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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500

Has there ever been an Indy pace car that’s better than the Corvette ZR1 pace car, with 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts)? The answer is a resounding no. As the 102nd Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes closer, Chevy decided to unleash its new Corvette ZR1 Pace Car. It is dressed in a dark blue finish, has a massive rear wing, and is accented with red accents, together with an appropriate door-mounted livery.

The newly revealed ZR1 Corvette is going to be the 15th Corvette that will take on the legendary race. This will also be the 29th time a Chevy product will be leading a pack since 1911 with the Indy 500’s Inception. If you were not born yet back then, it was actually the 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible that was Chevy’s very first vehicle to take on the track, while the very first Corvette pace car was a 1978 C3 Corvette, which had Jim Rathmann as the driver.

J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, said that Chevrolet and IMS have one of the longest running and strongest bonds in motorsports. After all those years of seeing Corvettes on the Indianapolis 500, Boles is confident to say that this is a reminder of the rich history of this great relationship.

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Chevy Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 GT3 RS take on the Nurburgring

Before, we talked about how many of today’s automakers want to set Nurburgring lap records. Now, we are going to talk about the two newest contenders that tried to take the crown home for the fastest lap around the Green Hell. The Chevy Corvette ZR1 and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS both recorded pretty fast laps, but only one managed to make a significant run at the record.

It was BridgeToGantry who shared information about this, saying that the GT3 RS, packed with 520 horsepower (383 kilowatts) lapped the ‘Ring in under 7 minutes, where its fastest lap was 6 minutes and 56 seconds. However, this won’t break records. Meanwhile, the more potent GT2 RS did it in 6 minutes and 47.30 seconds, and this we can say is an impressive record. In fact, this performance is enough to make it to the record board as among the top five production cars of all time.

The Corvette ZR1, on the other hand, was not as successful, finishing with over 7 minutes, despite its 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) output. To be more specific, bystanders clocked it in at 7 minutes 12 seconds. That makes the ZR1 just a little better than the Z06’s 7 minutes and 19 seconds two years ago. For the sake of comparison, the fastest American production car to lap the Ring was the Viper ACR, lapping it at 7 minutes and 1.3 seconds.

Read the entire article Chevy Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 GT3 RS take on the Nurburgring

Equus Throwback is like a tribute to former Corvettes

Equus Automotive, an aftermarket specialist in the United States, is somewhat in the same field as the Brabus or Alpina. Today, their latest creation would be the Throwback. When you look at it, it gets most of its design cues from older versions, but injected with a modern twist. Now, for those of you who are interested, you’ll have to be pretty quick because the company will only be making 25 examples of these, each one with a price tag of $130,000.

Firstly, the Throwback’s exterior carbon fiber bodywork makes reference to several generations of Corvette. Some of these cues include side scallops that evoke the original. Theres is also the spear, stretching along the rear, that plays on the split window 1963 ‘Vette coupe. Up front, the Throwback features a set of large spotlights in the front bumper for cruising in the evening. In the hood, there is a big power bulge that have heat extractors. In the rear, the circular taillights remind us of the classic model, while the exhaust outlets look like trombones.

As we move into the interior, you would notice that it has been reupholstered by Equus Automotive. It now has a generous amount of Alcantara upholstery like diamond quilting on the seats. Turned metal trim then finishes the center console and door pulls.

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Sinkhole-damaged Chevy Corvettes have all been restored, last one will be unveiled in February

Back in 2014, there was an unexpected natural catastrophe that happened right smack in the center of Bowling Green. This was when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum, which included eight historic Chevy Corvettes.

Instead of worrying about the cars that had been damaged, the museum dealt with this lightly and instead allowed visitors to take a look at the sinkhole up close, where there were Corvettes lying upside down.

Years after the incident, the museum finally decided that it was time to restore what had been damaged four years ago. Some of the cars were destroyed almost beyond recognition, while the others fell without being seriously ruined. Now, the National Corvette Museum has finally finished restoring all the damaged Corvettes and is ready to showcase the complete set to the public again.

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At Scottsdale, Arizona, the first 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with VIN 001 was sold at the Barrett-Jackson  auction for an impressive amount of $925,000. Every single cent that the automaker got from this auction will be going to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, specifically to its Building for America’s Bravest Program.

This foundation was established when the Siller family lost Stephen Siller, on September 11, 2011. He was a firefighter in New York City. This program’s goal is to build smart homes for service members that have been terribly injured and are returning home, as well as first responders. These homes are not only efficient, automated, and easily accessible, but they can also be personalized to the individual’s needs.

As mentioned earlier, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the very first example produced and auctioned. Under its hood is a 6.2 liter LT5 V8 engine that has an output of as much as 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound feet (969 Newton metres) of torque. The winning bidder can choose whether to get a coupe version or a convertible. The new owner also gets to decide if this will be paired to a seven speed manual transmission with active rev matching or the eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.

Read the entire article First 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 has been sold for $925K, proceeds go to charity

For those who are expecting to see the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, we have got some bad news for you as it seems like the model will not be making its debut there, even after all the CAD drawings that we saw earlier.

Hagerty first said that the C8 will make its debut in Detroit, but this model will not make its debut until next year. And we really are not surprised because Chevrolet recently just unveiled the Corvette ZR1, but not a lot of people are happy with it.

Despite the bad news, we also have a good one too, and this will definitely not disappoint any of you. That is because Hagerty just reported that the C8 will be offered in a better engine lineup, and that means a better version of the company’s 6.2 liter LT1 V8 engine. The engine will enable the car to produce as much as 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts), thanks to a higher compression ratio and less restrictive exhaust. Alongside this engine would be other ones that will be added to the lineup later on. This may include a V8 like that in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Read the entire article Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will offer a hybrid powertrain with as much as 1,000+ horsepower

Have you ever wanted to own a Chevrolet Corvette track car? Well, if you are, you must know that you don’t have to settle for the new ZR1 with an output of 755-horsepower (563 kilowatts). That is because German tuner GeigerCars started offering a circuit-ready variant of the Z06 Carbon 65 Edition. It definitely is a track car, because it comes with a roll cage, and a safety harness. Apart from that, it has been equipped with a supercharged 6.2 liter V8, which now makes it a little more powerful, with as much as 759 horsepower (556 kilowatts) and 729 pound-feet (989 Newton-metres) of torque.

To still keep its identity, Geiger Cars made sure that Carbon 65 Edition still keeps as much carbon fiber as it can. This is what makes it special and extra lightweight. When looking at it, the exterior comes with a new front end with a revised grille for better airflow, fender vents, tweaked side skirts, and a sub-frame with an integrated diffuser by Geiger. For the spoiler, customers can choose how they want it to be - from a subtle flat piece to a full racing setup. Overall, Geiger Cars’ treatment gave the Z06 Carbon 65 Edition a more aggressive look, without making it look too crazy.

Geiger Cars was able to boost the standard Z06’s power from 650 horsepower to 759 horsepower, as they replaced its regular 1.7 liter Eaton supercharger with a 2.3 liter screw-type unit. This has been paired with the stock transmission, which could be an eight-speed automatic or a seven-speed manual. The throttle, intake and engine software had all been tweaked as well. The upgraded model can now reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.9 seconds, while reaching a max speed of 209 miles per hour (337 kilometers per hour). That is pretty good when compared to Chevy’s own ZL1.

Read the entire article GeigerCars Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon 65 Edition has more power than the ZR1

When Chevrolet unveiled the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, it described the super coupe as its most powerful and quickest production Corvette. With up to 755 hp (563 kW) of max output And 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm) of peak torque available from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine (LT5), the new Corvette ZR1 is a serious supercar for the track.

But now, Hennessey has come up with three power packages that essentially hike the power output of the 2019 Corvette ZR1. These power packages would appeal to ZR1 owners who want to squeeze the potential of their already high-performance super coupe. Each of the three power packages represents a new level of performance for the 2019 Corvette ZR1.

For instance, the HPE850 ups the power level of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 to 850 hp (634 kW) of max output and 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm). This allows the Hennessey Corvette ZR1 HPE850 to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.6 seconds, or 0.1 second quicker than the stock super coupe. This was achieve by employing high-flow cylinder heads, a high-flow air induction system and upgraded valve springs as well as a Hennessey lower pulley upgrade.

Read the entire article Hennessey can upgrade the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to a 1,200 hp hypercar

When the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 traveled around the world in camouflage before making its official debut in Dubai, we remember seeing convertible versions of it as well, and we anticipated that it would come. But one variant that we did not expect to see was a roofless version of the ZR1.

And Chevrolet surprised us with this at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, finished in the same bold day-glo orange paint as the hardtop model that we saw in Dubai. There is no doubt that the roofless model looks superb (probably even sexier than the coupe version); but apart from that, it is also the most powerful production convertible that wears a Bowtie badge.

Today, we have got a couple of details regarding the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible, such as the price. Having said that, the convertible starts at $123,995, while the coupe costs $119,995. You might think that it is a little too expensive, especially compared to a Z06. But that is because this is the only Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible, at least a front engine ZR1 convertible.

Read the entire article 2017 LA Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible [Live Photos]

Just this month, Chevrolet unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe. Dubbed by Chevrolet as the fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the new 2019 ZR1 astonished the public with its 755 hp (563 kW) of output and 212 mph of top speed. While people are still reeling from the arrival of the new Corvette ZR1 super coupe, Chevrolet has opted not to wait too long to unveil its drop-top version.

Yes, Chevrolet is introducing the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible, with the official unveiling set to happen at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be sold along with the 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe starting next spring. It will the first ZR1 convertible since the original 1970 ZR1, taking nearly 50 years before the first drop-top was followed up by a modern version.

As the drop-top version of the coupe introduced at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, the Corvette ZR1 convertible has the same performance and technology offerings as its roofed twin. Thanks to the Corvette’s strong and stiff aluminum chassis, Chevrolet has to implement a few structural changes, which include the accommodations for its folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Drivers could open or close the power top up to speeds of 30 mph. The folding top hardware accounted for most of the 60 lbs (27 kg) of curb weight difference between the coupe and convertible versions of the new Corvette ZR1 supercar.

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Even as Chevrolet is making a huge splash in the industry with the recent launch of the new Corvette ZR1, there may be trouble brewing. Chevrolet has announced huge discounts on its 7th generation Corvette, particularly the Z06. Why is this so? We’re thinking that this might have been brought on by the brand’s 20% overall sales drop in the first ten months of 2017.

Chevrolet has only delivered a total of 1,345 Corvettes this October, a 49% drop compared to the same month last year. Sales have been really bad since January up to October of 2017 as the company has only sold 20,236 units against 25,345 units sold last year. The less than stellar figures majorly contributed to this year’s 20% sales decline.

But then, the Corvette Z06 continues to be one of the most potent muscle cars in the market thanks to its 6.2–liter supercharged V8 engine that generates a massive 650hp (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft (485 Nm) of torque. Not to mention, Chevy offers its customers a choice between an eight speed automatic and a seven speed manual transmission.

Read the entire article Chevrolet offers big discount for Corvette Z06 amid disappointing sales

The Chevrolet Corvette will be turning 65 years old in 2018, and as part of the celebrations, the brand is introducing a special edition C7 – the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition Coupe. This January 2018, the very first retail production example of the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe will be placed under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This upcoming auction of the first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe has a lot of meaning behind it, aside from the fact that it forms part of the nameplate’s 65th anniversary celebrations. Chevrolet, along with parent GM, is teaming up with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to honor as well as support military veterans who have served and made sacrifices for the safety, security and freedom of the citizens of the United States.

Proceeds of the car’s auction will be used for the benefit of the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. Its main goal is to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life. GM noted that it employs more than 6,000 veterans and that over 50,000 of its retirees are veterans.

Read the entire article GM and Chevrolet to auction off first Corvette Carbon 65 Edition in January 2018

We never doubted the outstanding performance of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with its 6.2 liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine that enables it to produce up to 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-metres) of torque. Moreover, it has a top speed of 210 miles per hour (337 kilometers per hour). However, there is one question that a lot of us are asking, and that’s how fast can it perform around the Green Hell, and will it break records?

Just like any other automaker out there, Chevy also has plans of taking the hardcore Corvette ZR1 to the Nurburgring to try and beat the performance of other vehicles. The problem is that there are few dry days left to attempt a record run on the track. Having said that, the best thing they could do is wait until next season. Road & Track also said that Chevy has already used up their 2017 run on the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and the said model was able to leave the track with a lap time of 7 minutes 16.04 seconds.

Going back to the new Corvette ZR1, it will be even faster than the one that lapped the Nurburgring this year. It was fitted with a set of super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly, and an optional package they call the “High Wing”. This package gives it 60 percent more downforce over the Z06. With all these new features, Chevy believes that it can lap the ‘Ring in just under seven minutes. If this is accurate, it would be looking at beating the Dodge Viper ACR’s 7:01.3 record, and may even come close to the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6:59.73 record.

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The wait is over and it is much worth it. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar is returning for the 2019 model year, and it is out to present a good challenge against current high-performance cars in the market. Aside from its very aggressive function-driven appearance, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is also powered by a new exclusive supercharged V8 engine offering more than 700 horses on tap.

Chevrolet is resurrecting the ZR1 nameplate once more, signifying its intention to remain as one of the leaders in the supercar pack. By virtue of performance, the resurrected ZR1 lives up to its name as the new performance flagship of the Chevrolet brand. The previous ZR1 (Chevrolet Corvette C6) was powerful with its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine delivering 638 hp (476 kW) of max output and a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).

Nonetheless, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 won’t lose after all as it has a more powerful engine under its hood. This is the main reason why Chevrolet dubbed the 2019 ZR1 as the fastest and most powerful production Corvette. This mill is the exclusive supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine officially dubbed as the LT5. This LT5 engine is designed to deliver the highest output so far for a Chevrolet production vehicle, as partly made possible by a new, more efficient intercooled supercharger that boasts of a displacement that is 52-percent larger than on the system found on the LT4 mill of the Corvette Z06. This is complemented by new dual-fuel-injection system employing primary direct injection and supplemental port injection. As a result, the new supercharged LT5 engine is able to deliver a whopping 755 hp (563 kW) of max output and 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm) of peak torque (SAE-rated). Power is sent to the wheels through either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Top speed of the Corvette ZR1 is pegged at over 210 mph.

Read the entire article Chevrolet unveils 755 hp 2019 Corvette ZR1 at 2017 Dubai Motor Show

Chevrolet is offering something of interest to any Chevrolet Corvette owner. It’s a new software update that will shave a second off their lap times. But this is only available for certain C7 generation Corvettes. Basically, the software modifies the Magnetic Ride Control suspension to improve the car’s handling as well as its ride quality.

Not everyone may be aware of Magnetic Ride Control. It’s actually Chevy’s term for the magnetorheological suspension dampers that are fitted into the Corvette, the Camaro, and some Cadillac V-Series models. The software upgrade was made possible because the damper’s performance in the car’s various driving modes (Tour, Sport and Track) is controlled by the model’s on-board computers. So it only needs a software patch to change the car’s handling characteristics.

After the software upgrade, a 2016 Corvette Z06 example was able to cut down a little over a second off the lap time at GM’s 2.9 mile Milford Road Course test track. As for the handling, General Motors’ vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, says that the car feels more balanced and there are more linear responses to driver inputs as well. One would instantly feel the changes and will appreciate them.

Read the entire article You can now give your Chevy Corvette a $350 software update for faster lap times

It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be followed by an all-new mid-engined Corvette. Currently, the automaker is rebuilding their facilities for their future models. And because of that, reports suggest that the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built in limited quantities only.

It was Bowling Green Daily News that reported that Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will only accommodate the lightly improved 2018 Corvette’s assembly for four months. This will begin next month after the facility’s three-month break in anticipation of the new model.

Lauren Langille, General Motors communications representative, said that their Kentucky plant employees will return to work all of October and November based on the training requirements as they prepare for production.

Read the entire article Only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built

Cars Direct earlier reported that Chevrolet is currently putting orders on hold for the new Corvette. Despite recently announcing a series of updates, it is unfortunate that the 2018 models may not arrive until this December.

Reports say the postponement was due to the temporary shutdown of the Bowling Green facility in Kentucky. This is to give way to the plant’s ongoing construction that will last for about three months. As spokesperson Ron Klinon said, the upgrade will commence in August to let them complete the construction of GM’s state of the art paint facility. Because of this, the production has been rescheduled to November which means the 2018 Corvette may not be found at the dealerships until December.

As for Chevrolet’s inventory, we learned that it currently has about 14,700 Corvettes in total. This is equivalent to a 146-day supply which isn’t so bad at all considering Chevy also needs to empty out its inventory especially of the existing year models. That said, the figures released by the Automotive News Data Center may benefit General Motors but the consumers may be put at a disadvantage with the diminishing supply of Corvettes--- especially when it comes to the decreasing number of incentives available.

Read the entire article Chevrolet delays orders for 2018 Corvette, deliveries may start in December

While a bunch of cars will take over 24 Hours Le Mans this racing season, there’s a glow-in-the dark Chevrolet Corvette that is destined to steal the spotlight. Coming to Le Man’s for this year’s GTE Am category is the bright and colorful Corvette C7.R art car that will be driven by Christian Philippon, Romain Brandela and Fernando Reese.

Designed by street artist Ramzi Adek, the glow in the dark livery will be featuring a graffiti-inspired paintwork in different shades of neon colors. Now we can be sure it won’t go unseen in the dead of the night.

The #50 Corvette was first seen last weekend at the Circuit de la Sarthe while undergoing official tests. As opposed to the traditional yellow body paint, Adek’s product looks totally different from the many Corvettes that took part in this competition.

Read the entire article Watch out for this Corvette with glow-in-the-dark livery at Le Mans

Been thinking of upgrading your current ride? Now may be a good time to go shopping. Chevrolet is giving out a good deal, and is currently offering rebates up to 10 percent off the price tags of certain C7 Corvettes, according to Corvette Blogger.

Now, you must be asking why they are pulling off this promo. The reason for this is most likely because they have a lot of Corvettes stocked in their inventory that they have to get rid of. That usually is the main reason why cars go on sale, to move the cars out from the dealership to the driveway, and to your garages.

Compared to last year’s records, Corvette sales this year have gone down significantly. But they aren’t the only ones suffering from this. Many automakers have been experiencing a decline in the sales of their sedans too. There seems to be a trend where people are shifting to crossovers and SUVs.

Read the entire article Chevrolet is giving rebates (valued at up to 10% of the price) for every purchase of a C7 Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is a one of a kind sports car; it actually does look like the Z06 minus the 190 hp. And while we’d all wish that we can park this Corvette in our garage, it has more exciting things to do first. The Corvette Grand Sport was chosen to serve as the pace car for the upcoming 2017 Indianapolis 500, the 101st run of this legendary race.

The Chevrolet Corvette will once again grace the Brickyard as the official pace car after a year off. Its track-ready Grand Sport variant will be the on the front of this year's race scheduled on May 28. The Vette's Grand Sport pace car is painted with a white finish, and a blue strip runs from the front hood to the rear of the car. Red strips are also found on the front fenders and side sills.

Furthermore, the iconic Indy 500 logo is placed on the sport car's doors. The alternative carbon fiber aero set will give the 'Vette a more aggressive look. The American company further disclosed that the sports car is fitted with performance equipment that will aid the pace car when lapping the track. The coupe is also fitted with 6.2L V8 engine that produces around 460 hP (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Newton-meters) of torque.

Read the entire article Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is selected as pace car for upcoming 2017 Indianapolis 500