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Blue Devil / ZR1

The Corvette ZR1's Eaton Supercharger

Yesterday’s excellent AutoBlog video with GM Small Block Assistant Chief Engineer Ron Meegan took us inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine. From that presentation we learned why engineer’s started with the base Corvette’s 6.2 Liter LS3 engine vs. the 7.0 Liter LS7 found in the Z06, as well as the various components that were upgraded to fulfill the quest of 100 horsepower per liter. Little did we know that video would be followed up with parts two and three, taking us further into the inner workings of the supercharger that powers the new King of the Hill. More after the jump.

Part two focuses on the Eaton Supercharger and Meegan again clearly explains how the 4-lobe supercharger works and the challenges GM engineer’s faced with mating it to Corvette’s 6.2Liter V8. Part three concludes the series with Meegan discussing the differences between the supercharged 6.2L V8′s found in the new Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan and the Corvette ZR1.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

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Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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AutoBlog.com had the opportunity to talk with GM’s Assistant Chief of Small Blocks Ron Meegan who takes us step by step through the 6.2 Liter LS9 engine that will power the new Corvette ZR1. Ron tells us right from the start how engineers were targeting the 100 horsepower per liter mark and therefore why the decision was made to use the 6.2L engine vs the ZO6′s 7.0L LS7.

But perhaps the most informative part of the video is how Meegan gives us an engineer’s overview of specifically how the Eaton Supercharger was integrated into the 6.2L engine as well as the lengths GM’s engineers had go to strengthen the various components to be able to withstand the output of 620 horsepower.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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GM Announces Production Dates for 2008/2009 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on February 13, 2008

GM has released to dealers the following dates regarding the end of production for 2008 Corvettes as well as the beginning of production for the 2009 model year:

The 2008 model year for Corvette will come to a close on June 20th with the sold order cut-off date set for April 25th. These dates are for all body styles: Coupe, Convertible and Z06. If you’re still looking to place an order for a 2008 Corvette, you better get moving now.

More exciting is the dates for production of the 2009 model year Corvette. For Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvettes, the startup date for production is planned for June 23rd. ZR1 Corvette production is expected to start three weeks later on July 14th.

What’s interesting about the 2009 model is how little we know about any changes in the works. We do know about two new colors: Cyber Gray and rumored new “blade” silver. We also have hints that a 2009 wheel will make its debut early on the Z44 “427″ Edition Z06. It could just be that after the mid cycle upgrades presented on the 2008 Corvette, the only changes in store for 2009 are paint and wheels.

The four models will be introduced to the Corvette public at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash

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Hot Pursuit! Bob Lutz’s Corvette ZR1 Police Interceptor

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 Michigan State Police Car
You know that feeling. You’re cruising a few miles over the speed limit when you top a hill or round a corner and come face to face with The Man. But this time he ain’t driving a Ford Crown Vic or a Chevy Impala. The Man is behind the wheel of a 2009 Corvette ZR1 and you might as well be riding a bicycle. As a fan of Corvette police cars, this picture put a smile on face today. Someone sent GM’s Bob Lutz a photochopped Corvette ZR1 decked out in Michigan State Police graphics and featuring the prerequisite light bar, bumper guard and awesome blacked out wheels. Without regard to notifying the PR department who were baffled by the incoming calls from new media outlets, Bob uploaded the image to GM’s Fastlane Blog with the following quote:

“Your Worst Nightmare
Go ahead…make their day. Just try and outrun them!”

Source:
GM FastLane Blog via Jalopnik.com

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Corvette ZR1 Unveiled to Corvette Museum Members

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2008

Last Saturday at the Detroit Auto Show, the National Corvette Museum revealed the new Corvette ZR1 to a select group of members. We were unable to attend the event, but one of our friends and regular readers, 16-year old Justin Society was there and offered to share his experience and a couple photos of the event. Justin’s enthusiasm for Corvette is infectious and the hobby should be thankful when a young man takes an interest in Corvette the way Justin has.

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 Revealed! The 2009 Corvette ZR1 Revealed! The 2009 Corvette ZR1 Revealed!

From the Summerset Hotel, four greyhound buses picked up approximately 150 to 200 NCM members. Everyone felt like the bus ride took forever, our looking forward to seeing the ZR1 was definitely the cause. When we arrived at the Cobo center we were given tickets and then waited in the lobby. We soon proceeded to walk through the desolate show floor where the covered Lambo’s and new R8 were held. As we made our way through the Dodge environment, NCM members took a minute to stare at the Viper and think how badly the ZR1 will outperform their leviathan.

When the NCM members entered the GM territory we saw a small blanketed shape in the Chevrolet portion, we all started walking faster to see the Corvette Team who was standing next to the car. Harlen Charles, Kirk Bennian and Tom Wallace were some of many representatives from GM who were standing by.

We experienced a 40 minute presentation by Harlen Charles, Kirk Bennian and Tom Wallace and then after the presentation anyone on the Corvette staff was open to any questions.

I personally asked questions to Harlen Charles and Kirk Bennian and they were happy to answer them. I was assured of a Corvette design that kept traditional but pushed the envelope a little bit further, especially in efficiency in aerodynamics. Harlen also acknowledged that Corvette may go on a diet but it would still remain competitive with its main competition and would not make too many sacrifices that would jeopardize its world class performance. He did not say so but he seemed very confident that the C6 has a little more life left in it.

The convention was starting to open to the public and people slowly started trickling into the ZR1 area. Some were amazed to see a group with matching shirts and the more Corvette savvy individuals were even more amazed to see Tom Wallace talking to people.

Thanks again Justin for sharing your NCM experience at the Detroit Auto Show.

Related:
Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1

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The hype surrounding the sale of this special car has been building since last Saturday when the all new 2009 Corvette ZR1 made its debut at the GM Style Party in Detroit. But I don’t think anybody expected to see what happened on Saturday night with millions of automotive and Corvette fans watching the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction as they saw the first blue devil auctioned off with the proceeds going to the United Way.

Giving a fantastic introduction as only he can was Jay Leno. Jay has a way of connecting with enthusiasts because he is one himself. Jay was joined on the block with GM North America President Troy Clarke while GM Performance Vehicle Line Manager Tom Wallace stood in the background.

The bidding started at $100,000 and quickly climbed to $900,000 with collector Dave Ressler holding the high bid. As the money for the Corvette is going to charity, Dave added an additional $100,000 to make the final bid $1,000,000. Barrett-Jackson waived the buyers commission as this was a charity auction. The Corvette shown on the block is a prototype only. Ressler will get to move to the head of the line and receive the first available retail version Corvette ZR1 later this summer. His Corvette ZR1 will be painted in a one-only LeMans Blue and will feature option code BD1. The Corvette will be delivered to the National Corvette Museum where Ressler will receive the car. In addition to winning the Corvette, Dave will receive a three-day driving experience at the Bondurant School of High Performance where Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows will serve as a special instructor. Jay Leno has also donated tickets to the Tonight Show as well as a tour of his personal collection.

Dave Ressler is well known in the Corvette hobby for spending $1 million dollars back in 2006 at Barrett-Jackson to buy the oldest surviving Corvette, 1953′s #003. In terms of who won the horsepower wars at tonight’s auction, this should be a slam dunk for Corvette. The 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR sold for $550,000 while the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8′s selling price has yet to be know. We’ll update this post once the results are in.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
Live: Watching Corvettes at the GM Style Party
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

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Corvette ZR1′s Chassis and LS9 Engine Cutaway Displays

by Keith Cornett on January 16, 2008

Perhaps taking a page from past Corvette auto show displays, Chevrolet has rolled out two displays for the Corvette ZR1 at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The first shows a cutaway of the potent LS9 6.2L supercharged V8. Decked out in a monochrome silver paint, the cutaway gives us a glimpse of inner workings of the Eaton supercharger showing the twin screws.

The LS9 Corvette Cutaway

The second display features a rolling chassis of the Corvette ZR1. The vertical display gives the impression that the Corvette is ready to blast off.

The ZR1 Corvette Chassis

AutoBlog.com does an excellent job of walking you through the technical aspects of both displays. Click below to visit each of their posts and soak up all that Corvette ZR1 coolness.


Source:
AutoBlog: The LS9 Cutaway
AutoBlog: The ZR1 Chassis

Related:
Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talks with FastLaneDaily.com about the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on location at the Detroit Auto Show. Tadge tells us the inspiration of the Corvette’s ceramic composite brakes was the Ferrari Enzo as well as the decision to hotlap the car during last year’s final ALMS race at Laguna Seca.


Source:
FastLaneDaily.com

Related:
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2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1

 

Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2008

Here is some official GM footage from last night’s public debut of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. As we mentioned in yesterday’s liveblogging post Kid Rock got the room hyped up as NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon wheeled out the 6.2L Supercharged Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

Related:
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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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Video: GM’s Tom Wallace Discusses the 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’ve got a lot of information coming out of the General in advance of the Corvette ZR1′s public unveiling during the Detroit auto show. Here is a new video from Tom Wallace, Vehicle Line Executive – GM Performance Cars, discussing the engine, powertrain and brakes of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Tom walks us through the features that make this Corvette so special and then describes in very simple terms what that means for you. Wallace is obviously excited about this Corvette and his enthusiasm shows.

Related:
Video: In the GM Design Dome with the Corvette ZR1
2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party
2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

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