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  • Our test car was a fully broken-in ( miles) early-production Z51 coupe, equipped with the NPP dual-mode Chevrolet Corvette Z

    There's so much new and exciting with the Corvette that you'll want to grab a . allowing customers to combine the larger brakes from the Z51 performance.

    In this feature article CORVETTE FEVER takes a look at Tracey Richardson's Chevrolet Corvette Z51, which was the "beta-car" for the.

    As a result, the standard Corvette is true supercar, capable of mph. The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ride control. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. And when was the last time that one started life as a customer's retail-purchased car, and THEN became a prototype?

    Chevrolet Corvette - Competition Sport Package '08 Z51 Prototype - Corvette Fever Magazine

    When was the last time you saw a Corvette prototype in person? Other than the prototype Corvette that's in the National Corvette Museum's collection or Vettes like the last C4 used for research and development which we brought you several months ago? And when was the last time that one started life as a customer's retail-purchased car, and THEN became a prototype? How about the C6 that you see here? Tracey Richardson owned seven Corvettes before acquiring this RPO Zequipped C6 in , and she wanted this one to have some "personality," like its predecessors.

    Fortunately, she had some connections with the Corvette Team, most notably designer Kirk Bennion. I'm not a big fan of decals,'" she recalls.

    I wanted to have it done the next day, after the Museum delivery. I didn't want to waste any time. In short order, Kirk came up with a stripe design that had a "C6 Flair" while harkening back to some famous racing Vettes. That width of the front bumper emblem is the width of the two stripes, and it goes all the way back to meet up with the emblem on the back bumper. The '09 version of the stripe is actually a decal, and it's the same color as the Cyber Grey that they offer," says Tracey.

    If you get them side-by-side, you can tell mine's a lighter shade of grey. While her C6's stripes might be lighter than the production CSC's, her car's equipment list is no lighter than the production versions.

    Tracey's '08 was a Z51 car from the get-go, meaning that heavy-duty springs and shocks, big stabilizer bars at each end, big cross-drilled disc brake rotors, coolers for the engine oil, transmission fluid and steering fluid, and a six-speed manual transaxle went in on the Bowling Green Assembly line. And, being an '08, the LS-series engine got a cc 12 cubic inch displacement boost to 6.

    Those engine changes were in the works long before Tracey and Kirk brainstormed on the striping. But, once her C6 was decked out in its new colors and graphics, it wasn't long before this good idea became the visible cue for a new option package. People were saying, 'That's the best stripe that I've ever seen!

    So was born the Competition Sport option package see sidebar for package details , which features the racing stripe, along with the "Jake" C6. And, yes, Tracey's '08 has the heavy-duty hardware that production CSCs have.

    That makes the car attractive to the person who does a little bit of racing--not the serious SCCA competition that totally changes the Vette-this option allows them to have the race-car look while still having a street-drivable car.

    Just like her previous Corvettes, which included one show-stopper. To beat the hot rods and the street rods, I had to come up with something that would grab attention, especially for a newer vehicle showing against older ones. When it comes to competing on a racecourse with Corvettes, Tracey says that the Museum's high-performance driving events are one way for women to enjoy their Vettes the same way that male Corvette enthusiasts can.

    2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 LT3 Coupe Z51



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