Chevrolet has unveiled three customized Corvettes at SEMA. They include the Corvette Z06 Parts concept and a 1971 Corvette C1 for NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
Chevrolet has unveiled three Corvettes at SEMA.
First up, KISS front man Paul Stanley worked with Chevrolet to create a one-off model which features a two-tone exterior and 19- / 20-inch alloy wheels with a Carbon Flash Metallic finish. The car also has quilted leather seats and a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that develops 460 bhp (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (629 Nm) of torque.
NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson went in a different direction as he worked with Chevrolet to personalize and update a 1971 Corvette (C3). As part of the transformation, the car was equipped with an LT1 crate engine, a Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission, an adjustable coilover suspension and high-performance brakes from the previous-generation Corvette Z06.
The car has also a new hood, restyled front fenders and 18-inch wheels that resemble the original 15-inch rally wheels from 1971. Other highlights include leather / suede seats, a suede-wrapped steering wheel and carbon fiber interior trim.
Lastly, the Corvette Z06 Parts concept is a standard Corvette Stingray which has been equipped with a number of parts from the Corvette Z06. Highlights include:
- Z06 stabilizer bars, control arms and the Z06’s unique composite transverse leaf spring
- Unique Bilstein shocks, tuned to match the chassis components of the Z06
- Z06 front and rear brakes (steel rotors) – featuring Brembo aluminum six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers; and 14.6-inch-diameter front rotors and 14.4-inch rear rotors
- Z06 front and rear brakes (carbon ceramic rotors) – the brakes from the Z06’s available Z07 package include 15.5-inch carbon ceramic matrix front rotors and 15.3-inch carbon rear rotors
- Z06 front brake ducts
- Z06 600-watt radiator electric fan for superior cooling capability
- Z06 front grille, which offers 17-percent greater airflow than the grille on the Stingray with the Z51 package – and it includes inlets that match the Z06 front brake ducts
- Z06 rear transmission oil cooler – a larger cooler assembly that replaces the one used on the Stingray’s Z51 package for about 15-percent more cooling capacity
- Z06 front auxiliary transmission cooler that essentially doubles the overall cooling capacity
- Z06 rear quarter-panel vents that provide approximately 25-percent greater airflow than the Z51 vents at track speed
- Z06 carbon fiber torque tube that is about 13.2 pounds lighter than the Stingray’s torque tube
- Z06 drive shaft couplers that are designed to stand up to higher exhaust heat than the Stingray and Z51 couplers
- Z06 carbon fiber underbody braces are 17-percent lighter than the Stingray’s aluminum braces, while offering comparable stiffness
- Z06 high-wing rear spoiler with wicker, based on the available carbon fiber aero package.