One of the concerns we’ve had over the past few months is the growing inventory surplus of Corvette ZR1s. Since January this year, the amount of available Corvette ZR1s has grown from 175 units to over 500 at the beginning of July. GM has obviously seen the trend as well and has decided to offer the very first rebates for the 638-horsepower supercharged Corvette.
Blue Devil / ZR1
Continuing our informal series on all the cool production and delivery experiences available to new Corvette buyers, let’s pretend you just bought yourself a Corvette ZR1, the fastest and most exciting car ever produced by General Motors. Before you start flogging the 638-hp supercharged King of Hill around your neighborhood, take advantage of the free track time and driving instruction offered by Bondurant and Spring Hill. Ron Fellows, Corvette Racing Ambassador and head of the Ron Fellows Performance Driving Academy at Spring Hill properly demonstrates how to wring every bit of performance out a Corvette ZR1 in this video after the jump.
We heard back in January that GM was considering adding a program that would allow owners the opportunity to build the engine that would be installed in their new Corvette. Yesterday, GM announced that the Corvette Engine Build Program would be available starting in 2011 for customers who order a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
The 1954 Corvette was never known for its performance. After all, it was originally equipped with a 155-hp straight six blue flame engine and a 2-speed powerglide transmission. But that didn’t stop Timeless Kustoms of Camarillo, California for rewriting history as they resurrected a 1954 parts car into this LS9 powered custom show stopping roadster.
There was some morning show hi-jinks happening today at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. The local fox affiliate’s morning show was live as Mr. T and the crew of WillItMakeIt.com were on hand to perform some of their stunts, which included a hot pursuit reenactment with Roscoe P. Coltrane’s ,1970’s Plymouth Fury Police Car trying desperately to keep up to Bob Bondurant’s 2010 Corvette ZR1.
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving recently received two new Corvette ZR1s that are used to train new buyers of the 638-horsepower super car. GM gives a free 2-day training course to new ZR1 buyers and the Bondurant course is designed to make new owners appreciate their ZR1s on a whole new level. And speaking of appreciating new ZR1s, catch Bob Bondurant utilizing launch control before tearing into the school’s autocross course. Just another day at the office for Bob and the gang!
As an automotive buff and especially as a Corvette enthusiast, I love to look at the drawings made by members of the GM design studio as they sketched out new designs and ideas for America’s sports car. Before you could buy a Corvette, GM’s studio artists first had to sketch it. And now thanks to Route 427′s “Art in Motion”, you can own some of the most iconic automotive artwork ever produced during the heyday of automotive design.
This Corvette ZR1 has been wrapped in the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee livery in anticipation for the GoldRush Rally that is being held over June 8-13, 2010. A General Lee themed Corvette is certainly over the top, however, that orange against the black wheels, headlights and carbon fiber splitter and rockers is stunning and I’m starting to question if this shade is better than the 2011 Corvette’s Inferno Orange.
The Monticello Motor Club is a new private race resort facility built on 650 acres in Monticello, New York – just 90 minutes outside of New York City. One of the configurations is a 3.5 mile road course consisting of 18 turns, 1.5 miles of straights and 450 feet total elevation changes. Today we find MMC member Jeff Gordon rocking a Corvette ZR1 at speeds up to 150 mph around the new track.