Your Chance to Get a 2011 Corvette Carbon Z06
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon is a limited-edition ‘Vette, as there will be just 500 of them built. Among the features of this car are a carbon-fiber raised hood (under which is housed a 505-hp, 470 lb-ft of torque 7.0-liter engine), and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. It has Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with specific dark gray metallic calipers. And back 20-spoke 19-in. front and 20-in. rear wheels that are wrapped with Michelin PS2 tires.
Although you could roll around in your neighborhood in one, according to Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, “For track use, the Z06 Carbon is the best-balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1. For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”
However, there are just going to be 500 of them. So what’s a person to do?
Well, maybe go to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 3, where the first retail Z06 Carbons will be put on the market.
And if you happen to be the winning bidder for the first one (the first retail production 2009 ZR1 went for $1,000,000 in 2008—but let’s face it: that was before the financial meltdown), not only will you get the car, but the opportunity to visit the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI, where the LS7 engine is hand-built (as is the ZR1’s LS9) and the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY, too.
Although the car is, as Juechter says, optimized for the track, what’s the likelihood that the buyer would ever take it outside of her or his garage?