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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the LutzRing

Yesterday, GM had some of the media out to its proving grounds in Milford to ride and drive in the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 and despite the fact that embargos were in place, several videos of the event are already making the rounds. Driving the Corvettes is Jim Mero, the GM Development Engineer who drove the new King of the Hill around the Nurburgring’s 13 mile course in 7:26.4.

Jim was one of the designers for what the test drivers call the LutzRing, a high speed road course at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds that’s nicknamed after GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. Despite knowing the course like the back of his hand, he does manage to appear human by knocking over some of the cones set up. He jokes that the “cones don’t apply him” which is quite funny when you’re doing 120 and can’t see over the next hill.


This video features WXYZ-TV’s Mary Conway riding shotgun with Jim Mero. And for the first time, we actually get to see more of Jim than his hands on the steering wheel as he appears on camera talking about the ZR1.


Finally, WWJ Newsradio 950′s Jeff Gilber goes for a high speed run around the LutzRing and the in-car video shows that he’s clearly uncomfortable with the speeds and G-forces that Jim Mero subjects him too.


After watching the videos, I pulled up Milford, Michigan on Google Earth and here is a satellite photo of the LutzRing. Amazingly, this is but one section of the entire Milford Proving Grounds area.


Source:
Motive Magazine
VetteTube.com

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[VIDEO] 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine Build

by Keith Cornett on July 17, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1's LS9 V8 Engine

Automobile Magazine gets to tag along with Master Engine Builder Bruce Blomfield as he assembles one of the first production 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 engines at GM’s Performance Build Center. Each of the supercharged 638 hp LS9s are assembled by hand and the entire process takes about four and a half hours. Video after the jump.


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AutomobileMag via Jalopnik

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring

The Corvette ZR1′s Nürburgring lap time of 7:26.4 last month has indelibly cemented the fact that this is the fastest Corvette ever produced by General Motors. Driven by GM Development Engineer Jim Mero, the Corvette ZR1 ran a blistering lap with speeds approaching 180 mph on the 12.9 mile, 100 corner Nordschleife besting the previous fastest Corvette, a Z06 driven in 2005 by Jan Magnussen by nearly 17 seconds. The video of this historic run was released this afternoon by GM and can be viewed after the jump.

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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.


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CorvetteChief.com
Photo Credit: Vette Magazine

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[VIDEO] God Bless America: L88 Corvettes on Parade

by Keith Cornett on July 4, 2008

L88 Corvettes on Parade at Bloomington

Last weekend’s Bloomington Gold Corvette show featured a reunion of the “Earthquake 88′s”, Corvettes from 1967-69 that were optioned with the rare 427 ci L88 V8 engine. Only 216 examples of the 560 hp L88′s were built during the three year run and only at Bloomington Gold would you be lucky to see as many as 50 gathered in one weekend.

The parade of earth-shaking L88 Corvettes is being led by the new King of the Hill, a red 2009 Corvette ZR1 Corvette. Many of these Corvettes were originally destined for the track including the #9 Corvette race car from 1967 driven at the 24 Hour of LeMans in the 5.0+ Litre category by Bob Bondurant and Dick Guldstrand. You can see more of that 1967 L88 Corvette at YouTube.com.


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Blacknblue67 via YouTube.com
Photo Credit: Bill Lacy

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The 2009 Corvette Z06 in Cyber Gray Metallic

I was trolling GM’s media site and came across these new photos of the 2009 Corvette Z06. The photos show the Corvette Z06 in the instantly recognizable 57U Cyber Gray Metallic exterior, one of two new colors for 2009. I say instantly recognizable as this was one of the colors that the Corvette ZR1 was photographed in for January’s ZR1 Media Press Kits. The introduction of the Corvette ZR1 has effectively sucked the air out of the room when it comes to discussion of the Corvette Z06, but the car is still a technological marvel with its 7.0 liter 505-hp LS7 v8 power plant.

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As we mentioned earlier this week in 2009 Corvette Pricing post, there are several upgrades and enhancements for the 2009 Corvette Z06. They include:

  • New, “spider”-design 10-spoke Z06 wheel available in four versions: Sparkle Silver, Competition Gray and chrome
  • Color-keyed door and instrument panels with red and titanium interiors
  • Power-operated pull-down hatch now standard
  • Gray stitching on Ebony base seats (previously red)
  • New door sill plates with the Z06 logo
  • Acoustic package standard on all Z06 models
  • The Z06 also receives a larger-capacity dry-sump oiling system. It upgrades to the 10.5-quart (9.9 liters) system of the new ZR1. The previous oil system held eight quarts (7.5 liters).

So how well will this color sell? Our best comparison takes us back to the C5s Medium Spiral Gray Metallic offered on 2003-04 Corvettes. Spiral Gray was the 5th most popular color in 2003 and 6th most popular in 2004. However it wasn’t offered on the Z06 which may have limited its penetration.


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Inside the Corvette Paint Lab

GMnext is doing a fantastic job at cranking out behind the scenes videos like the Corvette ZR1 Build we presented earlier this week. With this next video they’ve taken a video crew where few have gone before – inside the paint lab at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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GMnext.com via CorvetteConti.com

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Photo Gallery: The 2009 Blade Silver Metallic Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 19, 2008

The 2009 Corvette in Blade Silver Metallic

GM has released a batch of official photos of the 2009 Corvette in conjunction with the 2009 Corvette Pricing Schedule and we’re pleased to see its the new Blade Silver Metallic, RPO code 17U. Blade silver replaces the popular Machine Silver which graced Corvettes from 2004-2008. The differences between Blade Silver and Machine Silver are subtle, but distinct. In addition to the gallery showcasing the new color, I have put together a side by side comparison of the two silvers.

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Machine Silver has been one of the more popular Corvette colors usually ranking in the top half of Color production behind Black and the two Reds, so the change-over to the oh-so-similar Blade Silver Metallic shouldn’t cause any big changes in the palette for 2009.


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[VIDEO] Corvette ZR1: Factory Assembly Process

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2008

The 6.2L Supercharged Corvette ZR1

I received a text message yesterday from GMnext.com alerting me that a new video showcasing the assembly of a Corvette ZR1 was online. The video starts with the ZR1′s frame and follows the assembly process until the Corvette is completed and driven out to the back lot ready to be transported. One aspect of the video that I really enjoyed was hearing the comments made from the assembly plant workers who speak about the Corvette ZR1 with pride and enthusiasm.

If you’d like to join the GMnext ZR1 Mobile Club, text ZR1 to 466398.


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GMnext.com

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[VIDEO] VetteGirl.TV Video Series Makes Debut

by Keith Cornett on June 5, 2008

VetteGirl.TV Video Series

Becky Anderson is a typical mother of three, but after meeting Patrick Gramm of Digital Corvettes and Vette Dogs fame, she trades in the minivan for Patrick’s 2002 Z06 Corvette race car. “Becky has no qualifications whatsoever to be a Corvette race car driver, except for her enthusiasim and desire to go really fast.” This is the set up for the first episode of Vette Girl, a new weekly video series that chronicles Becky’s pursuit of speed. According to some of the comments from Patrick, the show has grand aspirations for 40 episodes this year.

Here’s the first episode which has Becky taking the broken Z06 to the shop and acutally gets a lesson on performing some of the mechanical upgrades herself:

New episodes of Vette Girl’s racing adventures will be shown on DigitalCorvettes.com when available. Also, check out the forums for discussing the videos.


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DigitalCorvettes.com

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