It was back in May we first learned about the Endora SC-1, a new German custom coach that will be powered by America’s finest V8 Small block engines. Sure we’ve seen custom supercars built on the Corvette chassis before. The Bertone Mantide and Rossi 66 are two of our favorites. But with these latest renderings, the German-based SC-1 is beginning to look distinctly Corvette-like and is moving up our charts of favorite vaporware vettes.
During this season’s coverage of the American Le Mans Series on ESPN, we have taken notice of the one minute segments detailing Corvette Racing and the technical transfer of the knowledge learned while racing and how its applied to production Corvettes. The Corvette Racing Tech Transfer segment that ran during this weekend’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge featured Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan as he introduced the new 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition.
As we mentioned over the weekend, the Corvette ZR1 was featured on Top Gear USA Sunday evening that culminated with the Americanized version of the Stig taking the supercharged 638-horsepower sports car on a lap attack of TG USA’s test track. How does the Corvette stack up against the competition? Hit the jump and check it out.
Motor Trend had the opportunity to test the new 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition equipped with the Z07 performance package. Although MT tested a similarly outfitted 2011 Z06 recently, the biggest difference between the two model years is that 2012 comes with the updated Z07 Ultimate Performance Package which includes the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control and the new ultra grippy R-compound Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
GM released July’s sales report yesterday and we continue to like what we see. Sales of Corvettes remained steady at 1,291, just nine less than June’s total of 1,299. The July 2011 figure is also 7.7% better than the 1,199 Corvettes sold in July 2010. For the calendar year to date, Corvette sales are pacing 8.4% higher than 2010 with a total of 8,187 Corvettes sold January-July.
Carlisle Event’s Lance Miller and family visited Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City NJ over the weekend to pick up their new Carlisle Blue 2012 Corvette ZR1. In addition to sporting the special color paying homage to the 30th anniversary of Corvettes at Carlisle, the ZR1 also comes equipped with the new PDE Performance Package which adds the Cup wheels, Michelin PS Cup tires, full width racing style spoiler and the MH3 Close Ratio transmission.
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Article contributed by Steve Burns
Back on Wednesday we showed you the video of LMR’s 1,800rwhp Texas Mile C6 undergoing testing in the GM wind tunnel. In addition to watching some of the aero evaluations going on, the wind tunnel staff led us on a tour of their immense facility. We’ll take a detailed look at the GM wind tunnel after the break.
All right Corvette fans, time to set your DVRs. Top Gear USA just kicked off its second season last week and in Sunday’s episode, Tanner and Adam get to drive two automotive legends: A Corvette ZR1 and a Ferrari 458. The duo decides to have a race to establish supremacy and the Stig shows up in dramatic fashion as Round Two is decided on the Top Gear test track.
Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns
As part of the NCRS national convention last week we were able to participate in a tour of GM’s Performance Build Center. The facility is located about an hour northwest of Detroit in Wixom, MI. The low-volume plant hand assembles all of the dry sump motors for Corvettes. Previously, they also made the powerplants for the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V. You can learn more about this unique facility and take a photo tour with us after the break.
A 2011 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe will serve as the Pace Car for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. This is the 18th consecutive year that Chevy will be pacing the event and it’s at least the sixth straight year that the pace car was a Corvette. The Supersonic Blue Corvette Grand Sport Coupe was unveiled Friday morning in front of a throng of fans visiting the Indianapolis motor speedway for Chevy Day.