As we gear up for the 12 hours of Sebring, we’ve been hearing a lot from the folks at Corvette Racing about the benefits that racing brings to the production Corvettes. Chevy brings this prominent theme of track-to-street technology transfer a full circle with the announcement of a special Z06 that is born from the lessons learned in racing. Meet the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
Combining the Z06′s lightweight body and 505 horsepower naturally-aspirated LS7 with the Magnetic Selective Ride Control and braking found on the ZR1, the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is being hailed as the best balanced track Corvette yet. Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer says “For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”
First let’s talk specifics. Mechanically, for the first time on the Z06, the Z06 Carbon features Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with dark gray metallic calipers and enhanced cooling. Black 20-spoke 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels feature Michelin PS2 tires.
On the exterior, the Z06 Carbon will be produced in two colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue. The body changes include black headlamps and mirrors, A ZR1-style body color spoiler, body color door handles, carbon fiber raised hood and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. For track events, customer-installed Euro-style numbers come with each car.
Inside the Z06 Carbon, you’ll find ebony leather and suede complemented by matching blue or orange seat stitching. A unique steering wheel and sill plates are in place as well as logoed headrests. Suede is used throughout the interior and can be found on the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors.
Although the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition is limited to 500 units, GM has packaged most of these upgrades into two new RPOs that can be ordered together or separately on any regular Z06.
The optional Z07 performance package includes the mechanical upgrades found the Z06 Carbon: Brakes, ride control and chassis and cooling upgrades. The Z07 also includes the Competition Gray 20-Spoke Wheels.
The CFZ Z06 carbon fiber package includes the black carbon fiber rockers, splitter and roof panel with the full width body color spoiler.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is expected to make its public debut on March 19th at the Corvette Corral at the 12 Hours of Sebring. It will be available for delivery later this summer.
The official press release of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition:
2011 CORVETTE Z06 CARBON LIMITED EDITION
Taking track-to-street technology to a new level
DETROIT — When the 2006 Corvette Z06 was introduced, it represented the closest connection to the Corvette race cars ever. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 closed the gap between racing and production even further. This year, Corvette continues its tradition of track-to-street technology transfer with the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
“Designed to further incorporate technology developed through racing, the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet General Manager. “With a limited production of 500 units, this car is a must-have for the true Corvette collector and driving enthusiast.”
The Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is another example of the expanded Corvette line-up. Five years ago, customers had the choice of a Corvette coupe or convertible. With the addition of the Z06, Grand Sport coupe and convertible and ZR1, Corvette enthusiasts now have more choices than ever.
“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,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”
This limited edition Z06 will boast Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with specific dark gray metallic calipers. These powerful brakes were first introduced on the ZR1. Black 20-spoke 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels complement the car’s Michelin PS2 tires. Other mechanical features include Magnetic Selective Ride Control for the first time on the Z06 and enhanced cooling. The car also features a special carbon pattern engine cover.
The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in two colors: Inferno Orange and the all-new Supersonic Blue. Black headlamps and mirrors, a ZR1-style body color spoiler, body color door handles, carbon fiber raised hood, and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter enhance the Z06′s dynamic design and reduce mass and aerodynamic lift. For track events, customers can also install the Euro-styled racing numbers that come with each car.
The Z06 Carbon’s ebony leather and suede interior is complemented by blue or orange seat stitching to match the exterior color chosen. Other features include a unique steering wheel emblem, sill plate and logoed headrest. The suede used on the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors add to the luxury of this limited edition Z06.
An optional Z07 performance package that includes the mechanical upgrades introduced on the Z06 Carbon can be added to a regular 2011 Z06. This package also includes Competition Gray 20-spoke wheels and all the chassis and cooling upgrades.
The CFZ Z06 carbon fiber package includes black carbon fiber rockers, splitter and roof panel with the full-width body color spoiler. It can also be purchased with or without the Z07 package on regular Z06 models.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition, as well as the new Z07 and CFZ Z06 option packages will be available in late summer.