West Coast Customs kicked off season two of their show on the new Velocity network with a project built around a custom 1958 Corvette for the Black Eye Peas’ Will.I.Am. If you missed it, you’re not alone, but the good news is that after consulting my TV guide, it looks like the final episode of this project will be shown on Sunday at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll want to set your DVRs now because this looks like a really cool project.
Corvette Racing’s program director Doug Fehan takes a few minutes at the 2011 Petit Le Mans to talk with Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Corral. In the Q & A session, Doug talks about future race venues, direct injection on the C7, the return of the Jake livery and the Corvette Museum’s motorsports park.
When the 1984 Corvette was introduced, it was the pinnacle of Chevy performance at that time. But unfortunately, time hasn’t been all that good to the first models of the C4 generation. Some blame the 205 hp cross-fire engine that powered the early C4 Vettes while over-production pushed the number of them available to over 51,000. Regardless, as far as Corvettes go, there are a number of these cars out there and so sellers will sometimes get creative on how to best present them for sale.
It’s not often we dedicate a post about a vehicle that’s not a Corvette, but when we see another Bowtie running the Nordschleife, we take notice. Here is the official video of the new 2012 Camaro ZL1 running the Nurburgring in 7:41.27. Powered by a supercharged 6.2L “LSA” V8 rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, the new ZL1 was 40 seconds faster than the Camaro SS and 18 seconds faster than the Cadillac CTS-V’s 7:59. Earlier this year, the Corvette ZR1 ran a 7:19.63 while the Z06 clocked in at 7:22.68.
In the final episode of Corvette Racing’s 2011 Tech Transfer segments which air during the ALMS race telecasts, Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan talks about enhancements to the 2012 Corvette ZR1. From the performance package featuring the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and lightweight cup wheels to Performance Traction Management Control, the Corvette ZR1 is the tip of the technological spear that represents the partnership between racing and production.
At the SEMA show in 2006, Art Morrison’s project 3G Corvette won the “Gran Turismo Award” which also meant that it would be featured in the Playstation video game “Gran Turismo”. While many fans may have driven the custom 538 horsepower Corvette in the game, Matt Farah headed out to Spring Mountain motorsports park outside of Las Vegas to drive the real thing.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
If you’re in the market for a toy that’s not a Corvette then have we got a boat for you! This 48 foot monster assembled by Marine Technology, Inc. is currently up for sale. The all-black vessel has ZR1 design cues throughout including the dash, steering wheel, and even a shifter. Outside there are ZR1 style front fender vents, tailights, and headlights. Oh, and don’t forget the 2 Mercury 1,350hp twin turbo racing motors that provide motiviation. Yep, that’s a total of 2,700hp or 4.2 real ZR1’s. Click past the jump to see more of this beast and find out how much it costs to take it home.
For anyone who has never attended an American Le Mans race, you seriously don’t know what a great time you’re missing. We got up to Petit Le Mans on Thursday and we were able to witness and participate in seminars, driver meet and greets, wander the vendor village and experience Corvette Racing up close and personal. Check out our huge Petit Le Mans photo gallery and you’ll see what I mean.
Prior to last weekend’s running of the 14th Annual Petit Le Mans, CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner. Our conversation touched on his first full year of racing Corvettes, the amazing win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, comparison of the BMW M3 to the Corvette C6.R, and how he prepare for races like his stint earlier this year at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.
The team at Mecum Auctions heads to Texas this weekend for their inaugural Dallas sale. The auction runs Thursday, October 6th, through Saturday the 8th at the Dallas Convention Center. Velocity (formerly HD Theater) will have 14 hours of live coverage of the action. As is tradition, check out our favorite Corvettes up for grabs this weekend in Dallas after the break.