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[VIDEO] John Heinricy Drives the Hennessey Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on February 25, 2009

John Heinricy Drives Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

As the resident consulting engineer and test driver for Hennessey Performance, former GM performance guru John Heinricy gets to get behind the wheel of some serious vehicles. In this latest video, Heinricy does a warm up lap at MSR Houston with Hennessey’s latest Corvette creation, the 705 hp 2009 Hennessey Corvette ZR700.

With 705 hp under the hood, the Hennessey ZR700 is seen hitting speeds of 145 mph. On this day, Heinricy logs over 125 track miles and recorded a best lap of 1:38.4 seconds on the 2.3 mile road course.

Hennessey Performance introduced the ZR700 last month with great fanfare and a series of stats that would put a smile on any Corvette owner. One of the first tuner upgrades of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1 to come to market, the Hennessey ZR700 features 705 horsepower and 717 lbs-foot of torque. The ZR700 runs the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. Estimated top speed is 212 mph.


Source:
Hennessey Performance

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February 2009′s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

by Keith Cornett on February 21, 2009

February 2009's Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

I got up this Saturday morning at 6am to make this month’s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry in St. Petersburg. The temperature was a brisk 45 degrees and so with the top up and heat on, I cruised across the Gandy Bridge and found a parking spot among the 100+ cars already parked.

Corvettes as usual were out in force today. A couple of Callaway Corvettes were brought in from Dimmitt Chevrolet and there was a custom black C3 Corvette that was just beautiful. But the highlight for me was seeing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 in the flesh for the first time. I must have stood in front of that car for 20 minutes admiring every detail. I still can’t get over how big the ceramic brakes are in person. Freakin huge!

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In addition to the numerous Corvettes, there was everything from a couple Nissan GTRs, Audi R8′s and several Lambos in attendance. The Smart Car crowd was out as well with five or six member cars parked.

Starting around 8:30am, the cars start heading for the exit and a crowd gathers to watch the various sports cars burn rubber as drivers do some harmless showing off. After seeing a Mustang driver get a little swervy on the service road, I heard one guy remark “There’s sideways and then there’s stupid!”

Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry is held the third Saturday each month in St. Petersburg.


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Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

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Cars and Coffee (and Corvettes!) at the duPont Registry

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Corvette ZR1 LS9 Crate Motor Priced at $21,000

by Keith Cornett on February 19, 2009

The 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8

GM Performance Parts teased us during 2008′s SEMA show about the coming availability of an LS9 crate engine and yesterday we received word that the heart of the ZR1 is now available through GM dealers. MRSP for the 6.2L Supercharged ZR1 V8 is listed at $28,000 with the GM dealer price set at $21,000.

The 6.2L LS9 is rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. A limited 24 month/50,000 mile limited warranty is included.

The package comes fully dressed including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and the dry-sump oil pan. The external oil and cooling tanks as well as an ECU/wire harness are not included. Also not included is the Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” engine cover. GM Performance Parts does plan to release a LS9 controller kit and a front accessory drive kit later in 2009.

From the GM Performance Parts Catalog:

The most powerful regular-production engine ever from GM! The New LS9 6.2L supercharged – the standard engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – is a technology marvel that holds the distinction of being the most powerful regular-production engine ever offered in a GM car. It helps propel the 3,324 pound ZR1 from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and through the quarter-mile in an astonishing 11.3 seconds at 131 mph – all the way to a top speed of 205 mph! Those stats make the ZR1 not only the most powerful car ever from GM, but the quickest and fastest, too! GM Performance Parts is thrilled to offer the LS9 6.2L in a fully dresses crate engine package. And while it shares the 6.2L displacement of other LS engines, this one is unique, with stronger block casting, stronger cylinder head castings and steel cylinder liners that are honed with a deck plate installed to maximize performance and cylinder seating. High-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, including titanium intake vales and connecting rods, are used along with high-flow cylinder heads that flow the charge forced on them by sixth-generation supercharger. A revised, higher-helix design delivers greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power whether off-idle or at speed. A dual-brick charge cooler is integrated on a unique manifold system that mounts the “blower” in the engine’s valley, with charge cooler on top.

Click here to view the GM Performance Parts 6.2L LS9 Crate Engine Catalog Page.


Source:
GM Performance Parts via YourAutoStuff.com

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Hennessey Unleashes the 705hp Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2009

Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

For some the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower is simply not enough. Hennessey Performance solves that problem with their latest creation, the Corvette ZR700. An extensive list of bolt-ons and a custom tune unleash the fury of the ZR1 by boosting horsepower to 705 and torque to 717lb-ft. The numbers are awe-inspiring.

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR700 rips through the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. The estimated top speed is 212 mph.

To squeeze the extra performance out of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9, Hennessey increases the supercharger boost from 11psi to 14psi and then adds a K&N air filter, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters, upgrades the intercooler system and finishes up with a dyno test and tune session. Watch the Corvette ZR700′s quarter mile run at Lonestar Motorsports Park:

If the 705 hp ZR700 isn’t enough for you, Hennessey adds even more upgrades and goes into the engine with high flow cylinder heads and an agressive cam shaft that boosts horsepower to an astonishing 755.


Source:
Hennessey via MotorAuthority.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.

The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.

2009 World Performance Car finalists:

  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI

The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.


Source:
Jalopnik

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1963 Corvette Fuelie

The results are in for the 2009 Barrett-Jackson and GM was officially declared the winner for bringing a number of prototypes and engineering Corvettes to the Scottsdale auction, particularly the C4 ZR-1s. In fact, while we believe that many of the Corvettes that sold last week were exceptional cars, because its Barrett-Jackson, we also expect the memorable. Without GM’s Heritage Collection, this would have been just another auction.

Of course we remember last year’s star attraction, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 that sold for $1 million. Who would have predicted that 2009′s star Corvette attraction would be the ZR-1s from the C4 Corvette era.

The GM Heritage Collection stole the show with three Corvette ZR-1′s ranking in the top five of Corvette sales. The top seller of all Corvettes was the $286,000 paid for a 1989 DR-1 Corvette, a Convertible ZR-1 prototype. A 1989 Corvette ZR-1 press car sold for $198,000. Rick Hendrick purchased the 1989 Corvette ZR-1 “Snake Skinner” for $176,000, and the 1990 “Active” Corvette ZR-1 sold for $150,000.

Following a popular trend in recent years, there were several C4/C6 ZR1 combo deals offered. These pairings were packaged more for convenience than collectability. A 1990 Corvette ZR-1/2009 Corvette ZR1 sold for $203,500 while another featured a 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette ZR-1 paired with a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 Coupe that sold for $198,200. Interestingly, both the C4 Corvette’s catalog description said they were owned by Dave Ressler, the Chevrolet dealer that paid $1,000,000 for the first retail 2009 Corvette ZR1.

But not all Corvettes at Barrett-Jackson this year were GM Heritage cars or ZR-1s. The second highest price for a Corvette was $220,000 set by a highly documented 1959 Corvette Roadster featuring a 283/245 dual quad V8 and was 1 of 888 painted in Crown Sapphire. This Corvette has appeared in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection three times, awarded an NCRS Duntov, multiple top flights and is a Bloomington Gold Survivor.

Here are the top 15 Corvette sales at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in January. Click here to download the Corvette auction results.

LOT # YEAR MAKE/MODEL STYLE PRICE
1218 1989 CORVETTE DR-1 CONVERTIBLE * $286,000
1019 1959 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 283/245 $220,000
1230.4 1989 CORVETTE ZR-1 COUPE * $198,000
396.1 1989 CORVETTE ZR-1 COUPE "SNAKE SKINNER" * $176,000
1247 1967 CORVETTE "SHRINER" COPO CONVERTIBLE $176,000
1260.1 1963 CORVETTE COUPE 327/360 FI $165,000
1318 1967 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE $165,000
1337 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/390 $154,000
82 1990 CORVETTE ACTIVE ZR-1 * $150,700
1012 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 327/360 FI $148,500
1261.1 1967 CORVETTE COUPE 427/400 $145,200
1327 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/435 $143,000
1338 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/390 $139,700
1255.1 1958 CORVETTE RESTO-MOD $137,500
1263.1 1963 CORVETTE COUPE 327/360 FI $137,500


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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2008 Corvette Chassis

The rolling 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis that was scheduled to be sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has been pulled from the docket and the auction cancelled according to a Barrett-Jackson media representative. The auction was lot # 82.1 and was scheduled to cross the block on Tuesday evening.

After the ZR1 Chassis failed to appear in its assigned slot, a review of the Barrett-Jackson website showed that it had been pulled from the 2009 run list completely. We emailed Barrett-Jackson and was told that the auction had been cancelled and no other information about the chassis is available.

The Corvette ZR1 Chassis is one of the 200 GM Heritage Collection vehicles that were scheduled to be sold at the famous collector car auction. Perhaps the car has been rescheduled to appear with other Heritage vehicles at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction later this Spring. The only other possible outcomes is that GM sold or donated the car prior to auction or GM decided to keep it for the time being.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson

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2009 Corvette Display at the Detroit Auto Show

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2009

2009 Corvette ZR1 at NAIAS

It was a year ago today the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was introduced by Jeff Gordon and Kid Rock at the 2008 GM Style Event, a cars and stars and models extravaganza that kicked off the start of the North American International Auto Show. What a difference a year makes. For 2009, GM lets the cars speak for themselves. So I bring you the Corvette ZR1 at the 2009 NAIAS.

2009 Corvette ZR1 at NAIAS 2009 Corvette ZR1 at NAIAS 2009 Corvette ZR1 at NAIAS
Click here to view Autoblog’s Gallery of GM’s NAIAS display area.


Source:
Autoblog.com

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2008 Corvette Chassis

As part of GM’s housecleaning of the famous Heritage Collection, several rolling chassis are being made available for public sale including this unique 2008 Corvette ZR1. The chassis appears to be complete but there is no mention on whether or not its functional. The chassis will appear on the block at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction which kicks off next week.

During January 2008′s Detroit Auto Show, GM displayed a Corvette ZR1 chassis with a display that pointed to various elements that went into the design and construction of the supercharged 6.2L Corvette ZR1. While the auction description doesn’t mention it, I’m speculating that this could be the same chassis.

The auction description states the chassis cannot be titled or licensed and may not be driven on public streets. No certificate of title is provided and only a bill of sale will accompany the vehicle.

Two other chassis are also being made available at Barrett-Jackson including a 2004 GM Kappa chassis which is the basis of the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky and a 1931 Oldsmobile chassis which was the backbone of six different Oldsmobile models that year.

As stated, the 2009 Barrett-Jackson kicks of next week with autos hitting the block on Tuesday, a day earlier than previous years. Check back with CorvetteBlogger as we are preparing the schedule for all Corvettes currently listed on the Scottsdale docket.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson via Car Domain Blog

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Clarkson Selects Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson Loves The Corvette ZR1

Readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I’ve harped on the Top Gear host about his over-the-top attitude when it comes to America and America’s sports car, the Corvette. Yet I find my opinion of Clarkson evolving as he surprises me once again by selecting the 2009 Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year.

I was downright down on Clarkson following is infamous review in 2006 of the Corvette Z06. But starting late last fall with Season 12 of Top Gear, it appears Jeremy has finally warmed to the Corvette and according to Clarkson, the Corvette ZR1 = Love.

Clarkson’s conversion (or epiphany) began in 2006 while making the Top Gear DVD “Everything Explodes”. While he had a million amazing cars on the set to drive, Jeremy says he most enjoyed driving a Corvette C6 Convertible so much that he used it to drive back and forth to the hotel every night.

Then he drove the 7.0-liter Corvette Zed 06, the Corvette he called typically American: “Rough-riding, uncouth, garish, brash and as tasteless as an onyx lavatory.” Despite the fact the Corvette Z06 is supported by leaf-springs, Clarkson was impressed with some of the technical’s like the magnesium engine tray that supports the 7.0 liter LS7 was moved back into the car which improved the weight distribution.

And then came the Corvette ZR1 which Clarkson said was the best performance car he’s driven all year…by some margin.

Clarkson takes a swipe at the USA by asking how come it took so long for Americans to make a car so good. But then he sums up the Corvette ZR1 with the following paragraphs:

The 638 hp from that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is impressive. But it’s the sheer surprise of the 638 hp that impresses most of all. In an Enzo, you know the grunt is there all the time because it shimmies and shakes. The Corvette does not. It’s softer than a C6. It’s as quiet as a Mondeo. It’s as well air-conditioned as a Rolls-Royce. Stabbing the throttle, then, is like lying in a hammock on a warm tropical evening and then suddenly falling out. You’re just not ready for the rush.

The bald figures tell some of the story. But 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and the top speed of 205 mph do not explain what it feels like when that onslaught comes out of nowhere, and you are watching the world go into hyperspace through a head-up display.

So as Clarkson’s opinion of the Corvette has evolved, so has my opinion of Clarkson. Still, despite acknowledging that Top Gear is a global brand and that cultural issues must be left aside to focus on the car, we get the following Clarksonism when he sums up his Corvette ZR1 = Love article:

“It’s a bloody good car. If I had a collection of automatic weapons, some attack dogs and a wife with tattoos, I’d have one like a shot.

Yep, Clarkson is evolving all right.

Thanks for the tip George!


Source:
Top Gear

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