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Tuners & Exotic Vettes

Corvette-Based SV 9 Competizione Ready to Impress

Late last week we began hearing whispers of a new Corvette-based custom coach from SV Motor Company. We contacted them and sure enough, they confirmed they have two units in the final assembly stage. Although SV will be introducing the 9 Competizione in the coming days, they were more than happy to provide us with an exclusive first look.

The SV 9 Competizione combines the powertrain of the world-class American-made Corvette C6 with a new Italian-styled custom coachbuilt body and upgraded interior. While the 9 C retains the distinctive C6 Corvette shape, the new custom body is full of design cues that shout “That’s Italian!” The result is one of best Corvette coaches we’ve seen in a field crowded with Corvette coaches.

The SV 9′s unique carbon fiber body was designed to allow the passage of high velocity air around and through the body surfaces. The front end is the most striking change with the mesh grillwork designed to capture maximum air while the vents on the hood and rear ducts keep the engine bay temperatures down and brakes cool. The rear end gets the Italian treatment as well with the Corvette’s dual brake lights converted from two per side to just one and the exhaust ports are split to each side.

All that carbon fiber goodness drops the curb weight of the standard Corvette C6 by 132 pounds to just 3085 lbs and provides a 50/50 front to rear weight distribution. As for performance, the base Corvette’s LS3 436 horses are bumped up to 450 and 445 lb ft of torque with SV’s revised intake and a custom-tuned exhaust. The ANSA Automotive exhaust system is based from their designs used on the Ferrari Daytona and 599. Estimates are the enhancements will propel the 9 Competizione to a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and 12.0 in the quarter mile.

Brakes and suspension have been specifically tailored for the SV 9 Competizione. Lateral acceleration is estimated to be 1.03g and braking 60-0 mph is an incredible 107 feet. Pirelli PZero Rosso ultra performance tires give the 9 C plenty of grip.

Inside the cockpit, the 9 C gets carbon fiber reinforced seating upholstered in hand-tooled Italian leather. Owners can opt for burlwood, carbon fiber or leather finished steering wheels that are custom matched to the instrument panel and console. In fact, SV takes the customization theme to a whole new level with the 9 C. 25 different exterior colors – 18 standard and 7 special edition colors – are available. Four wheel choices and five interior trim choices ensure that the odds of seeing two of a kind are virtually non-existent.

The SV 9 Competizione will be limited to 1,000 units at a cost of $99,995 which includes a new, well-equipped donor C6 Corvette purchased through their dealer network. Compared to other supercars and exotics, the Corvette-based SV 9 C might just be one of the best custom coachwork bargains of the year. The first showing of the SV 9 Competizione is this Saturday evening in San Francisco. The car will also be on display August 14 at the Concorso Italiano.

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SV Motor Company

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Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700

Back in January we got a preview of Hennessey Performance Engineering’s upgrade to Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1. HPE’s Z700 Corvette ZR1 includes an extensive list of bolt-on parts combined with a custom tune to boost the standard 638 horsepower ZR1 to 705. And to prove this car is a contender, Hennessey is planning to run the Nurburgring later this year.

Preliminary testing of the Hennessey Z700 package shows a significant boost in performance. How’s 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds sound? Yea, that’s pretty damn fast. Hennessey also quotes a 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds and the Z700 runs the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph.

The list of upgrades includes even more carbon fiber goodies like super light carbon fiber wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track.

Hennessey gives the interior some love too by ditching the standard seats in favor of lightweight carbon fiber seats with 5-point harnesses. An alcantara steering wheel and shift knob completes the package. Total cost of the Z700 package is estimated at $207,150 which includes a 2010 Corvette ZR1.

Hennessey compares the Z700 upgrade to the Porsche GT3 RS and the Dodge Viper ACR. To prove it belongs in this exclusive club, HPE is planning on running the Z700 at the famous Nurburgring later this year. You can bet the standard Corvette ZR1′s lap of 7:26 will be in the crosshairs.

Finally, if the Z700 still sounds too tame, take heart. Hennessey also has a Z750 upgrade for 750 horsepower and the twin turbo Z1000 will top out at 1,000 horsepower.

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Full Press Release from Hennessey Performance Engineering:

(SEALY, TX) The world’s fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the 638 bhp ZR1 has become the pinnacle of American sports cars. For most ZR1 owners, having a car capable of Nurburgring times of 7:26 is more than enough performance to satisfy their need for speed. However, for the select few who subscribe to the mantra of “Too much horsepower is never enough” Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has something special in store for them in 2010. HPE is happy to introduce the company’s 705 bhp Z700 upgrade package for the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Porsche 911 owners wanting the uber Porsche can order the GT3 RS. Dodge Viper enthusiasts wanting the ultimate road race Viper have the ACR. Now ZR1 owners can opt for the Hennessey Z700 upgrade for their Corvettes.

Hennessey’s Z700 performance package starts by upgrading the LS9′s supercharger, exhaust and air induction systems, which is then dyno tuned to 705 bhp. But this is just the beginning. Additional upgrades include lightweight carbon fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track. Rounding out the Z700 upgrade package is a revised interior with lightweight carbon fiber seats, Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob.

HPE will be throwing its hat into the Ring – literally – with plans to begin testing the Z700 at the famed Nurburgring in Germany later in 2009. The company plans to build just 24 of these limited-edition Corvette ZR1′s for the 2010 model year. Each customer also gets a full day of performance driving instruction in his or her new Z700 at Hennessey’s own private test track, Lonestar Motorsports Park. Lonestar, which is next to the company’s facility, is located just west of Houston, Texas and has a full quarter-mile dragstrip as well as the addition of a 1.1-mile road course which will soon be under construction.

Power:
705 hp @ 6,400 rpm
717 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance:
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
0-100 mph: 6.4 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.6 @ 134 mph
Skid pad: 1.08 lateral G
Note: HPE VBox preliminary test data.

Z700 Package Includes:

Supercharger Modifications (15 psi boost)
Intercooler System Upgrade
Air Induction System Upgrade
Stainless Steel Exhaust Upgrades
Hennessey Light Weight Carbon Fiber Wheels
Front: 19 x 10.5 inches; Rear: 19 x 12.5 inches
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires
Front: 265/35-YR19; Rear: 325/35-YR19
Sparco Carbon Fiber Seats in Alcantara (Driver & Passenger)
5-Point Harnesses with Harness Bar
Alcantara Steering wheel & Shift Knob
Lowered Factory Suspension
Corner Weighted with 4-wheel Alignment
Z-Aero Carbon Fiber Body Parts: Front Splitter, Canards, Rear Spoiler, Vented Factory Hood, Vented Front Fenders
Hennessey & ZR700 Interior & Exterior Badges
Limited Edition Serial Numbered Plaque
1-Day Driving Instruction at Lonestar Motorsports Park
3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Total Cost Including New 2010 ZR1: $207,150 US Dollars

Optional Upgrades
Z750 – 755 bhp Upgrade
Z1000 – 1,000 bhp Twin Turbo / Supercharged Upgrade
Custom Exterior Colors
Custom Interior Upgrades & Colors
German Delivery – Nurburgring Delivery & Driving Instruction


Source:
Hennessey via Jalopnik

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Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide Seeking Nurburgring Status

The Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide could be making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s Nurburgring lap time according to Bertone’s chief designer Jason Castriota. The first owner of the $2 million Mantide, British-born financier and “gentleman racer” Dan Watkins is considering making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nurburgring lap time and Castriota thinks that goal is obtainable.

Powered by the supercharged 638 horsepower LS9, the Mantide is a blue devil at heart. But Castriota and his design team at Stile Bertone made sure that their Mantide would be lighter (about 176 pounds lighter) and is 30% more aerodynamic than the standard Corvette ZR1.

Still, undertaking a ‘ring run will not come cheap. Watkins is considering renting “The Green Hell” for a couple to three days and will need the services of an experienced Nordschleife driver and crew to pull it off.


Source:
Pistonheads via Autoblog

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Bloomington 2009:  Twin-Turbo 1991 Corvette Callaway Speedster Sells for $115,000

One of more interesting time periods for Corvette came midway through the C4 production run when you could order a twin-turbo for your Corvette. In 1991, the B2K twin-turbo RPO was the only non-GM performance option that could be ordered on a Corvette. This limited edition 1991 Series 1 Corvette Callaway Speedster is #8 of 10 made and used to be part of the Otis Chandler collection before being acquired by Chevrolet dealer and Corvette collector Bob McDorman.

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Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette Roadster

As the legendary designer and former head of GM’s Color and Style department, Harley Earl will always be remembered for his contributions to automotive design he made during his reign at GM in the heyday of America’s automotive manufacturing era. It was Earl that envisioned the idea of a two-seater sports car in the early 50′s and that idea culminated with the unveiling of the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show in New York.

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Karvajal's Corvette ZX-1 Corvette Widebody Conversion

New York-based Karvajal Design has just recently launched a new Corvette conversion package called the ZX-1. The page comes in two stages with the first being a complete body conversion while the second stage addresses performance. After reading the specs and checking out some of the photos, our exuberance for the ZX-1 is about on par with the facial expression on the model pictured above.

The ZX-1 starts with widening the Corvette C6′s body from 72″ to 80″. A copious amount of LEDs are added both front and rear and a custom exhuast, rear diffuser and 19/20″ HRE Aluminum wheels complete the look. Underneath the widebody, Karvajal added a Magnuson supercharger to produce over 600 horsepower and Brembo disc brakes, a Pfaft coil-over suspension and a full under-body aero design complete the package.

Inside the Corvette ZX-1, buyers can choose to go with a leather interior trim or do a premium upgrade that includes alcantara race seats and door panels, aluminum sill plates, floor mats and a leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel.

Karvajal Designs plans to build 300 ZX-1s with packages starting at $69,900. Customers supply the donor Corvette. The very first Corvette ZX-1 was built using a 2007 Corvette C6 and that car was recently listed on ebay with a buy-it-now price of $185,000.

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Karvajal's Corvette ZX-1 Corvette Widebody Conversion Karvajal's Corvette ZX-1 Corvette Widebody Conversion Karvajal's Corvette ZX-1 Corvette Widebody Conversion
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Source:
Karvajal Designs via Autoblog

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Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06

Roughly a year ago, we were going gaga over German-based Geigercars Corvette Z06 Black Edition which upped the horsepower of the already potent LS7′s stock 505 horsepower to 592. It seems lately that tuners can’t get enough horsepower or so Geiger installed a couple of turbos on the now venerable Z06 and painted it neon green to make sure people see it coming. The result? Geigercar’s 890 horsepower biTURBO Corvette Z06.

The biTURBO is more than just a Z06 with twin-turbos. The package starts with increasing total displacement from 7.0 to 7.6 liters. Upgraded cylinder heads, valve springs, and cams were added as well as a less restrictive exhaust system. The rear wheels were upsized to 345/25s and adjustable coilover shocks and larger brakes helps keep the Corvette firmly planted to the road. To handle the additional horsepower, the drivetrain was beefed up with a new twin-disc clutch and a carbon fiber driveshaft.

Performance-wise this all ads up to 890 horsepower and 694 lb-ft torque and a reported top speed of 220 mph!

In addition to the performance upgrades, Geiger tops off the project with their body kit finished in a bright neon green with a black hood and roof. We particularly like the black headlights which adds a sinister look to a Corvette. We’d move over for sure if we saw it approaching in our rear view mirror.

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Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06
Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06

Sources:
Geigercars via AutoBlog.com

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Hennessey Corvette ZR750 Gets Flogged in Super Slo-Mo

Witness the Hennessey Corvette ZR750 getting a serious workout on a track somewhere in Texas. We get a couple of high speed drivebys on the track before switching to an awesome slo-mo shot as the ZR750 rounds a corner at high speed. You can actually see the waves in the air caused by the exhaust in the background. Our only complaint is that it was too damn short.


Source:
Streetfire.net via Jalopnik

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Stile Bertone's ZR1 Based Project M Revealed as Mantide

Last week we introduced you to a new super car project from Stile Bertone that utilizes the chassis of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. This week, the finished Bertone Mantide made its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. The distinctly Italian super car features an aggressive look that you’ll either love or hate. Interestingly, Bertone keeps the polycarbonate window showcasing the ZR1′s 638-hp LS9 which reinforces our belief that its what’s inside that counts.

According to the press release, the Mantide promises even greater performance than the Corvette ZR1 due to significant weight savings and highly advanced aerodynamics. Carbon fiber was used everywhere – body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels – reducing the overall vehicle weight by 220 pounds (100 kilos). Bertone says these changes give the Mantide a 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

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Check out the press release below for more details:

Stile Bertone is proud to present the ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE one-off MANTIDE. Few, if any, automobiles have been as awe-inspiring as the show-stopping prototypes and “fuori serie” cars designed by Stile Bertone – the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero and the Lamborghini LP500 prototype to name just a few

TRADITION

Stile Bertone has a long history of creating one-off prototypes based on the mechanicals of Chevrolet’s sporting automobiles spanning over 50 years. Today, Stile Bertone is proud to utilize the mechanicals of the formidable 2009 Corvette ZR1. Employing know-how from the Le Mans winning Corvette C5R, the ZR1 is the greatest all-round performance car in the world, the undisputed “King of the Ring”, posting the fastest ever lap time for a true production car at 7:26:4 seconds on the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, long considered the benchmark for a car’s true performance. Mantide has been designed and fully engineered in collaboration with the renowned Danisi Engineering and aims to be the world’s greatest street legal performance car, wrapped in an iconic and radical Stile Bertone design.

Mantide’s futuristic design draws equal inspiration from modern aerospace and the world of Formula One. The iconic theme is clear to see: a teardrop-like fuselage which tightly encases the mechanicals and the passenger cell which is embraced by two prominent wrapping aerodynamic appendages. While shockingly bold and technical, Mantide’s unique design maintains a sensuality unique to Italian sports cars thanks to a futuristic interpretation of the classic Kamm Back two volume silhouette.

The aerospace inspired design aesthetic is further characterised by innovative yet beautiful forms which are fully driven by performance: the low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the numerous air inlets and exhausts for maximum air efficiency.

Mantide also boasts cutting edge aerodynamic performance fine-tuned in an advanced full scale wind tunnel. Features include a Le Mans prototype-derived flat floor and diffuser as well as “flying buttresses” which help to increase aero efficiency, guarantee a lower drag coefficient and greater levels of down force. The final aerodynamic results are class leading, with drag reduced by 25% (Cd 0.298) and a 30% improvement in down force. The Mantide not only delivers greater speed and stability, but also more efficiency and therefore lower fuel consumption.

The Mantide promises even greater performance than the ZR1, due to significant weight savings and its highly advanced aerodynamics. Using carbon fibre for all body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels, the overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 100 kilos. The result is a staggering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 351 kph (217mph) Safety and chassis rigidity have been increased with the incorporation of an FIA regulation triangulated roll cage, light-weight carbon fibre racing seats and 4pt racing harness for track use.

Stile Bertone invites you to follow Mantide on its year-long journey as it travels to major auto events around the globe at www.insideprojectm.com


Source:
Inside Project M

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Stile Bertone's Project M Using Corvette ZR1 Chassis

Seems like the coachbuilders love the C6 platform as we’ve covered at least a half dozen designers announcing plans to utilize the chassis and power train for their new super cars. Lately there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Stile Bertone and designer Jason Castriota’s Project M and today it came out that they are indeed using the Corvette ZR1′s underpinnings for their sports car.

Design Director Jason Castriota is use to working around the elite super cars of the world. After all, he brought us the Ferrari 599. I wonder if he knew about the Ferrari 599 seen with the ZR1 during a shakedown in Europe back in May 2007. Watch the video and listen to the high regard he and his staff holds for the Corvette ZR1.

I’ve only been half following the Project M online documentary as there was no clear connection to Corvette except a poll on the site a few weeks ago asking visitors to guess which chassis the Project M would use. For the record, my vote was ZR1. Duh! You can view previous episodes of the Stile Bertone project by visiting Inside Project M. The finished car is expected to debut in a matter of a weeks at the Shanghai Motor Show.


Source:
Inside Project M

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