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Corvette Racing Moves to E85 for 2008 ALMS Season

by Keith Cornett on January 16, 2008

E85 Powered Corvette C6.R

The Corvette Racing team announced this year’s 2008 American LeMans Series campaign will be fueled by E85 ethanol, a high-octane blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Last year, the team won its 7th consecutive GT1 manufacturer and team championships on E10, which is just 10% ethanol. With the switch to E85, the C6.R’s becomes the latest in the Corvette family to go green.

According to Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group Manager, the transition to E85 from E10 will be seemless. “The race cars’ fuel systems were already 100 percent compatible with ethanol,” he said, “so our preparation for the change to E85 in 2008 basically comes down to recalibrating the engines.”

“By showcasing the capabilities of E85 ethanol before an audience of knowledgeable and technically astute race fans, we can demonstrate the benefits of a renewable fuel that helps to reduce dependence on petroleum, helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, and helps to create greater diversity in energy supplies,” Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper said. “Of course, performance is what counts in racing, so E85 ethanol’s higher octane rating than gasoline wasn’t overlooked by the Corvette Racing engineers.”

The first E85 Corvette was Jay Leno’s C6RS Z06 which made a huge splash at last year’s SEMA show. That Corvette was also built by Pratt and Miller, builders of the Corvette C6.Rs. Then we had the announcement in late December of the E85-powered 2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. With the trickle-down effect that Corvette Racing has on its regular production-bred siblings, its a natural evolution for there to be at some point in the near future an E85 powered Corvette coming directly from the assembly plant at Bowling Green.

The 12 race season of the ALMS kicks off March 15th at the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.


Sources:
CorvetteRacing.com
Jalopnik.com

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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talks with FastLaneDaily.com about the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on location at the Detroit Auto Show. Tadge tells us the inspiration of the Corvette’s ceramic composite brakes was the Ferrari Enzo as well as the decision to hotlap the car during last year’s final ALMS race at Laguna Seca.


Source:
FastLaneDaily.com

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Video: In the CorvetteBlogger.com Garage – V1.2

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2008

This past weekend, we visited the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee (Orlando) Florida. It was a great show and the perfect way to spend a Saturday. I love watching the Corvettes being judged as well as trolling the swap meet area. I met the former chief engineer for Corvette Dave McLellan and also listened in as Tom Hill from Chevy’s Corvette Team spoke about the new 2009 Corvette ZR1.

Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan with CorvetteBlogger.com's Keith Cornett
A picture with the former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

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Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2008

Here is some official GM footage from last night’s public debut of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. As we mentioned in yesterday’s liveblogging post Kid Rock got the room hyped up as NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon wheeled out the 6.2L Supercharged Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

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Live: Watching Corvettes at the GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’re watching the GM style party tonight live on www.GM.com. We’ll be continuously updating this post at the evening progresses. Jeff Gordon is co-hosting the event and has alluded to a special car making an appearance tonight.

UPDATE: Video of the Corvette ZR1 introduction uploaded by SlashGear.com. More photos after the jump.

2009 Corvette ZR1

2009 Corvette ZR1 with Jeff Gordon Driving

GM did this introduction right. With Kid Rock on the mic, Jeff Gordon drove the new Corvette on stage. Here is the new 2009 Corvette ZR1!!

1953 Corvette and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is the first artist to take the stage and surprise, the first car of the evening is a 1953 Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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Video: GM’s Tom Wallace Discusses the 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’ve got a lot of information coming out of the General in advance of the Corvette ZR1′s public unveiling during the Detroit auto show. Here is a new video from Tom Wallace, Vehicle Line Executive – GM Performance Cars, discussing the engine, powertrain and brakes of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Tom walks us through the features that make this Corvette so special and then describes in very simple terms what that means for you. Wallace is obviously excited about this Corvette and his enthusiasm shows.

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Video: In the GM Design Dome with the Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

GM has invited several of the larger automotive blogs to visit with designers in the GM Design Dome in advance of its appearance at the North American International Auto Show next week. AutoBlog.com was one of the sites invited and here is the interview they did with Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennian.

According to AutoBlog, the Corvette you see here is actually a standard Corvette Z06 that the design staff used to test the fit of exterior parts, so its not fitted with its ceramic brakes and that is a LS7 under the hood. Don’t fret though, the real Corvette ZR1 with its state of the art LS9 supercharged V8 under the lexan window will be live Saturday night at the GM style party in Detroit.

I’d also like to add that it would be nice if GM would include a blog dedicated to the Corvette when it doles out these kinds of invitations. In fact, there is a fanatical blogger in Tampa that follows Corvettes and he has a video camera and is willing to travel. Just a thought…


Source:
AutoBlog.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

General Motors will roll out the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 at the GM Style Party on Saturday, January 12th. The annual GM Style party includes musical performances and fashion shows featuring both clothing designs and cars. This year, Detroit’s Kid Rock. Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 will perform at the event. In the past, Hollywood stars were paired and would walk a runway with selected GM vehicles after the curtain was lifted.

The general public will have their shot to see the supercharged 6.2L King of the Hill during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next week.

While we are still waiting for performance estimates and the final price tag which are expected to come as we get closer to the Corvette ZR1′s launch this summer, engineers anticipate the car to achieve a top speed of 200 mph as well as a performance benchmark of 100 hp per liter or 620 horsepower total.

GM Style will be simulcast on gm.com.


Source:
General Motors

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2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2008

1971 Corvette ZR2 Coupe

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! No, I’m not still singing Christmas carols, but when the Barrett-Jackson auction rolls around every year, I do get a bit giddy like a kid around Christmas time. Yes, it’s that time of year where chrome, corporate jets, unlimited checkbooks, and gavel to gavel television coverage converge on Scottsdale Arizona for what has become the Super Bowl of automotive auctions. The 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction gets under way next week with the first car hitting the block on Tuesday.

Barrett-Jackson announced last year that they would be bringing down the total number of cars in the 2008 Auction from 1,200 to around 1,000. Corvettes are still well represented with 106 currently on the docket, but this is a significant decline from last year’s total of 142 Corvettes that were sold in Scottsdale. What’s also interesting about this list is that the venerable auction favorite, the 1967 Corvette will only be making 7 appearances whereas last year there was over 20 1967 Corvettes that sold.

We’ll be watching a number of cars including the 1963 Rondine Corvette concept, a 1 of 12 1971 ZR2 Corvette Coupe and of course the 2009 Corvette ZR1. We’ll also be watching lot number 1327 closely as there is a whisper campaign underway that this Corvette is not what it seems. We’ll have more on that later.

The full list of Corvettes currently planned for Barrett-Jackson is after the jump. We’ve broken it down so you can see which day the Corvette will be sold. As always, check back throughout the week as we’ll have coverage and videos of selected Corvettes that were sold.

LOT # YEAR MAKE/MODEL STYLE AUCTION DAY
20 1982 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 15
27 1977 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 15
51 1978 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR JAN 15
85 1978 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR COUPE JAN 15
90 1995 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR CONVERTIBLE JAN 15
304 1989 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
314 1984 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
327 1984 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
338 1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR COUPE JAN 16
340 1985 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
345.1 1986 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
355 1991 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
385 1978 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
398 1990 CORVETTE ZR1 JAN 16
413 1973 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
416 1976 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
417 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
442 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
447 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
464 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
632 1995 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
646.1 1986 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
654 1971 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
677.1 1969 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
689 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
690 1969 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
695.1 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
709 1963 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
716 1967 CORVETTE COUPE GRAND SPORT RE-CREATION JAN 17
716.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
725.1 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
728 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
742 1962 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
743 1963 CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE JAN 17
755 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
932 1964 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
956 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
960.1 1956 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
961.1 1990 CORVETTE MARLBORO/PENSKE RM1 JAN 18
971 1961 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
975.1 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
980.1 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
988.1 1955 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RESTO-ROD JAN 18
990.1 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
991 1959 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
992 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
992.1 1961 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1004.1 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1009 1959 CORVETTE CUSTOM WIDEBODY CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1013 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1016.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1023 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1034 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1037 1963 CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE JAN 18
1045 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1047 1967 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
1048 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1056 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
1058 1968 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1070 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1228 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1231.1 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1232.1 2002 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1237 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1238 1959 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1242 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1244.1 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1258 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1258.1 2008 CORVETTE Z06 COUPE JAN 19
1259 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1263.1 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1265.1 1973 CORVETTE "MUD BOGGER" JAN 19
1266 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1267 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1272 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1273 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1275.1 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RE-CREATION JAN 19
1276 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1277 1965 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1290 1971 CORVETTE COUPE ZR2 JAN 19
1304 1963 CORVETTE COUPE "RONDINE" CONCEPT CAR JAN 19
1316 2009 CORVETTE ZR1 COUPE JAN 19
1317 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1327 1967 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1327.1 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1335 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RE-CREATION JAN 19
1338.1 1966 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE JAN 19
1339 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1346 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1351 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1353 1963 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1507 1987 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 20
1518 1982 CORVETTE COUPE COLLECTOR EDITION JAN 20
1523 1995 CORVETTE PACE CAR CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
1530.1 1969 CORVETTE L88 RE-CREATION JAN 20
1538 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
1566 1998 CORVETTE GTR ROADSTER JAN 20
1567 1998 CORVETTE INDIANAPOLIS 500 SHOW PACE CAR JAN 20
1571 2007 CORVETTE DAYTONA 500 PACE CAR RE-CREATION JAN 20
1573 2003 CORVETTE AVELATE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9003 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE CUSTOM RE-CREATION JAN 20
9011 1982 CORVETTE COUPE COLLECTORS EDITION JAN 20
9015 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9019 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9020 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9021 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 20


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

Unless you happen to be in Detroit next week, your chances of seeing the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 live and in person will be slim to none. The good news is that the new King of the Hill will be the star attraction at this year’s C5/C6 bash at the National Corvette Museum in late April. The annual bash is where the new 2009 Corvettes are introduced to the faithful, complete with walk-arounds and introductions from Corvette’s engineers and managers.

The C5/C6 Bash is planned for April 24-26 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Make your plans to see the new Corvette ZR1 in person by registering online.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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