedal travel may increase. After the
procedure, the brake pads may appear white at the rotor contact. Perform this procedure only on dry pavement and in a safe manner and in compliance with all local
and state ordinances/laws regarding motor vehicle operation.
Rotor cooling rings (provided at the time of vehicle delivery in a clear plastic bag) are recommended
for track use (driving without the rotor cooling rings may result in brake pedal fade). Do not leave them
installed after a track event, as this may cause corrosion with long-term use. Installation instructions are
included with the rings and can be found in section 9-7 of the Owner’s Manual.
2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY
TRACK PREPARATION
3. ADJUST THE FOUR CORNERS
TIRE PRESSURE AND WHEEL ALIGNMENT (OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-6)
The tires on Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance
Package) require inflation and pressure adjustment when
driving at high speeds on a track (where legal).
Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance Package) wheel
alignment settings should be set as follows for track use (and returned to normal when high-speed driving has ended):
• Limit the vehicle load to the driver only, with no other
Front (per corner)
• Caster: +7.0 degrees
cargo and inflate the tires to 26 psi (180 kPa); drive at a
maximum speed of 174 mph (280km/h)
• Return the tires to the recommended cold tire inflation
pressure when high-speed driving has ended
• Camber: -2.0 degrees
• Toe: 0.05 degrees toe in
Rear (per corner)
• Caster: 0 degrees
• Camber: -1.7 degrees
• Toe: 0.05 degrees toe in
Thrust Angle: 0 degrees
FRONT LICENSE BRACKET/AERO PANEL
The aero panel (if being used as a license plate holder) should be removed for track events and competitive driving to improve
engine performance.
4. CHECK YOUR FLUID LEVELS
FLUIDS AND LUBRICANTS (OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-6, 11-12)
Be sure to follow all service procedures before driving Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance Package) on the track or
competitively. Any fluids or lubricants that are changed should be restored back to normal before returning to street driving.
FLUID/LUBRICANT
TO DO
WHEN
Oil
(Mobil 1TM 15W50
Recommended for Track/
Competitive Driving)
Check the oil level and keep it at or near
0.5qt (0.5L) above the upper mark that
shows the proper operating range on the
engine oil dipstick
Often (before, during and after every track event
or competitive driving session)
Brake Fluid
(DOT4 Recommended for
Track/Competitive Driving)
Replace existing brake fluid with a qualified
high-performance brake fluid from a
sealed container (brake fluid with a dry
boiling point >534°F [279°C] is qualified)
If high-performance brake fluid is in the vehicle
and the age of the brake fluid is over a month old
or unknown, replace the brake fluid before track
events or competitive driving (if high-performance
brake fluid is used, replace it with GM-approved
brake fluid before driving on public roads)
Rear Axle Fluid
Because fluid temperatures may be higher, Every 24 hours of track events or competitive
it is necessary to change the rear axle fluid driving
Please Note: After the competitive driving, remove excess oil so
that the level on the dipstick is not above the upper mark that
shows the proper operating range
2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY
TRACK PREPARATION
5. TURN UP THE PRECISION
DRIVER MODE SELECTOR (OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-38)
Track mode should be selected for track use or competitive
driving in Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance
Package). The outer ring of the Driver Mode Selector is located
on the console behind the shift lever. It rotates to change the
modes, which display in the instrument cluster.
PERFORMANCE TRACTION MANAGEMENT
(OWNER’S MANUAL: 9-43)
Corvette Stingray models (with the Z51 Performance Package)
that have Magnetic Selective Ride Control™ incorporate
Performance Traction Management (PTM), which integrates
the Traction Control, StabiliTrak® and Selective Ride Control
systems to provide consistent performance when cornering
in track situations.
To utilize PTM in Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance Package):
• The vehicle must be in Track mode
• Then, quickly press the TCS/StabiliTrak button on the center
console two times
• To select a mode, turn the Selective Ride Control/
Performance Traction Management MODE SELECT knob on
the center console
PTM contains five modes. Mode 5 is race active with handling
off. It is for use by experienced drivers who are familiar with
the track, requires the most driving skill and should be used
on dry conditions only. StabiliTrak is off and engine power is
available for maximum cornering speed.
For more details, see the Corvette Stingray Owner’s Manual.
Please Note: Participating in track events or other competitive driving without following the instructions provided may affect the vehicle warranty. See the warranty
manual before using the vehicle for racing or other competitive driving.
AFTER THE TRACK
After driving your Corvette Stingray (with the Z51 Performance Package) on the track, it is important to return the vehicle
back to the original factory settings with the proper fluids before normal street driving.
• Remove the brake rotor cooling rings
• Return the tire pressure settings to factory
(see the Tire and Loading Information label located below the door latch with the door open)
• Return the wheel alignment settings to factory
• Reattach the front license plate bracket/aero panel (if removed)
• Replace oil (use only engine oil licensed to the dexos1 specification of the proper SAE viscosity grade)
• Replace brake fluid (DOT3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid)
• Replace rear axle fluid (Dexron® LS Gear Oil)
• Rotate the Driver Mode Selector out of Track mode
For full details and information, see the vehicle Owner’s Manual.