A GM official told Jalopnik that they were considering letting Corvette ZR1 buyers build their own LS9 638 horsepower engine that would then be installed in their very car. This was confirmed by Tom Read from GM’s Advanced Powertrain Technology Communications who said “We are considering the program”.
Blue Devil / ZR1
A Corvette ZR1 , ZO6 and Supercharged Indy 500 Pace Car do doughnuts. Goes perfectly with your morning coffee so enjoy!
In October, we posted a video claiming to show the fastest quarter mile time set for a bone-stock Corvette ZR1. That run of 10.851 @ 129.89 MPH was just eclipsed last week by Corvette Forum member “blownlt1&c6z” who ran 10.74 @ 133.21 mph in his bone-stock (including tires) 2009 Corvette ZR1. Both these runs happened at the same track – Maryland International Raceway.
This Wixom walk-through video was released in late November on Chevrolet’s YouTube channel. Master Engine Builder Don Henley takes us through the various stages and quality checks as a 638-hp LS9 is assembled. For us, the real magic comes when we see the interaction these builders have with Corvette owners.
Lingenfelter had their Corvette ZR1 test mule making quarter mile passes at Maryland International Raceway on December 7th and during one of the runs, the Corvette ran 9.81 @ 145.74 mph. This is believed to be the first Corvette ZR1 to see the 9′s on a quarter mile run.
Autoblog had the rare opportunity to visit GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan where they worked along side master engine builder Mike Armstrong to assemble an LS9 engine. The PBC is unique to GM’s other engine assembly centers as each engine is assembled by hand from start to finish by a single engine builder as opposed to sending the engine down an assembly line where multiple workers add the same part over and over.
This may be the first bone-stock Corvette ZR1 to run the quarter mile in the 10′s. Corvette Forum’s Racerns posted video and the time slip from last Monday’s drag run at Maryland International Raceway. Following the bone stock quarter mile runs, the Corvette ZR1 switched to drag radials and the forum’s “Ranger” dialed up an even faster run of 10.730 @ 132.46 mph. Videos of both runs are after the jump.
I guess the new Convertible Corvette Grand Sport is just too tame for some folks.
Here is a Velocity Yellow Corvette ZR1 that has gone topless. The pics were posted to Twitter, but I have no background info on the car or the conversion process. Obviously, the 638-hp Chevy supercar was on display at a car show somewhere. If you have any details, please share!
These pics date back to an August 8th car show in the Walmart parking lot in Harleysville, PA. Apparently, the owner bought the Corvette ZR1 and a yellow Corvette convertible donor car at the same time. He had a shop do the conversion which cut off the carbon fiber roof and then used parts off the convertible to complete the conversion.
There is no word on whether or not the frame was strengthened. As our commenters have pointed out, the aluminum frame wasn’t designed for a convertible body so he can expect some body flex. Most likely, this Corvette was built for show and will never see the track.
I’ve got to give the owner credit. Only one like it (for now)!
With an MSRP north of $105,000, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 is certainly not the cheapest car to take to the track. So when we see the after-effects of a privateer racer that put his Corvette ZR1 race car into a wall, we naturally cringe. Not only do we morn the death of a great sports car, but we feel for the driver who put a lot of time and money into creating a competitive race car. But then again, that racing!
This privateer Corvette ZR1 race car met its fate at a recent outing at Watkins Glen. The 638-hp Corvette was painted in a B-pillar Jake livery that very much resembles the GT1 Corvettes in their special Jake Monterey livery in 2007. The Corvette was reportedly driven by Gary Soebelski and this was his first competitive race since receiving his competition license. The Corvette took significant front-end damage during the race at turns 8 and 9 (heel of the boot). Apparently he is all right as the word on the street is Soebelski is already looking for another ZR1 to replace this one.
Corvette ZR1 Crash Video (happens at the 8:45 mark)