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To celebrate 50 years since a Corvette first competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy has just announce the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition with brake and suspension upgrades, as well as a lighter overall weight thanks to plenty of carbon fiber. The changes, says Chief Corvette Engineer Tadge Juechter, are enough to shave up to 3.0 seconds per lap off a standard Z06 on a track like Laguna Seca.
“For track use, the Z06 Carbon is the best balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1,” he comments.
Upgrades include Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, straight from the ZR1, as well as 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, coated in Michelin PS2 tires. Upgraded engine and transmissions coolers are part of the package, as is a Magnetic Selective Ride Control system. And let’s not forget a special carbon fiber hood (lighter than the one used on the ZR1), as well as a carbon fiber engine cover, carbon fiber rocker panels and front splitter. There’s even a ZR1-inspired rear spoiler, plus black headlights and mirrors.
The body of the Carbon Edition Vette will be offered in two colors (either, Inferno Orange or the all-new Supersonic Blue, pictured above), while the interior gets ebony leather and suede with blue or orange stitching. Suede is used for the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors.
Just 500 Carbon Edition models will be made, although Chevy will make some of the items available in packages for Z06 models. A Z07 Performance Package includes the performance upgrades, while a CFZ Z06 Carbon Fiber package includes many of the carbon fiber components (but not the hood) as well as a rear spoiler.
Oh, and did we mention it looks amazing!
The Z06 Carbon Edition will be available this summer.
GALLERY: 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition
Official release after the jump:
General Motors has built a one-off “Hero Edition” Corvette ZR1, which will be raffled-off for charity. The car will be paired up with a 1967 Corvette 427 convertible and will be given away to the lucky ticket holder at the end of the year as a part of the Win The Vettes Corvette Dream Giveaway.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to help the Kids Wish Network and is on honor of the group’s Hero Program, which recognized children who have courageously overcome traumatic circumstances.
The Corvette ZR1 Hero Edition is a one-of-one vehicle and comes complete with special graphics, a red engine cover and additional carbon fiber parts. Oh.. and don’t forget the factory 638hp supercharged LS9 V8 engine.
Corvette Racing team members Ray Krawczyk, Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter have all signed the car as well.
Tickets are just $3 with the draw being help December 23 – just in time to make someone’s Christmas wish come true.
To purchase Win the Vettes raffle tickets call 866-WIN-BOTH or visit the website here:
GALLERY: Corvette ZR1 Hero Edition