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Corvette ZHZ Watch: Utah Man Puts Hertz Rent-A-Vette into Ditch

The list of Corvette ZHZ Coupes buying the farm added another to the list last night. This Corvette ZHZ’s driver came across this ditch last night and it’s fairly apparent that the ditch won this battle. According to Jalopnik, a witness saw the headlights turn in and then a few seconds later there was a loud grinding, crunching sound! Ditch 1, Corvette 0!

By our count, this is the 5th Corvette ZHZ to have suffered significant damage although we’re not sure if this qualifies as a total loss. For you fans of Corvettes ZHZs, let’s recap:

Take Out! Hertz Corvette ZHZ Wrecks Dallas Restaurant
This is the wreck that started the watch. The driver lost control and ended up in a patio dining area of a popular Dallas, Texas restaurant.

Another Hertz Corvette ZHZ Bites The Dust
The details of this Corvette’s demise are unknown, but following this accident, the Corvette was removed from the Hertz fleet and was sold on a salvage title as the engine block needed to be replaced.

[VIDEO] Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia
Not only was this Corvette a total loss, but the speeding ZHZ took out 8 other vehicles before coming to rest on a Philadelphia sidewalk.

[PIC] Corvette ZHZ Totally Totaled
Another Corvette ZHZ totaled and we judge this to be the worst accident of the bunch. We have no details as to how this Corvette met its demise, but I can assure that no TV repair men with an awesome set of tools will be fixing that one up anytime soon.

So, this new Corvette accident reduces the number of the original 500 Corvette ZHZs to just 495. If there is one piece of advice to learned from these accidents, it’s this: Buy the insurance! You never know what will happen while hooning it up in a 430 hp sports car that’s not yours!


Source:
Jalopnik

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NCRS Announces Award Confirmation Service

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2009

NCRS Announces Award Confirmation Service

Corvette collector’s rejoice! The National Corvette Restorers Society is now offering a service to confirm the NCRS awards given to a Corvette. This will be a great resource for buyers or owners who want confirmation on a specific Corvette’s NCRS award history as well as perhaps provide the missing link to a Corvette’s history. The service doesn’t come cheap though. Expect to shell out $300 for the document.

The NCRS awards database has over 20,000 records and some date back to as early as the mid 1980′s. The award confirmation document includes:

  • Owner’s Names
  • Net and Final Scores
  • NCRS Awards Received
  • Location and Type of Event: National, Regional or Chapter
Where available the record will also contain:
  • Color
  • Trim
  • Engine Horsepower

For the $300 fee, you receive the records printed on official NCRS stationary and signed by Roy Sinor, NCRS National Judging Chairman. To place an order for the service, contact Roy Sinor at 918-834-0259 or via email at: rsinor@sbcglobal.net


Note: The NCRS TOp Flight certificate show above was awarded to Terry Michaelis and Proteam Corvette for their 1967 Corvette Coupe dubbed The “Last”â„¢ Corvette.


Source:
NCRS

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Chevy Launches Webpage Dedicated 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

Like it did with last year’s launch of the 2009 Corvette ZR1, Chevy has set up a dedicated webpage to the newest Corvette model, the 2010 Grand Sport. The site contains eight photos and a description of the Grand Sport. There is also a link for downloading a PDF brochure of all 2010 Corvette models.

Checking the regular Corvette website, we see that it still contains information relating to the 2009 models. Historically, the main Corvette website site keeps the previous model year online even as the factory is producing the new models. We speculate that this is to help sell as much remaining 2009 inventory as possible before introducing visitors to the 2010 model information.

The 12-page PDF brochure is very nicely produced and contains information and photos on all 4 Corvette models: Base Coupe & Convertible, Grand Sport, Z06 and the ZR1.

You can find 2010 Corvettes arriving now to dealers. In fact, we heard from Kerbeck Corvette that they now have over 60 new 2010 Corvettes in stock. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or seeing what they have on the lot now, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


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Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2009

Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

Jan Magnussen recently got a chance to attack the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1. Unfortunately, this was a day that the ‘ring was open to the public and traffic slowed down the 638 hp Corvette several times. Still, this in-car video is a great way to see how a professional race car driver attacks one of the most difficult road courses in the world. Video after the jump!

GM’s former Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski once said if you want to make a Corvette go faster, put Jan Magnussen in the driver’s seat. Let’s hope that one day soon we’ll see Jan behind the wheel of the ZR1 on a GM-sponsored closed-course time attack.


Source:
Bilenonline.dk

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Graph Shows Small-Block Power on Corvette Through the Years

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2009

Small-Block Power on Corvette Through the Years

“Over 50 years of small-block dominance correlates very closely with the successful run of America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette.”

The graph illustrates Corvette power from 1955-2006. Since then, GM has added two more small-blocks for Corvette to the list:

  • 6.2L LS3 … 430 @ 5900
  • 6.2L LS9 … 638 @ 6500

Hi-Res Version

 

Corvette Racing: Dinner with the Doctor

by Keith Cornett on September 14, 2009

Want to be the envy of every Corvette Racing enthusiast in the world? Now you can by bidding on “Dinner with the Doctor” as offered by Johnny O’Connell’s annual auction at Petit Le Mans to benefit those with Alzheimer’s and a senior citizen day care center. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan has graciously donated an evening out and will even pick up the tab if you’re lucky enough to be the high bidder.

I could go on and on about how cool this would be to spend an evening with the architect of the Corvette Racing program, but let me turn it over to Johnny O’Connell who sums up this unique auction experience the best:

Well, this isn’t “property” per se, but it is one hell of an opportunity to become the envy of every Corvette Racing enthusiast in the world. As the headline item of my auction, all of you will get the chance to bid on this heretofore NEVER offered item. What is that item? We are calling it, “Dinner with the Doctor”. That’s right, Doug Fehan has generously donated his time, (and is paying the dinner bill out of his own pocket), to spend an evening of fine dining with the lucky and generous winning bidder. This item is open to everyone. The only stipulations are as follows: 1. The dinner will take place on a mutually agreed upon evening during race week at any of the ALMS race venues through the remainder of this season or any of the venues next season, just not the night prior to the actual race. 2. The Rx will pick the restaurant…..don’t worry, he is plenty fussy and only eats at great places with a good wine list, although, he will be totally open to your suggestions, too. 3. The dinner has to conclude by 3 a.m. of the following morning.

So, let’s see just how much this little item brings in. It is for a really GREAT cause and may never be offered again. I am certain of one thing, “Dining with the Doctor” will be an evening you will never forget…..this guy is fun, interesting, has a million great race stories, has been everywhere and knows everyone. Hell, I may bid on this myself!!!

I will begin taking bids on my website or Face Book right now…then keep you updated at the end of each day with the high bids amount, and we will complete the bidding during the actual auction. Yes, you can call in during that time to up your bid if you can’t be at the race…I will have the phone number on my site the day before the auction. So, open your wallets and let’s raise some serious money!!!

Johnny O’Connell

So if you’re interested in Dinner with the Doctor, place you bids on Johnny O’Connell’s Facebook page or on his guestbook at JohnnyOConnell.com

The auction will be help at Petiti Le Mans on Friday, September 25th at 6:15 PM EST at the Winners Circle. Also, if you are ordering tickets to Petit Le Mans, mention that would like your tickets to go to the Johnny O’Connell charity auction.


Source:
JohnnyOConnell.com

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Geiger's Corvette ZR1 GTS

Munich Germany-based Geiger Motor Cars loves to tune Corvettes. Recently, they took delivery of a White Corvette ZR1 and worked their magic both under the hood and on the exterior and the Geiger GTS Corvette ZR1 was born. Introduced this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the newly minted Corvette ZR1 Geiger GTS now boasts 710 hp.

For some reason, I’ve always liked what Geiger has done with Corvettes. Sure, they can be over-the-top like the neon green Corvette Z06 we recently profiled. On the Geiger GTS, I do like front treatment better than the rear, and the side-skirts in black carbon fiber against the Arctic White exterior is stunning. The black OZ wheels and center hood stripe also gives the Geiger GTS some serious “curb appeal”.

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In the press release that follows, I do believe something was lost in the translation. At least I hope something was lost in the translation as they refer to the supercharged LS9 V8 as “primitive”.

Press Release:

Geiger GTS: Extreme sportsman with retro elements The announcement was clear: “It is very important for Corvette, to offer the strongest, most high performance and best sports car in terms of handling in the USA.” With these words the former chairman of General Motors Rick Wagoner set his engineers a clear goal around two years ago, which also included trumping the Dodge Viper SRT10, which was shown at the Detroit Car Show shortly before, in all regards.

The technicians got to work and so the next year the persons responsible were able to proudly unveil the quickest and highest performance series vehicle ever produced by General Motors: the Corvette ZR1.

Under the sheer endlessly long bonnet of the ZR1 lurks a newly developed LS96.2 litre small block V8 with compressor supercharging. Pressurized by the Eaton R2300 compressor with up to 0.72 bar, this primitive engine gets up to 647 HP and a maximum torque of 823Nm.

Further technical highlights of the extreme Corvette are its high performance breaking system with their 394 and 381 mm diameter carbon ceramic discs, as well as the electronically controlled suspension “Magnetic Selective Ride Control” with track level suspension mounting. Bonnet, roof, sill, rear wing and front spoiler are made of super light, but at the same time high strength carbon.

GeigerCars.de from Munich, which has specialized in the import and refinement of US cars for years, has not only brought this extreme sportsman from the United States to Germany, it has also optionally subjected it to diverse tuning measures at the same time – the first example of the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” will be presented to the world public at the 63rd International Automobile Exhibition at Frankfurt am Main from 17th to 27th September.

The datasheet for the Corvette ZR1 “Geiger GTS” shows 710 HP maximum performance with 6,600 rotations per minute and the car produces gigantic 918 Nm on the crankshaft at only 4,200 revs. Set up in this way the ZR1 storms up to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and at the same time nails the back of the occupants’ head to the head rest of the Geiger carbon sport seats. The propulsion only ends at a speed of 342 kilometres per hour.

At these values the hardest work is done by the 10 x 19 and 12 x 20 inch high performance tyres mounted on light metal rims with the dimensions 285/30ZR19 at the front and 345/25ZR20 at the rear tyres.

Of course GeigerCars extensively modified the look of the Corvette, lending it a styling, which is reminiscent of the large Gran Turismos of the 60′s and 70′s. The front and back were extensively modified; a wide air vent dominates the nose, while a massive diffuser attracts attention at the back. Both the fog and rear lights are based on modern LED semi conductive technology. The three layer mother of pearl varnish of the Corvette ZRI “Geiger GTS” with changing colour play is also a real eye catcher.


Source:
Jalopnik

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Corvette Racing: Ferrari and Porsche Complain to ACO

by Keith Cornett on September 10, 2009

Ferrari and Porsche are unhappy with the Current view in GT2
Photo Credit: AmericanLeMans.com

Three races. That’s how long it took for Porsche and Ferrari, the two manufactures who have dominated the GT2 class in recent years, to find something on the Corvette C6.Rs to complain about.

Ferrari and Porsche are crying to the ACO sanctioning body about the Corvette C6.Rs Direct Injection package on the 6L V8 power plants. AutoExtremist.com says that the ACO has requested that the DI system be removed from the Corvettes for the season’s remaining two races at Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca.

The Direct Injection system will be legal in 2010 as part of the new specifications that will cover the global GT class. To meet those specs, Corvette Racing plans to run with the system on a detuned LS3-based 5.5L V8.

That this comes from Porsche is surprising as they’ve had their own issues with ACO rules this year, namely using steel to reinforce their production-based aluminum engine blocks. The ACO makes Porsche carry a few extra pounds for the infraction. Is Doug Fehan crying about that? No.

So pull the Direct Injection system and let’s go racing. It’s not like it made the Corvettes the fastest team in GT2 anyway. Far from it based on the qualifying times in these first three races.

As for Porsche and Ferrari, I not sure they realize it yet, but that’s a mighty large bulls eye they just painted on each of their cars and Jake never forgets…



Source:
AutoExtremist.com via Badboy Vettes
Hat tip to Chris at Corvette Info Center


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[PIC] Corvette ZHZ Totally Totaled

by Keith Cornett on September 9, 2009

1961 Corvette Catalog Shoot

Move along people, move along. Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

Oh, you want to see more? Here is a larger pic of the left side or check out the right side.


Source:
AllFordMustangs.com via Jalopnik

 

2010 Corvette Grand Sport LS3 Dry Sump Oil System Explained

The Dry Sump Lubrication System has been around now for several years as a standard option on the Corvette Z06 and the ZR1. But the with release of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, its the first that the system has been installed on the base LS3 engine. GM Assistant Chief Engineer for Small-Block Passenger Car Engines John Rydzweski gives us a tour of LS3′s dry sump system and we learn some interesting tidbits including where these engines are assembled.

As we’ve discussed previously, the Corvette Grand Sport program replaces the popular Z51 Performance package. With the manual Coupe version, Chevy takes the performance of the LS3 to a new level with the addition of the dry sump oil lubrication system. The system minimizes oil starvation during hard cornering.

A little know fact is that these dry-sump LS3 engines are assembled by hand alongside the LS7 and LS9 engines at the Performance Build Center at Wixom. Just like the Z06 and ZR1 power plants, these engines contain a badge with the builder’s name. They also go through the same quality tests before being shipped to Bowling Green.

Want an LS3 with the dry sump package? You’ll only find it on the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe equipped with a manual 6-speed transmission.


Source:
Vette Tube
Street Legal TV

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[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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