As the C7 Corvette project moves along, gird your loins for many of these prognostications about the status of the new car, including new features and options that are being considered. Today’s rumor about the next generation Corvette is a two-fer from the MT Confidential column on page 17 of Motor Trend’s December 2010 issue.
NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, NFL star running back DeAngelo Williams and Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell will get behind the wheel of various Corvette models for the premiere of SPEED’s original series Test Drive. Hosted by Tommy Kendall, the Corvette test drives will take place on the streets surrounding Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C and Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw S.C. The show airs next Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30 pm EST so get those DVR’s set. For a bit of a preview, check out the advance photos we got from SPEED.
Either this image has been photoshopped or the owner suffers from a major case of gauge-envy. Either way, someone went through a lot of work to make the this midyear Corvette’s cockpit look like something that’s ready for the runway instead of the driveway.
We first came across Mark Shields (aka Super Genius) replica Corvette Batmobile in May 2006. A salvaged 1978 Corvette was used as the basis to create the one of kind tribute to Tim Burton’s 1989 reincarnation of the Dark Knight which featured Michael Keaton in the role of the caped crusader. The Corvette is now listed on eBay with a somewhat steep starting bid of $50,000.
I’m not making this up.
This is the headline from www.kitsapsun.com which described how a van in Bremerton, Washington was on its way to the morgue carrying two dead bodies when it lost control and caused a major wreck. In addition to taking out this red C3 Corvette, the van also hit a truck, a tree and a sign before taking out the porches of two houses and coming to rest in the living room of a third house.
The 6th Annual Street Car Super Nationals was held in Las Vegas last weekend featuring an all star line-up of Pro Street racers. The cold and rainy weather was a factor as winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour caused the event finals to be shortened to 1/8 mile for safety. This 1958 Corvette sponsored by Spec-Rite Torque Converters won Sunday evening’s $20,000 Pro Street finale on a 1/8 mile track with a run of 4.039/186.72 mph against a 5.882 ET by Giuseppe Gentile’s 2008 Mustang.
Finally, we have some exciting news regarding the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition! Every couple of months since 2011 Corvette production started, I’ve been firing off emails to assorted Corvette team members asking about the start of production for the Carbon Edition and how much will it cost. Today we learned that production is expected to start sometime in early 1st Quarter 2011. And the price? Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles tells us the 2011 Corvette Z06 will MSRP at $90,960 and if you select all the option boxes, a loaded 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition will sell for $99,925.
Cliff Cohen, GM Performance Parts, is joined with Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at Spring Mountain Motorsports park prior to the start of the 2010 SEMA show. Ken brought out a 710 hp Corvette ZR1 and discusses some of the parts and performance know-how that is being licensed from Lingenfelter to GM Performance Parts.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals get underway in Chicago on Saturday and we’re betting one of the highlights of the weekend show will be the reunion of the legendary Baldwin-Motion Corvettes (and Camaro’s) with their creator, Joel “Mr.Motion” Rosen. In advance of tomorrow’s opening, here’s a quick video taken during today’s setup. Hit the jump for a few more photos.