The Chevrolet Sonic has a new BFF. His name is Ricky Carmichael and you probably know him as a 15-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) champion and a three-time X-Games gold medalist.
Recently, Carmichael was tapped by Chevrolet to help design a special edition Sonic for the 2011 SEMA Auto Show . The result between the two-party collaboration is the Sonic All Activity Vehicle - Ricky Carmichael Concept, a car that comes fully equipped with everything for all the adventure-seeking individuals out there.
Known for being a thrill nut, Carmichael wanted a concept that would highlight elements of an activity-focused hatch. Together with Chevrolet, he designed the Sonic to carry a slew of exterior highlights that fit right into his wheelhouse, including a Blue Pearlized Satin Black exterior, a THULE Roof Rack with an S-Works mountain bike and Hyperlite wakeboard with custom graphics, a Number 4 hood decal, an Electric Green signature on the lower rear doors, new splash guards, concept Z-Spec ground effects, Z-Spec grille and Z-Spec spoiler, and a new set of custom 18" wheels with a gloss black finish with green lips.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Sonic also carries plenty of Carmichael-inspired elements. There’s a Dark Green/Jet Black leather-trimmed instrument panel and door trim with Lime Green piping and stitching. The seat inserts carry FOX Racing boardshorts material while the trim accents are dressed in satin chrome. Likewise, there’s also a concept billet aluminum shifter knob, all-weather floor mats, a rear cargo organizer, a concept sound system, and the man’s own signature with Number 4 on driver and front passenger seats, making for a totally unique interior look.
The Sonic All Activity Vehicle – Ricky Carmichael Concept reflects the decorate driver’s high-performance personality. No wonder Chevy asked him to work on the car.