Ron Fellows Championship Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 2007 Chicago Auto Show Preview: They may not call him Dale, but chances are race fans of all types will recognize his name. He’s Ron Fellows, a talented driver who has used his skill to help put Corvette and racing on the same page. Along the way, he’s also dabbled in the NASCAR truck, Busch, and Cup series, and a host of other circuits. However, Fellows has gained the most notoriety in multiple ALMS GT1 championships, which this special-edition ‘Vette serves to represent. When the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette goes on sale this spring, only 300 examples will be available for U.S. sale, each with a base price of $77,500.
We kinda figured the Z06’s engine was worthy of a race car driver. Packed under the hood of the Ron Fellows Championship Corvette is the standard aluminum 7.0-liter, 16-valve V8 that’s good for 505 horses at 6,300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The big LS7 requires premium fuel and returns and EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, provided your right foot isn’t constantly married to the floor board. Backing up all that power is an Active Handling system, as well as supersized antilock disc brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Extended Mobility rubber measuring 18 inches up front and 19 inches out back.
Each Ron Fellows special-edition Corvette is offered in Arctic White paint (a first for the Corvette) accented by red and silver stripes on the fender and an autograph from the driver himself. This unique model also features chrome wheels, a rear spoiler, red interior accents including leather upholstery and door inserts, and a special racing-themed cabin trim. Based on the Z06 with the LZ2 package, the Ron Fellows Corvette also includes standard items such as a Bose audio system with XM satellite radio, heated power bucket seats, a power telescoping steering wheel, and front-side airbags.