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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.


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FastLaneDaily.com

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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.


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General Motors

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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.

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Live: Watching Corvettes at the GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’re watching the GM style party tonight live on www.GM.com. We’ll be continuously updating this post at the evening progresses. Jeff Gordon is co-hosting the event and has alluded to a special car making an appearance tonight.

UPDATE: Video of the Corvette ZR1 introduction uploaded by SlashGear.com. More photos after the jump.

2009 Corvette ZR1

2009 Corvette ZR1 with Jeff Gordon Driving

GM did this introduction right. With Kid Rock on the mic, Jeff Gordon drove the new Corvette on stage. Here is the new 2009 Corvette ZR1!!

1953 Corvette and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is the first artist to take the stage and surprise, the first car of the evening is a 1953 Corvette.


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General Motors

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

General Motors will roll out the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 at the GM Style Party on Saturday, January 12th. The annual GM Style party includes musical performances and fashion shows featuring both clothing designs and cars. This year, Detroit’s Kid Rock. Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 will perform at the event. In the past, Hollywood stars were paired and would walk a runway with selected GM vehicles after the curtain was lifted.

The general public will have their shot to see the supercharged 6.2L King of the Hill during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next week.

While we are still waiting for performance estimates and the final price tag which are expected to come as we get closer to the Corvette ZR1′s launch this summer, engineers anticipate the car to achieve a top speed of 200 mph as well as a performance benchmark of 100 hp per liter or 620 horsepower total.

GM Style will be simulcast on gm.com.


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General Motors

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Video: In the GM Design Dome with the Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

GM has invited several of the larger automotive blogs to visit with designers in the GM Design Dome in advance of its appearance at the North American International Auto Show next week. AutoBlog.com was one of the sites invited and here is the interview they did with Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennian.

According to AutoBlog, the Corvette you see here is actually a standard Corvette Z06 that the design staff used to test the fit of exterior parts, so its not fitted with its ceramic brakes and that is a LS7 under the hood. Don’t fret though, the real Corvette ZR1 with its state of the art LS9 supercharged V8 under the lexan window will be live Saturday night at the GM style party in Detroit.

I’d also like to add that it would be nice if GM would include a blog dedicated to the Corvette when it doles out these kinds of invitations. In fact, there is a fanatical blogger in Tampa that follows Corvettes and he has a video camera and is willing to travel. Just a thought…


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AutoBlog.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

Unless you happen to be in Detroit next week, your chances of seeing the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 live and in person will be slim to none. The good news is that the new King of the Hill will be the star attraction at this year’s C5/C6 bash at the National Corvette Museum in late April. The annual bash is where the new 2009 Corvettes are introduced to the faithful, complete with walk-arounds and introductions from Corvette’s engineers and managers.

The C5/C6 Bash is planned for April 24-26 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Make your plans to see the new Corvette ZR1 in person by registering online.


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National Corvette Museum

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I’m betting that Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles is a very popular fellow now that the details about the Corvette ZR1 have been released. We saw him recently on the Garage419.com vblog as he stood next to and pointed out features of the new King of the Hill. Following his turn is some GM corporate footage of the 2009 Corvette ZR1.


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Garage419.com

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First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2007

2009 Corvette ZR1In what could only be described (and is being marketed) as the opening salvo in the new muscle car wars, the first 2009 Corvette ZR1 will be offered up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction held mid-January in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new King of the Hill will join the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the Ford Shelby GT500KR on the block as the big three auction off the cars for various charities. The proceeds from the sale of the Corvette ZR1 will go to The United Way while the Challenger and Ford Shelby proceeds go to Not My Kid, Inc. and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chevrolet says the auction is for the “first retailable” 2009 Corvette ZR1. We are not quite clear if they mean they are sending the Corvette ZR1 that will make its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show the week prior to the auction, or if the buyer gets the first Corvette ZR1 to roll off the production line later next year.

The auction for the ZR1 Corvette will be held on Saturday, January 19th and will be broadcast by SPEED. The Shelby GT500KR will hit the block first at lot number 1300. The Corvette ZR1 will follow as lot number 1316 and the Challenger will wrap up the shootout at lot number 1331.


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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on December 20, 2007

It’s 12:01 on December 20, 2007 and the curtain has been raised on a new Corvette model. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 has crossed over from rumor to reality. It’s obvious from the first photos that this isn’t your father’s ZR1. We’re talking 620 horses delivered via the supercharged 6.2 liter LS9. A bit lower than the lofty 650 that was speculated, but that is still 115 hp more than the performance-minded Corvette Z06. So here we go, fellas! Sit down, shut up and hang on because we are going to be throwing a whole bunch of Corvette info at you:

Corvette ZR1 Talking Points:

  • The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is RPO 1LZ
  • The ZR1 will have a unique, identifying VIN digit, as well as a sequential build number
  • LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 targeted at 620 horsepower and 595 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Curb weight of 3,350 pounds
  • Unique Carbon-fiber hood with a polycarbonate window
  • Carbon fiber roof panel
  • Unique exterior and interior colors
  • Only two options: chrome wheels and a “luxury” package
AND

Jake, that bad boy skull logo of Corvette Racing has been embossed on the ZR1′s intake snorkel, forever cementing his racing roots on a production Corvette. Unbeliveable!!

     

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PRESS RELEASE

CHEVROLET ENTERS THE WORLD OF SUPERCARS WITH 2009 CORVETTE ZR1
New, Supercharged LS9 V-8 is the Heart of the ZR1

DETROIT – Chevrolet officially announced the 2009 Corvette ZR1 – an American supercar that brings the technology and engineering refinement of carbon-fiber, ceramics and electronics together in a distinctive design.

“Chevrolet’s goal with the new ZR1 is to show what an American supercar can deliver, at a price that trumps exotics that cost two, three or four times as much – and does so with exceptional driveability,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.

The ZR1′s basic stats:

  • All-new LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 targeted at producing at least 100 horsepower per liter, or 620 horsepower (462 kW), and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque (823 Nm)
  • Six-speed, close-ratio, race-hardened manual transmission
  • New, high-capacity dual-disc clutch
  • Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
  • Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
  • Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires – P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear – developed specifically for the ZR1
  • Standard carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors – 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
  • Larger brake calipers with substantially increased pad area
  • Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
  • Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual vents
  • Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window – offering a view of the intercooler below it
  • Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, exposed carbon-fiber weave
  • ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
  • Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
  • Only two options: chrome wheels and a “luxury” package
  • Curb weight of approximately 3,350 pounds (1,519 kg)
  • The specialized components of the new ZR1 work harmoniously to deliver the most powerful and fastest automobile ever produced by General Motors. Performance estimates will be announced closer to vehicle’s summer 2008 launch.

“Preliminary testing shows the ZR1 builds on the highly respected Corvette Z06 in every performance category, from acceleration and braking, to cornering grip and top speed,” said Peper. “It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1′s is exceptional – better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph.”

Supercharged LS9 engine

The new LS9 6.2L small-block engine is the power plant the supports the ZR1′s performance capability. The enabler of the LS9′s performance and refinement is a large, positive-displacement Roots-type supercharger with a new, four-lobe rotor design. It is augmented with an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for maximum performance.

A sixth-generation supercharger developed by Eaton helps the LS9 make big power and torque at lower rpm and carries it in a wide arc to 6,600 rpm, as it pushes enough air to help the engine maintain power through the upper levels of the rpm band – the area where supercharged performance tends to diminish. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components enable the engine’s confident high-rpm performance.

The LS9 is hand-assembled at GM’s Performance Build Center , in Wixom, Mich. , and incorporates specialty processes typically seen in racing engines to produce a highly refined and precise product. For example, cast iron cylinder liners are inserted in the aluminum block and are finish-bored and honed with a deck plate installed. The deck plate simulates the pressure and minute dimensional variances applied to the block when the cylinder heads are installed, ensuring a higher degree of accuracy that promotes maximum cylinder head sealing, piston ring fit and overall engine performance.

Transmission and axle

The LS9 engine is backed by a new, stronger six-speed manual transmission and a twin-disc clutch that provide exceptional clamping power, while maintaining an easy clutch effort. ZR1-specific gearing in the transmission provides a steep first-gear ratio that helps launch the car, and top speed is achieved in sixth gear – a change from the fifth-gear top-speed run-outs in the manual-transmission Corvette and Corvette Z06.

As the term implies, the twin-disc clutch system employs a pair of discs, which spreads out the engine’s torque load over a wider area. This enables tremendous clamping power when the clutch is engaged, while also helping to dissipate heat better and extend the life of the clutch.

The twin-disc clutch system also contributes to the ZR1′s exceptional driving quality, with smooth and easy shifting. The twin-disc system’s design enables a 25-percent reduction in inertia, thanks to smaller, 260-mm plates, corresponding to a pedal effort that is similar to the Corvette Z06′s 290-mm single-disc system.

The rear axle also is stronger in the ZR1 and features asymmetrical axle-shaft diameters that were developed after careful testing to provide optimal torque management. The axles are also mounted on a more horizontal plane that correlates with the wider width of the rear wheels and tires.

Ride and handling

The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent SLA front and rear suspensions, with aluminum upper and lower control arms. Where the ZR1 differs is the suspension tuning, which was optimized for the car’s steamroller-wide front and rear tires.

Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard and tuned specifically for the ZR1. The system’s ability to deliver a compliant ride with nearly instantaneous damping adjustments enabled engineers to develop a surprisingly supple ride quality in a supercar that still delivers cornering grip of more than 1g.

From a high-performance perspective, Magnetic Selective Ride Control helps the rear axle remain planted during launch for smooth, hop-free acceleration. It also helps suppress axle movement when cornering on broken or uneven pavement.

Brakes, wheels and tires

Commensurate with the ZR1′s engine output is the braking system, which is headlined by carbon-ceramic brake rotors. Found on only a few exotics and more expensive supercars, carbon-ceramic brake rotors are made of a carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic silicon carbide material . Their advantage comes in low mass and resistance to wear and heat. In fact, the rotors should never show any corrosion or require replacement for the life of the vehicle, when used in normal driving.

The vented and cross-drilled rotors on the ZR1 measure 15.5 inches (394 mm) in diameter in the front and 15 inches (380 mm) in diameter in the rear – making them among the largest carbon-ceramic rotors available on any production vehicle.

Clamping down on the high-tech rotors are six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers, each painted a ZR1-exclusive blue. The front pads are equivalent in size to the largest on any production car with a single-pad design – double that of the Corvette Z06′s 70-sq.-cm. front pads.

The brakes are visible through the ZR1′s exclusive wheels: 20-spoke alloy rims that measure 19 inches in diameter in the front and 20 inches in the rear. They come standard with a bright, Sterling Silver paint finish and chrome versions are optional. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires developed specifically for the ZR1, measuring P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear.

Exclusive exterior

The ZR1 is instantly recognizable, with perhaps the most identifiable feature a raised, all-carbon-fiber hood that incorporates a clear, polycarbonate window. The window provides a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with the legend “LS9 SUPERCHARGED” embossed on the left and right sides, and an engine cover with the Corvette crossed flags logo debossed at the front.

The underside of the hood has an exposed carbon-fiber-weave. Exposed carbon-fiber is used on the roof, roof bow, rocker molding and front splitter. These exterior components are protected by a specially developed glossy, UV-resistant clear coat that resists yellowing and wear.

Widened, carbon-fiber front fenders with specific, dual lower vents, and a full-width, body-color rear spoiler incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp, are also unique to the ZR1. All of the exterior features of the car were developed to enhance high-speed stability and driver control.

Interior details
The ZR1′s interior builds on the brand’s dual-cockpit heritage, with high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality that support the premium-quality experience promised by the car’s performance. The ZR1′s cabin differs from the Corvette and Corvette Z06 with the following:

  • ZR1-logo sill plates
  • ZR1-logo headrest embroidery
  • Specific gauge cluster with “ZR1″ logo on the tachometer and a 220-mph (370 km/h) readout on the speedometer
  • Boost gauge added to the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display
  • The “base” ZR1 (RPO 1LZ) comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The uplevel interior package includes unique, power-adjustable and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); custom, leather-wrapped interior available in four colors; navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and more.

By the numbers In addition to the exterior cues and powertrain, ZR1 models will be distinguished from other Corvette models by their VIN. Each will carry a unique, identifying VIN digit, as well as a sequential build number. This makes it easy to determine the build number of a specific car – information treasured by enthusiasts and collectors. For example, a ZR1 with a VIN ending in “0150″ would indicate it is the 150 th ZR1 built for the model year.


Sources:
Press Release: National Corvette Museum

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