2010 SEMA Preview: Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Concept

Article by Christian A., on November 1, 2010

GM revealed today the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Concept, a new car that showcases how an enthusiast can create its full-on track car. Set to make its debut at the 2010 SEMA Show, the new car was created by Pratt and Miller, partners in Corvette Racing in the American LeMans Series.

The car is based on the Corvette Z06 with the 1LZ equipment package, along with the Z07 Performance Package and CFZ Carbon Fiber Package.

For those who don’t know, the 2011 Corvette Z06 fitted with the Z07 package creates on the "lightest production Corvette and includes carbon ceramic brakes and Magnetic Ride Control. In addition, the CFZ package offers body components that enhance aerodynamic down force on the race track, including a front splitter.

As you can see from the photos, the Z06X Concept comes with a an adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, a polycarbonate rear window, roll cage, racing seat and safety harness, racing wheels, suspension enhancements, a new racing-spec cooling system and more. And because we are talking about a full-on track car, the radio, carpeting and sound-deadening material were also removed.

The concept version features a low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior color, accented with exposed carbon fiber body components and red trim. The design is completed by the black racing wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

Inside, we find a racing seat, window net and roll cage-mounted camera system, as well as a racing pedal kit and a Genuine Corvette Accessory.

The precise rack-and-pinion steering system of the new Chevrolet Corvette has been revised to deliver improved feel at any speed. These were achieved thanks to a new, stiffer intermediate shaft, a new premium machining process of internal components, as well as controller calibration changes.

Chevrolet has Corvette Coupe and Convertible ride on a new split-spoke wheel design, which made its debut on the limited-edition 2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas. As standard, the Corvette is specified with 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear rim, both in Sparkle Silver finish. The wheels can be finished in Competition Gray.

The new Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and Convertible can also be specified with new performance-oriented forged aluminum wheels in a polished finish.

For the 2008 model year, the new Corvette Coupe and Convertible can be wrapped in two new premium exterior colors: Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat (replacing Le Mans Blue Metallic) and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat (replacing Monterey Red Metallic Tintcoat).

Press Release

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Track Car Concept

Corvette is a mainstay on racing circuits ranging from LeMans to club racing. Chevrolet's Corvette Z06X Concept suggests a new idea and components for transforming a production Corvette into a serious, closed-course track car.

The Corvette Z06X Concept showcases how an enthusiast can leverage Chevrolet's expanding portfolio of performance parts to create a full-on track car. Chevrolet teamed with Pratt and Miller, partners in Corvette Racing in the American LeMans Series, to create this Z06X track car concept.

"Racing is an integral part of Corvette performance and technology," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "This concept car represents a mid-point between our GT race car and the production Z06, prepared by the team responsible for the Corvette Racing C6.R race cars, and featuring many performance parts owners can choose today."

The Z06X concept is based on the Corvette Z06 with the 1LZ equipment package, along with the Z07 Performance Package and CFZ Carbon Fiber Package. The 2011 Z06 with the Z07 package creates the lightest production Corvette and includes carbon ceramic brakes and Magnetic Ride Control, while the CFZ package offers body components that enhance aerodynamic down force on the race track, including a front splitter.

The Z06X Concept features competition-oriented modifications including: an adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, a polycarbonate rear window, roll cage, racing seat and safety harness, racing wheels, suspension enhancements – including coil-over struts with fully adjustable camber plates – racing-spec cooling system and more. The radio, carpeting and sound-deadening material are also removed.

The concept vehicle wears a low-gloss Icy White Metallic exterior color, accented with exposed carbon fiber body components and red trim. It rides on black racing wheels and racing tires. The interior is all business, with a racing seat, window net and roll cage-mounted camera system. It includes a racing pedal kit, a Genuine Corvette Accessory.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS
Exterior:
• Low-gloss Icy White Metallic color with exposed carbon fiber and red accents
• 2011 CFZ-option carbon fiber package, including splitter and rockers
• Adjustable carbon fiber wing
• ZR1 carbon fiber roof panel and B-pillar panels
• Carbon fiber raised hood (from the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition)
• Carbon fiber headlamp housings from Specter Werkes/Sports
• Weight-saving and shatter-resistant polycarbonate rear window
Interior:
• Base Z06 1LZ trim
• Radio, carpeting and sound-deadening material removed
• SCCA-spec roll cage
• SCCA-approved window net
• Racing seat with five-point safety harness
• Fire suppression system
• Driver's drink system
• Video camera system mounted on the roll cage
• Genuine Corvette Accessory racing pedal kit
Performance:
• LS7 7.0L V-8 engine and Tremec six-speed manual transmission
• Low-restriction air intake system
• High-capacity radiator and enhanced cooling system
• New-for-2011 Z07 Performance Package, feature Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and special brake pads
• Lightweight racing wheels in black; 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear)
• Michelin racing tires
• Mono-ball control arm bushing
• Adjustable stabilizer bars
• Coil-over struts with adjustable camber plates

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