2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Light Barf
December 15, 2010
It's happened to me a few times now where coming home at night in our 2002 Z06, I panic and frantically reach for the headlight switch thinking I've been driving for miles without my headlights. Most of the time, the only way you can even tell they're on is because the housings are popped up.
You see, instead of throwing an even and precise spread of light on the roadway, these lights manage to barf light everywhere without managing to put it anywhere. Alignment and dirty housings have nothing to do with it either, these headlights just suck. If anything they serve only as markers for oncoming traffic to notice you after you've strayed out of your lane and into theirs for lack of visibility.
Thankfully, the wonderful folks over at Pratt and Miller came up with a nice, albeit weird looking solution, to this problem.
Done more for aerodynamics than anything, these headlights were good enough to only be supplemented with two driving lights located in the vacant front license plate housing in all the years they raced at, and won, Le Mans.
But can you buy a similar setup? Of course you can! This is America damnit!
While not the prettiest things you can bolt on a Corvette, at least you'll have a good visual connection to the legendary C5R's (better than those stupid Jake stickers C6 guys slap on their Vette's (sorry Brent)) - oh and you'll actually be able to see where you're going.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 55,108 miles