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.
Tuners & Exotic Vettes
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.
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.
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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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”.
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”.
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 â€“ 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.
Well, well. It seems that the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest look comes from Los Jalopnik himself Ray Wert who was able to get inside the concept and then take it for a spin. In the process we learn a little more about chances for a repeat performance as the new C7 Corvette in 2012.
This concept is powered by a hybrid power train with electric power for in-city driving or switch to the V8 for high performance driving situations. Even with the V8 power, the engine will deliver even higher fuel economy with its ability to deactivate cylinders. Of course all this is conceptual but it shows how the power train teams are looking to the future.
Although the Stingray Concept is relatively new to the scene, it was actually penned six years ago by Tom Peters who followed it up by designing the new Camaro. That explains some of the similarities found on both cars, most notably the front-end defining egg crate grilles. Peters spoke with Wert about the Stingray and the C7 Corvette:
Said Peters, “it’s not the C7…that’s not to say there aren’t elements here that can translate into what the C7′s about. There’s no parameters to this concept…our goal…I would tell my team, guys, go kick that car’s ass. Go beat that.”
While that sounds like a definitive NO! on the “Stingray as C7″ debate, we’re still way early in the game to say that Kirk Bennion’s exterior design team won’t want to incorporate some of the defining lines and shapes found on the popular Transformers Concept.
We do hope they incorporate some of the technology featured inside the Corvette Stingray Concept. While most of it is described as currently available, some of the conceptual features are straight out of a science fiction movie. The instrument gauges feature 3D graphics and ambient lighting. In addition to the stereo and Nav unit, the central display also features a graphical PDA complete with “friend” pictures and connect to a home internet link to send out some tweets.
Check out the Jalopnik’s full review of the Corvette Stingray Concept
A week ago we introduced you to the SV 9 Competizione, the new Corvette-based custom coach from SV Motor Company. The SV 9C was conceived, designed and assembled in just 10 months which is an amazing feat in the automotive industry. To make the concept happen, SV Motors teamed up with an all-star team that included Pratt & Miller, Corvid Technologies and others. Today we’re happy to present you with real-world pics from the car’s debut last week in San Francisco.
The 9 Competizione mixes US performance with the aesthetic characteristics the finest Italian road cars. While the exterior features the most radical changes with its new carbon fiber body, we really like what SV has done on the inside. Check out the two-tone leather and burlwood interior and particularly the wood finished accents on the steering wheel. Nice.
The 9C will be limited to just 1,000 cars and the cost is just under $100,000. Check out SV Motor Company for reservations and further details.
SV Motor Company
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.
SV Motor Company
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.
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.
705 hp @ 6,400 rpm
717 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm
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
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
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.