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The only production cars that will offer more horsepower than the new 2015 Corvette Z06 will be a handful of exotics, most of which cost over a million dollars.
When the Chevy Corvette celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2003, many enthusiasts were hoping for a special edition model to be released. Chevrolet for the most part failed to deliver, only offering a version with custom paint and an emblem package. The aftermarket decided to take things into their own hands, coming up with a limited edition appearance package that commemorated the 50th anniversary.
Developed by Advanced Automotive Technologies out in Rochester Mills, Michigan, a 1953 Commemorative Edition appearance package features retro C1 styling with a then-new generation C5 Vette – in this case, a 2001 model. Only seven total C5 Z06s got converted, and this is one of them. In total, only 200 of the 1953 Commemorative Edition packages made it onto C5s worldwide.
Packed with 405-hp, this very hard-to-find creation sports only 8,049-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $69,900. Other than the retro-styled appearance package, most everything is what you’d expect on a C5 Z06, so no huge surprises under the hood or inside the cabin except that it’s all immaculate. Nonetheless, the aesthetics are what makes this car so unique, with it completely torn down to everything but its doors and roofs for the remake.
The fiberglass panels for the 1953CE kit were aligned to factory perfection before the entire body got resprayed Torch Red. To complete the transformation, new lights and red metal accents were added to the car. The result is a retro-style Vette with modern technology under the hood and a modern body to preserve it for many years to come.
Check out a video highlighting the car after the break.
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 1953 Commemorative Edition
[Source: RK Motors]
General Motors is taking steps to make carbon fiber a major component in their future production vehicles by working with Teijin Ltd. of Japan.
Carbon fiber is a labor-intensive product, meaning it is expensive to implement in production vehicles. That expense generally restricts its use to low-production models like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. That will all change in the future thanks to a new process that allows Teijiin to make carbon fiber products much faster than previously possible.
“Our relationship with Teijin provides the opportunity to revolutionize the way carbon fiber is used in the automotive industry,” GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said in a statement. “This technology holds the potential to be an industry game changer and demonstrates GM’s long-standing commitment to innovation.”
Teijin’s new technology uses thermoplastic material to allow carbon fiber parts to be molded in less than a minute instead of the traditional method, thermoset, that takes ten minutes or more per piece.
“It’s easier to handle and quicker to mold,” Jim Hentschel, GM’s executive director for body and exterior, said in an interview. “That’s what allows us to be able to introduce this technology into more mainstream, high-volume vehicles.”
Carbon fiber is stronger and ligher than aluminum and steel, making it a valuable asset for GM as it tries to increase fuel efficiency in new models.
The specifics behind the deal aren’t available yet, but neither company is exchanging equity in the process. Teijin will, however, be opening a U.S. techincal center to handle their business with GM.
[Source: Automotive News]
Celebrating 30 years of “Corvettes at Carlisle”, Chevy will show off a special edition Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept sporting a new and unique Carlisle Blue exterior. Contrasting the Carlisle Blue Corvette will be a Torch Red Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Hall of Fame Tribute vehicle.
The Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept features an LS3 6.2L with dry sump oil system, a motor that was hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center. The power plant is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and features Chevrolet’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control. On the outside, silver-painted Torque 2 wheels contrast the Carlisle Blue exterior while Pearl White full-length racing stripes sets a nice accent. A dual-mode exhaust system goes with a huge collection of Genuine Corvette Accessories. The exterior also features a carbon fiber ground effects kit and full-width rear spoiler while the interior gets ebony floor mats and a racing pedal package.
The custom Z06 set to honor Ron Fellows’ long, distinguished Corvette Racing career features a CFZ carbon fiber package which includes a new splitter and rocker moldings; a carbon fiber raised hood, and black headlamp housings and mirrors. The brake calipers were done in a similar red as the exterior while the ebony interior also received red stitching accents.
Autoguide will be sure to check out these Corvettes and all the Camaros that will surely take SEMA by storm this year.
GALLERY: Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Hall of Fame Tribute
In the old days, when you had newspapers and magazines, it was relatively easy for automakers to keep a lid on new models and changes to existing ones. Not anymore. The first whiff of a new car or a significant update and it’s being blogged, tweeted or placed in a viral video of some kind.
Now, according to Corvette Blogger, changes to Chevrolet s sportscar for 2012 are already out and making news, slightly before the General actually intended.
Among the updates, are high performance packages for both the supercharged ZR1 and the 505 hp Z06. These include lightweight, black painted wheels; R compound Michelin Pilot tires and a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox, while the Z06 gets Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors; the black painted wheels and Pilot rubber, plus selective magnetic ride control and a Performance Traction Management feature, designed to further enhance grip (which until now was a ZR1 exclusive).
Other updates, include a shuffling of exterior colors (Carlisle Blue Metallic replaces Jetstream Blue) and the debut of the Centennial Edition in celebration of Chevy’s 100 anniversary later this year. This one will be finished in a unique shade of black (called Carbon Flash Metallic), with special black painted wheels, red brake calipers, leather wrapped instrument panel and special ebony seats with red stitching among other things. For more info on these and other features of the 2012 Corvette, click on the link below.
[Source: Corvette Blogger]
There’s risks when you take your vehicle to tackle land speed records at the Texas Mile. Hinson Motorsports’ Chevrolet Corvette Z06 experienced everyone’s biggest fear when the vehicle flipped going an astonishing 230-mph. Luckily the driver didn’t sustain any major injuries, a huge testament to Hinson Motorsports in focusing on safety as much as performance.
Unfortunately, cars speeding beyond 200-mph is a little commonplace out at the Texas Mile, so not a lot of cameras were shining on the Corvette when the incident happened. One video did surface, and is available after the break, that shows the Corvette Z06 zooming along before it rolls over and landing back on its four wheels. We’ll just keep to our boring, mundane commuter cars after watching this video, thanks.
GALLERY: Hinson Motorsports’ 230-mph Corvette Crash
With the Japanese rabidly tuning European cars, why should it be a surprise to see Italians tuning American domestics? Romeo Ferraris is notoriously known for creating some extravagantly tuned European and Italian vehicles, from Fiats to Mercedes, but now they’ve gone over to America and picked themselves up a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 adding their own touches and making it pretty damn awesome.
One thing Italians love about their sports cars is horsepower, and this Z06 is packing some major heat. The 7.0-liter LS7 V8 has been forced induced thanks to a Vortech supercharger. It now puts out a plentiful 667-hp with 607 ft-lbs of torque. In addition to the centrifugal supercharger, an aluminum intercooler, high-flow injectors and a custom exhaust were also added for performance and reliability. Can you say 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds?
And with a top speed of 211 mph, Romeo Ferraris found it fitting to install a set of big brakes to the Vette with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. It looks like the car is sporting a set of Zone Wheels, which is an interesting choice given what is available for the Vette. Not a bad one, just an interesting one.
Oh and it’s hard to overlook the fact that the entire exterior of the car now sports a carbon fiber reskin. Sadly, it’s just a wrap job and not a real carbon body. We said Romeo Ferraris, not Mansory.
GALLERY: Romeo Ferraris Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Buckle up for one hell of a ride in this video as a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 blitzes down the Autobahn, tapping out its speedometer for quite some time. All this takes place while being filmed in less than a minute and if you’ve ever wanted to get a real sense of just how fast 216 mph is, the camera footage shows landscape just flying by like in a blur.
The most insane part of it all? Well, at least to us – the fact that the driver was also the cameraman. And by the looks of things, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill, off-the-lot Z06. Gauging the acceleration of the car, it probably has a few bolt-ons, if not some forced induction to get it up to its top speed that quickly.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Cardomain Blog]
In what it calls, “the world’s most hands-on supercar program,” Chevrolet will now let buyers of Z06 and ZR1 models opt to build their own Corvette engine. Priced at a rather significant $5,800 it’s not an unreasonable price, considering a team of skilled technicians watch over the entire process.
Once the Engine Build Experience option is chosen, the details are arranged by a special concierge. While buyers are still responsible for their transportation to and from the General Motors Performance Build Center (PBC) in Wixom, Mich. as well as their own lodging, Chevy will assist in the process and will also help arrange other activities during the build process.
And because the LS7 and LS9 engines built at the PBC are all personally signed by the individual who assembled them, the owner of the car will proudly be able to show off the special engine nameplate bearing his or her name. Now that’s what we call personalization.
Better yet, all Engine Build Experience motors are covered by Chevrolet’s five year / 100,000-mile transferable powertrain warranty.
The new Engine Build Experience option is just the latest program that Chevy offers to Corvette owners, with other ownership benefits including a tour of the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, delivery of their car at the Corvette Museum and a complimentary class (for ZR1 buyers) at either the on Fellows’ Corvette Performance Driving School just outside Las Vegas or the Bob Bondurant’s Corvette Driving School in Arizona
“Simply put, no other sports car manufacturer can match the level of personal customer involvement that Corvette offers,” Campbell said. “The Corvette Engine Build Experience takes this personal involvement to an unprecedented level.”
Yes, membership has its privileges.
Official release and a video explaining the process after the jump:
As reported in Autosport Magazine, the two Nissan teams competing in the new FIA GT1 World Championship have threatened to boycott the next round and to launch a protest unless the weight penalty heaped on the GT-R ahead of the Abu Dhabi series opener is removed.
The first race of the season took place last weekend (April 17th/18th) at Abu Dhabi’s F1 masterpiece Yas Marina Circuit, where the FIA held a controversial test session prior to the race in an effort to equalize performance between the varied machinery being campaigned. Former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen took each of the six types of cars in the series for a few hot laps, but rather than taking the planned 10 to 15 laps in each car it has been reported that he took fewer and that those were unevenly distributed amongst the six types of cars that compete in the series (Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ford GT, Aston Martin DB9, Maserati MC12, and Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV).
The result of Frenzen’s testing was 66 lbs of penalty weight being added to the Nissan GT-Rs (the stiffest penalty of the bunch, with the Maserati receiving a 55 lb penalty and the Corvette and Lamborghini taking on 22 lb each), which turned out to render them uncompetitive during the season opening race.
Both teams campaigning Nissan GT-Rs argued that the test done by the FIA was unfair, citing the limited time Frentzen spent in each car and the varying track conditions during the tests. There were also allegations of gamesmanship leveled at the Ford, Chevrolet and Aston Martin teams. The Ford GT, which went on to win the main race, apparently did not break the 2-minute 10-second mark during the FIA test and yet lapped in the 2-minute 7- to 8-second range during the race.
GT-R runners The Swiss Racing team stated “We will not go to Silverstone under these conditions. We cannot be a grid filler.” The other GT-R squad, British-based Sumo Power, stated “We have to go to Silverstone because it is our home event. We have tried to argue our car with facts and figures, but we are prepared to put our money down and protest.”
For highlights of the Yas Marina 2010 FIA GT1 Championship opener, watch the video after the jump.