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[VIDEO] New Corvette Pace Cars Hit The Indy 500

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2008

Running the Brickyard in a 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

“Welcome to the adult version of Christmas.” That’s what one speaker calls the day when the keys to all those Indy 500 festival cars are passed out. IGotShotgun was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Committee Meeting which culminates in members receiving the keys to their very own 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car and then taking them for some laps around the speedway.

We counted at least 50 of the 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars and to see them lined up on the fabled brickyard is something special. The E85 Concept Corvette Z06 was also at the track showing what it can do.

Some of the dignitaries went for a hot lap with 2-time 500 Winner and this year’s official pace car driver Emerson Fittipaldi or Corvette Racing’s Max Papis. In this next video, “Mad Max” Papis takes IGotShotgun for a 180 mph hot lap around the 2.5 mile oval.

Festival members have use of the Corvette through the month of May and then the cars are sent to various dealers where they will be sold as official Indianapolis 500 Festival cars.


Source:
I Got Shotgun!

Related:
Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica
Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500
Video: Unveiling the 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

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Corvette Sting Ray on Location for Star Trek Movie Shoot

This will be my second movie-related post this weekend, both of which are related to 60′s television shows and midyear Corvettes. J.J. Abrams is bringing yet another Star Trek movie to the big screen next year and according to some of the fan blogs, there’s quite a bit of flashbacks going on, including one that involves a 1965-66 Red Corvette convertible with a white soft top and hubcaps.

The reason we know this is that someone related to the location shoot caused a traffic accident while turning into the location set. TV cameras from KERO showed up and caught the Corvette on the back of a special car hauler.

The Bakersfield CA location is supposed to be Iowa (sans mountains!), the home state of Captain Kirk. We’ll have to wait to see the movie to understand what a classic Corvette Sting Ray has to do with Space…The Final Frontier.

Sources:
TrekMovie.com

Related:
Win The $100,000 Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

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[VIDEO] Mecum Auction Results: 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2008

1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe Tanker

The 1963 Split Window Z06 Coupe is one of the most coveted and therefore collected midyear Corvettes. Only 199 of these special performance optioned Vettes were produced. Then factor in the N03 36 gallon “tanker” option of which only 63 were made and you’ve got a very special Corvette indeed.

This spectacular Sebring Silver split window coupe with Black interior is an original Z06 car, and features the massive 36 gallon fuel tank for endurance racing. The $1,818.45 Z06 Special Performance Equipment option package also includes the 360-horsepower, fuel injected 327 with 11.25:1 compression, 4-speed transmission, 4.11 positraction differential, power brakes with metallic linings, heavy duty stabilizer bars, as well as heavy duty springs and shocks. Other optional equipment includes 6.70 x 15 4-ply, whitewall tires, tinted windshield, power windows and signal seek radio.

We’ve seen the 1963 Corvette Z06 Tankers sell for upwards of $370K but according to Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Database it appears this Corvette, which sold for $222,500 was priced well within the normal selling range of $200,000-$300,000. Both the buyer and seller should have walked away from this auction very happy.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater


Related:
Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale: Mecum’s HD Theater Edition

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: A Day at the Races

by Keith Cornett on April 5, 2008

Corvette Racing in St. Petersburg

When I started blogging about Corvettes back in 2005, there were many reasons why I decided to follow Corvette Racing: They are a factory-backed team, racing technology is incorporated into production Corvettes, and let’s face it, they’re winners. Little did I know back then how hooked I would become over the years following the team.

I finally got a chance to see the team up close in St. Petersburg and spent two days at the temporary track that makes up the Acura Sports Car Challenge. I’m sore, sunburned and dead tired…and I had the best time watching the Corvette C6.Rs in person. Guys getting paid to race Corvettes…and I thought I had a great gig.

Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta drove the #4 C6.R to a 4.75 seconds win over teammates Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. The Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 collided with a GT2 Dodge Viper and was forced to retire from the race.

Corvette Racing will be headed to Long Beach, California in two weeks where they will compete on another temporary raceway circuit at the Tequila Patron American LeMans.

If you are a fan of Corvettes, you owe it to yourself to get to one of the American LeMans races. You won’t be disappointed. However, if there is one thing I recommend its this: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!


Sponsored By:
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: ALMS Qualifying in St. Pete

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: ALMS Qualifying in St. Pete

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2008

I took the afternoon off and made my way over to St. Petersburg for Friday’s ALMS Acura Sports Car Challenge practice and qualifying session and I got to say it was the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. The General Admission ticket got me into the stands and paddock area where you can get right up to the teams and watch them go to work.

Olivier Beretta led the GT1 class with a time of 1:09.727 (92.934 mph) to win his 21st career pole position. Johnny O’Connell and the #3 Corvette C6.R team was 2nd in the class at just 0.541 seconds behind the #4 Corvette C6.R. O’Connell’s best lap was a 1:10.268 (92.218 mph). Rounding out the GT1 class was the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 which ran a best lap of 1:11.532 (90.59 mph).

One interesting part of the video happens at 0:54 seconds when the #4 Corvette is leaving the pits. You will see a yellow Corvette track car and it turns out that it is a Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS. I saw the front Z06-stlye air vent but the black roof threw me off. Later I saw it parked in paddock and man it is sweet!

I’ve got tickets for tomorrow’s race and will post a recap of the day’s events.


Sponsored By:
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Related:
[VIDEO] Sebring 2008 – O’Connell Pilots the #3 Corvette C6.R to Historic Win

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1970 ZR-1 LT-1 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

We came into this auction delayed by one of SPEED’s copius commercial breaks so we didn’t get the usual analysis one would expect for a Corvette of this rarity. The 1970 ZR-1 Corvette package was the small block replacement for 1969′s L-88. Two other specially equipped big blocks were planned and then scrapped, leaving the ZR-1 to carry the high performance mantle for the model year. The ZR-1 option was described as a Special Purpose Engine Package and came equipped with a 350 ci 370 hp LT-1 engine, M22 4-speed heavy duty transmission, heavy duty power brakes and a special aluminum radiator. Only 25 of 1970′s 17,316 Corvettes were built with the ZR-1 option.

On this particular 1970 ZR-1 Corvette, the commentators question the exterior paint and quality of body preparation and one mentions that what Corvette collectors are most likely looking for was the “combination of equipment and provenance”. That’s exactly what was missing from this sale. It’s our opinion that the seller didn’t do a good job on selling the rarity of the Corvette through the use of documentation, and it’s the lack of documentation that makes claims of rarity suspect. The description of the Corvette on the Barrett-Jackson website also makes no claims to originality or numbers matching and the only document mentioned is a photo of the tank sticker.

A little more than a week ago, Proteam’s Terry Michaelis ranked his A-List of Corvettes and the 53 Corvette ZR-1′s produced from 1970-1972 made the Top 10 with a price point between $150,000-$250,000. If the Corvette is indeed original, the buyer should attempt to add “paper” to the Corvette through NCRS and Bloomington judging.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com
tMichaelis Corvette Perspective

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 08: 1970 Corvette ZR-1 Sells for $102,000
2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Auction Preview

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1969 L71 427/435 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

In what could very well be the all time high price, this 38,000 mile 1969 Corvette Coupe equipped with the potent L71 427 ci 435 hp engine sold for $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction in March 2008. Our search for a previous high led us to Keith Martin’s VetteMarket.com Corvette database where an L71 Corvette Coupe sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2006 Scottsdale auction for $116,100 while the overall high for 1961 L71 Corvettes goes to a convertible model that sold at the same auction for $128,200.

This Cortez Silver example (Lot #646)is highly documented and fully authenticated. The Corvette features the L71 427 ci 435 hp engine, M21 close ratio 4-speed manual transmission and F-41 suspension. Options include factory side mount exhaust, power disc brakes, power steering, power windows, Redline tires, headrest and shoulder belts.

This kind of money for early C3 big blocks has mostly been reserved for the 200-odd L88 Corvettes. It will be interesting to see if the market follows or if this was just a case of Barrett-Jacksonitis.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 08: 1970 Corvette ZR-1 Sells for $102,000
[VIDEO] Friday’s Featured Corvettes: Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Edition
2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Auction Preview

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[VIDEO] Take a Lap of Sebring in a 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2008

IGotShotgun gets a hot lap in a 2008 Corvette Coupe with Team Corvette Member Jason Altsman at last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Jason takes us turn by turn, 17 in all, through the historic 3.7 mile road course as he describes both the layout of the raceway and how the Corvette C6.Rs will perform at the various turns and straight-aways.

Sources:
IGotShotgun

Related:
[VIDEO] Sebring 2008 – O’Connell Pilots the #3 Corvette C6.R to Historic Win
Sebring 2008: Corvette Racing News Roundup

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The Corvette ZR1's Eaton Supercharger

Yesterday’s excellent AutoBlog video with GM Small Block Assistant Chief Engineer Ron Meegan took us inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine. From that presentation we learned why engineer’s started with the base Corvette’s 6.2 Liter LS3 engine vs. the 7.0 Liter LS7 found in the Z06, as well as the various components that were upgraded to fulfill the quest of 100 horsepower per liter. Little did we know that video would be followed up with parts two and three, taking us further into the inner workings of the supercharger that powers the new King of the Hill. More after the jump.

Part two focuses on the Eaton Supercharger and Meegan again clearly explains how the 4-lobe supercharger works and the challenges GM engineer’s faced with mating it to Corvette’s 6.2Liter V8. Part three concludes the series with Meegan discussing the differences between the supercharged 6.2L V8′s found in the new Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan and the Corvette ZR1.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
[VIDEO] How It Works: Inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 Engine
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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AutoBlog.com had the opportunity to talk with GM’s Assistant Chief of Small Blocks Ron Meegan who takes us step by step through the 6.2 Liter LS9 engine that will power the new Corvette ZR1. Ron tells us right from the start how engineers were targeting the 100 horsepower per liter mark and therefore why the decision was made to use the 6.2L engine vs the ZO6′s 7.0L LS7.

But perhaps the most informative part of the video is how Meegan gives us an engineer’s overview of specifically how the Eaton Supercharger was integrated into the 6.2L engine as well as the lengths GM’s engineers had go to strengthen the various components to be able to withstand the output of 620 horsepower.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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