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The 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8

On May 7th, 62 renowned motoring journalists from 30 countries will gather at the Engine Expo 2008 in Stuttgart Germany to cast their ballots for “The International Engine of the Year Award”. Competition is always stiff and for engineers of the respective nominees, bragging rights for winning the world’s best engine is the crowning achievement following years of development and testing.

Corvette’s 6.2L Supercharged LS9 has been an internet sensation since the first spy photos of the ZR1 were published. Early on in the LS9′s development, GM’s engineers targeted 100 horsepower per liter and the engine is currently billed as producing 620 total horsepower and 595 pounds of torque. But the signature feature of the LS9 is the engine’s ability of creating more power at lower RPM’s. The engine produces 300 hp at 3,000 rpm. Those in the know say that as horsepower rises the torque curve just keeps going up with no sign of leveling.

But the LS9 will have some steep competition if it looks to bring home the Engine of the Year Award from Stuttgart. The Internet’s newest sensation, the Nissan GT-R, has its 3.8L twin turbo V6 is in the running as well as Mitsubishi’s 2.0L twin turbo I4 (Mitsubishi EVO X), Audi’s 5.2L V10 (Audi S8) and BMW’s 4.0L V8 (BMW M3).

Ballots will be counted on May 7th and we’re pulling for our boys from GM and their spectacular 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8 engine.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

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Plasan's ZR1 Carbon Fiber DisplayPlasan, the supplier of the carbon fiber body panels for the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 gives us a cool illustration of exactly how much each of their parts weigh and the results are rather surprising. The vertical wall display shows the panels hanging against a full size cad wire drawing of the new Corvette hotness with each of the parts “installed”. Click the photo for a larger display.

  • Hood: 12 Pounds
  • Fender: 4 Pounds
  • Roof: 13 Pounds
  • Roof Bow: 3 Pounds
  • Rocker Panel: 1 Pound
  • Front Splitter: 1 Pound

Add up the weights (accounting for 2 fenders and 2 rocker panels) and we’re still under 40 pounds. After seeing the display, it makes you wonder what the weight savings would be if the ZR1′s complete exterior was done in Carbon Fiber. Of course, that would drive the price of the uber-vette even higher as the General would need more of that $60,000/gallon carbon fiber coating to protect the panels from harmful UV rays.

Sources:
Jalopnik.com

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eBay: Charlton Heston’s 1999 Corvette For Sale

by Keith Cornett on April 15, 2008

Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe

I think I’ve mentioned my affinity for guns, whisky and Corvettes in a previous post and although I can’t really claim the “all American guy” trifecta with this story, Meatloaf would say “two out of three ain’t bad”.

Charlton Heston, actor extraordinaire and 2nd Amendment rights champion was also a Corvette owner. His 1999 Black Corvette Coupe is currently listed for sale on eBay as the current owner looks to cash in on the death of the movie icon. The Corvette is a mostly stock automatic with just 18,500 miles. The current owner claims the only changes were new LED halo taillights, C6 style chrome wheels and a Borla Stinger exhaust system. The original factory rims and taillights also come with the car.

Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe

If you’re contemplating the purchase of the Corvette previously owned by Moses himself, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got more documentation than just a pencil with bite marks. Luckily for you, this Corvette comes with the actual registration and insurance card with “Chuck” Heston’s name and Wilshire Blvd address.

The auction runs through April 17th and the current bid of $20,800 has yet to break the reserve. “Cold Dead Hands” jokes aside, with the provenance of celebrity, this Corvette would give bragging rights to any owner.

Source:
eBay via AutoBlog.com

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1955 Corvette - Serial #1

Mecum Auctions has announced they will be selling a collection of three serial number one Corvettes at June’s Bloomington Gold High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois. The Collection of early C1 Corvettes includes VINs 0001 from 1955, 1956 and 1957. It’s a rare sale when any serial number one Corvette is sold, but a collection of three in sequential model years is simply unheard of. The auction for this troika of 0001′s is sure to the highlight of the High Performance Auction held June 27-28th.

The 1955 Corvette is the last of the early C1 body style and the first to offer a high performance 265 ci 195 hp V8 engine. In 1956, Corvette received its first redesign with the cove body style that has become one of the most famous designs in American automotive history. Finally, 1957 Corvettes marked the last year for the single headlights and are known for their performance.

1955 Corvette - VIN 001 1956 Corvette - VIN 001 1957 Corvette - VIN 001

The collection was amassed in Rockford, Illinois in the late 1970′s by Tom Harmer, a collector who recognized the significance of owning serial number one Corvettes. In the early 1980′s the collection was sold to Gene Morton who moved them to Alaska where they were stored and protected. The three Corvettes resurfaced in Prescott, Arizona around the year 2000 where they were purchased by renowned collectors Al Wiseman and George Swartz.

Al Wiseman is well known for his restoration work, having restored and sold several 1953 Corvettes over the last few years. Back in December, Al auctioned his collection of serial number #39 Corvettes which included a 1953 Corvette and its 2003 50th anniversary counterpart. A commemorative 1953 Corvette pedal car rounded out the collection.

Dana Mecum, President and Founder of Mecum Auctions said “This is the only collection of three sequential serial one Corvettes known to exist in the world. Al and George have restored these three Corvettes to the highest Bloomington Gold standards and to the magnificent state they are in today.”

The cars have never been entered or shown at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show or any other event since restoration. The three sequential serial number one Corvettes will be offered for sale as a collection.

Sources:
Mecum Auctions

Related:
[VIDEO] Matched Set of 1953/2003 Corvettes sell for $390,500

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New Paint Chips Revealed for 2009 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 13, 2008

New 2009 Corvette Paint Chips

As we get closer to the unveiling of the 2009 Corvettes at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash later this month, we’re learning more about the changes – both deletions and additions – that will accompany next year’s Corvette model. CorvetteConti.com has posted an image showing the two new exterior colors: Cyber Grey Metallic which we all know from December’s unveiling of the Corvette ZR1, and Blade Silver which will replace the popular Machine Silver. The other colors shown are not Corvette colors, but check out that Summer Yellow and tell me it doesn’t remind you of War Bonnet Yellow.

Many might not realize but Machine Silver was the third most popular color on the 2007 Corvette, following only Black and Victory Red as the exterior color of choice. In fact, since its inception on the last of the C5 Corvettes in 2004, Machine Silver has consistently ranked as one of the top colors with each model year, besting fan favorites LeMans Blue and Velocity Yellow. Machine Silver has been listed as a production constraint over the last few weeks and is now officially discontinued.

The new color, Blade Silver (RPO Code 17U) appears to be slightly darker than Machine Silver based on the chip, but we all know that to judge a color correctly, it must be seen on the car and outdoors.

The two new colors are available on all four 2009 Corvette Models: Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1.

We’ll have more on what’s new with the 2009 Corvette in the coming days. In the meantime, you can download the 65 page 2009 Corvette Ordering Guide.

Sources:
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Image Gallery

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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

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Win The $100,000 Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2008

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
We’re pretty psyched about the live action Speed Racer movie coming out next month and what a better way promote the May 9th premiere than with a movie-inspired contest. Just know your stuff about Speed Racer and be pretty quick at sending a text message and maybe you’ll have a shot. The prize? How about a Speed Racer inspired Mach 5 Corvette? This over-the-top resto-mod was built on a C5 platform complete with the LS1 350 ci 350 hp engine and skinned with a custom C2 Corvette body.What I find really unique about this design is the front and rear chrome C2 bumpers have been integrated into the fiberglass as opposed to just being bolted on like an original 1963-1967 Corvette. We also notice the styling cues from a 1967 Corvette with the stinger hood, rear backup lights and of course the distinctive front quarter panel vents. Despite having the fuel tank door on the drivers side of the Corvette, the rear original (if you want to call it that) fuel filler door remains. The Corvette’s creators put the value of this one-of-kind custom at $100,000.

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Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
To enter the contest, you must visit RaceForSpeedRacer.com and enter your cell phone number or you can also enter by texting “fast” to 90736. On April 18th you’ll receive a Speed Racer trivia question and will have 2 minutes to reply with the correct answer. 10 people with the correct answer will be flown to the premiere and will have to race mini cars to determine the winner of the Mach 5 Corvette. Check out the trailer for Speed Racer on YouTube.com


Source:
RaceForSpeedRacer.com via AutoBlog.com

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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


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Spied: 2009 Corvette ZR1 Running the ‘Ring

by Keith Cornett on April 9, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

It’s been a while since we used the word “Spied” and “ZR1″ in a headline, but that is exactly what was caught on the Nordschleife portion of the Nürburgring in Germany last week. BridgeToGantry.com photographed the Blue Devil sporting a most interesting exterior color as it put its 620 horses to ground on one of the most famous road courses in the world.

Edmunds.com has an exclusive video of the Corvette ZR1 at Nürburgring. The report is that ZR1 is turning laps in the low “1:40s” (Don’t they mean 7:40s?) and times should improve as the track conditions have been a bit on the damp side.

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

GM has an “Any Time Any Where” mentality when it comes to running the Corvette ZR1 on public tracks, having shocked the auto world back in October with a couple of hotlaps around Laguna Seca. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter boasts the ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world. It’s no doubt that the ZR1 has something to prove – can she compete with the fastest production cars to lap the ‘ring? Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen lapped the track in a Corvette Z06 back in 2005 with a time of 7:42.9. Nissan GT-R claimed a best lap time of 7:38.54 back in September 2007 while a Porsche Carrera GT lapped the ‘ring back in 2004 with a time of 7:28.

This story is about to go global with ramifications from Nürburg to Detroit and points in between. As official lap times are released, CorvetteBlogger.com will have them here for you.


Source:
BridgeToGantry.com
Edmunds.com

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GM’s Free Corvette Restoration Package

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2008

Do you own a classic Corvette? If so, grab your phone and have your Corvette’s vehicle Identification Number (VIN) available because GM offers a free Corvette restoration package for those of us living in the States. The package contains year specific data sheets including production numbers, facts, options, original pricing, colors, chassis and engine info including casting numbers. A second part of the restoration package includes some basic information on storage and care, period ads, clubs and museums and a list of GM Restoration Parts dealers.

The package is available by calling 800-222-1020 and asking for your Free Corvette Restoration package. It usually takes between a week or two to receive. I heard about this and received my package years ago, but a recent tip on the Forum reminded me about it.

I’m not sure what the cutoff years are but is sounded like the request is good for at least C1 to C3 owners and perhaps even early C4′s as well. This is a nice touch from the General to offer this free information for Corvette owners on cars sold 30, 40 and even 50 years ago. And as one forum member stated, you can’t beat the price!


Source:
CorvetteForum.com

Related:
Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible

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