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Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2009

Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

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.


Source:
Bilenonline.dk

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Geiger's Corvette ZR1 GTS

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”.

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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”.

Press Release:

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 – 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.


Source:
Jalopnik

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Australian 2009 Corvette ZR1 Gets Right Hand Drive

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.

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Australian 2009 Corvette ZR1 Gets Right Hand Drive Australian 2009 Corvette ZR1 Gets Right Hand Drive Australian 2009 Corvette ZR1 Gets Right Hand Drive

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.


Source:
Corvette Action Center

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First Look: Arctic White 2010 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2009

Arctic White 2010 Corvette ZR1

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.

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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: jtrotto@buffwhelanchev.com.


Source:
Buff Whelan Chevrolet

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The Corvette ZR1 was Chasing a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV

As one of the first sites to share Autocar.co.uk’s “What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?” video, we were amazed with the fact that another car was keeping the mighty Corvette ZR1 at bay. Turns out that other car was a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce. Lighter than the Zed-R-One, the AWD Lambo features 30 more horsepower and was piloted by a factory driver while the Corvette was driven by a lowly automotive journalist. Seeing the two cars together on video, we’re more stuck by the fact the ZR1 appears to be much more of a driving enthusiasts car than the much costlier Lamborghini.


Source:
Autocar.co.uk via Autoblog

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[VIDEO] What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

by Keith Cornett on July 27, 2009

What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

That’s the questions being posed by UK-based Autocar in this video showing a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 going flat out through the English countryside in pursuit of the unknown chase car. With the narrow twisty roads, the ZR1 gives the thought of a pass now and again, but always backs off, but not before unleashing the 638 horses for a few seconds. Watch closely at the 1:53 mark as the ZR1 catches some serious air that lifts all four wheels off the road.

You can see what kind of car people are guessing is the lead car by visiting the page on Youtube.


Source:
Autocar.co.uk

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Official Price List for the 2010 Corvette Model Year

GM has been letting out the official pricing for the 2010 model year in piecemeal fashion, but we now have the full pricing list for the 2010 model year Corvette which includes prices for the various equipment packages and individual options like radios, wheels and colors.


2010 Corvette Coupe $49,880
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $1,195
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705
     
2010 Corvette Convertible $54,530
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $3,190
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700
     
2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe $55,720
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $1,195
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705
     
2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible $59,530
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $3,190
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700
     
2010 Corvette Z06 $75,235
  1LZ Base Equipment Group $0
  2LZ Preferred Equipment Group $2,665
  3LZ Premium Equipment Group $7,170
     
2010 Corvette ZR1 $107,830
  1ZR Base Equipment Group $0
  3ZR Premium Equipment Group $10,000
     
OPTIONS  
     
C2L Roof Package – Includes Painted and Glass Tops $1,400
CC3 Glass Roof instead of Painted Roof $750
CCR Special order option $0
D30 Color Combination Override
$590
F55 Magnetic Ride Control with Drilled Rotors $1,995
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
MXO 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust $1,195
PYD Grand Sport Competition Gray Wheels $395
PYE Grand Sport Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Wheels $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q76 Z06 Original Chrome 10 spoke Wheels $1,495
Q8A Z06 Spider Chrome Wheels
$1,995
Q9V Chrome 5 Spoke Wheels – Coupe and Conv Only $1,850
QX1 Split Spoke Competition Gray Wheels $395
R8C Museum Delivery $490
U3U Navigation 6.5” Screen $1,750
US9 6 Disc CD Changer $395
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package $1,195
**6 Two-Tone Seating $695
0B1 Cross Flag Embroidery on Headrests $300
45U Velocity Yellow Premium Tintcoat $850
85U Jetstream Blue Premium Tintcoat $850
89U Crystal Red Premium Tintcoat $850


Thanks goes to Dave Salvatore @ Kerbeck for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or are looking to deal on remaining 2009′s, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

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Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700

Back in January we got a preview of Hennessey Performance Engineering’s upgrade to Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1. HPE’s Z700 Corvette ZR1 includes an extensive list of bolt-on parts combined with a custom tune to boost the standard 638 horsepower ZR1 to 705. And to prove this car is a contender, Hennessey is planning to run the Nurburgring later this year.

Preliminary testing of the Hennessey Z700 package shows a significant boost in performance. How’s 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds sound? Yea, that’s pretty damn fast. Hennessey also quotes a 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds and the Z700 runs the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph.

The list of upgrades includes even more carbon fiber goodies like super light carbon fiber wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track.

Hennessey gives the interior some love too by ditching the standard seats in favor of lightweight carbon fiber seats with 5-point harnesses. An alcantara steering wheel and shift knob completes the package. Total cost of the Z700 package is estimated at $207,150 which includes a 2010 Corvette ZR1.

Hennessey compares the Z700 upgrade to the Porsche GT3 RS and the Dodge Viper ACR. To prove it belongs in this exclusive club, HPE is planning on running the Z700 at the famous Nurburgring later this year. You can bet the standard Corvette ZR1′s lap of 7:26 will be in the crosshairs.

Finally, if the Z700 still sounds too tame, take heart. Hennessey also has a Z750 upgrade for 750 horsepower and the twin turbo Z1000 will top out at 1,000 horsepower.

Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700 Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700

Full Press Release from Hennessey Performance Engineering:

(SEALY, TX) The world’s fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the 638 bhp ZR1 has become the pinnacle of American sports cars. For most ZR1 owners, having a car capable of Nurburgring times of 7:26 is more than enough performance to satisfy their need for speed. However, for the select few who subscribe to the mantra of “Too much horsepower is never enough” Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has something special in store for them in 2010. HPE is happy to introduce the company’s 705 bhp Z700 upgrade package for the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Porsche 911 owners wanting the uber Porsche can order the GT3 RS. Dodge Viper enthusiasts wanting the ultimate road race Viper have the ACR. Now ZR1 owners can opt for the Hennessey Z700 upgrade for their Corvettes.

Hennessey’s Z700 performance package starts by upgrading the LS9′s supercharger, exhaust and air induction systems, which is then dyno tuned to 705 bhp. But this is just the beginning. Additional upgrades include lightweight carbon fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track. Rounding out the Z700 upgrade package is a revised interior with lightweight carbon fiber seats, Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob.

HPE will be throwing its hat into the Ring – literally – with plans to begin testing the Z700 at the famed Nurburgring in Germany later in 2009. The company plans to build just 24 of these limited-edition Corvette ZR1′s for the 2010 model year. Each customer also gets a full day of performance driving instruction in his or her new Z700 at Hennessey’s own private test track, Lonestar Motorsports Park. Lonestar, which is next to the company’s facility, is located just west of Houston, Texas and has a full quarter-mile dragstrip as well as the addition of a 1.1-mile road course which will soon be under construction.

Power:
705 hp @ 6,400 rpm
717 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance:
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
0-100 mph: 6.4 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.6 @ 134 mph
Skid pad: 1.08 lateral G
Note: HPE VBox preliminary test data.

Z700 Package Includes:

Supercharger Modifications (15 psi boost)
Intercooler System Upgrade
Air Induction System Upgrade
Stainless Steel Exhaust Upgrades
Hennessey Light Weight Carbon Fiber Wheels
Front: 19 x 10.5 inches; Rear: 19 x 12.5 inches
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires
Front: 265/35-YR19; Rear: 325/35-YR19
Sparco Carbon Fiber Seats in Alcantara (Driver & Passenger)
5-Point Harnesses with Harness Bar
Alcantara Steering wheel & Shift Knob
Lowered Factory Suspension
Corner Weighted with 4-wheel Alignment
Z-Aero Carbon Fiber Body Parts: Front Splitter, Canards, Rear Spoiler, Vented Factory Hood, Vented Front Fenders
Hennessey & ZR700 Interior & Exterior Badges
Limited Edition Serial Numbered Plaque
1-Day Driving Instruction at Lonestar Motorsports Park
3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Total Cost Including New 2010 ZR1: $207,150 US Dollars

Optional Upgrades
Z750 – 755 bhp Upgrade
Z1000 – 1,000 bhp Twin Turbo / Supercharged Upgrade
Custom Exterior Colors
Custom Interior Upgrades & Colors
German Delivery – Nurburgring Delivery & Driving Instruction


Source:
Hennessey via Jalopnik

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Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide Seeking Nurburgring Status

The Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide could be making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s Nurburgring lap time according to Bertone’s chief designer Jason Castriota. The first owner of the $2 million Mantide, British-born financier and “gentleman racer” Dan Watkins is considering making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nurburgring lap time and Castriota thinks that goal is obtainable.

Powered by the supercharged 638 horsepower LS9, the Mantide is a blue devil at heart. But Castriota and his design team at Stile Bertone made sure that their Mantide would be lighter (about 176 pounds lighter) and is 30% more aerodynamic than the standard Corvette ZR1.

Still, undertaking a ‘ring run will not come cheap. Watkins is considering renting “The Green Hell” for a couple to three days and will need the services of an experienced Nordschleife driver and crew to pull it off.


Source:
Pistonheads via Autoblog

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