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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

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PostHeaderIcon Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.

Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.

There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.








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PostHeaderIcon Corvette ZR1 Convertible by Xtomi

Chevy just released its new Corvette ZR1, and the spec sheet is just this side of insane. All told, this thing is the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever created, with a thumping supercharged V-8 under the hood, advanced adaptive suspension components and tuning, and more wing than an international airport. All good stuff, no doubt, but what happens when you take off the roof? To find out, X-Tomi Design put together a rendering, and long story short, we approve.

The ZR1 convertible bears the same upgraded front fascia as its hardtop sibling, with aggressive, angular front intakes, a large splitter, and a taller hood to accommodate the bigger blower underneath. The wheels, fender vents, and enormous rear wing are also a carryover. Up top, though, you’ll notice the expanded headroom. If we’ve got your attention, then you’re in luck, because word has it a factory-made ZR1 convertible will break cover soon, possibly alongside the coupe version later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible by X-Tomi Design.

What Makes The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible By X-Tomi Design Special


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While overall we like the rendering, we can’t help but point out that it looks a little silly with that carbon fiber monstrosity hanging off the tail – indeed, cutting the roof off the ZR1 would do a good job in screwing up its formidable aerodynamics package. Chevy says the coupe makes close to 1,000 pounds of extra stick at speed, a vital feature when considering the ZR1’s 210-mph top speed. So what effect would a convertible have on performance?


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“Cutting the roof off the ZR1 would do a good job in screwing up its formidable aerodynamics package.”

Luckily, recent spy shots seem to reveal that the factory convertible will get a few tweaks, including a less aggressive wing in back. The rest of it should be identical to the hardtop version, with as much as 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque on tap from a boosted 6.2-liter V-8. Magnetic ride suspension and a seven-speed manual transmission round it out, although we’re guessing convertible lovers will instead go for the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.


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“The real question is how a roofless ZR1 will hang on the track.”

The real question is how the roofless ZR1 will hang on the track. The aero will likely be much less effective, and with no top, the car’s torsional rigidity will take a nosedive, affecting how it corners as a result. Basically, it’ll be pretty sloppy, especially with all that tire that’s stuffed in the corners. Chevy’s engineers might counter this with additional bracing in the flanks, but that’ll inevitably increase the car’s curb weight, once again hampering performance.

Either way, we’ll keep an eye out for any further developments. What do you think? Does a ZR1 convertible make sense to you, or does it neuter this latest ultimate ‘Vette? Let us know in the comments!

Drivetrain Specifications

Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material: Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: Direct and port injection
Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
Fuel economy city/highway 15/22 mpg (manual)
13/23 mpg (automatic)
Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Steering Type: Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
Turning Circle (ft. / m): 39.2 / 11.6
Brake Type: Front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece carbon ceramic matrix rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers
Brake Rotor Size (in / mm): Front –15.5 / 394
Rear –15.3 / 388
Wheel Size: Front: 19-inch x 10.5-inch
Rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
Tire Size: Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (std.)
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (ZTK)
Front: P285/30ZR19
Rear: P335/25ZR20

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PostHeaderIcon The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Might Drop Cover In Dubai This Weekend

Word around the ‘Net is that Chevy will reveal its highly anticipated, track-focused iteration of the C7 Corvette, the ZR1, at an upcoming private event in Dubai on Sunday, November 12th. The rumor comes courtesy of the Bow Ties devotees over at CorvetteBlogger, who posted what appears to be a leaked image of the December issue of Car & Driver portraying one very orange and aggressive-looking ‘Vette parked under the ZR1 banner. The image is supported by further detail images taken from the magazine article itself, which appear to show the ZR1’s shifter, engine, and steering wheel, while a post made a day prior shows an invite to a special event in Dubai this weekend, apparently provided by a Middle East-based Corvette owner.

It’s assumed that the ZR1 will land stateside later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show to wow domestic journalists, with a predicted production launch for spring of 2018. And yeah, Dubai does seem like a somewhat unusual place to reveal the red, white, and blue sports car, but as CorvetteBlogger points out, Chevy still managed to garner plenty of attention when it dropped the Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show, and with the L.A. show scheduled to kick off in a few weeks from now, the ZR1 should still get plenty of attention. Either way, stay tuned as we look for further developments.

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While a few U.S. enthusiasts out there might be miffed about a Dubai reveal for the ZR1, it makes a lot of sense for Chevy. After all, it’s no secret that the U.A.E. metropolis is a hot spot for high horsepower and superlative performance – just check out their police forcefor evidence of that.


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With that in mind, the ZR1 should fit right in. Details are obviously still forthcoming, but word has it the apex-hunter will get new exterior styling and bigger aero, plus as much as 750 horsepower under the hood. It was originally believed that Chevy’s tried-and-true supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 would be making the go, but with this latest batch of rumors, it’s now believed the ZR1 will be rocking a new DOHC LT5 instead.

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PostHeaderIcon The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.

So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more.
It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

Back in May, we brought you news about Chevy’s Corvette factory and its 18-month shutdown of public tours beginning in June. At the time, Corvette expert and trusted source, Mike Furman, sent out an e-mail saying giving us a number of possibilities as to why the tours were being shut down. The distinct possibilities included the retooling of the factory to produce the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 “Zora” and the possibility that GM is switching from pushrod engines to DOHC engines. I personally speculated that it could be both – GM is trying to hide as much as it can about the ZR1, with tours obviously a serious threat to the way information is leaked these days and the switch to DOHC being a huge undertaking. Keep in mind that the ZR1 will also be based on the C7 instead of the upcoming C8, so it’s possible that GM is preparing the factory for C8 production. Now, as we approach fall and August is ready to kick off, GM is shutting down the Bowling Green plant. The shutdown is going to last through the month of October – something that is also causing a halt of all new Corvette orders until further notice.

So, what is the shutdown really for? Well, that’s still a mystery as far as we’re concerned, but according to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason revolves around the building of a new paint shop that is said to be state of the art. That’s the most official information we’ve heard about the shutdown so far, but is it just a front as GM begins to shift toward building DOHC engines or the C8? It’s hard to say, but shutting down an entire factory, just to build a new paint shop seems a little sketchy to us. For what it’s worth, the shutdown doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to get a Corvette for the next three months. You won’t be able to order a 2018 model, but GM currently has 14,700 Corvettes in stock as of July 1, 2017. That’s the word from the Automotive News Data Center, and it does make sense considering such a long halt to production. So, what’s it all mean for those looking to buy a Vette in the next couple of months? Keep reading to learn more about it.

PostHeaderIcon Will The Chevy Corvette get an Active Aero System in the Near Future?

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you know that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante made that amazing, record-setting lap time at the Nurburgring. You should also know that it was able to complete that lap thanks to an active aero system that is known as “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva,” a system that allows the car to remain a little loose in the straightaways while achieving maximum downforce when cornering. Well, Lambo is the only brand that has been working hard on active aero systems as Chevy has also been hard at work, and according to a patent that was published on March 23, 2017, the Corvette could be the first in line to get the GM designed, active aero system.

That’s right; the patent itself gives a pretty fair breakdown of the system but shows that it has been designed around the Corvette. And, that points to something really important: A hardcore track-focused Corvette could be in the works! Of course, we don’t know this for sure, and like some patents, this one could fizzle away into nothing. Autoguide even contacted Chevy Communications to ask about the active aero system, and the only response it received was “We have no comment at this time.”

So what does this active aero system consist of? Well, keep reading to learn more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Plant Gets $290 Million Upgrade From General Motors

General Motors is putting its money to good use by infusing another $290 million into its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, otherwise known Corvette plant. The move is seen as GM’s way of improving the technologies in the facility and improving existing processes, all to create a more efficient production framework for the Corvette.

It’s still unclear how General Motors plans to divvy up the large investment within the facility, but it is reported the assembly line is going to get a sizeable share of the funds as GM seeks to improve production beginning this summer. A significant portion of the funds, $153 million in total, is also being made available to the Kentucky Business Incentive, a program that encourages businesses from different industries to move to Kentucky or, in cases of those that are already planted in the state, to remain there.

It’s not uncommon for General Motors to loosen the purse strings to help add improvements into its Bowling Green facility. Back in May 2015, the automotive giant invested $439 million in facility upgrades, including the plant’s paint shop. As part of that investment, improvements were made to allow robots to use paint more efficiently, LED lighting to improve inspections, less energy-intensive baking ovens, and technology to eliminate sludge water, among other things.

The combined sum of $729 million in investments is part of the automaker’s three-year, $5.4-billion plant upgrades that it announced in 2015. All this maneuvering is tied into GM’s desire to invest as much as it can to ensure that the Chevrolet Corvette remains competitive against a growing number of rivals in the U.S. and foreign markets. It’s hard to argue against GM’s methods here, especially when you consider the increasingly competitive sports car segment in a lot of the world’s biggest markets.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Z06 by BBM Motorsport

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 really needs no introduction. As a souped up version of the Vette, the Z06 handles better and spits out more power than its standard counterpart. Oh, and it looks more aggressive too, thanks in part to a conscious effort from Corvette to make the car stand out. Mission accomplished, right? Well, it depends on who you ask, because a certain German tuner named BBM Motorsport clearly doesn’t think Chevy did as much to the Corvette Z06 as it could have.

That’s why the aftermarket company took it upon itself to do the job, dressing up the American sports car with a new aero kit to go along with modifications to the engine, exhaust, and wheels. The program itself doesn’t transform the Z06 into an all-conquering monster, but it does enough to change the way a prospective customer might look at it.

Considering how popular the Z06 is, programs like this, even if it doesn’t do an overhaul, could be the difference that makes the Z06 stand out. I personally think the high-powered Vette is awesome enough on its own, but I certainly won’t dismiss a tuner if it wants to make it more faster and more powerful.

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PostHeaderIcon Callaway Cars Will Offer Corvette Shooting Brake By The End Of 2016

If you’re someone who thought the C7 Corvette would look cool as a shooting brake, then boy do I have some good news for you. Callaway Cars has just announced a new shooting brake conversion kit for the C7 Corvette Coupe. I know what you might be thinking, but this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke. It is real, and Callaway is already taking orders with delivery and installation available in the last quarter of this year.

The conversion kit replaces the current hatch on the Corvette Coupe and functions in the same way, meaning it can be lifted to access the rear interior just like the stock hatch. Installation is said to be easily, and the whole process can also be reversed to install the original hatch with ease. The conversion kit is a one-piece unit that is made from carbon fiber and is delivered in a natural carbon fiber finish. Optional body coloring is available, so it can also be painted to match your current stock body color.

As you can see from the images, it gives the C7 Corvette a whole new look in the rear, and it’s quite sporty if you ask me. It should be noted, that because of the Corvettes overall design, it is impossible to add rear seats. So, if you were hoping to cram a couple of seats back there, you’re out of luck. Callaway has yet to release details as to how much cargo room will increase with the AeroWagen shooting brake hatch, but it did say that the increase will be “significant.” Performance specs for the C7 with the AeroWagen hatch have yet to be released as well, but Callaway predicts a “slight reduction in overall drag coefficient.” If you’re interested in the conversion kit, you can contact Callaway Cars at their website, or at 1-866-927-9400.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Concerned about Ford’s racing program and what it was doing with the Shelby Cobra, Chevrolet’s Zora Duntov launched the Grand Sport program in 1962. The plan was to build lightweight, race car around the second-generation Corvette and use it for international grand touring events. The project was kept secret from GM executives, who thought that Chevy shouldn’t go racing, and was stopped as soon as rumors about Duntov’s brainchild started to spread. Fortunately, Zora managed to complete five cars, giving the world some of the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built. More than five decades have passed since then and the Grand Sport nameplate returns on the seventh-generation Corvette.

Rumored ever since the current Vette was unveiled in 2013, the C7 Grand Sport broke cover at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. Pretty much a Z06 with a naturally aspirated engine under the hood, the new Grand Sport is aimed at purists that know power isn’t everything. Is it a coincidence that the C7 Grand Sport was revealed at the same event that brought us the Porsche 911 R? Most likely, but this is probably the beginning of a beautiful rivalry that should spawn many battles on the road and at the track.

The C7 Grand Sport is actually the fourth generation to wear the iconic badge. After Duntov’s program was cancelled, the nameplate returned in 1996 as final edition of the C4. The third model arrive in 2010 as an LS3-equipped, C6 Z06 with a steel frame instead of aluminum. Is this new version of the C7 worthy of Grand Sport name? Keep reading to find out.

Updated 04/29/2016: Chevrolet dropped prices for the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport which will be put on sale later this summer. Check the “Prices” section for more details.

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PostHeaderIcon The Corvette Grand Sport Will Slot Between The Stingray And The Z06

If you were old enough to drive in the late 60’s or early 1970s, you probably lusted over the first Corvette Grand Sport. Those of us that are a bit younger happily remember the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport that rocked the LT4 engine. Finally, 20 years later at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Corvette GS made its long-awaited debut. Now, only a month after that debut, we’ve received new information about Corvette GS from Mike Furman, who works out of Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD. For those of you who don’t know, he is well-known for being the first to release information about Corvettes to his customers.

In his communication to us, he revealed that the Corvette GS will slot between the Z51 Stingray and the Z06 price-wise. Don’t expect to hear more specific pricing, however, as that information has yet to be released. The GS is basically be a Z06 without a supercharger, and actually borrows more than a few parts from it – including the suspension. All Corvettes will be available in Watkins Glen Gray, while the collector’s edition GS will be the only one to receive Tension Blue interior like we saw the GS sporting in Geneva.

As far as availability and production goes, it is anticipated that the GS will be produced at the same time as the Stingray, so there won’t be a delay in availability. As far as we know, the Collector Edition will likely be produced later on in the model year, though, so there may be a wait for that specific model. At the Geneva Auto Show, a strict no touch, no entry policy was observed with the GS, but that was a pre-production model. When the Corvette Bash kicks off in late April, visitors will be able to inspect the vehicle up close and even sit down inside of it.


PostHeaderIcon The Corvette Grand Sport Will Slot Between The Stingray And The Z06

If you were old enough to drive in the late 60’s or early 1970s, you probably lusted over the first Corvette Grand Sport. Those of us that are a bit younger happily remember the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport that rocked the LT4 engine. Finally, 20 years later at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Corvette GS made its long-awaited debut. Now, only a month after that debut, we’ve received new information about Corvette GS from Mike Furman, who works out of Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD. For those of you who don’t know, he is well-known for being the first to release information about Corvettes to his customers.

In his communication to us, he revealed that the Corvette GS will slot between the Z51 Stingray and the Z06 price-wise. Don’t expect to hear more specific pricing, however, as that information has yet to be released. The GS is basically be a Z06 without a supercharger, and actually borrows more than a few parts from it – including the suspension. All Corvettes will be available in Watkins Glen Gray, while the collector’s edition GS will be the only one to receive Tension Blue interior like we saw the GS sporting in Geneva.

As far as availability and production goes, it is anticipated that the GS will be produced at the same time as the Stingray, so there won’t be a delay in availability. As far as we know, the Collector Edition will likely be produced later on in the model year, though, so there may be a wait for that specific model. At the Geneva Auto Show, a strict no touch, no entry policy was observed with the GS, but that was a pre-production model. When the Corvette Bash kicks off in late April, visitors will be able to inspect the vehicle up close and even sit down inside of it.


PostHeaderIcon The Corvette Grand Sport Will Slot Between The Stingray And The Z06

If you were old enough to drive in the late 60’s or early 1970s, you probably lusted over the first Corvette Grand Sport. Those of us that are a bit younger happily remember the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport that rocked the LT4 engine. Finally, 20 years later at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Corvette GS made its long-awaited debut. Now, only a month after that debut, we’ve received new information about Corvette GS from Mike Furman, who works out of Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD. For those of you who don’t know, he is well-known for being the first to release information about Corvettes to his customers.

In his communication to us, he revealed that the Corvette GS will slot between the Z51 Stingray and the Z06 price-wise. Don’t expect to hear more specific pricing, however, as that information has yet to be released. The GS is basically be a Z06 without a supercharger, and actually borrows more than a few parts from it – including the suspension. All Corvettes will be available in Watkins Glen Gray, while the collector’s edition GS will be the only one to receive Tension Blue interior like we saw the GS sporting in Geneva.

As far as availability and production goes, it is anticipated that the GS will be produced at the same time as the Stingray, so there won’t be a delay in availability. As far as we know, the Collector Edition will likely be produced later on in the model year, though, so there may be a wait for that specific model. At the Geneva Auto Show, a strict no touch, no entry policy was observed with the GS, but that was a pre-production model. When the Corvette Bash kicks off in late April, visitors will be able to inspect the vehicle up close and even sit down inside of it.


PostHeaderIcon The Corvette Grand Sport Will Slot Between The Stingray And The Z06

If you were old enough to drive in the late 60’s or early 1970s, you probably lusted over the first Corvette Grand Sport. Those of us that are a bit younger happily remember the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport that rocked the LT4 engine. Finally, 20 years later at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Corvette GS made its long-awaited debut. Now, only a month after that debut, we’ve received new information about Corvette GS from Mike Furman, who works out of Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD. For those of you who don’t know, he is well-known for being the first to release information about Corvettes to his customers.

In his communication to us, he revealed that the Corvette GS will slot between the Z51 Stingray and the Z06 price-wise. Don’t expect to hear more specific pricing, however, as that information has yet to be released. The GS is basically be a Z06 without a supercharger, and actually borrows more than a few parts from it – including the suspension. All Corvettes will be available in Watkins Glen Gray, while the collector’s edition GS will be the only one to receive Tension Blue interior like we saw the GS sporting in Geneva.

As far as availability and production goes, it is anticipated that the GS will be produced at the same time as the Stingray, so there won’t be a delay in availability. As far as we know, the Collector Edition will likely be produced later on in the model year, though, so there may be a wait for that specific model. At the Geneva Auto Show, a strict no touch, no entry policy was observed with the GS, but that was a pre-production model. When the Corvette Bash kicks off in late April, visitors will be able to inspect the vehicle up close and even sit down inside of it.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Invests $439 Million in the Corvette Plant

Typically, when an automaker invests capital into a production facility, it goes by unnoticed. However, amid rumors of a mid-engine Corvette, GM investing $439 million into the paint shop at the Bowling Green Corvette plant leaps off the paper to us as a sign of good things to come.

The press release doesn’t have any incriminating evidence of this rumored super-Corvette, but it does mention that the investment will include new tooling and robots, and building a 450,000 square-foot painting facility.

Other changes to the paint shop include a dry scrubber booth with a limestone-handling system that eliminates sludge water and waste, LED lights for the process decks for visual inspection, FANUC robots with versa-bell 3 electrostatic applicators to give each paintjob a smoother finish and to reduce lost paint materials by 25 percent, and high-efficiency baking ovens.

Could these heavy modifications to the paint shop be in anticipation of the hotly anticipated Corvette Zora ZR-1?

Unfortunately, it is hard to tell, as these modifications could simply be to improve flaws in the current paint shop or just to increase efficiency. Then again, an investment this big into the Corvette plant at this point in time just seems strangely coincidental.

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Chevrolet Invests $439 Million in the Corvette Plant originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Review: Video

If you’re looking for a biting, Top Gear-style look at the Z06, this isn’t going to be it. This review pretty much boils down to someone reading a sales brochure and driving his neighbor’s Z06 around a suburban subdivision. But don’t take that as criticism. From a consumer standpoint, this is probably the better review. A good look at how the convertible top operates and what the interior looks like are more helpful to the average potential buyer than knowing how easily it goes sideways with the traction control off on a racetrack.

The review is relentlessly consumer-oriented, coming in at over 31 minutes and going over pretty much every feature of the 2015 Z06 Convertible. But sometimes you need something like that, as it can be tempting to view fast cars as nothing more than a collection of performance stats, and review videos will sometimes forget that people actually buy them and live with them. Unfortunately, this one has reminded us that the instruments and switches in the Z06 still aren’t exactly a high point of the car. Still a very cool car though.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Review: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 4 May 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeff Gordon To Pace Indy 500 In Corvette Z06

Last weekend, the Toyota Mirai became the first hydrogen-fueled car to pace a NASCAR race, replacing the more common, V-8-powered Chevys and Fords for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Now, it seems that things are back to normal in the U.S. racing scene, with IndyCar nominating the 2015 Corvette Z06 to pace the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24th. Yay!

More good news comes from the fact that the Indy-liveried Z06 will be driven by four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. The organizer’s choice isn’t surprising here, as Gordon is also a five-time Brickyard 400 winner, also held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon, now in his 23rd NASCAR season (man I feel old), has never competed in the Indianapolis 500, meaning he will turn his first laps during the famed event in a pace car.

“It’s great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year’s pace car driver,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike.”

Gordon, who is retiring from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at the end of the 2015 season, will also compete in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 the same day. The 43-year-old will fly to Charlotte Motor Speedway as soon as the checkered flag drops at Indianapolis. What a guy!

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Jeff Gordon To Pace Indy 500 In Corvette Z06 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 1 May 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

The Chevrolet Corvette has a long history with racing, and the latest C7.R racecar has definitely been carrying the torch since its introduction last year. To celebrate the early success that the C7 has already had in racing, Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition.

First the bad news. This car is little more than a styling package tacked onto the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. So where’s the good news, you ask? That lies in the fact that the C7 Z06 is already enough of a track superstar that all it took to create the Z06 C7.R Edition was a special paint job and all the performance goodies the C7 Z06 offers.

Unlike the racecar used by Corvette Racing teams, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be offered as either a coupe or convertible.

Updated 09/28/2015: The very first Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition was sold at the 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction for the amazing amount of $500,000. All the proceeds will go to Detroit-based College for Creative Studies.

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PostHeaderIcon Custom Corvette Z06 Runs Quarter Mile In 9 Seconds: Video

America – land of the free and home of the 1,320. We like our meal portions big and our quarter mile ETs low. And when it comes to engines, we want eight cylinders arranged in a vee, with a big-ass blower sitting on top creating all those whining noises.

These are just a few of the things that make the new C7 Corvette Z06 so awesome. Click the link to read our full review. The car is like a Patriot missile with Johnny Cash riding shotgun – brutal, ruthlessly effective, and undeniably cool in a does-it-look-like-I-care kind of way.

While it’s already shockingly fast from the factory, there are a few out there who are simply not content with “stock.” Enter Fasterproms, an independent GM performance tuning shop in Lutz, Florida. The speed house recently posted a video of its black and white ‘Vette project car running a quarter mile in 9.87 seconds at 138 mph, a feat the company claims makes it the world’s first nine-second 2015 C7 Z06. Incredibly, the single digit run was accomplished with little more than simple bolt-on modifications. And considering that the driver missed the green by a half-second or so, the time is even more impressive.

So then, what’s it take to dip below the 10s in a new Z06? The parts list includes a custom 2.31 pulley, ported supercharger, modified intake, thermal reduction plates to keep the blower cool, a flex-fuel sensor that allows a blend of e85 and pump gas, 1.5-gallon expansion tank for the supercharger coolant, ARH 1.875 headers, a custom in-house tune, and 315/30/18 Hoosier drag radials.

Once this thing gets off the line, it simply squats and rockets down the lane.

Continue Reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Custom Corvette Z06 Runs Quarter Mile In 9 Seconds: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 14 March 2015 20:00 EST.

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