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Corvette Accident Photo: Prizes For Best Caption

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2008

C6 Corvette and a Mercedes Benz Getting It On

These photos were taken on Friday from an accident scene in Ventura California. I’ll give away a 2008 Corvette Price Guide, a 2008 Corvette Black Book, and a new Bridgestone Firestone tire gauge to visitors who post the best captions.

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The caption contest is now closed and three winners have been selected. Click here to see our favorites.


Source:
Ventura County Star

Related:
Take Out! Hertz Corvette ZHZ Wrecks Dallas Restaurant

Thanks to:
Bridgestone Firestone

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Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

2008 Corvette Production

2008 was a banner year for the Corvette. The model year received a mid-cycle upgrade that featured the new 6.2 Liter LS3 engine with 436 horsepower, new interior choices and two exciting new colors, Jetstream Blue and Crystal Red Metallic. Two special edition Corvettes were built, the Z44 Corvette Z06 427 edition and the Z4Z 30th Anniversary Indianapolis Pace Car. Demand for new Corvettes translated into 35,310 Corvettes produced, and for the first time since its re-introduction in 2001, the Z06 outsold the convertible.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s release of 2008′s Corvette Production Figures shows that 7,731 (22%) Corvette Z06s were built compared to 7,549 (21%) Corvette Convertibles. This is lowest output of Convertibles since 1996 when only 4,369 were produced. The Coupe made up the majority of production with 20,030 (57%) Corvette Coupes assembled.

When it comes to colors, 1 out of every 4 Corvettes is Black (9,380 – 26.6%). The two shades of red, Victory Red (5,638) and the new Crystal Red (5,420) make up 31.3% of colors produced. The other new color for 2008 was Jetstream Blue, which accounted for 3,728 Corvettes (10.26%). That figure was in line with 2007′s LeMans Blue in which 3,854 were made. What’s also interesting is how this report from the assembly plant references the two new colors: Jetstream Blue is called Bluestream and Crystal Red is called Crystal Claret. Hmmmm.

Corvette’s popularity abroad remained strong for 2008. Exports to Europe were 1,300 (3.7), Canadian Units totaled 643 (1.8%), and Corvettes exported to Mexico totaled 32 (0.1%).

Here are selected highlights from the final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 20,030 57%    
Convertibles 7,549 21%    
Z06 Hardtops 7,731 22%    
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Total 35,310 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 1,974 1,320 654 0
41U Black 9,380 4,977 1,818 2,585
45U Velocity Yellow 3,264 1,816 550 898
67U Machine Silver 3,660 2,088 753 819
74U Victory Red 5,638 3,120 1,116 1,402
83U Atomic Orange 2,246 1,272 458 516
85U Bluestream 3,728 2,067 655 1,006
89U Crystal Claret 5,420 3,370 1,545 505
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Gray Beige 1,779   1,779  
37T Titan Gray 630 0 630  
41T Black 5,140 0 5,140  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 2,207 989 506 712
19I Ebony 20,730 12,837 3,242 4,651
24I Ebony/Brick 689 256 138 295
31I Light Cashmere 4,940 2,952 1,988 0
42I Ebony/Lt Linen 1,669 632 367 670
78I Ebony/Dk Titanium 505 0 0 505
84I Light Titanium 4,570 2,364 1,308 898
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MM6 6-Speed Manual 11,760 3,235 794 7731
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 19,136 13,304 5,832 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 4,414 3,491 923 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
QG6 Base Aluminum 7,828 6,701 1,127 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 5,412 3,973 1,439 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 970 0 0 970
QX1 Comp. Gray Painted Aluminum 1,781 1,588 193 0
QX3 Chrome 9,626 6,063 3,563 0
Q10 Z06 Base 760 0 0 760
Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray 395 0 0 395
Q76 Z06 Chrome 5,101 0 0 5,101
Q8A Z06 427 SE 505 0 0 505
Q9V Forged Chrome 2,932 1,705 1,227 0
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 2,773 2,773 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 4,666 2,959 1,707 0
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 13,454 9,254 4,200 0
R8C Museum Delivery 954 471 284 199
UV6 Heads Up Display 25,493 10,973 6,789 7,731
U2K XM Satellite Radio 33,561 19,086 7,348 7,127
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 10,706 7,757 2,949 0
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 32 24 8 0
MAE European Export 1,300 656 172 472
Z49 Canadian Export 643 212 181 250
         


Source:
Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com

Related:
Official 2008 Corvette Pricing Announced
Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

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Taxicab Corvette Z06: When You Need To Be Somewhere Fast

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

Corvette Z06 Taxicab

If I was ever late to catch a flight, seeing this taxi pulling up in front of the CorvetteBlogger Compound would be a welcome site. But in reality, this Corvette Z06 isn’t a taxicab all. It’s actually one of the 120 cars participating in the 10th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. Gumball 3000 participants are known for plastering outrageous exterior graphics on some of the world’s top supercars.

Additional photos after the jump.

The previously Black Corvette Z06 was reskinned by the UK’s Raccoon auto branding company in the motif of “The Speeding Cab Company” for the rally. Here are the photos that show the car being wrapped in the parking garage of the Fairmont Hotel in San Fran as well as the finished taxicab parked down on the street.

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The Gumball 3000 takes participants on an 8 day, 3000 mile road rally across two continents. This year’s rally was billed as “East Meets West” as the Gumballers cruised through China and portions of the American West.

Participating in a Gumball Rally isn’t cheap. For one fee of £60,000 pounds (or the price of a Corvette ZR1) all your accommodations, vehicle transportation and of course, admission to the famous Gumballer parties are all covered.

There was also a midyear Corvette Coupe participating in the rally, but I have yet to see any pictures other than a glimpse of the front clip lurking in the background. If anyone has seen a photo of it, please send it over.
Source:
Supercars.net
Gumball 3000 Related:
Royal Oak PD’s New Ride: A Corvette Z06 Police Interceptor
1963 Split Window Corvette Featured in PGR4 Commercials
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GM Delaying Corvette ZR1 Deliveries For Quality Assurance

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2008

The 2009 Corvette ZR1

After each new Corvette ZR1 rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, it undergoes what is being billed as “extreme quality control” in an attempt to deliver the car to customers as problem free as possible. While some are looking at the delay as a negative, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles tells us that this is just to make sure the ZR1s are as perfect as possible for everyone.

Harlan says this intensive scrutiny of early production Corvettes is part of the normal quality process that GM does with each new Corvette model introduction. They did it with first C6 Corvettes and they did when the new Corvette Z06 was introduced.

There is no denying that the delay is causing angst among some new owners who know that their new Corvette ZR1 has been built, but has yet to leave Bowling Green. We checked around and have been told that other than Dave Ressler who picked up the very first Corvette ZR1 last month, no cars have been delivered to retail customers.

That doesn’t mean the factory isn’t shipping the new supercharged Corvette. Truckloads of Corvette ZR1s have been sent to Detroit but these are captured test fleet cars and not assigned to customers. Those fleet Corvette ZR1s are being driven and evaluated to ensure that the quality Corvette owners have come to expect is represented on the newest Corvette.

Our opinion is that the attention to quality is a good thing as long as the delay doesn’t go on too much longer. We are feeling for those owners with the low VINs whose cars have been on the ground for a while. People aren’t used to paying $105,000 to $150,000 for a Corvette so making sure that it’s as perfect as possible and lives up to the hype makes good business sense.

The new 2009 Corvette ZR1s are coming. Harlan tells us it’s an awesome car and it’s worth waiting just a little bit more.


Photo Credit:
Jalopnik’s Corvette ZR1 Mega Gallery

Related:
[Video] Chevrolet’s Harlan Charles Shows Off the Corvette ZR1
[VIDEO] Corvette ZR1: Factory Assembly Process

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2008 Corvette Pace Cars Now Discounted with Employee Pricing

One of the most successful incentive programs offered by GM is now back and the good news is Corvettes are included. Employee pricing for everyone runs through September 2nd and Corvette buyers can save a significant amount on 2008 Coupes, Convertibles and the Z06.

Usually Corvettes are excluded from most of GM’s incentive programs but due to the number of 2008 Corvettes available on dealers lots – 5,854 as of yesterday – the General wants them sold to make room for the 2009 Corvettes now rolling off of the Bowling Green Assembly line.

The discounts are fairly significant too. In the case of the 505 horsepower Z06 where base prices start around $72,000 the discounts can be close to $10,000 off!

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette only have a few 2008′s left including a Black Z06 and a Indianapolis 500 Pace Car coupe so if you want to get in on the discounts you better give Dave and the gang a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Sponsored by:
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
July 2008 Corvette Sales

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Rossi 66 Melds Sting Ray Design to C6 Corvette Technology

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2008

The Rossie 66

When we first saw the photos of the Rossi 66, we were blown away by how good this Corvette looks compared to some of the other retro rebody’s we’ve seen lately. The Rossie 66 borrows the best exterior design features from the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe and melds them to the chassis of the C6 Corvette. Currently the Rossie 66 exists as a design concept only but the company has the set a goal for producing a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 this fall.

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A Corvette ZR1 at the Milford Test Track

At 12:01 am this morning, the embargo was lifted and those lucky magazine and blogger stiffs who were invited by GM to the Milford test track (also known as the Lutzring) were free to post their experiences of driving the new 638 hp supercharged Corvette ZR1. And what a drive it must be. The four reviews that we link to after the jump toss around short missives like “best ever” and “total pussycat”. Taking a poll of the reviewers found that they were “surprised”, “shocked” and “blown away” by the driving experience the new Corvette ZR1 delivers, not only on the test track, but on the public roads as well.

Jalopnik

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the best car ever made. It redefines what performance cars are capable of, not by its numbers (the 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds and a 205 MPH top speed figures are no longer noteworthy north of $100,000), but by how it makes those numbers so accessible. Simply put, the ZR1′s most remarkable achievement is how easy and unintimidating the chassis makes exploiting the car’s 638 HP.

Autoblog

The ZR1 may well be the best supercar bargain in the world, while at the same time being as mechanically sophisticated as any of the best supercars from Europe or Asia. Unlike most engines, the ZR1 doesn’t really have a torque curve. It’s more like an electric motor — massive torque is everywhere. In fact, it has so much twist you almost don’t need shift. Put the gear lever in third and roll on the throttle until you’ve accumulated enough speed as your license can tolerate and then lay on the brakes as hard as you please.

Motor Trend

Okay, so we’re shocked (and more than a little proud) that America’s sports car established a lap-record at the Nurburgring. We’re awed by its high handling limits and overall tractability. And 15 or 20 hot laps of a circuit like the Lutzring could probably convince any skeptic that $30K worth of hardware value has been added to the already impressive Z06.

Edmunds

Possibly the only thing more surprising than the existence of a $100,000-plus, 638-horsepower factory-built Corvette is that the car is a total pussycat. Don’t get us wrong, this 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can kill you quite completely dead. We mean like augured-in, test-pilot kind of beyond-recognition dead. It is capable of such stunning velocity in such a short distance that if things go wrong at even a fraction of its ultimate speed, it’ll tear a ragged hole in just about whatever it encounters.

The Jalopnik test drive article was our favorite review of the four and should be read first. Reviewer Wes Siler approaches the Corvette ZR1 drive from an enthusiast’s point of view and really takes you inside the emotions of driving Chevrolet’s new supercharged 638 horsepower halo car.

The only downside we read from the reviews is the same tired old argument about the interior not being on par with cars costing 2-3x as much. As with every new Corvette introduction we prefer to challenge these statements by spinning it as part of the “Chevrolet” experience. Who buys a Corvette for the interior anyway?


Sources:
Jalopnik | Autoblog | Motor Trend | Edmunds
Photo Credit: Motor Trend Related:
[VIDEO] Things to do in a Corvette ZR1: Burnouts!
[VIDEO] 2009 Corvette ZR1 at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds

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Katech Unveils the Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2008

Introducing the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

Katech Performance, the supplier of engines to Corvette Racing’s C6.R program as well as the Pratt & Miller C6RS has launched an exclusive package designed to put your Corvette Z06 on a diet and you in the winner’s circle at the track. The new ClubSport package reduces the curb weight of a Corvette Z06 to 2,825 lbs (fully optimized) from the standard 3,180 lbs while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

Corvette performance has always been about the power to weight ratio and with Katech’s experience in racing, shedding those unwanted pounds while improving on the Z06′s performance is just what serious racing enthusiasts have been clamoring for.

Available exclusively through Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan, the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 for the standard package and includes a 12-Month/12,000 mile warranty. That’s a lot of laps around the autocross or road course! Katech also has a “Bring Your Own Z06″ program for the enthusiast that wants to take their Corvette to the next level.

Read the press release below to see what the Katech ClubSport Corvette Z06 diet can do for your racing efforts.

KATECH PERFORMANCE UNVEILS LIGHTWEIGHT Z06 FOR THE TRACK
New ClubSport Package Shaves Pounds to Shave Seconds off Lap Times

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Katech Performance, ever attuned to the collective conscious of the Corvette universe, knew this – enthusiasts wanted a lighter weight Z06 tuned for the track. Now they have it.

The Corvette Z06 ClubSport package – available exclusively from Katech Performance and Les Stanford Chevrolet (Dearborn, Mich.) – incorporates an array of aftermarket products that, in unison, reduce curb weight to 2,915 lbs. (2,825 lbs. fully optimized) while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

“The Z06 is already wonderfully light weight,” commented Jason Harding, performance parts sales, Katech Performance. “We knew, however, that we could improve the power-to-weight ratio with several select modifications. Lamborghini has its Gallardo Superleggera, Ferrari its F430 Scuderia and Dodge its Viper ACR. Now the Corvette Z06 has the ClubSport package from Katech Performance.”

What does one feed Chevrolet’s already well-conditioned athlete to shed pounds and improve its game? The ClubSport diet calls for:

Brembo® Gran Turismo Brake Kit
Two-piece cross-drilled rotors significantly reduce un-sprung rotating mass; front six-piston monobloc calipers squeeze 14-inch rotors; rear four-piston monobloc calipers pinch 13.6-inch rotors

Moton Clubsport Suspension
Double-adjustable coil-overs enhance power-to-the-pavement delivery while offering seven individually adjustable rebound and compression settings; system is specially tuned by Moton engineers and SCCA World Challenge professional driver Andy Pilgrim

Katech Performance ClubSport Wheels
15-spoke, single-piece forged aluminum wheels (18×9.5-inch front; 19×12-inch rear) further reduce un-sprung rotating mass; finished in attractive gray powder coat

Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Tires
Enhance grip and handling while reducing total mass (285/30R18 front; 325/30R19 rear)

Katech Performance Appearance Package
Carbon fiber front splitter improves aerodynamics and is complemented by a matching carbon fiber rear spoiler that improves downforce; lift-off carbon fiber World Challenge hood vents the engine compartment, reduces weight by 50% and provides more downforce; ClubSport racing stripe on front fenders and rear fascia identifies vehicle as an exclusive Katech Performance creation

Halltech Killer Beeâ„¢ Air Intake
Carbon fiber intake designed specifically to complement Katech Performance’s carbon fiver valve covers

Katech Performance Exhaust System
Lightweight 18-gauge stainless steel design incorporating X-pipe, two lightweight mufflers, over-axle pipes and CORSA® quad tips; reduces weight and produces a deep, racecar-like tone while maintaining a civil pitch on public roads

Exedy Twin-Disc Clutch
Reduces drivetrain mass and makes for easy rev-matched downshifts

Braille Battery
All-season; reduces weight in the rear

Several optional supplements are also available including: Caravaggio leather race seats; A/C and/or radio delete as well as carpet delete to further reduce weight; roll bar or harness bar and six-point harnesses; and an ARE dry sump system.

So what’s the final verdict? A power-to-weight ratio of 5.45 lbs./horsepower (standard) or 5.28 lbs./horsepower (fully optimized).

Complete with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, the Katech Performance Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 (standard) and is expected to maintain 50-state emissions compliance*. Power plant improvements – including an array of modified LS7 engine packages – are also available for customers who want to upgrade to a true Katech Performance “Street Attack” Z06.

To purchase a brand new ClubSport Z06 from Les Stanford Chevrolet – “America’s Corvette King” – call 800.699.VETT or visit www.lesstanford.com. Already own a 2006-2009 Z06? Bring your Vette to Katech to get started on the ClubSport plan. Call 866.KATECH1 or visit www.katechengines.com.

Katech Performance, the aftermarket performance division of Katech Inc., engineers and manufactures race-proven crate engines and components for LS1/LS6 and LS2/LS7 engines including solid belt tensioners, coil relocation brackets, cylinder heads, dampers, pistons, push rods, throttle bodies and valve covers, among other high-performance products for the street and track.

Katech Inc. was founded on the need to provide responsive service and skills to factory race efforts in all forms of racing, including the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), NASCAR®, SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American Speed Association (ASA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Today, Katech is an industrial leader in advanced racing and high-performance engine development, manufacturing, testing and assembly, and offers support services for the professional racer including boring, honing, fabrication, welding and prototype parts development.

Katech Performance is located at 24324 Sorrentino Court, Clinton Township, MI, 48035. Contact the company by phone at 866-KATECH1 or visit online at www.katechengines.com.

* Pending C.A.R.B. certification


Source:
Katech Performance Related:
Specter Werkes Unveils New C6 Corvette GTR
Corvette Z06 Black Edition by Geigercars
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[PICS] Corvette ZR1 VIN #29 On The Assembly Line

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2008

A Corvette ZR1 on the Assembly Line

Todd Schnitt usually discusses news, politics and other events including severe weather on his nationally syndicated radio show that’s based out of Tampa. As a Corvette Z06 owner, Schnitt casually mentioned a couple months ago that he was going to be getting a 2009 Corvette ZR1. On Yesterday’s show, he announced that his Cyber Grey Corvette ZR1 was on the production line and that photos of the car’s assembly were provided by a friend at GM.

Here are some photos of the ZR1 on day 1 on production. The assembly process usually takes two days and photos of the Corvette on day 2 are said to be coming.

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As Todd was talking about his Corvette ZR1, he received a call from a guy listening on XM who said he was in Bowling Green to pick up his Atomic Orange ZR1 on Thursday. I emailed Todd and asked if he had opted for Museum delivery and he replied that he was taking delivery from a local Chevy dealer.

The entire photo gallery can be seen here.

Update
Day 2 Production Picture Gallery
Hear the Corvette ZR1 Started


Source:
The Schnitt Show

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette ZR1: Factory Assembly Process

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[VIDEO] Things to do in a Corvette ZR1: Burnouts!

by Keith Cornett on August 13, 2008

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 doing a burnout

Now that the new King of the Hill has arrived, we are slowly making our way down the list of “Things to do in Corvette ZR1″. Let’s recap: Sell for $1 Million at Barrett-Jackson? Check! Kick the Nissan GT-R’s ass on the Nurburgring? Check! Do a 100 yard burnout on the Milford test track? Check!

Our friends at Autoblog captured a Red Devil putting the rubber to road twice in front of cameras. The ZR1′s supercharged 638 horses were begging to be let loose while the huge Brembo 15.5 inch carbon-ceramic brakes makes sure that it didn’t. Truly a spectacle that only a car enthusiast could appreciate.

So what’s next on our “Things to Do in a Corvette ZR1″ list? One word: Dyno!


Source:
Autoblog
Photo Credit: Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc

Related:
[VIDEO] Official Video of Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nürburgring Lap
[VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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