With all the attention given to the outstanding C7 Corvette these days, the C5 seems to have taken a back seat in the public’s eye.
But not everyone has given up on the fifth generation 1997-2004 Corvette.
Take the owner of this C5 over in Greece, for example, who apparently had all the money and desire to create the lightest version of his car that is humanly possible, hiring Carbon Fiber Customs to create all new body panels out of carbon fiber.
According to the company’s website, all its carbon parts are made via the latest vacuum infusion techniques for high strength and low weight. Carbon Fiber Customs says using that technology they can produce pinhole and bubble free carbon fiber parts that are approximately 70 percent lighter than OEM metal parts.
CFC guarantees that its carbon fiber products will not soften or distort under the sun, and all parts are clear coated for UV protection and high gloss to eliminate yellowing or fading.
The stock Corvette from the factory weighs in at 1472 kg. After three months and 800 hours of labor, this custom C5 is 130 kg lighter (287 lbs), thanks to the carbon fiber front and rear fascias, doors, quarter panels, hood, splitters, side skirts, wing mirrors, A and B pillars, and the roof.
By the way, all the carbon fiber has been left unpainted and given a glossy clear coat to make the whole car look like the carbon fiber targa top of the C7.
We don’t know how much this work cost, but the result is definitely one very unique C5 Corvette.
Of course, the ultimate goal of all this work is summed up in CFC’s motto: Lighter is Faster!
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