We’ve been able to see the SEMA Chevrolet Preview video, but more information came out today directly detailing the two special Corvette models that Chevrolet will be unveiling at SEMA this year. SEMA, the annual car show which has developed a very large following and great reputation, has become one of the premiere conventions for vehicle releases. SEMA has given a strong focus to aftermarket modifications, but, in the last couple years that focus has also been met by an excitement from the major manufacturers themselves to meet the demands of the consumer towards high-end vehicle modification. The Chevrolet Corvettes being presented to the SEMA crowd this year show a definite lean in that direction, too, and are new, exciting entires in to America’s favorite vehicle line-up.
Corvette Jake Edition
The Corvette Jake Edition, which was hinted at in the Chevrolet SEMA Preview video I shared last week, is an exciting new modified Corvette build from the brilliant team at Jake’s Racing. The Jake icon has become synonymous with Corvette performance (in much the same way that SLK and Dinan have been with Mercedes and BMW, respectively), and Corvette is capitalizing on the respect of this brand identity by showcasing their new Jake Corvette. The Jake Corvette is highlighted by a vast number of Chevrolet created Genuine Corvette Accessories, which provide visual modification touches to the vehicle’s interior and exterior stylings. The Jake Corvette, is at its base, a showcased Grand Sport (outfitted with Competition Gray Z06 wheels), but the additions given to it by Corvette are numerous.
The most obvious of the exterior modifications are the custom paint and graphic job given to the vehicle. From the Jake Racing icon on the 2009 GT1 American Le Mans Series Corvette Racing hood, to the custom colored accent lines, this special edition Grand Sport goes to great lengths to truly catch the eye. Other, new, GCA parts featured in the vehicle are Jake floor mats, Jake racing custom leather interior pieces (center console lid, steering wheel, etc.), and center wheel caps. These pieces, featured on the SEMA Jake Corvette, are not yet available, but will be soon through GCA and GCA dealers.
Official Chevrolet Press Release:
2011 CHEVROLET CORVETTE JAKE EDITION CONCEPT
He started off as a discreet logo in 2005 that symbolized a tenacious attitude of the Corvette Racing team and ever since, the skull mascot known as Jake has grown to embody the determination and triumphs of the team. Now, Chevrolet designers have created the Corvette Jake Edition Concept, a special Grand Sport convertible concept vehicle that celebrates Corvette’s racing spirit.
The Corvette Jake Edition is a Grand Sport Coupe, with Z06 wheels featuring the Competition Gray finish. The matte Jake hood graphic from the GT1 commemorative model adds a subtle visual statement, while a host of other accessories round out the car’s unique appearance. Most of the parts added to this special Grand Sport are available today as Genuine Corvette Accessories or through any Chevrolet dealer’s parts department.
“Jake is more than the mascot for Corvette Racing, he personifies the Corvette spirit,” said Dave Ross, design manager. “We designed this concept to demonstrate how any enthusiast could create his own Jake special model with parts available from any Chevrolet dealership.”
Some of the accessories used to create the Corvette Jake concept are not currently available, but are planned for future release, including Jake-logo floor mats, console lid, wheel center caps and more. Other parts, including the hood graphic and Z06 wheels, are offered as Genuine Corvette Accessories.
“The Corvette has long inspired car enthusiasts to personalize it. The Jake concept shows one very unique way to do it,” said Ross. “With the great variety of accessories and other parts available, there’s virtually no limit to how you can make your Corvette stand apart from all others.”
- Black color
- Corvette Z06 wheels in Competition Gray
- “Corvette”-logo windshield header graphic (concept)
- GT1 Championship Edition Jake-logo hood graphic
- Jake-logo wheel center caps (future)
- Jake-logo fender badge (concept)
- Jake-logo underhood blanket and lighting package (future)
- Chevrolet Accessory full-width rear spoiler in Cyber Gray Interior:
- Ebony leather with titanium stitching and red accents on the seats
- Chevrolet Accessory interior trim kit
- Chevrolet Accessory racing pedal kit
- Chevrolet Accessory “Jake” floor mats (future)
- Chevrolet Accessory “Jake” console lid (future) Performance:
- LS3 6.2L V-8 with Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission
- Chevrolet Accessory Tech-pattern engine cover
So, this Jake Edition Corvette is a great looking, very cool Corvette, but it’s the second Corvette that Chevrolet is unveiling at SEMA that really has me excited, and that leads us to:
The Corvette Z06X Track Car
This new Z06 build, being presented by Chevrolet at SEMA as a potential future available model, is one of the more exciting Corvette models to be released in some time. It appears that Chevrolet took the knowledge they gained from the positive press and popularity their Z06 Carbon brought them, are taking it a step further with this newest Z06 Iteration. Similar, in basic form, to the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, this Z06X favors the weekend track racer over the Sunday driver. With a focus on track performance, the Z06X does away with most of the basic (and beloved) Corvette amenities, and focuses instead on pure racing performance.
Based on the Corvette Z06 with the 1LZ Competition Package, this Z06X is a completely stripped-down, bare-bone, track-ready race monster. The Z06X is outfitted with the Z07 Performance Package and the CFZ Carbon Fiber Package, but the Carbon Fiber additions don’t stop there. The Z06X also borrows the ZR1′s Carbon Fiber roof and b-pillars and the Z06 Carbon’s Carbon Fiber Raised Hood. In working to keep it light, they also stripped the vehicle down from its amenities. How stripped down? The Z06X has no noise-deadening materials, no carpet, and no radio.
The racing modifications keep going, too. With a grocery list of race-enhancing modifications, one has to wonder just what sort of world-beater this Z06X will be. Other racing modifications outfitted on the vehicle include: adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, a polycarbonate rear window, a roll cage (with camera mount), Corvette racing seat with safety harness, racing wheels, adjustable coil-over struts and stabilizer bars, and Genuine Corvette Accessories (GCA) racing pedals.
Official Chevrolet Press Release:
2011 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06X TRACK CAR CONCEPT
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.”
VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS Exterior:
- 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)
- Michelin racing tires
- Mono-ball control arm bushing
- Adjustable stabilizer bars
- Coil-over struts with adjustable camber plates