Climb into the passengers seat with the VIR T1 lap record holder Johnny Miller and watch two amazing laps from the Corvette Museum’s HPDE at Virginia International Raceway. The Corvette in the video is a C6 T1 Corvette, it’s basically a stock LS2 Corvette with the addition of a T1 certified roll cage, aftermarket shocks, sway bars, and brake pads, and removal of catalyst; other than that the car is stock. The lap record is currently a 2:01.246 which was set during a race on 4/19/09.
In 2005 Corvette was having a great year. The new Corvette was selling well and it was the first year of the new body style and it was hot, yet better things were brewing for the Corvette. At the end of the 2005 model year the new 2006 models were being shown off and the rumors of a new Z06 were confirmed. Among the many great options on the C6 Z06 Corvette was the addition of brake padlets, which allow each piston to have its own brake pad. There were a total of 12 padlets in the front and 8 in the rear. This design came from the world of F1 and had never been on a production road car. These came with mixed feelings, but they have proved to be very effective.
Another first for the Corvette, which had not occurred since 1982 was that the Corvette used opposing pistons vs. a single side piston. Opposing pistons means that you have a piston on each side of the rotor vs the 1984-2004 style that only had pistons on the inboard side and the caliper slides to pinch the pads against the rotors. Part of the reason for the padlets was to give multiple leading edges vs. just two on the single pad design.
The new brakes were not well received by some, GM taunted the car as basically a street legal race car. There were some who thought you should be able to take it straight to the track as it sat on the showroom floor. For the most part you could, but you would quickly find the limitations of the brakes. However, the problem was not the brakes themselves, it was the pad compound that was the issue. When the proper compound brake pad was chosen the brakes would perform extremely well. The only downfall of the new design was the pins that held the pads in place. The pins themselves were fine, but finding a new pin(s) was a challenge. In order to get new Corvette brake pad pins you had to buy a new brake caliper.
Zip Corvette is proud to announce the addition of the OEM AC Delco C6 Corvette Brake Pads with all new pins. It is always recommended to change the pins when replacing the pads, it is not always required but the pins do wear and it is a sure fire way to keep everything in proper working order. Zip Corvette has a wide variety of brake pads from some of the best companies out there like Cobalt, Hawk and Carbotech and compounds ranging from street pads with little dusting to full on race pads that will require a harness system to keep you from imprinting your face into your windshield. Zip is also a dealer for Corvette Racing Brake Caliper Pins. These pins have a 10mm socket head on them instead of the factory torx or 6mm hex head. This will insure that your brake caliper pins will come out every time.
If you have a standard C6 or even a C5, and you would like to upgrade your Corvette’s brakes, then Zip has an answer for you. Zip Corvette has put together an exclusive Z06 Corvette Brake Upgrade Kit. It includes new GM Z06 brake calipers front and rear, Zip’s two piece Coleman rotors with park brake capability, new stainless brake lines and a complete set of AC Delco brake padlets with retaining pins. Please note you will not be able to install this brake kit using stock Corvette wheels. Zip is an authorized dealer for Forgeline Wheels and CCW Wheels and will be happy to quote a package deal to get your Corvette braking just as well as a new C6 Z06.
Tired of removing your C6 Corvette’s brake caliper or breaking tools to remove the factory caliper pins in your Z06 or Grand Sport Corvette? Zip Corvette now carries 2006-2011 C6 Corvette Racing Brake Caliper Pin Bolts. These have a 10mm socket head so you can use a 3/8 ratchet to remove and install them and a stainless bolt liner the pad rides on so the bolts will not wear as quickly as the factory ones. Dacrotized anti-corrosion finish will keep them from rusting. Full car set includes 28 bolts for front and rear brake calipers. Fits all 2006-2011 Z06 and Grand Sport Corvettes.
For quality off the charts, superior strength, unsurpassed craftsmanship, near- infinite customization and, oh yeah, stunning looks, there is no Corvette wheel finer than Forgeline. Forgeline 3-Piece Wheels are made of 6061 T6 true forged centers sandwiched by 6061 T6 spun rim halves and assembled using aircraft-grade hardware. All wheels are built to order, so individual requests for special colors, optional fasteners, etc. are welcome and easily accommodated.
We offer two different styles of Forgeline wheels for C5 & C6 Corvettes. The first set consists of Forgeline Premier Series Corvette Wheels. A standout on the street – and the show circuit, our Forgeline premier wheels come standard with a fully polished outer lip and your choice of powder coated center wheel in Silver, Gloss Black, Matte Black, Gunmetal or Matte finish Titanium. The inner rim shell is available powder coated (see our Forgeline Options for more information) and grade 8 stainless steel piston head torx bolts are used throughout. For C5 Corvettes, the Forgeline premier series wheels are available in 18″x9.5″ and 19″x11″ or 19″x9.5″ and 20″x11″. The base C6 Wheel sizes include 19″x9.5″ and 20″x11″ while the Z06, ZR1, & Grand Sport sizes run 19″x10″ and 20″x12.5″.
Though every Forgeline wheel is built to meet the rigors of track use, the Forgeline Competition Series raises the bar just that much higher. The competition wheels are three pounds lighter than the Forgeline premier series wheels. They include a stepped lip that offers muscular looks and greater load capabilities. Each Forgeline competition wheel comes with a fully polished outer lip and powder coated center wheel in Silver, Gloss Black, Matte Black, Gunmetal or Matte finish Titanium. Each inner rim shell is available powder coated (see our Forgeline Options for more information). Forgeline Competition Series Corvette Wheels are available for C5 & C6 Corvettes. The C5 sizes include 18″x10″ front wheels and 18″x12″ rear wheels while the C6 includes 18″x10″ fronts and 18″x11″ rears for the non Z06, ZR1 or Grand Sport. If you are upgrading to the Z06, ZR1 or Grand Sport size wheels because you have upgraded your Corvettes Body Panels, or you are wheel shopping for your Z06, ZR1 or Grand Sport Corvette and you would like a wheel that is going to last, then we have Forgeline competition series wheels available in 19″x10″ and 20″x12.5″, which will be perfect for showing, racing, tracking, or autocrossing your Corvette.
A great advantage to buying Forgeline multi piece wheels is that in most situations they can be repaired at far less than the cost of a new wheel. Even so, all Forgeline wheels come with a 3 year limited warranty that will cover defects in material or workmanship. Forgeline will repair or replace the wheel(s) upon inspection if they determine that the probelm is related to materials or workmanship. Read more about their warranty here.
C5 & C6 Corvette Forgeline Wheel Styles:
As mentioned above, all of our C5 & C6 Corvette Forgeline Wheels are built to order, which means there are plenty of opportunities to add your own personal touch to your new set of wheels. Each Forgeline wheel is available with a powder coated center wheel in any of the following pictured below: triple chrome, diamond cut, brushed with a clear powder coat, black chrome, fully polished, or race gold.
Forgeline Option A – Center Wheel:
The standard outer wheel lip on all C5 & C6 Corvette Forgeline wheels comes polished. Optional finishes are available in any of the following pictured below: brushed with a clear wheel lip, powder coated clear, fly yellow, gloss black, gunmetal, matte black, satin black, silver, transparent red, & victory red, or you can have the outer wheel lip triple chrome plated.
Forgeline Option B – Outer Wheel Lip:
Forgeline Option C – Inner Rim Shell:
The inner rim shell on all Forgeline Wheels comes natural or powder coated gloss black, gunmetal, matte black, satin black, or silver at no extra charge. Additional options include having the inner rim shell fully polished or triple chrome plated.
Forgeline Option D – Wheel Fasteners:
The standard fasteners used on all Forgeline Premier Series Corvette Wheels include piston head torx bolts while all competition series wheels are held together with 12-point bolts. Optional fasteners available include: black oxide bolts, lightweight titanium bolts with jetnuts, and hidden bolts for premier series wheels only.
This Forgeline product overview video discusses the advantages of Forgeline premier and competition wheels plus additional options that are available for each design.
Hours of precise machining, inspecting, customizing and testing goes into the making of every Forgeline wheel. Check out how Forgeline wheels are made from scratch right inside the Forgeline factory in Ohio.
The top Corvette Floor & Cargo Mat manufacturer; Lloyd Mats, is now producing C6 Corvette Floor & Cargo Mats that feature the Jake skull of Corvette Racing. The new floor & cargo mats are available in ebony or cashmere with silver or yellow Jake logos. They can be purchased with a single Jake skull logo, Jake logo plus the ” Corvette” script, or the Jake logo paired with the “Corvette Racing” script. Whichever design you choose you can count on it to add style and attitude to your Corvette’s Interior while also protecting your Corvette’s carpet. The authenticity and craftsmanship included with a new set of Lloyd Corvette Floor Mats or Cargo Mats combined with the fact that they are an official licensed product of GM results in a high quality mat that truly looks and fits like a factory option.
- 2005-2007E Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” Emblem
- 2005-2007E Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette”
- 2005-2007E Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette Racing”
- 2007L-2010 Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” Emblem
- 2007L-2010 Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette”
- 2007L-2010 Corvette Lloyd Floor Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette Racing”
- C6 Corvette Lloyd Cargo Mats w/”Jake” Emblem
- C6 Corvette Lloyd Cargo Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette”
- C6 Corvette Lloyd Cargo Mats w/”Jake” & “Corvette Racing”