Tell me, is there anything more satisfying than the sound you hear when opening up your dual NPP exhaust valves under full acceleration? This custom Corvette ZR1 was surprising docile sounding under normal throttle, but once the traffic cleared in front of him, his foot hit the floor and we heard the monstrous LS9 open up in all it’s glory. The Corvette was so loud, it shocked those around it including the guy who was filming.
Here is some onboard footage from the #73 Corvette C6.R at today’s free practice session. The Corvettes ran well and Magnussen even moved the C6.R into P1 for a few minutes. A somewhat scary moment occurred when the #74 Corvette was reported to be on fire. It turned out to be a minor power steering issue and the team was able to get right back out on track.
During the two hour qualifying session, the GTE PRO standings had the #56 BMW on the provisional pole at 3:58.426. Ferrari and BMW were 2nd and 3rd while the #74 Corvette finished 4th at 3:59.519 and the #73 Corvette was 5th at 3:59.633.
I’m not sure if there is something in the water or if the moon is out of alignment, but there seems to be a recent rash of people getting trapped in Corvettes whose battery has died. We already told you of the one of guy who called 911 after getting locked in his Corvette ZR1, but here is another frustrated gentleman whose calls for help to his friends result in this hilarious video being posted on youtube.
When the announcement came earlier this year that the ALMS would only be shown live on ESPN 3, a lot of us felt left out as we are on non-affiliated cable providers. The thought of missing the entire season was disappointing to say the least. Recently, I literally stumbled across a way to view ESPN3 content. We’ve tested this only twice and both times we were successful in being able to view the programming on ESPN3.com. I really hope I’m not screwing the pooch as they say but if it worked for me, perhaps it may work for you.
When Chevrolet introduced the 2011 Corvette Z06X at last fall’s SEMA show, we said at the time that Chevy had created one of the most exciting concepts to date. After seeing and hearing the Z06X Concept up close and personal at last month’s Twelve Hours of Sebring, it reaffirmed our call for Chevrolet to build it.
We caught up with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles at the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring and he graciously gave us a few minutes to talk about a variety of subjects relating to Corvettes. Some of the topics we discussed include the latest changes for the current 2011 model year, the new Corvette Z06X track concept car and the progress of the C7 Corvette.
When the class-winning 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette returned to France in 2010, it marked the 50th anniversary of its historic victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Filmmaker Michael Brown documented the dream of renowned Corvette enthusiast Chip Miller in this feature-length saga of machine and man as well as the promise of a son to fulfill his father’s wish that was 50 years in the making. “The Quest” will make its worldwide premiere at Carlisle, PA on May 6th with proceeds benefiting the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
Motor Trend put together an interesting comparison test for finding the best sub-$100,000 supercar. Stepping up to the challenge was Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06, Ford’s Shelby GT500 and Nissan’s GT-R. The three cars met at the Streets of Willow where World Challenge GT champion Randy Pobst spent the day hot-lapping these cars in the high desert of California.
The next three episodes of The Speed Business from Gramm Productions are now online. The video series follows race team owner/driver Tony Gaples and his silver C6 Corvette as he campaigns Blackdog Racing through 2005′s SCCA Pro Racing “Speed World Challenge”. Where the first three episodes took place at Infineon raceway in Sonoma, CA, Episodes 4-6 of the The Speed Business follow the team as the prepare, qualify and race at Portland.
As a 1966 Corvette owner, I have a special affinity for other ’66 Vettes. So when I was walking the auction staging area at the 2011 Mecum Kissimmee auction last week I came to dead stop when my eyes fell upon this beautiful 1966 L36 427/390 hp Corvette Convertible painted in Laguna Blue.