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From Long Beach to Le Mans: Corvette Racing's Overseas Odyssey
Photo Credit: Richard Prince/GM Racing

Le Mans Test Day Sets the Stage for Sports Car Racing’s Main Event

LE MANS, France, April 20, 2011 – This is only a test – but it’s an important one. Corvette Racing will participate in the Le Mans Test Day on Easter Sunday, April 24. This one-day outing on the legendary French circuit will play a key role in the team’s preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12, 2011.

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[VIDEO] Dragstrip Shootout: 1973 Corvette Stingray vs Corvette Z06

It’s new versus old in this video of an Atomic Orange C6 Corvette Z06 racing a 1973 Corvette Coupe down the strip. Obviously modified, the C3 Corvette gets the slightest of jumps on the Z06 at the start but that 505-horsepower LS7 kicks in and it’s neck and neck down the straightaway. Who wins is anyone’s guess. You’ll have to watch after the jump.

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Carlisle Blue to Make Debut on 2012 Corvettes

The retirement of Jetstream Blue Metallic in 2011 leaves the door open for GM to offer a new color for the 2012 Corvette and today we are pleased to bring you its replacement: Carlisle Blue Metallic. The new color is an existing Chevy color called “Ice Blue Metallic” and can be seen on the 2011 Cruze. We think the color reminds us of the 1982 color called Silver Blue Metallic or the Light Blue Metallic offered in 1984-85.

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Please Welcome Zip Corvette Products to CorvetteBlogger

by Keith Cornett on April 19, 2011

Please Welcome Zip Corvette Products to CorvetteBlogger.com

For over 30 years, Zip Corvette Products has been supplying Corvette enthusiasts with quality parts and installation services. From their huge facility in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Zip keeps in stock a wide range of Corvette parts, accessories, apparel and manuals for Corvettes ranging from 1953-2011, so we’re pretty sure they will have what you are looking for.

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[VIDEO] Driving the Fast Five 1963 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2011

[VIDEO] Driving the Fast Five 1963 Corvette Grand Sport

When Fast Five opens in theaters later this month, fans of the Fast & Furious franchise will be treated to another round of beautiful cars doing some of the most outrageous stunts conceived. One of the hero cars used in the opening sequence is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that we first caught a glimpse of in the trailer that aired during this year’s Super Bowl. Edmunds get’s their hands on the very car driven by Vin Diesel and brings us a cool video showcasing the car and how it was used in the filming of Fast Five.

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Coachbuilt Corvette from Ugur Sahin Design Makes Debut at Monaco

Last week’s Top Marques car show in Monaco saw the introduction of the Soleil Anadi, a coachbuilt Corvette designed and built through a partnership with Ugur Sahin and Spada Concepts. We’ve featured Sahin’s wonderfully radical designs here in the past, namely the Z03 that was to be a joint partnership with US tuner Mallet Cars. But this is the first prototype we’ve seen from him that has made the jump from vaporware to the real deal.

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[SPOILER] Corvette Racing at the ALMS Long Beach Street Race
Photo Credit: Richard Prince/GM Racing

The American Le Mans Series at Long Beach proved to be another tough battle in the GT class. Long Beach is often referred to as a street fight and that description was apt for describing the multiple lead changes and some shocking mistakes made by drivers during the two hour race. ESPN 2 carries the replay Sunday at 5:00 pm EST. Hit the jump for the results.

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[VIDEO] Hennessey’s ZR750 Gives Boost to Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2011

[VIDEO] Hennessey ZR750 Gives Boost to Corvette ZR1

Texas tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering is known for their performance packages that substantially increase the power of GM and other American-built cars and trucks. Right after the initial introduction of the Corvette ZR1, HPE came out with their ZR700 package which boosted the ZR1′s horsepower to 705. Hennessey also offers the ZR750 package which brings the power on tap to 755-ponies, a ground-pounding 728 pounds-feet of torque and a top speed in excess of 224 mph! If those kind of numbers appeal to your inner racer, we encourage you to read on.

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Corvette Racing Qualifies Second and Ninth for Long Beach Street Race
Photo Credit: Richard Prince/GM Racing

Split Strategy Boosts Magnussen to Front Row, Milner Makes Strong Run in First Qualifying Run with Corvette

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15, 2011 – Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen finished second in last year’s American Le Mans Series race on the Long Beach street circuit, and that is where he will start Saturday’s two-hour race on the bayside circuit. Magnussen posted the second quickest time in the GT class at 1:19.137 (89.526 mph) in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R, just .047 seconds behind the pole-winning BMW of Joey Hand. Tommy Milner qualified the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R ninth in the 14-car GT field at 1:20.724 (87.766 mph).

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How to Watch ALMS Racing on ESPN 3 Without an Affiliated Cable Provider

When the announcement came earlier this year that the ALMS would only be shown live on ESPN 3, a lot of us felt left out as we are on non-affiliated cable providers. The thought of missing the entire season was disappointing to say the least. Recently, I literally stumbled across a way to view ESPN3 content. We’ve tested this only twice and both times we were successful in being able to view the programming on ESPN3.com. I really hope I’m not screwing the pooch as they say but if it worked for me, perhaps it may work for you.

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