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ZR-What? Corvette C6RS coming April 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Pratt & Miller's Corvette C6RSPratt & Miller wants you to forget all about the ZR-1, the 650 hp supercharged Uber-Vette due sometime next year. The big hype over the last view days has been reverberating from SEMA with the revelation that the famed race car builders will be producing an ultra limited number of Corvette C6RS, the 8.2 liter E85 powered Corvette with an exterior inspired by Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs. Only 25 Corvette C6RS are planned with deliveries beginning April 2008, however the entry fee into this unique club is stiff: $185,000 plus a C6 donor car. The Corvette C6RS is unique in so many ways and the E85 angle must drive environmentalists crazy. Yet, for the cost of two new ZR-1 Corvettes, is the Corvette C6RS worth the price? As someone pointed out. You’re essentially buying into the association with Pratt & Miller more than the car itself so if you can pony up the $200 large for an ultra cool C6RS, make sure you do it right by providing a velocity yellow donar car and then slapping a number #4 (or #64) on its side and painting Jake on the B-Piller when its complete. With Chevrolet offering what will essentially by four models next year: coupe, convertible, Z06 and ZR1, the tuners in the Corvette enthusiast market will need to push their designs to a new level if they want to succeed in their niche. Despite the costs of ownership, Pratt & Miller has created a winner with its 600 horsepower E85 powerplant and race-inspired carbon fiber panels.
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PrattMillerC6RS.com Related:
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Corvette: The Official Sports Car of Kentucky

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2007

Kentucky State Representative C.B. Embry (R) filed a bill for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly that would officially designate Corvette as the states official sports car. The bill would server to honor General Motors “For locating the [Bowling Green Assembly] facility with us. They have over 900 jobs there that pay very well” said the Representative. The bill doesn’t have any co-sponsors yet, but Embry expects broad support for the bill when the legislature convenes in January. The bill shies from naming the Corvette as “Official Car” due to several other assembly plants located in the state that make the Ford Explorer, Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks and the Toyota Camry. Embry concludes that “there would be a controversy to name it as the official state vehicle.”
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Louisville Courier-Journal Related:
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Corvette, Orioles Give Ripken Sendoff to Hall of Fame

by Keith Cornett on July 25, 2007

Cal Ripken Jr, the ironman of professional baseball was the center of attention Wednesday night at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Entering the field in a convertible Corvette, he made his way down the right-field foul line tossing balls into the throngs of fans in the stands.

Cal Ripken Tours Camden Yards in a Corvette
Tonight’s event precedes Ripkin’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. While being known for his all time record of 2,632 consecutive games played, Ripkin is also a member of 3,000 hit club and a 19-time All Star. So other than the picture of Cal in a Corvette, why do I bring this up on a Corvette blog? I’m not even a casual fan of baseball, but I think it’s important to remember that in our current climate of sports scandals, NBA’s betting ref or the NFL’s Vick and dog fighting allegations, there are sports heroes that kids and grownups alike can look to, and Ripken is certainly a person that deserves a victory lap in a Convertible Corvette.
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MLB.com Related:
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Callaway C16 Speedster to Make Debut at Pebble Beach

by Keith Cornett on July 23, 2007

Callaway Cars released the details of the third model in the C16 lineup today and by all accounts this is the most electric. The C16 Speedster, which its increased horsepower and chopped wind deflectors is the ultimate in topless driving. Two humps rise behind the seats to help with airflow although the thought of pushing the 700 hp car to its 210 mph limit makes me a bit queasy. The C16 Speedster is the third such model in Callaway’s 30 year history. Paul Deutschman, who designed the original 1990′s Callaway Speedster was the designer behind the C16 model. Every body panel is designed with aerodynamics in mind. The signature Callaway badge decorates the car inside and out.

The Callaway C16 Speedster The Callaway C16 Speedster The Callaway C16 Speedster
The heart of this Corvette derivative is a 6.2 liter supercharged intercooled V8 which produces 700 hp and 660 lbs of torque. Estimated 0-60 is 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 210 mph. A newly developed coil-over suspension allows the driver to customize the settings for specific road conditions. Unique to the Callaway C16 line is its carbon wheels that weight 40% less than the lightest aluminum wheels. They feature forged magnesium spiders surrounded by carbon fiber rims. 19′s on the front and 20′s in the rear complete the speedster look. The C16 Speedster will makes its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19, 2007. Production models will be available this fall and the MSRP is just north of $300,000. The good news? For that much money, the C16 is completely tailored to the buyer’s specifications including interior and exterior colors.
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Callaway Cars via AutoBlog.com Related:
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Internet Brands Buys CorvetteForum.com

by Keith Cornett on July 19, 2007

The Corvette ForumTroy Roberts has announced the sale of CorvetteForum.com to Internet Brands. The notice showed up today on the front page of the forum and links to an official announcement created this afternoon. Internet Brands runs several car related websites including CarsDirect.com and Autos.com as well as develops the vBulletin forum software that powers the forum. Other forums announced in the acquisistion include LS1Tech, AudiWorld.com and MustangForum.com. According to the post by Roberts, the plan will be for the Corvette Forum to remain as a stand alone site, and additions in content and features will be coming soon. The Forum was founded in early 1999 and is widely regarded as the largest in our niche with over 110,000 members. Our classified ads website VetteFinders.com has been a sponsor of the site since 2001. CorvetteForum.com recently made the leap to new, faster servers provided by Internet Brands. According to the FAQ of the sale, Internet Brands will be providing infrastructure and technology resources for the site.
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CorvetteForum.com via Alarm:Clock Related:
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Corvette Coins and their Ilk Cheapen the Brand

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

Corvette CoinsI started seeing these coins on CNBC a couple of days ago. Some podunk country offers up their coinage to some “collectors” mint who designs a coin that is an exclusive legal, non-circulating tender. Oh, and it’s such a limited deal that you can only buy five. Give me a break. These are simply trinkets that are designed to do one thing and one thing only. Separate you from your money. And since when is .925 considered pure? As a Corvette owner, you obviously have some discretionary money to spend. Are you so gullible to allow these predatory companies think they can separate you from your money simply because it has a Corvette logo on it? Reminds me vaguely of the dialogue in the Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy. Rewritten, it would sound like this, “You could take a dump in a box and then slap a Corvette logo on it and then some sap would feel good about it, and would buy it.” See what I’m saying? In the end, all you really have left is a box of crap that won’t get you three bucks on eBay. You’d be better off putting the $19.95 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling) in your gas tank and going for half a days cruise. Or buy that one little part that you’ve been putting off forever. Me? I think I’m finally going to order that hubcap inset that I lost oh, three or four years ago. For those of you who haven’t see the commercial, it’s playing on Jalopnik.com For those of you who just have to have it because, gasp, it celebrates the 100 year anniversary of GM, order your box of crap Corvette Coins at CorvetteDollar.com
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Corvette Fever MagazineSource Interlink, a distributor of magazines, CD’s and DVDs in supermarkets, discount stores and bookstores announce yesterday that they have agreed to purchase PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media division for $1.2 billion dollars. The Enthusiast Media group is made up of 70 specialty magazines, 90 special interest websites and 65 events. The group posted revenue of $525 million in 2006. Corvette Fever and Vette Magazine are both published by the Enthusiast Media group, along with MotorTrend, Hot Rod and Automobile magazines. The purchase of PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media Group establishes Source Interlink as a vertically integrated company that will publish the magazines and then distribute them in over 110,000 retails stores throughout North America.
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The Tampa Tribune Related:
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Patrick DempseyActor Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Sheperd on the hit TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”, was named the driver of the 2007 Corvette convertible Pace Car at the 91st Indianapolis 500. The worlds largest single-day spectator event is scheduled for Sunday, May 27th. While Dempsey is know for his acting work, he is no stranger to auto racing. Dempsey is a co-owner of IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 team Vision Racing. He also drives in selected sports car races for Hyper Sport Racing and off-road events.

“Most people recognize Patrick Dempsey from his on-screen endeavors,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “But among the racing community, where Chevy plays a role globally, he is known as a dedicated car and racing enthusiast. Being accustomed to high performance cars and racetracks, he’s a great candidate to drive the Pace Car, and he’ll no doubt appreciate the Corvette’s power and handling abilities.”

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National Corvette Museum Related:
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One thing you can always expect from the guys at Chevrolet is that they are going to get the maximum amount of horsepower out of a push-rod small block V8. And then a couple years later they’ll do it again. And a couple years later they’ll do it again. In fact, the Corvette has gained 130 horsepower from its base LT1 300 hp engine in 1996, just 12 short years earlier. This year’s version is called the LS3, a 6.2 liter push-rod V8 is rated at 430 hp. The new V8 with a six-speed paddle-shift automatic can go 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and its top speed is 190 mph.

2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8 2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8 2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8
The LS3 replaces the 6.0 liter LS2 rated at 400 hp that was the inaugural C6 engine. For production engines, three years is a very short lifespan. However, just because it is no longer installed in the Corvette doesn’t mean it may be destined for other GM performance vehicles including the new Camaro. I’ve read the posts on the forums that discuss how the upgrade in engine for Corvette allows the LS2 to become the Camaro’s base V8. The LS3 engine is truly a marvel. It features a larger bore at 4.06 inches compared to the LS2′s 4.0 inches as well as larger pistons, upgraded camshaft and high-flow intake manifold. Total displacement grows from 364 to 376 cubic inches. But the real secret to the LS3′ success comes borrowed from the Z06 Corvette’s LS7 engine. The LS7 offers several hand-me-downs for the LS3 including new high flow LS7/L92 cylinder heads with the large port/large valve design, and the high flow fuel injectors. Also optional on the 2008 Corvette is the Z06 styled two-mode performance exhaust system. Not quite identical to the Z06. The LS3 still has the 2 1/2 in exhaust compared to the three inches in the L7. The system features butterfly valves that close two of the four ports to reduce engine noise under normal driving conditions, but open up for maximum performance when called for. With the new dual mode performance exhaust, the power output for the LS3 rises to 436 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.

Engine

6.2L V-8 LS3

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

SFI (sequential fuel injection)

Compression ratio:

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

430 / 321 @ 5900* w/ std. exhaust
436 / 325 @ 5900* w/ opt. exhaust

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

424 / 575 @ 4600* w/ std. exhaust
428 / 580 @ 4600* w/ opt. exhaust

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

Estimated fuel economy :

TBD

Still amazed? Production begins in late July with cars shipping in August/September. Although Chevrolet has not yet announced the pricing for the 2008 Corvette, it should remain similar to the 2007 model that retails for $44,995.
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Photo Gallery: The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 28, 2007

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