Earlier this month, Chevrolet introduced the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 that will be coming later this year. The new 6th generation ZL1 is powered by the Corvette Z06’s LT4 V8. In a move that will please Corvette Z06 owners, Chevy has backed the ZL1’s LT4 power rating down slightly to 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque in a move that keeps the Z06 as Chevrolet’s “Big Nasty” when it comes to horsepower.
Photo Credit: Lucas Proter / ABC 33-40
ABC 33/40 TV reports that the crash sent three people – apparently two passengers in the Corvette and the alleged carjacker – to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
When the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring comes to town, it’s not just the IMSA cars that take to the track. There are several under card series also participating in running their own races in the run up to the main event.
During one of these club races, a Corvette racer got a little more than he bargained for when coming down the straight leading to the Turn 7 hairpin, his brakes failed and that run off area just wasn’t long enough for him to shed his speed.
The driver absolutely maintained his composure by taking a hard left at the end of the runoff. After a short cut through a fence, he ended up in the Chateau Elan parking lot before motoring back onto the surface streets as he made his way back to the pits. We’re pretty sure a change of shorts was needed after that off-track incident.
Last weekend was the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and one of the highlights for our annual trek to Sebring is visiting with friends and checking out all the great Corvettes in the Corvette Corral.
If you watched the race, you know all about the storms that hit just hours after the the green flag waved. In fact, we were all the way down in Turn 10 when that first downpour hit. To say things got a little soggy was an understatement!
The good news is that when I returned to the Corral, the first wave the of storm had passed and while the Corvettes were wet, none had melted in the rain! Knowing that even more rain was coming, we headed out to the Corral to get some pictures of the Corvettes in the wet along with some cool Corvette vanity plates.
Mano e Mano. Corvette vs Corvette. Z06 vs ZR1.
Two Corvettes line up against each other at the 2016 WannaGoFast half mile at Ocala’s Jumbolair Airport runway and when the light goes green, we watch the upper echelon of C6 Corvette performance tee off against each other.
In the far lane, it’s the 505 horsepower Corvette Z06. Next to it in the right lane is the 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1. We have no idea of any mods on either car. This is how it goes down:
Happy Birthday Larry!
Larry Shinoda was born March 25, 1930 in Los Angeles, California. Like typical So-Cal boys, he loved cars and would draw pictures of them. As a teen, he enjoyed hotrodding and street racing and his pursuits of all things automotive eventually led him to Art Center College of Design.
College wasn’t for him though and labeled as a malcontent, he was kicked out of art school. One of his teachers invited him to present some of his designs to Ford and he was hired a few months later. Larry spent a year at Ford, and then worked for nine months at Packard before landing a design job at General Motors.
Remember when we told you about the world’s first radio-controlled C6 Corvette a few months ago?
Well, the guy behind that wild creation have posted another video on YouTube that shows their black C6 doing doughnuts on the Raceway Venray track in The Netherlands.
The Lingenfelter Collection will be holding its annual Spring Open House coming up on Saturday April 23rd. This is your chance to help out some great charities and view one of the top car collections in the world.