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Tuners & Exotic Vettes

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!


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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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