The Corvette has been part of an evolutionary process enabling its maker to merge the two worlds that are the track and the street. The 2011 Corvette ZO6 Carbon edition is the culmination of the technology transfer involved in merging those two worlds illustrating how racing technology can be used for the street.
Many characteristics have been brought to the production program from the racing program. For starters, the Corvette ZO6 and the Corvette ZR1 are built on the same aluminum frame that is used on the current racing model and the ZO6 also utilizes the carbon fiber exterior panels, rockers, front splitters, and rear spoiler as the racing model. The interior of the production model has also borrowed the suede accents on the steering wheel and seats from the racing version. The look and feel of the production Corvette ZO6 Carbon edition’s mechanics screams, “Race me, race me!” while still being able to maintain the street credibility it needs when it is not chasing the checkered flag.
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Of course, the racing program benefits from the production program as well. By using the racing components in the production model it leads to more cost effective parts which means, Ding Ding, the racing program can use their money on other things. Hooray for the classic monetary juggle!
The Corvette seems to have the whole racing/production thing worked out and, we gotta tell ya, we are ecstatic about it. Take a look at the video so you can see, firsthand, the genius that is technology transfer.