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.
Blue Devil / ZR1
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)
Jan Magnussen recently got a chance to attack the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1. Unfortunately, this was a day that the ‘ring was open to the public and traffic slowed down the 638 hp Corvette several times. Still, this in-car video is a great way to see how a professional race car driver attacks one of the most difficult road courses in the world. Video after the jump!
GM’s former Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski once said if you want to make a Corvette go faster, put Jan Magnussen in the driver’s seat. Let’s hope that one day soon we’ll see Jan behind the wheel of the ZR1 on a GM-sponsored closed-course time attack.
Munich Germany-based Geiger Motor Cars loves to tune Corvettes. Recently, they took delivery of a White Corvette ZR1 and worked their magic both under the hood and on the exterior and the Geiger GTS Corvette ZR1 was born. Introduced this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the newly minted Corvette ZR1 Geiger GTS now boasts 710 hp.
For some reason, I’ve always liked what Geiger has done with Corvettes. Sure, they can be over-the-top like the neon green Corvette Z06 we recently profiled. On the Geiger GTS, I do like front treatment better than the rear, and the side-skirts in black carbon fiber against the Arctic White exterior is stunning. The black OZ wheels and center hood stripe also gives the Geiger GTS some serious “curb appeal”.
In the press release that follows, I do believe something was lost in the translation. At least I hope something was lost in the translation as they refer to the supercharged LS9 V8 as “primitive”.
Geiger GTS: Extreme sportsman with retro elements The announcement was clear: “It is very important for Corvette, to offer the strongest, most high performance and best sports car in terms of handling in the USA.” With these words the former chairman of General Motors Rick Wagoner set his engineers a clear goal around two years ago, which also included trumping the Dodge Viper SRT10, which was shown at the Detroit Car Show shortly before, in all regards.
The technicians got to work and so the next year the persons responsible were able to proudly unveil the quickest and highest performance series vehicle ever produced by General Motors: the Corvette ZR1.
Under the sheer endlessly long bonnet of the ZR1 lurks a newly developed LS96.2 litre small block V8 with compressor supercharging. Pressurized by the Eaton R2300 compressor with up to 0.72 bar, this primitive engine gets up to 647 HP and a maximum torque of 823Nm.
Further technical highlights of the extreme Corvette are its high performance breaking system with their 394 and 381 mm diameter carbon ceramic discs, as well as the electronically controlled suspension “Magnetic Selective Ride Control” with track level suspension mounting. Bonnet, roof, sill, rear wing and front spoiler are made of super light, but at the same time high strength carbon.
GeigerCars.de from Munich, which has specialized in the import and refinement of US cars for years, has not only brought this extreme sportsman from the United States to Germany, it has also optionally subjected it to diverse tuning measures at the same time â€“ the first example of the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” will be presented to the world public at the 63rd International Automobile Exhibition at Frankfurt am Main from 17th to 27th September.
The datasheet for the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” shows 710 HP maximum performance with 6,600 rotations per minute and the car produces gigantic 918 Nm on the crankshaft at only 4,200 revs. Set up in this way the ZR1 storms up to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and at the same time nails the back of the occupants’ head to the head rest of the Geiger carbon sport seats. The propulsion only ends at a speed of 342 kilometres per hour.
At these values the hardest work is done by the 10 x 19 and 12 x 20 inch high performance tyres mounted on light metal rims with the dimensions 285/30ZR19 at the front and 345/25ZR20 at the rear tyres.
Of course GeigerCars extensively modified the look of the Corvette, lending it a styling, which is reminiscent of the large Gran Turismos of the 60′s and 70′s. The front and back were extensively modified; a wide air vent dominates the nose, while a massive diffuser attracts attention at the back. Both the fog and rear lights are based on modern LED semi conductive technology. The three layer mother of pearl varnish of the Corvette ZRI “Geiger GTS” with changing colour play is also a real eye catcher.
This 2009 Corvette ZR1 was imported into Australia and received a right hand drive conversion from the Corvette Clinic in Bundoora, Victoria. This is just the first of America’s King of the Hill to receive the RHD treatment which allows the cars to be fully registerable in all Australian states. According to the Corvette Clinic, two more Corvette ZR1s, a Victory Red and a Cyber Gray model, will soon get the conversion as well.
Converting a Corvette to right hand drive isn’t an easy task. The Corvette Clinic created a new dash and had to remanufacture some of the steering components to make it work. What I like about their ZR1 conversion is that they were also able to move the 6-Speed transmission shifter knob to the right side of the center console as well.
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You are looking at what could very well be the very first 2010 Corvette ZR1 finished in stunning Arctic White. Recent changes in production now allow all 2010 Corvette models to be available in all eight exterior colors. Although Arctic White has never been a big seller with last year’s production numbers topping just 5%, it seems to flow exceptionally well and the Blue Devil’s exposed LS9 cowl and blue brake calipers provide well-intended accents.
This will be the first year that Arctic White available in the Corvette Z06 as well. Previously, the only White Corvette Z06′s were the 399 Ron Fellows Z06 Special Editions built back in 2007.
This 2010 Corvette ZR1 is well priced and available for immediate delivery at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, Michigan. For more information, contact John Trotto at 586-274-0310 or via email at: email@example.com.
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