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Tuners & Exotic Vettes

Andy Granatelli Turbine-Powered C3 Corvette

Did Chevy ever really seriously consider developing a turbine-powered Corvette? The short answer is “No!”. They may have talked about it over lunch, but Chevy never got into the turbine craze of the late sixties. But just because Chevy was never on-board doesn’t mean others haven’t looked to build their own turbine powered Corvette.

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Loma Performance Unveils the Corvette C6.BlackforceOne

by Keith Cornett on December 3, 2009

Loma Performance Unveils the Corvette C6.BlackforceOne

German-based tuner Loma Performance takes the term “wide body” to a whole new realm with its “BlackforceOne” Corvette package. The only thing that falls flat here is the press releases comparison that this Corvette is somehow “reminiscent” of Boeing’s Air Force One. Clearly the Corvette is more of stealth fighter than passenger jet with its 783 hp bi-turbo V8 engine and copious carbon fiber body parts.

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Superformance Recreates Iconic Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on November 16, 2009

Superformance Recreates Iconic Corvette Grand Sport

Southern California based Superformance LLC is best known for their realistic recreations of the Shelby Cobra and the Ford GT40. Teaming up with the Duntov Motor Company, they have recently been granted the production rights to recreate the coupe and convertible street version rollers of the iconic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport.

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V8TV hooks up with the team at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at SEMA 2009 for an in depth talk about how to wring more power out of the new Corvette ZR1. LPE knows from experience as they tuned a Jetstream Blue ZR1 without modifying the stock LS9 to achive a quarter mile time of 10.02 at 138 mph!


Source:
Motorator

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50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept

General Motors released a batch of new images of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept. In the press release, Chevy gives the Transformer’s movie car the official name of “50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept”. The 50th Anniversary refers to the original Stingray racer built by Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1959.

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Corvette Z06-based Specter Werkes C6 GTR Heading to SEMA

by Keith Cornett on October 29, 2009

Corvette Z06-based Specter Werkes GTR Heading to SEMA

Even though Specter Werkes first introduced the C6 GTR last summer, they have continued to make improvements to the package. Now that SEMA is just around the corner, the Troy, Michigan-based tuner has unleashed perhaps the best variant yet to the GTR family – this one featuring BASF Blue Pearl paint, HRE Carbon Fiber wheels and a twin turbo LS7 V8 courtesy of Lingenfelter which produces a mind-blowing 800 horsepower. The Specter Werkes GTR Corvette will be prominently displayed outside the Las Vegas Convention Center as a feature car for HRE Wheels.

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eBay Find of the Day: 1972 Baldwin Motion Moray GT Corvette

Back in the late sixties, Joel Rosen and his Motion Performance speed shop was the go to place on the East Coast for serious automotive performance. Joel had partnered with Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island to build turn-key street racers out of new Camaros, Novas Chevelles and Corvettes. During the years of 1967-74, hundreds of Motion-branded cars were built including this ultra-rare 1 of 1 1972 Moray GT Corvette which is now being offered on eBay.

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Corvettes on eBay: #1 of 5 1993 Lister Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 6, 2009

Corvettes on eBay: #1 of 5 1993 Lister Corvette

Say hello to a 1993 Lister Corvette. Created by Lister North America back in the early nineties, this custom-bodied C4 Corvette was treated to upgrades both inside and out. Under the hood, the Chevy LT1 V8 was stroked to 383 cubic inches and a Vortech supercharger provides plenty of power. On the outside, custom body panels, Fikse wheels and an upgraded interior add to the package.

Back in the mid to late 1950′s, British-based Lister produced lightweight tubular framed sports cars that competed with Jaguar and Aston Martin. While earlier cars were powered by a D-Jag inline 6, in 1959 the Lister’s got themselves a redesigned aerodynamic aluminum bodies powered by Chevrolet V8 engines. These new Lister’s attempted to cash in on that the heritage, but the concept never took off and only 5 cars were produced.

This Lister offered has an interesting past as it was the first Corvette of the Lister series. Following the car’s debut at the 1993 Los Angeles International Auto Show, it then served as a development mule for Vortech superchargers where it graced the covers of several Corvette magazines.

The next owner took the Lister’s performance to the edge. The 5.7 liter LT-1 was stroked to 383 cubic inches and outfitted with Air Flow Research aluminum heads, Lunati forged steel reciprocating parts, Crane roller cam, Wiesco pistons, 58mm throttle body and on and on and on. Complementing the upgrades under the hood is a bevy of yellow and chrome trim. No-so complimentary is the faux side exhaust which in our opinion detracts from the appearance.

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Images courtesy of Viva Las Vegas Autos – Reproduced with permission

The Corvette has just over 7,000 miles on the clock and comes with a ton of documentation. Back in 2003, the car was featured at Barrett-Jackson where it traded hands for $54,000. Yesterday, the Corvette’s auction on eBay ended with a no-sale at $17,700. If you’re interested in this unique conversion, contact Viva Las Vegas Autos.
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ebay via Autoblog Related:
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Geiger's Corvette ZR1 GTS

Munich Germany-based Geiger Motor Cars loves to tune Corvettes. Recently, they took delivery of a White Corvette ZR1 and worked their magic both under the hood and on the exterior and the Geiger GTS Corvette ZR1 was born. Introduced this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the newly minted Corvette ZR1 Geiger GTS now boasts 710 hp.

For some reason, I’ve always liked what Geiger has done with Corvettes. Sure, they can be over-the-top like the neon green Corvette Z06 we recently profiled. On the Geiger GTS, I do like front treatment better than the rear, and the side-skirts in black carbon fiber against the Arctic White exterior is stunning. The black OZ wheels and center hood stripe also gives the Geiger GTS some serious “curb appeal”.

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In the press release that follows, I do believe something was lost in the translation. At least I hope something was lost in the translation as they refer to the supercharged LS9 V8 as “primitive”.

Press Release:

Geiger GTS: Extreme sportsman with retro elements The announcement was clear: “It is very important for Corvette, to offer the strongest, most high performance and best sports car in terms of handling in the USA.” With these words the former chairman of General Motors Rick Wagoner set his engineers a clear goal around two years ago, which also included trumping the Dodge Viper SRT10, which was shown at the Detroit Car Show shortly before, in all regards.

The technicians got to work and so the next year the persons responsible were able to proudly unveil the quickest and highest performance series vehicle ever produced by General Motors: the Corvette ZR1.

Under the sheer endlessly long bonnet of the ZR1 lurks a newly developed LS96.2 litre small block V8 with compressor supercharging. Pressurized by the Eaton R2300 compressor with up to 0.72 bar, this primitive engine gets up to 647 HP and a maximum torque of 823Nm.

Further technical highlights of the extreme Corvette are its high performance breaking system with their 394 and 381 mm diameter carbon ceramic discs, as well as the electronically controlled suspension “Magnetic Selective Ride Control” with track level suspension mounting. Bonnet, roof, sill, rear wing and front spoiler are made of super light, but at the same time high strength carbon.

GeigerCars.de from Munich, which has specialized in the import and refinement of US cars for years, has not only brought this extreme sportsman from the United States to Germany, it has also optionally subjected it to diverse tuning measures at the same time – the first example of the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” will be presented to the world public at the 63rd International Automobile Exhibition at Frankfurt am Main from 17th to 27th September.

The datasheet for the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” shows 710 HP maximum performance with 6,600 rotations per minute and the car produces gigantic 918 Nm on the crankshaft at only 4,200 revs. Set up in this way the ZR1 storms up to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and at the same time nails the back of the occupants’ head to the head rest of the Geiger carbon sport seats. The propulsion only ends at a speed of 342 kilometres per hour.

At these values the hardest work is done by the 10 x 19 and 12 x 20 inch high performance tyres mounted on light metal rims with the dimensions 285/30ZR19 at the front and 345/25ZR20 at the rear tyres.

Of course GeigerCars extensively modified the look of the Corvette, lending it a styling, which is reminiscent of the large Gran Turismos of the 60′s and 70′s. The front and back were extensively modified; a wide air vent dominates the nose, while a massive diffuser attracts attention at the back. Both the fog and rear lights are based on modern LED semi conductive technology. The three layer mother of pearl varnish of the Corvette ZRI “Geiger GTS” with changing colour play is also a real eye catcher.


Source:
Jalopnik

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