At the recent reveal of the 2022 Chevy Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, GM Authority noticed that some members of Team Corvette were wearing very special footwear. Specifically, their lower portions were adorned with Piloti Corvette Racing Spyder S1 driving shoes.
The shoe is a special version of Piloti’s Spyder S1 inspired by Corvette Racing. Special design elements of the shoe includes the black and yellow Corvette Racing color scheme and the famous Jake/skull logo.
Otherwise, the shoe is the same as the regular Spyder S1, which features a spherical heel which protects and cushions the heelbone, plus a reinforced lateral side of the right shoe that protects the driver’s foot from heat, friction and vibration, and allow for smooth and rapid braking during heel and toe down shifts.
The shoe has also been designed to be comfortable in non-racing situations, such as on the street, out on the town or in the office.
The Piloti Corvette Racing Spyder S1 went on sale in 2017, originally priced at $135 per pair. An unused set is currently for sale on eBay, priced ambitiously at $750. That’s because the shoes are not available for purchase from Piloti or other retailers, at least as of this writing.
For those who missed it the first time round, the Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is essentially a 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray in the 3LT trim level with the Z51 Performance Package plus a graphics package intended to mimic the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette C8.R racers which swept the Manufacturers, Drivers and Teams titles in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. The extra equipment adds $6,595 to the price of a 2022 Corvette Stingray 3LT.
Chevrolet says it plans to build a limited run of 1,000 examples of the vehicle. All of these will be left-hand-drive, though the mid-engine Corvette is also built in right-hand-drive form for export markets at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.