On Saturday, I was able to get some great video of the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and I’m pretty sure I’ve captured most of the visible elements that make up the carbon package. The black rear-view mirrors and piano-black side skirts look exceptionally cool against the Supersonic Blue exterior paint.
Special Edition Corvettes
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition was unveiled yesterday to an enthusiastic crowd at the Corvette Corral at the 12 Hours of Sebring. On Saturday, the car was moved from the tent to outside where the sunlight really shows off the Supersonic Blue.
Members of GM’s Corvette team were at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Friday, March 19, 2010 to unveil the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. This new Corvette for 2011 features the Z07 package which includes the Corvette ZR1′s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, front splitter, 19/20″ black wheels with Michelin PS2s, rear ZR1-style spoiler plus a custom suede interior.
We also learned some other new features for the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon not covered in the press release: A new tuned exhaust system, custom VIN and the ability to choose between different steering settings.
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.
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The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring is huge in the world of sport car racing and GM has used the event in recent years to leverage the media and enthusiasts gathered in Central Florida to showcase new products. Just last year we witnessed the public debuts of both the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Editions.
I just got my April 2010 issue of Corvette Magazine and oh, snap! Guess what I saw? Gracing the cover is a 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Convertible. A car so rare, we’ll be talking about the record prices these special editions are sure to get at auctions sooner rather than later. Only 7 Black GT1 Convertibles were made and we are pretty sure that only one has been tuned by Callaway.
Once again, GM has stepped up to the plate to do something good for the neighborhood. During Saturday’s broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction, a beautiful 2008 Corvette Z06 427 Special Edition was offered for sale with 100% of all proceeds going to the Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti. Joining the Red Cross representatives on the stage was GM VP of Global Design Ed Welburn.
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The list of Corvette ZHZ Coupes buying the farm added another to the list last night. This Corvette ZHZ’s driver came across this ditch last night and it’s fairly apparent that the ditch won this battle. According to Jalopnik, a witness saw the headlights turn in and then a few seconds later there was a loud grinding, crunching sound! Ditch 1, Corvette 0!
By our count, this is the 5th Corvette ZHZ to have suffered significant damage although we’re not sure if this qualifies as a total loss. For you fans of Corvettes ZHZs, let’s recap:
Take Out! Hertz Corvette ZHZ Wrecks Dallas Restaurant
This is the wreck that started the watch. The driver lost control and ended up in a patio dining area of a popular Dallas, Texas restaurant.
Another Hertz Corvette ZHZ Bites The Dust
The details of this Corvette’s demise are unknown, but following this accident, the Corvette was removed from the Hertz fleet and was sold on a salvage title as the engine block needed to be replaced.
[VIDEO] Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia
Not only was this Corvette a total loss, but the speeding ZHZ took out 8 other vehicles before coming to rest on a Philadelphia sidewalk.
[PIC] Corvette ZHZ Totally Totaled
Another Corvette ZHZ totaled and we judge this to be the worst accident of the bunch. We have no details as to how this Corvette met its demise, but I can assure that no TV repair men with an awesome set of tools will be fixing that one up anytime soon.
So, this new Corvette accident reduces the number of the original 500 Corvette ZHZs to just 495. If there is one piece of advice to learned from these accidents, it’s this: Buy the insurance! You never know what will happen while hooning it up in a 430 hp sports car that’s not yours!
Visitors to the National Corvette Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration are in for a real treat as General Motors will be loaning for display four Corvette Concept cars from its Heritage Collection. The four Corvettes to be displayed are the 1961 Mako Shark Concept, 1965 Manta Ray Concept, 1973 Aerovette Concept and the 1959 Stingray Racer.
The four cars will be displayed in the new Exhibit Hall, part of the multi-million dollar expansion that was completed this summer. The temporary display begins Tuesday, September 1st and continues through Wednesday, September 9th.
Here are the four One-of-a-Kind Corvettes that will be displayed at the NCM:
Mako Shark – 1961 Mako Shark XP-755 The Mako Shark was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of GM Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961 as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout and other detailing were partly inspired by the look of that very fast fish. The â€œMako Sharkâ€ was very similar to the 1963 production Corvette it inspired, with some alterations. These included adding two more brake lights in the rear (six total), making the nose of the car longer and more pointed, creating a clear glass roof with a periscope-like rear-view mirror and remodeling the interior.
Manta Ray – 1969 Manta Ray In 1969 development began on the Manta Ray, created through a transformation of the Mako Shark II primarily from the cockpit to the rear of this elaborate car. Only the tapered â€œboat tailâ€ motif remained with the addition of a new and considerably longer rear end in place of the abrupt duck tail. During the winter of 1969-70, the Manta Ray underwent subtle additional changes. These were the last changes to a dream car that had since become reality.
AeroVette – 1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette In 1976, the 1973 Corvette 4-Rotor concept was taken out of storage and renamed the Aerovette. The double rotary engine was replaced with a transversally mounted 400 CID V8 engine. Bill Mitchell, Vice President of Design, lobbied for the Aerovette as the next Corvette and GM chairman and CEO, Thomas Murphy actually approved the Aerovette for 1980 production. In the end, management decided that they were selling every fiberglass bodied, front engine V8 â€œtraditionalâ€ Corvette they could build, so why make a huge risky investment in a mid-engine car. The Aerovette project was cancelled.
Stingray Racer – 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 Bill Mitchell wanted to build a Corvette racecar capable of beating Europeâ€™s best. With an AMA ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the project had to be privately financed and the design could not have any recognizable association with Chevrolet. With Mitchellâ€™s own time and money heavily invested into the project, he contracted Larry Shinoda to assist in the development of the revolutionary concept. Combining the 1957 SS chassis with the new fiberglass body resulted in a sleek and muscular roadster. Mitchellâ€™s Stingray was completed in 1959 with the engineering help of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Accomplished SCCA driver Dick Thompson raced the Stingray and piloted it to two consecutive class championships. At the end of the 1960 season, Mitchell retired the Stingray from competition, detuned it, added a full windshield and passenger seat, drove it on the street and exhibited it as an experimental show car.