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Tuners & Exotic Vettes

Corvette ZR1 Fireblade

The interwebs have been on fire since the release of South African designer Idries Noah’s digital rebodied Corvette ZR1 dubbed the ZR1 Fireblade. The automotive blogosphere is throwing around phrases like “a hotter ZR1″ and “better than the real ZR1″ and the breathless excitement about a car that isn’t even real leaves me shaking my head. I usually doesn’t give much coverage to rebodied Corvettes (other than Callaway or the new Pratt & Miller C6RS) as I prefer the real thing.

And I’m not so sure whether this was an exercise in car design or digital lighting but the concept works for me in an exaggerated hotwheels sort of way. The polycarbonate window showcasing the King of the Hill’s LS9 Supercharged 6.2L V8 is still there but enlarged to show more. The swooping curves and angles are everywhere and I especially like the rear-end treatment from the B-pillar back. The front? Not so much.

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The Corvette ZR1 Fireblade is a dream only, but perhaps the styling gurus at GM’s Corvette studio should take notice of the strong design cues as they lay pen to paper designing the next generation Corvette.

So what do you think of the Corvette ZR1 Fireblade? Love it? Hate it? Should GM designers consider aspects of this design for the C7? Leave a comment by clicking the link below.


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SeriousWheels.com via WorldCarFans.com via Autoblog.com


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Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS at the Acura Sports Car Challenge

When we hit the American LeMans Acura Sports Car Challenge in St. Pete this weekend we knew we would see some fast Corvettes, but one of the yellow Corvettes on the track wasn’t part of the Corvette Racing stable. Instead, we were pleasantly surprised to find Pratt & Miller’s new Corvette C6RS in the fleet of Vitesse track cars. The ALMS Vitesse cars, which also included an Audi R8 are used for showcasing the race course for VIP’s. We first caught site of the Corvette C6RS on the track Friday just as the Corvette C6.Rs began their qualifying runs and then came across it again on Saturday as the ALMS field was leaving the paddock for the race course.

As this is a Victory Yellow Corvette C6RS convertible, we wonder if this was the very same car presented to Pratt & Miller co-owner Jim Miller in late February.

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The Corvette C6RS is impressive to see in person. Perceptibly wider than regular-production Corvettes, the rebodied Corvette features a C6.R’s race-inspired hood. I particularly liked the exposed carbon fiber spoiler on the front.

Only 25 of Pratt & Miller’s C6RS are expected to be built at a cost of a donor C6 plus $185,000. The Corvette C6RS is powered by the Katech 8.2 liter V8 engine, a 500 cubic inch powerplant that generates 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Visit the gallery at Pratt & Miller to view more of the Corvette C6RS.


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Pratt and Miller’s Corvette C6RS Goes Topless

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2008

Jim Miller's Corvette C6RS

As the co-owner of Pratt and Miller, builders of Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs, Jim Miller probably gets a lot of perks with his job. While free tickets to all the ALMS races and LeMans would be sweet, we think receiving the first production Corvette C6RS roadster is just about the coolest fringe benefit ever!

The Corvette C6RS burst on the scene last fall at SEMA with a conversion of Jay Leno’s personal Corvette Z06 into the mean green E85 C6RS. Shortly thereafter, Pratt and Miller announced a limited run beginning in April 2008 with an expected peak at 25 units. The Corvette C6RS isn’t for those with weak constitutions. Powered by a Katech 8.2 liter 500 ci V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft of torque, the C6RS employs many of the components and characteristics used by Pratt and Miller on Corvette Racing’s C6.R GT1 racecars.

Corvette C6RS pricing information and additional photos are after the jump.

But perhaps the most stunning aspect of the Corvette C6RS is its price. For the cost of a donor Corvette + $185,000, all that performance and styling upgrades can be yours. With the Corvette ZR1 beginning production in July, we wonder how much in demand the Corvette C6RS will be. Still, for those that want something a bit different, a Corvette C6RS from Pratt and Miller is a walk on the wild side of Corvette performance.

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Visit the gallery at Pratt & Miller to view more behind the scenes photos on converting a Corvette to the Corvette C6RS.

Source:
Pratt & Miller via Autoblog.com

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2008 Corvette Callaway Package

I’ll admit it. I am a bit of a Callaway fanboy. Late last year I named Reeves Callaway to my list of 5 Corvette people I’d like to meet. Ever since the B2K twin turbo package from the late eighties, he’s consistently been one of the most knowledgeable and creative forces in the Corvette aftermarket. So when I saw the new photos of the 2008 Callaway Corvette package, I can’t help but to let out a gasp and a few ohhs and ahhs.

Callaway Cars, the Corvette super tuner shows off their new supercharger package that gives the C6 Corvette’s 6.2L LS3 a kick in the shorts by adding 150 horsepower yet keeping the car emissions-compliant in all 50 states. The upgrades will cost you $18,500 and are backed by Reeve’s superior craftsmanship and a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty to boot. With horsepower greater than a Z06, but costing less than the new ZR1, the Callaway Corvette could just well be the middle ground for the serious performance enthusiast.

The package consists of GM’s LS3 engine, an Eaton/Magnuson roots-style supercharger, an air/liquid intercooler, upgraded fuel system with high-flow injectors, Callaway Honker cold air intake and a custom computer tune. A new hood painted to match and a silver “power bulge” and custom insignias round out the Callaway look.

With the 2008 package, you can expect 580 hp with 510 lb-ft of torque and a top speed, or maximum velocity as its stated of 200 mph. The Callaway Corvette is available in either coupe or convertible, with a standard or paddle-shift 6-speed automatic, and you can order directly through the factory or deliver your own car. Callaway has several other high performance upgrades including suspension, brakes, wheels and tires.

2008 Corvette Callaway Package

But I’m not through gushing about Callaway yet. Tuners tend to like the view from the top. So while Chevy was getting set to release their new 620 horsepower king of the hill ZR1, Reeves decided a little upgrade of the their widely successful C16 Callaway was in order. Now, the hand built LS3s are fortified with an intercooled supercharger, CNC ported cylinder heads, upgraded valvetrain, Callaway cold-air intake and free-flowing exhaust to achieve an incredible 650 horsepower and 585 lb-ft of torque.

The C16′s contain a host of upgrades from the stand Corvette including a whole new exterior skin, while the interior features lush leather upgrades and Callaway’s signature badges just about anyplace they’d stick.

The C16 Coupe will cost you $150,000 while the cabrio runs $158,000.

See both these Corvette derivatives at CallawayCars.com

Sources:
CallawayCars.com via Autoblog.com

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Video: Jay Leno’s E85 C6RS Corvette Reveal

by Keith Cornett on November 1, 2007

Jay Leno unveils his E85 powered Corvette C6RS at the SEMA show and gives us a nice walk around the car, pointing out various mechanicals and options.

Pratt & Miller, builders of Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs and the Corvette Racing inspired C6RS has announced the E85 powered Corvette will go into limited production with versions available in April 2008. Check out the Corvette C6RS at PrattMillerC6RS.com.
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V7 Twin Turbo Corvette Concept Makes SEMA Splash

by Keith Cornett on November 1, 2007

V7 Twin Turbo Corvette Concept Makes SEMA Splash

For months we’ve been watching the progress on American Supercars 1963 split window inspired Mid-engine Corvette Concept called the V7 Twin Turbo and finally the car was ready for its introduction at SEMA. The concept is an engineering marvel, boasting an LS1 with twin turbos in a mid-engine layout. On the dyno, the V7 churned out 1,067 horsepower and 980 pounds of tourque.

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Last week’s press announcement from General Motors about Jay Leno’s E85 Corvette Z06 appearing at the SEMA show was short on details, but now that SEMA is here, we’ve got the skinny on the Chin’s mean green Corvette Z06.

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Jay’s E85 Corvette it turns out, is much more than just a Z06 with a retrofitted engine. In addition to the custom 8.2 liter aluminum V8 that churns out 600 horsepower and 585 pounds of torque on E85, he went to Pratt & Miller, builders of Corvette Racing’s C6.R racecars, for some custom body work that makes this ethanol powered supercar one of kind. The Corvette C6RS sports a black exterior with wider front and rear fenders and a wider rear fascia with an integrated spoiler on top and diffuser on the bottom. The new body work adds 1.6 inches to the width of a standard Z06 and is designed to enhance fuel efficiency though better aerodynamics. The C6RS has Michelin’s mounted on BBS Wheels with 18′s on the front and 19′s on the back. Additional performance options also provided by Pratt & Miller include a custom DeWitt high-capacity radiator with dual cooling fans, a carbon-fiver ram-air induction kit and Brembo brakes with six-piston mono-block calipers in front and four piston rear calipers. The interior was also customized with several premium items from the Genuine Corvette Accessories catalog including the two-tone shift knob and boot, leather-covered armrest, parking brake handle and boot, and interior trim kit and racing-style pedal covers. Interestingly, despite all the specs regarding Leno’s e85 Corvette, the one fact omitted is fuel efficiency. I suspect that its on par with is fossil-fuel burning siblings or slightly less due to the high performance 8.2 liter V8. After all, E85 doesn’t improve gas mileage, it’s really just a substitute for gasoline. That being said, 600 horsepower is still a cool way to go green…
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A year ago, Jay Leno, the well-known car collector and host of NBC’s Tonight Show was talking up his 650 hp EcoJet concept, a car built on the Corvette Z06′s frame, fueled by biodiesel and powered by a turbine engine. The car was well received, but because of its “concept” status and batmobile-like design, Jay’s attempt at an alternative-fueled supercar was never really taken seriously. All that will change next week at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. In collaboration with GM’s display of alternative fuel vehicles, Jay brings another “project car” to the table, and this one has much more serious and immediate applications. GM calls their SEMA display “Green Gets Mean” and the centerpiece will be Leno’s custom built Corvette Z06 that runs completely on E85 fuel. The Corvette boasts a custom 500 cubic inch engine that generates 600 horsepower! No other specifics on the Corvette are yet available so stay tuned for SEMA event coverage next week. In addition to the ethanol-powered Corvette, GM Performance Parts will introduce its LS3 crate engine and a limited-edition Anniversary 427 crate engine that’s an all aluminum big-block based on the legendary ZL-1. A cast-iron big block 427 is also available which features most of the high-performance attributes of the Anniversary 427.

Trivia Question:
How many Corvette ZL-1′s were produced and what was the year of production?
Now, I don’t mean to go off on a rant, but it would be interesting to learn the spec’s of Leno’s E85 Corvette and to see a performance comparison against a similarly outfitted Z06 that runs on pump gas. While the perception from tree huggers is that the Corvette is a gas guzzling V8 that only deserved to be produced in that bygone era of 50 cents a gallon gasoline, truth is the current model gets 28 MPG highway and some owners have report higher averages based on their route and driving conditions. I believe owners would embrace a flex-fuel powered Corvette as long a performance wasn’t sacrificed. While I don’t necessarily believe that E85 is a long term solution to our “oil addiction”, I, like many Americans would rather send my dollars to farmers in the Midwest instead of dictators in the Mideast. Besides, Leonardo DiCaprio would look way more cool pulling up to the Oscars in an E85 Corvette instead of his current Toyota Prius. Of course, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong…
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SEMA Corvette Super Coupe Concept

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2007

The V7 Super CoupeLos Jalops got us a pic of American Super Car’s Corvette Super Coupe Concept that is being built for the SEMA show in Las Vegas later this year. The concept, officially called the V7 Super Coupe will be powered by a Chevy LS motor with twin-turbos that should bring up the horsepower output to 1,000. Smoking!


Source:
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LA Auto Show: The Callaway C16

by Keith Cornett on November 29, 2006

Callaway Cars continues to raise the bar of the Corvette platform to new heights with the all new Callaway C16. For their 16th model, Callaway takes a C6 Corvette and adds their handcrafted bodywork to every part of the car. But the real action is under the hood. A supercharger is added to the 6.0 liter LS2 which increases the base horsepower to 616 with 582 ft-lbs of torque at 4,750 rpm. The C16 does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds. Top speed is 206 mph but get this, the C16 has a fuel efficiency rating of 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway! GM should also take a look at the C16′s interior as Callaway knows how the cockpit of a world-renowned supercar should look like. German leather and alcantara is used throughout. The door panels, steering wheel and passenger dash feature the signature Callaway badging. As the cars are built to order, customers can choose their exterior/interior colors to their taste. A well-equipped C16 Coupe goes for $119,865. Still a bargain compared to other super sportscars.

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Source: Callaway Cars via Autoblog.
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