Corvette debuted two concepts this week that show how enthusiasts can create a car that is ready for racing.
The unveiling took place this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
2011 Corvette Z06X Track Car Concept
Chevrolet teamed up with Pratt & Miller, partners in Corvette Racing, to design the Corvette Z06X concept. The goal was to showcase how enthusiasts can turn a production Corvette into a track car.
“This concept car represents a midpoint between our GT race car and the production Z06,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
The powerplant is the LS7 7.0-liter V-8 engine that is upgraded with a low-restriction air-intake system, high-capacity radiator and a racing-specification cooling system. The engine is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.
Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide the stopping power. The suspension is upgraded with adjustable stabilizer bars, mono-ball control-arm bushings and coil-over struts with adjustable camber plates.
The exterior is modified to reduce weight and to make the Z06X concept competition-ready. Upgrades include the CFZ carbon-fiber-option package -- front splitter and rockers, adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing and ZR1 carbon-fiber roof panel and B-pillar panels.
Weight reduction continues with a carbon-fiber hood, carbon-fiber headlamps housings from Specter Werkes/Sports, lightweight racing wheels and a polycarbonate rear window.
The interior is stripped of the radio, carpeting and sound-deadening materials, leaving only the racing seat. Safety upgrades include a roll cage, window net, five-point harness and fire-suppression system. Other modifications include a driver's drink system, roll-cage-mounted video-camera system and a racing-pedal kit.
The Z06X concept has a low-gloss icy white metallic paint job. It is accented with red trim, exposed carbon-fiber body components and black wheels.
“The exterior color and accents were carefully selected to enhance the Corvette's racing-influenced design, but there's nothing superfluous in the Z06X's design. Everything is there for a reason,” said Dave Ross, design manager.
2011 Corvette Jake Edition Concept
The Jake Edition Corvette is a Grand Sport coupe designed around Corvette Racing's skull mascot, known as Jake.
The Jake concept is powered by an LS3 6.2-liter V-8 engine with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.
The black exterior includes Z06 wheels and rear spoiler. Jake logos adorn the hood, wheel center caps, fenders and the underhood blanket.
The ebony-and-red interior is upgraded with a number of parts from the Chevrolet accessory catalog including a trim kit, racing-pedal kit, Jake floor mats and a Jake console lid.
Jake debuted in 2005 as a discreet logo that symbolized the tenacious attitude of the Corvette Racing team. Since then, Jake has grown to represent the determination and triumphs of the team, Chevrolet said.
“Jake is more than the mascot for Corvette Racing. He personifies the Corvette spirit,” Ross said.
Some of the accessories used on the Jake concept are not currently in production. However, Chevrolet plans to release the accessories in the future.