This One-Off, Carbon Fiber, Custom Widebody ZR1 Is A Track Wonder

Almost instantly, when owners take the key (fob) of their new Corvette, they often try to separate themselves from all the other cars that rolled down the assembly line with it. Many will search for more horsepower hidden under the hood while others will seek out ways to separate their car on the show field. Others yet are true loners, and are only happy when everyone else is firmly planted in their rear-view mirror.

 

Whether coming or going, there's no doubting that a modified monster is in your midst. Those fenders are carbon fiber and even with the addition of twelve inches, they just barely keep those massive tires contained.

This 2013 widebody ZR1 seems to encompass all three traits and in doing so, the value is definitely more than the sum of all the parts. At first glance, the car is definitely a looker. I mean, if those bulging carbon fiber fenders (widened about 12 inches) didn’t catch your eye, you’re likely looking at another car. Try as they may, they just BARELY contain those one-off DPE Wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes tires (305 in the front and 345 in the rear.)

Beyond that, you might lose sight that this is indeed a C6 ZR1 – you know, the Blue Devil and all. Sure, those headlights don’t help connect the car to its heritage, since they’ve been updated to C7 spec. But when you open the hood, that Hennessy-prepped LS9 will definitely drive that fact home. When you open up the throttle blades, all 1,000 horses run like the Blue Devil himself is after them.

The C6 is a one-of-a-kind Jon Sibal and Car Porn Racing collaboration which was built as a SEMA show vehicle known as the Black Manta. Built to show as well as go, this C6 features upgrades within as well as without. Custom racing seats keep both passenger and driver in their rightful positions and to keep them entertained, there are several soundtracks at their command. Your more typical tunes are compliments of a full-on-custom Audioson sound system. But for those times when you want to share, there’s a custom Varex active exhaust system, which is equipped with cutouts which allow decibel adjustability for your (and everyone else’s) listening pleasure.

When a car tries to toss you around with over 1,000 horsepower, it’s a good thing to stay in your seat. Racing seats keep the passengers planted while tunes from the throttle pedal and aftermarket stereo keep them entertained.

The one-off Corvette is currently for sale on Facebook Marketplace and while the ad states an asking price of $169,000, the listing shows $110,000 as the desired cost. This may be because of Facebook’s listing limitations, or, it could be on sale. You’ll have to check with Erich Schmidt, the person who listed the car on Facebook. If the price has indeed dropped, that’s about the same decrease as seen on other C6 ZR1s from their original MSRP. The only difference between the two is due to the extensive modifications, which we are sure cost a prince’s ransom when they were done. Take a look at what a low-mile C6 ZR1 is going for and then add in what it would cost to make all the modifications and you’ll quickly see where this car’s value resides.

The entire front has been re-sculpted out of carbon fiber. The flip-up hood now wears C7-style headlights and reaches from fender flare to fender flare. A Hennessy-prepped LS9 keeps this Z-car in “Beast Mode”.

Whether modifications such as these are to your liking or not should help you decide if this car, or a garage-queen ZR1, would be right for you. But, if you’re one of those folks who were searching for ways to separate your C6 Z-car from the rest – here’s your easy, turn-key solution!

About the author

Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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