The Le Mans Series has always been a challenge for every respectable sports car out there, but while other brands have gone the direction of building a car specially for that race, Chevrolet wants to show that a production Corvette can be transformed into a serious, closed-course track car with the use of their long list of performance parts. And this model is the Z06X Track Car Concept set to be displayed at the 2010 SEMA Show.
The Z06X concept is based on the Corvette Z06 version with the addition of a 1LZ equipment package, Z07 Performance Package, and CFZ Carbon Fiber Package. The Z07 Performance Package offers stopping power in the form of carbon ceramic brakes and a modified suspension thanks to the use of Magnetic Ride Control.
Furthering the trip to racing heaven is the many competition-oriented modifications done to the Corvette. Chevrolet has thrown in 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 – and a racing-spec cooling system, among other things. Of course, things weren’t just put in, as the radio, carpeting, and sound-deadening material were removed from the vehicle.
The Z06X Track Car Concept, like the Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car Concept, comes in a low-gloss Icy White Metallic color with exposed carbon fiber and red accents. Lightweight racing wheels, available in 19- or 20-inch, can also be found on the vehicle matched up with Michelin racing tires.
Press release after the jump.
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.
“It’s a classic case of form following function,” said Dave Ross, design manager. “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.”
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
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
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)