The Chevrolet Corvette took part in the American racing series of Le Mans from 1999 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2000. The Corvette C5-R and its successor, the C6-R, have achieved an impressive record of success, including more than 70 victories and eight championships for the Corvette GT1 racing program in the American Le Mans series. To celebrate, the automaker released a special street version of the car: the GT1 Championship Edition† Corvettes now compete in the GT2 class with the likes of Ferrari.
The Championship Pack is a trim and appearance option, with no power gains but several performance gains. Starting with a fully optional C6 Corvette 4LT, including a heads-up display, memory seats and premium stereo, the GT1 package added the Z51 Performance Package with anti-roll bars, performance springs, shock absorbers and tires, as well as large cross-drilled brake rotors. Other performance improvements included a dual-mode performance exhaust, body-colored ZR1 spoiler and forged chrome aluminum wheels.
The Z06 Championship Special Edition 2dr Coupe produced 505 horsepower and 471 lb-ft. torque, with acceleration to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Chevrolet offered the GT1 Championship Edition as a Corvette coupe for $65,310, convertible for $71,815, and the Z06 for $86,385 in black or speed yellow. In 2009, Chevrolet planned to produce 600 GT1s, divided equally between the coupe, convertible and Z06 models. However, the global recession of 2008 hit the auto industry hard. The automaker sold 125 GT1 editions: 53 coupes, 17 convertibles and 55 Z06s.