Over the last few years, Chevrolet has utilized Barrett-Jackson to preview upcoming Camaro and Corvette production models by auctioning off one the cars before they are built. One of the most prolific buyers of these low VIN cars is Chevy dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. Last year at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Hendrick purchased the first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Although he could not be at this year’s auction in person, he was there in spirit, phoning in the winning bid of $175,000 to purchase VIN 100 of the upcoming 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Z06. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday.
Chevrolet is an automotive company born from racing. Many of the iconic images we see of founder Louis Chevrolet are those of him at the track, racing the cars he himself designed and built. One hundred years later, Corvette carries the racing banner of its founding namesake and the 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition celebrates that performance heritage. Due in the summer of 2011, the Centennial Edition will be a package that will be available on all Corvette models including Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1.
Definitely the most talked about story this week is the huge crash of the 230 mph Corvette Z06 at the Texas Mile. Hinson Motorsports was running the 1400 hp twin-turbo Corvette when it crashed spectacularly off the runway. Posting on Facebook yesterday, Hinson Motorsports promised to release their own footage and they did so today.
When you see the enormity of this crash on video, its amazing that the driver not only lived, but walked away. With 1,400 awe-inspiring horsepower on tap, the Hinson Motorsports twin turbo Corvette Z06 was on its way to breaking speed records at the Texas Mile this weekend when the car left the runway at 230 mph, flipping once and coming to rest on its wheels in the grass.
Consumer Reports’ April 2011 edition ranks the Best and Worst of 2011 and the 2011 Corvette Z06 has earned a “best” rating with a score of 92. A car’s overall road-test score is the result of more than 50 individual tests and evaluations from Consumer Reports subscribers. For years we’ve derided Consumer Reports for its negative reviews on Corvette and what looks to be a bias against American-made cars in general. But it looks like the data is in and they can no longer dispute the fact that GM makes a very reliable car and that Corvette owners love them and would buy a Corvette again.
According to the 2009 SEMA Corvette owners study, we learned one of the first aftermarket changes made to Corvettes usually involves the exhaust system. Recently, we’ve been hearing about a new player in the high end market named Akrapovic and thought a closer look (and listen!) was in order.
Proteam Corvette recently came across a split window barn car that turned out to be a 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker that was raced throughout 1963 by Josh (A.W.) Joslin. Now they are trying to find out more information about the car and its former racer owner. If you got any knowledge of this Corvette or Josh Joslin, let us know!
Motor Trend put together an interesting comparison test for finding the best sub-$100,000 supercar. Stepping up to the challenge was Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06, Ford’s Shelby GT500 and Nissan’s GT-R. The three cars met at the Streets of Willow where World Challenge GT champion Randy Pobst spent the day hot-lapping these cars in the high desert of California.
Jay Leno took his C5 Corvette Z06 for a spin the other day without ever leaving the confines of his garage. How’d he do that, you ask? He invited the gurus from Drag Tag Simulations to Jay Leno’s Garage who set up a virtual driving environment that is part dyno, part video game. With his Yellow Corvette Z06 strapped to the platform, Jay was able to cruise the virtual streets and even got in some quarter mile runs. Check out the video after the jump.
One of the things I love about Corvettes is that you can learn something new every day about them as well as how they fit it to all different niches of America’s car culture in general. For me, today’s lesson comes from the term “Murdered Out” which the Urban Dictionary describes as a vehicle that is black with black wheels and looks very intimidating. So I think you’ll agree this 2004 Matte-Black Corvette Z06 easily fits that description.