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Blue Devil / ZR1

The first 2009 Corvette ZR1 rolls off the assembly line

Chevrolet Dealer and Corvette Collector Dave Ressler was in Bowling Green yesterday to accept delivery of the first retail 2009 Corvette ZR1. Ressler is well known for buying the 6.2 liter supercharged Corvette at January’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $1 million. The special one of a kind Corvette features a unique VIN and will be the only one painted LeMans Blue.

Ressler was in the driver’s seat as the Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Next to him was his 10 month old grand daughter named Ayden Lynn who honked the horn a couple times during the event. The Corvette had a personalized license plate that read “Ayden Lynn” and Ressler referred to the ZR1 several times as his “granddaughter’s car”.

Back in January during the Barrett-Jackson auction, it was very much apparent that Ressler intended to be the high bidder of the Corvette ZR1, raising the bids in $100,000 increments and then sealing the deal at $900,000 by raising his own bid an additional $100,000 to make the gavel fall at $1 Million dollars.

The amount of money over the MSRP, estimated to be at $103,300 – $117,000 depending on options, will go to the United Way of Southeast Michigan.

After the Corvette was performance tested, it was parked outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant next to Ressler’s other well-known Corvette, the #003 1953 Corvette which, coincidentally, he paid $1 Million for at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction back in 2006. “I’m proud to have the oldest Corvette along with the newest, best ‘Vette yet,” said Ressler.

Ressler plans to have the Corvette ZR1 trailered back to his home in Bozeman, Montana and put in his museum, where he already has 45 other Corvettes.

Sources:
WBKO.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson 08: 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
#003 1953 Corvette Sells for 1 Million Dollars

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the LutzRing

Yesterday, GM had some of the media out to its proving grounds in Milford to ride and drive in the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 and despite the fact that embargos were in place, several videos of the event are already making the rounds. Driving the Corvettes is Jim Mero, the GM Development Engineer who drove the new King of the Hill around the Nurburgring’s 13 mile course in 7:26.4.

Jim was one of the designers for what the test drivers call the LutzRing, a high speed road course at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds that’s nicknamed after GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. Despite knowing the course like the back of his hand, he does manage to appear human by knocking over some of the cones set up. He jokes that the “cones don’t apply him” which is quite funny when you’re doing 120 and can’t see over the next hill.


This video features WXYZ-TV’s Mary Conway riding shotgun with Jim Mero. And for the first time, we actually get to see more of Jim than his hands on the steering wheel as he appears on camera talking about the ZR1.


Finally, WWJ Newsradio 950′s Jeff Gilber goes for a high speed run around the LutzRing and the in-car video shows that he’s clearly uncomfortable with the speeds and G-forces that Jim Mero subjects him too.


After watching the videos, I pulled up Milford, Michigan on Google Earth and here is a satellite photo of the LutzRing. Amazingly, this is but one section of the entire Milford Proving Grounds area.


Source:
Motive Magazine
VetteTube.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Official Video of Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nürburgring Lap

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[VIDEO] 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine Build

by Keith Cornett on July 17, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1's LS9 V8 Engine

Automobile Magazine gets to tag along with Master Engine Builder Bruce Blomfield as he assembles one of the first production 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 engines at GM’s Performance Build Center. Each of the supercharged 638 hp LS9s are assembled by hand and the entire process takes about four and a half hours. Video after the jump.


Source:
AutomobileMag via Jalopnik

Related:
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[VIDEO] GM Releases Official Corvette ZR1 Specs: 638 hp and 205 mph

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring

The Corvette ZR1′s Nürburgring lap time of 7:26.4 last month has indelibly cemented the fact that this is the fastest Corvette ever produced by General Motors. Driven by GM Development Engineer Jim Mero, the Corvette ZR1 ran a blistering lap with speeds approaching 180 mph on the 12.9 mile, 100 corner Nordschleife besting the previous fastest Corvette, a Z06 driven in 2005 by Jan Magnussen by nearly 17 seconds. The video of this historic run was released this afternoon by GM and can be viewed after the jump.

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has finally made public the much anticipated Nürburgring lap time by the 2009 Corvette ZR1. On the morning of Friday, June 27th, GM Development Engineer Jim Mero drove the 2009 Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4. The entire post from Tadge is after the jump.

I know many people have been very interested in how fast the ZR1 would be at the Ring…

Most car enthusiasts are quite familiar with the Nürburgring. Built in the 1920’s near Cologne, Germany, “the Ring” is considered to be the toughest and most challenging race track in the world.

Over the last two weeks, we have been doing our final tuning and testing there before we start ZR1 production cars. This morning (Friday June 27), General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove the Corvette ZR1 around the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4.

Jim commented after the lap that conditions were good except for a strong headwind down the main straight and that the lap was solid, but he felt there were a few places he could have gone faster.

The car was bone stock with the exception of the communications and safety equipment. The tires were production Michelin Pilot Sport 2’s. These tires have been developed specifically for the ZR1 and will have impressive wet traction and wear (tread wear rating = 220), in addition to excellent dry road holding. Chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory specs. Likewise, the engine calibrations were absolutely stock, emissions compliant and the car ran on pump (not racing) fuel. The vehicle was exactly like the cars that will be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and sold around the world later this summer.

Despite posting one of the fastest times ever run by a production car, Nürburgring lap times were not an over-riding priority in the development of the ZR1. The truth is, if the only priority was speed at the ring, the car would not be very pleasant to drive on American roads. The ZR1 is an incredibly capable track machine, but unlike most ultra-high performance cars, it is very easy to live with on a daily basis.

The timed lap was run with a rolling start, a departure from our previous practice of standing starts. This is more aligned with current industry practice. The lap was electronically timed and confirmed with two hand-held stopwatches. An in-car video will be posted when the engineering team returns from Germany. Look for it the week of July 7!

The time falls in the range where most observers thought it would, and we are left to wonder what the outcome would have been if the Corvette ZR1 had been driven by Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen, who lapped the ‘ring in the Corvette Z06 with a time of 7:42.9. The ZR1′s 7:26.4 is faster than the Nissan GT-R’s time of 7:29.03 but 1.4 seconds behind the unofficial 7:25 run by the GT-R V-Spec.

As Tadge mentioned, a video of the run is forthcoming. In the meantime, this video was just posted by the guys at BridgetoGantry.com. Because Tadge doesn’t mention whether or not the ZR1 had the track to themselves, and the video shows another car on the track, we’re unsure if this clip is actually from this morning’s 7:26.4 run.

A complete list of Nürburgring lap times can be found at wikipedia.


Source:
GMnext.com
BridgetoGantry.com

Related:
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2009 Corvette ZR1

RM Auctions announced that its Sports & Classics of Monterey Auction will feature a new 2009 Corvette ZR1 to benefit the Texas non-profit relief agency GRACE. The Monterey auction will take place August 15-16 at the Portola Hotel and Spa and coincides with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. RM’s Monterey auction is one of the largest classic and exotic car auctions in the country. Last year’s Sports and Classics auction saw 190 cars sell for $46 million including 10 Corvettes that combined for just over $1 million in sales.

This will be the second time that the Corvette ZR1 has been featured at a high profile public auction with the proceeds benefiting a charity. Earlier this year, car dealer Dave Ressler paid $1 million dollars at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction to own the first retail Corvette ZR1. Our video of that auction auction is below:

The Corvette ZR1 that will be offered at Monterey is Victory Red and is provided by RM Auctions in association with the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet. The GRACE charity provides the food, clothing and other assistance to people in emergency situations.

With the Corvette ZR1s hitting the open market, we doubt this auction will generate a selling price anywhere near the Barrett-Jackson auction. Still, this could be a great opportunity for a well-healed buyer to not only become one of the first Corvette ZR1 owners in the country, but do some good for the neighborhood in the process.

Auction details can be found at RM Auctions.


Source:
Inside Line

Related:
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
Corvettes Bring in $2.5 Million During Monterey Auctions

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[VIDEO] Corvette ZR1: Factory Assembly Process

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2008

The 6.2L Supercharged Corvette ZR1

I received a text message yesterday from GMnext.com alerting me that a new video showcasing the assembly of a Corvette ZR1 was online. The video starts with the ZR1′s frame and follows the assembly process until the Corvette is completed and driven out to the back lot ready to be transported. One aspect of the video that I really enjoyed was hearing the comments made from the assembly plant workers who speak about the Corvette ZR1 with pride and enthusiasm.

If you’d like to join the GMnext ZR1 Mobile Club, text ZR1 to 466398.


Source
GMnext.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson 08: 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million
[VIDEO] The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style

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Corvette ZR1: GM Releases Official Pricing

by Keith Cornett on June 17, 2008

The 6.2L Supercharged Corvette ZR1

Seems like it was forever-ago when the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was introduced at January’s GM Style event. With all the fanfare and Kid Rock to boot, the Corvette ZR1 single-handedly took over the North American Internation Auto Show. Six months later and just one month before the 6.2L Supercharged carbon fiber wonder begins production, GM is giving us the final piece of the Corvette ZR1′s puzzle: pricing and official performance statistics.

The official MSRP of the 2009 Corvette has been set at $103,300, making the Corvette ZR1 the most expensive Chevrolet ever offered. The MSRP includes the $850 destination charge that’s on every Corvette. An options package is also available for $10,000 and the chrome wheels will set you back another $2,000. Finally, and most unfortunately, the Federal Government gets in on the act with a $1,700 gas guzzler tax. So for those of you keeping track, a fully loaded 2009 Corvette ZR1 will cost you $117,000.

So what are you getting for $117,000? How about an American Super car that can stack up against any competition, foreign or domestic. We saw how the engineers ran the Corvette ZR1 to a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h) on a German test track. Now we learn that the ZR1 can run 0-60 at 3.4 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the Z06, and its 0-100 mph is 7.0 seconds for the ZR1, almost a full second faster 7.9 seconds posted by the Z06. Finally, the all-important quarter mile time is 11.3 seconds at 131 mph.

“A favorable power-to-weight ratio gives the ZR1 an advantage over the competition and performance that has to be experienced to fully appreciate,” said Tom Wallace, Corvette chief engineer. “Of course, on a racetrack, drivers of competitors’ cars may appreciate the ZR1 in a whole different manner.”

The Corvette ZR1 has an EPA fuel rating that also beats several renowned super cars. The ZR1 is estimated to get 14 mpg city and 20 highway. Ferrari’s 599 GTB Fiorano gets 11 city/15 highway, the Lamborghini Murcielago gets 8 city/13 highway and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets 12 city/19 highway. As Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter acknowledged in April’s Live Chat, the Corvette ZR1 is subject to a modest gas guzzler tax of $1,700.

While the standard Corvette ZR1 is based on the same interior refinements of the Corvette Z06, for the discriminating buyer with an additional $10,000, Chevrolet is offering an Options package that includes the following upgrades:

  • Power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed ZR1 embroidered sport seats
  • Side air bags
  • Bose premium audio system
  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Power telescoping steering column
  • custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors

The only other option available for the Corvette ZR1 are Chrome Wheels, which will add an additional $2,000 to the MSRP.

The Corvette ZR1 has been a long time coming and with production starting in July, it should be just a couple of more months before we start seeing them at shows and on the street. Chevrolet has produced a true super car that’s ready to compete on the world stage. Now, about the C7 Corvette…


Source
GM.com

Related:
Corvette ZR1′s Supercharged LS9 Nominated for Engine of the Year Award
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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Corvette Ad Watch: Mobil 1 Ad Features Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2008

Mobil 1 Corvette ZR1 Print Ad
Theory Communications & Design was selected by ExxonMobile to produce a print ad for Mobil 1 motor oil which is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Corvette Quarterly Magazine. Mobil 1 is the recommended motor oil for all new Corvettes including the Corvette ZR1. Full ad is after the jump.

Mobil 1 Corvette ZR1 Print Ad


Source:
Theory Communications & Design

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The 2009 Corvette ZR1

Dealers, do you know where your 2009 Corvette ZR1 allocation letters are? We heard the letters were promised in “early May” and being so close to the date that the system will start accepting orders for the 2009 models, it’s unusual that they haven’t shown up yet. We already know that yearly production will be 2,000 units according to Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, so what’s the holdup in letting dealers know their preliminary allocation numbers? It could very have something to do with pending legislation in Florida that would cause a ripple effect across the country for not only allocations of the Corvette ZR1 but the Z06 as well.

On May 1st, the Florida Legislature approved a bill pertaining to Motor Vehicle Dealers and their relationship with the licensees (ie manufactures) and sent it to the desk of Governor Charlie Crist for his signature. The 17 page bill, titled “CS for SB 2582” contains language that prohibits certain actions that licensees can take against a dealer including coercion to improve or relocate facilities or punishing dealers for selling motor vehicles knowingly to customers who intend to export them.

However, there are two sections of this bill that deal with fairness of allocations. It is specifically these two clauses that could effect the allocation of a limited production car like the 2009 Corvette ZR1. The worst case scenario is that no Florida Chevrolet dealers will receive the ZR1 because if GM makes one available to any dealer in Florida, than technically it would have to make one available to all dealers in the state, which is what it seems the bill requires.

The two clauses in “CS for SB 2582″ dealing with allocations are below with the relevant passages highlighted:

(18) The applicant or licensee has established a system of motor vehicle allocation or distribution or has implemented a system of allocation or distribution of motor vehicles to one or more of its franchised motor vehicle dealers which reduces or alters allocations or supplies of new motor vehicles to the dealer to achieve, directly or indirectly, a purpose that is prohibited by State Statute 320.60-320.70, or which otherwise is unfair, inequitable, unreasonably discriminatory, or not supportable by reason and good cause after considering the equities of the affected motor vehicles dealer or dealers. An applicant or licensee shall maintain for 3 years records that describe its methods or formula of allocation and distribution of its motor vehicles and records of its actual allocation and distribution of motor vehicles to its motor vehicle dealers in this state. As used in this subsection, “unfair” includes, without limitation, the refusal or failure to offer to any dealer an equitable supply of new vehicles under its franchise, by model, mix, or colors as the licensee offers or allocates to its other same line-make dealers in the state.

(22) The applicant or licensee has refused to deliver, in reasonable quantities and within a reasonable time, to any duly licensed motor vehicle dealer who has an agreement with such applicant or licensee for the retail sale of new motor vehicles and parts for motor vehicles sold or distributed by the applicant or licensee, any such motor vehicles or parts as are covered by such agreement. Such refusal includes the failure to offer to its same line-make franchised motor vehicle dealers all models manufactured for that line-make, or requiring a dealer to pay any extra fee, require a dealer to execute a separate franchise agreement, purchase unreasonable advertising displays or other materials, or relocate, expand, improve, remodel, renovate, or recondition, or alter the dealer’s existing facilities, or provide exclusive facilities as a prerequisite to receiving a model or series of vehicles. However, the failure to deliver any motor vehicle or part will not be considered a violation of this section if the failure is due to an act of God, work stoppage, or delay due to a strike or labor difficulty, a freight embargo, product shortage, or other cause over which the applicant or licensee has no control. An applicant or licensee may impose reasonable requirements on the motor vehicle dealer, other than the items listed above, including, but not limited to, the purchase of special tools required to properly service a motor vehicle and the undertaking of sales person or service person training related to the motor vehicle.

As the Corvette ZR1 is considered its own model, any dealer not allocated a ZR1 could technically invoke these clauses and force a claim against GM for violations. While the clauses would also apply to the Corvette Z06 because its also considered a “model”, our understanding of the bill is that special editions like the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas would be exempt as they are technically an option on a convertible or coupe, and not considered its own “model”.

It’s easy to see the dilemma that GM faces. General Motors has a mathematical formula for which of the 4,000+ Chevrolet dealers that would be able to sell the 2,000 Corvette ZR1s (not taking into consideration that some of that number is planned for export) and if this legislation is passed, GM may be forced to exclude the Sunshine state altogether from its ZR1 allocations unless they want to offer one to every Florida-based dealer first. As you can see, this decision could cause a ripple across the US with thousands of dollars of profit per ZR1 at stake.

We’ll be watching MyFlorida.com for announcement on whether this bill will be signed or vetoed.


Related:
The Devil in Red: Corvette ZR1 Spied Again at Nurburgring
Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter Hosts A ZR1 Chat

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