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[VIDEO] The Fastest Corvette Z06s in the World

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2008

Velocity Yellow C6 Corvette Z06

IPS Motorsports of Columbus Ohio claims to have built the two fastest Corvette Z06′s the world has ever seen. And from watching the video, I agree that both are pretty sick. The two Corvettes Z06s, an Atomic Orange and a Velocity Yellow, hit the drag strip at Norwolk raceway in Ohio earlier this month and both finished with quarter mile times in the 9s with one having the fastest time of 9.32 @ 156 mph!

Other than the fast times, which are very impressive by themselves, what’s amazing about these Corvettes is how stock they look. Other than the tires and the fact that both have been lowered, the challenger that pulls up next to either of these two Z06′s at a light would be in for a major surprise.


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Shinkaze.com

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Rossi 66 Melds Sting Ray Design to C6 Corvette Technology

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2008

The Rossie 66

When we first saw the photos of the Rossi 66, we were blown away by how good this Corvette looks compared to some of the other retro rebody’s we’ve seen lately. The Rossie 66 borrows the best exterior design features from the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe and melds them to the chassis of the C6 Corvette. Currently the Rossie 66 exists as a design concept only but the company has the set a goal for producing a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 this fall.

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Katech Unveils the Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2008

Introducing the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

Katech Performance, the supplier of engines to Corvette Racing’s C6.R program as well as the Pratt & Miller C6RS has launched an exclusive package designed to put your Corvette Z06 on a diet and you in the winner’s circle at the track. The new ClubSport package reduces the curb weight of a Corvette Z06 to 2,825 lbs (fully optimized) from the standard 3,180 lbs while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

Corvette performance has always been about the power to weight ratio and with Katech’s experience in racing, shedding those unwanted pounds while improving on the Z06′s performance is just what serious racing enthusiasts have been clamoring for.

Available exclusively through Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan, the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 for the standard package and includes a 12-Month/12,000 mile warranty. That’s a lot of laps around the autocross or road course! Katech also has a “Bring Your Own Z06″ program for the enthusiast that wants to take their Corvette to the next level.

Read the press release below to see what the Katech ClubSport Corvette Z06 diet can do for your racing efforts.

KATECH PERFORMANCE UNVEILS LIGHTWEIGHT Z06 FOR THE TRACK
New ClubSport Package Shaves Pounds to Shave Seconds off Lap Times

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Katech Performance, ever attuned to the collective conscious of the Corvette universe, knew this – enthusiasts wanted a lighter weight Z06 tuned for the track. Now they have it.

The Corvette Z06 ClubSport package – available exclusively from Katech Performance and Les Stanford Chevrolet (Dearborn, Mich.) – incorporates an array of aftermarket products that, in unison, reduce curb weight to 2,915 lbs. (2,825 lbs. fully optimized) while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

“The Z06 is already wonderfully light weight,” commented Jason Harding, performance parts sales, Katech Performance. “We knew, however, that we could improve the power-to-weight ratio with several select modifications. Lamborghini has its Gallardo Superleggera, Ferrari its F430 Scuderia and Dodge its Viper ACR. Now the Corvette Z06 has the ClubSport package from Katech Performance.”

What does one feed Chevrolet’s already well-conditioned athlete to shed pounds and improve its game? The ClubSport diet calls for:

Brembo® Gran Turismo Brake Kit
Two-piece cross-drilled rotors significantly reduce un-sprung rotating mass; front six-piston monobloc calipers squeeze 14-inch rotors; rear four-piston monobloc calipers pinch 13.6-inch rotors

Moton Clubsport Suspension
Double-adjustable coil-overs enhance power-to-the-pavement delivery while offering seven individually adjustable rebound and compression settings; system is specially tuned by Moton engineers and SCCA World Challenge professional driver Andy Pilgrim

Katech Performance ClubSport Wheels
15-spoke, single-piece forged aluminum wheels (18×9.5-inch front; 19×12-inch rear) further reduce un-sprung rotating mass; finished in attractive gray powder coat

Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Tires
Enhance grip and handling while reducing total mass (285/30R18 front; 325/30R19 rear)

Katech Performance Appearance Package
Carbon fiber front splitter improves aerodynamics and is complemented by a matching carbon fiber rear spoiler that improves downforce; lift-off carbon fiber World Challenge hood vents the engine compartment, reduces weight by 50% and provides more downforce; ClubSport racing stripe on front fenders and rear fascia identifies vehicle as an exclusive Katech Performance creation

Halltech Killer Beeâ„¢ Air Intake
Carbon fiber intake designed specifically to complement Katech Performance’s carbon fiver valve covers

Katech Performance Exhaust System
Lightweight 18-gauge stainless steel design incorporating X-pipe, two lightweight mufflers, over-axle pipes and CORSA® quad tips; reduces weight and produces a deep, racecar-like tone while maintaining a civil pitch on public roads

Exedy Twin-Disc Clutch
Reduces drivetrain mass and makes for easy rev-matched downshifts

Braille Battery
All-season; reduces weight in the rear

Several optional supplements are also available including: Caravaggio leather race seats; A/C and/or radio delete as well as carpet delete to further reduce weight; roll bar or harness bar and six-point harnesses; and an ARE dry sump system.

So what’s the final verdict? A power-to-weight ratio of 5.45 lbs./horsepower (standard) or 5.28 lbs./horsepower (fully optimized).

Complete with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, the Katech Performance Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 (standard) and is expected to maintain 50-state emissions compliance*. Power plant improvements – including an array of modified LS7 engine packages – are also available for customers who want to upgrade to a true Katech Performance “Street Attack” Z06.

To purchase a brand new ClubSport Z06 from Les Stanford Chevrolet – “America’s Corvette King” – call 800.699.VETT or visit www.lesstanford.com. Already own a 2006-2009 Z06? Bring your Vette to Katech to get started on the ClubSport plan. Call 866.KATECH1 or visit www.katechengines.com.

Katech Performance, the aftermarket performance division of Katech Inc., engineers and manufactures race-proven crate engines and components for LS1/LS6 and LS2/LS7 engines including solid belt tensioners, coil relocation brackets, cylinder heads, dampers, pistons, push rods, throttle bodies and valve covers, among other high-performance products for the street and track.

Katech Inc. was founded on the need to provide responsive service and skills to factory race efforts in all forms of racing, including the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), NASCAR®, SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American Speed Association (ASA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Today, Katech is an industrial leader in advanced racing and high-performance engine development, manufacturing, testing and assembly, and offers support services for the professional racer including boring, honing, fabrication, welding and prototype parts development.

Katech Performance is located at 24324 Sorrentino Court, Clinton Township, MI, 48035. Contact the company by phone at 866-KATECH1 or visit online at www.katechengines.com.

* Pending C.A.R.B. certification


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Specter Werkes Unveils New C6 Corvette GTR

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2008

Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR

Our friends at Jalopnik were lucky to attend Thursday’s unveiling of the new Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR. The new GTR is a $35,000 upgrade that takes a stock Corvette and completely reworks the body. The GTR shares only the roof, rear hatch and glass with a stock C6 Corvette. The exotic looking panels expand width by 4-and-a-half inches and the results are simply bad ass in our opinion!

The Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR is more than just a rebody. The GTR shown here is powered by Specter’s Matrix II LS3 stroker engine. Displacement is boosted from 6.2 liters to a 6.8 liter 416 ci V8, delivering 535 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. Keeping all that power on the road are Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, with 19 inch Foregline VR3P wheels in the front and 20 inch versions in the rear. StopTech brakes featuring 6-piston calipers and 15-inch slotted rotors in the front and 4-piston calipers and 14-inch slotted rotors in the rear provide plenty of stopping power. Specter Werks Corvette GTR’s are available with a variety of high-performance powertrain options available for additional cost.

Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR Specter Werks C6 Corvette GTR

In attendance at the GTR reveal were several members of the GM’s Corvette team who complimented the car on its design and Specter Werk’s attention to details. Make sure you visit Jalopnik for the the press release and 18 photos from the event.


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Reeves Callaway and Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

As a genuine fan of Reeves Callaway and Callaway Corvettes, I always take the time to watch, listen or read accounts of his work. Former Corvette Engineering Chief Dave McLellan recently had the opportunity to sit down with Reeves for an audio podcast. The two touched on a variety of subjects including their past collaboration on twin turbo Corvettes, the late Eighties 254 mph Corvette project called the Sledgehammer, today’s Callaway Corvettes and the European FIA GT3 series of which Callaway builds cars for and races in.

The audio podcast runs 55 minutes and can be listened online at CorvetteChief.com or you can download the .mp3

As a bonus, we’ll use the opportunity of Reeves telling the back-story on the Sledgehammer to bring you the nearly 10 minute video of the Callaway Engineering team’s 1988 run where the twin turbo super car reached speeds of 254 miles per hour.


Source:
CorvetteChief.com
Photo Credit: Vette Magazine

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Spike TV to Air the Building of the Corvette Mach 5

by Keith Cornett on April 30, 2008

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette sans graphics

A couple of weeks ago we were knocked back on our heels as the Corvette Mach 5, the grand prize in a promotion for the new Speed Racer movie, raced onto the scene. The Corvette Mach 5 is actually a C5 Corvette that has been rebodied in the style of the C2 complete with chrome bumpers and a stinger hood. The Corvette was built by team of Spike TV’s Powerblock series and this Saturday, May 3rd, we’ll actually be able to watch the making of video.

But here’s the rub. I had to search several pages deep just to find out when the “Powerblock” series airs on Spike TV. Turns out that Powerblock runs on Saturday beginning at 11am and is made up of 6 :30 Minute shows with titles like Horsepower TV, Muscle Car and Trucks!. And since none of them have the Corvette Mach 5 in their description, we can only assume that the buildup happens between segments of the shows. So don’t be expecting a full hour of disassembly and reassembly.

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

I doubt I’m going to Tivo it and frankly I’ve already lost interest. Note to Spike TV. When you promote a series and a special project like the Corvette Mach 5, how about telling people when it will be on? I’m over it. The car was much cooler with the photoshopped Mach 5 logos anyways…

Check out the trailer for Speed Racer on YouTube.com


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Carscoop

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Corvette Z06 Black Edition by Geigercars

by Keith Cornett on April 19, 2008

GeigerCars Corvette Z06 Black Edition

German-based Geigercars was already well known in Corvette tuner circles for their performance engine enhancements and wide body kits. So when they turned their attention to the Corvette Z06, something special was bound to happen. GeigerCars calls it the Corvette Z06 Black Edition.

The Corvette Z06 is already ahighly tuned machine with 505 horses available for the driver. GeigerCars managed to up the performance of the LS7 7.0L V8 to a whopping 592 horsepower. And then there’s the body. The Z06 Black Edition matches the car’s sinister performance with a blacked out body. Very intimidating. The only trace of color comes from the red brake calipers behind the black 5 Spoke Corvette rims. The rear fascia has been redesigned and features a set of smaller diameter taillights that remind us of a Ferrari. And while its different than a stock Z06, we’re okay with it.

GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition
 
GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition

Sources:
WorldCarFans.com via AutoBlog.com

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Win The $100,000 Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2008

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
We’re pretty psyched about the live action Speed Racer movie coming out next month and what a better way promote the May 9th premiere than with a movie-inspired contest. Just know your stuff about Speed Racer and be pretty quick at sending a text message and maybe you’ll have a shot. The prize? How about a Speed Racer inspired Mach 5 Corvette? This over-the-top resto-mod was built on a C5 platform complete with the LS1 350 ci 350 hp engine and skinned with a custom C2 Corvette body.What I find really unique about this design is the front and rear chrome C2 bumpers have been integrated into the fiberglass as opposed to just being bolted on like an original 1963-1967 Corvette. We also notice the styling cues from a 1967 Corvette with the stinger hood, rear backup lights and of course the distinctive front quarter panel vents. Despite having the fuel tank door on the drivers side of the Corvette, the rear original (if you want to call it that) fuel filler door remains. The Corvette’s creators put the value of this one-of-kind custom at $100,000.

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
 
Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
To enter the contest, you must visit RaceForSpeedRacer.com and enter your cell phone number or you can also enter by texting “fast” to 90736. On April 18th you’ll receive a Speed Racer trivia question and will have 2 minutes to reply with the correct answer. 10 people with the correct answer will be flown to the premiere and will have to race mini cars to determine the winner of the Mach 5 Corvette. Check out the trailer for Speed Racer on YouTube.com


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RaceForSpeedRacer.com via AutoBlog.com

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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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Corvette ZR1 Fireblade Corvette ZR1 Fireblade

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.

Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS
Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS
Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS Pratt and Miller's Corvette C6RS

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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