• Apr 14, 2010
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Chevrolet has just released the third installment in its ongoing series on the Corvette Racing program. One of the main justifications behind the program has been the technology transfer between the track and street versions of the Corvette. This episode takes a look at the newest special edition Corvette the Z06 Carbon. The Carbon adapts most of the cool carbon fiber bits from the top of the line ZR1 to the lighter normally aspirated 7.0-liter Z06.

Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles and chief engineer Tadge Juechter talk about the development of systems like carbon ceramic brakes on race cars and their eventual implementation on road cars. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Corvettes competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 500 examples of the Carbon will be available in late summer as 2011 models. Make the jump to watch part three.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can see this as the chassis for a extreme el Camino style truck with monster rear wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You would want to extend the back out, maybe 6", but you're totally right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um... am I the only one that thinks this is a 4 minute sales pitch? Carbon ceramics? Michelin PS2's? Carbon Fiber body panels instead of fiberglass? Is this really ground-breaking?

      ... Thanks, but I think the current Z06 is bad as fawk... don't go porsche on us and produce 6 billion different "editions"....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most of those editions would just be stock Corvettes with different stickers and badges, only three would be actually different. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell yeah. Throw some door bars on it and go hunt down some Ariel Atoms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would make a might purdy pickup truck / El-Corvetto
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the Corvette like that makes me feel dirty.

      Also, am I the only one that would be really curious to see a notchback Corvette? They probably do the hatch for aerodynamics, etc, but I'd like to see one with the hatch ripped off and glassed over, a la the 70's model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am sorry, but.. .I have 2.. One red.. One yellow and they are NOT ugly. NOT AT ALL... they might not be picture perfect beautiful like the C6, but they are an awesome ride and look way awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ick. I'm kinda sorry I asked... too much rear shelf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As and ye shall receive. 9 years ago!

        http://www.familycar.com/roadtests/corvettez06/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it wasn't very pretty. Some colors looked better than others. It did reduce weight and add stiffness though. But apparently not enough to merit putting up with the ugly so it didn't return.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new 'Vette looks awesome, but I want to drive it like *that*, no body work, no nothing, I want to drive that chassis as is!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Careful with agreeing with me. Its ratings suicide if they catch you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Count me in, too. I'll take mine naked...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bareback Vette.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Eh, I'll live on the wild side for once.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These bare chassis' show up on ebay every once in awhile. I'd love to buy one and turn it into a track car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        or a mad-max mobile!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck, I'll drive it "as is" in the main pic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You'll get thrown out once you touch the accelerator pedal...
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