This past weekend, with fears of rain and potential snow up in the high desert at Willow Springs International Raceway, Spec Corvette ran their second round of the year in conjunction with Speed Ventures. The rain held off for the most part and racers were able to take advantage of the cool ambient temperatures, to the point of setting a new Big Willow lap record!
Marshall Pruett did the world a solid by getting some sweet audio of the C8.R at Daytona during testing. Have a listen over at Road And Track, and be sure to crank the volume on the first sound clip.
Motor Trend has some very interesting news about the next iteration of the ZR1 in the new mid-engine, C8-generation Corvette: it will have a hybridized drivetrain that could boost power all the way to 900 horsepower!
IMSA posted footage to Twitter on Sunday of the new Corvette C8.R lapping Road Atlanta!
We can all have a collective sigh of relief: the new Corvette C8.R has been revealed, and it quite beautiful.
The 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette. The buzz surrounding the new generation is perhaps the most significant in the US auto market for at least the past decade, and it all appears to be well-founded.
There are rare occasions where less really is more. After our stint in the C7 Z06 last year, we concluded that while the supercharged ‘Vette offered incredible performance for the money, a Z51 Stingray offered nearly as many thrills on the street and while not quite as quick on the track, its 460 horsepower LT1 felt more manageable, put less weight over the front end, and had less trouble dispatching heat under the hood.
This week we’ve got the keys to a ragtop version of the seventh generation Corvette, here equipped with GM’s 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Although we had a chance to sample Chevy’s boosted Corvette earlier this year, our drive was slightly hampered by uncooperative weather. But after months of anticipation, we finally got a proper stint behind the wheel of the new Corvette Z06 – and this time the tarmac is dry and the air is nice and cool.
As we reported earlier this year, the new C7 Stingray is pretty great right out of the box. But when the tuners at Lingenfelter got their hands on the new Corvette, they turned it into a bonafide road-going missile with a very angry disposition.
Today we’ve got the keys to a drop top C7 Stingray optioned with the seven speed manual transmission, performance active exhaust system, and magnetic ride control suspension. This particular Corvette is also equipped with the Z51 performance package, which includes upgraded brakes, shocks, springs, anti-roll bars, wheels, and tires, along with dry-sump oiling and an electronic limited-slip differential.
When it comes to high performance news, the recent crowd favorite Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been hogging a lot of headlines for the last few months – and for good reason. But while the Challenger makes for a great muscle car, if you’re looking for the most distilled high performance available, it’s more likely to be offered from a platform designed to be a sports car from the ground up. The Corvette C7 is such a platform. When GM announced that the new Z06 would be the most powerful GM production car ever produced, and that a new eight-speed automatic transmission that offered shifts as fast as Porsche’s PDK gearbox was going to be along for the ride, expectations were high. But to look at the performance figures revealed by General Motors today, it looks like they might not have been high enough.
Today we’re taking a look at a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible which has been warmed over by the horsepower fanatics at Lingenfelter. The drop top now sports over 600 horsepower by way of a HeartBeat supercharger system, which includes ECU modifications, an Eaton “TVS” 2300 rotating group, an internal intercooler system and bypass valve, twin dual-pass charge-air-coolers, a coolant circulation pump and a heat exchanger. To make sure the Corvette’s bark is as loud as its bite, it’s also been fitted with a Lingenfelter Performance exhaust system.
Supercharging is a type of forced induction that has historically been used by automakers to raise an engine’s power output. Bolted to the side or to the top of the engine, the supercharger creates a powerful combustion by blowing compressed air into the cylinders.
We’ve spent some quality time with the convertible version of the Jaguar F-Type over the past year or so, and while that car in both V6 and V8 flavors delivered some pretty divine open-top motoring and, in the case of the V8 model, offered one of the most compelling exhaust notes we’d ever heard in a production car, we were anxious to get behind the wheel of a hard top F-Type and see if the coupe’s added rigidity would translate to a substantially more capable F-Type.
Chevrolet has finally released the official numbers for the upcoming Z06 Corvette, and they should ease those dismayed by Chevrolet’s assertion that, at least for the time being, the ZR1 variant is not in the cards and the Z06 would be the top spec offering of the Corvette. So, just how powerful is the supercharged, 6.2-liter LT4 V8 in the new Z06?
This past weekend Multimedia Editor Chris Amos bolted on his summer wheels/tires and headed out to a local autocross hosted by the Corvette Club of Michigan at General Motors’ Cadillac assembly plant in Detroit.
Unveiled last January at the Detroit Motor Show, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been hailed as one of the most advanced sports cars ever manufactured by General Motors. While the technology it packs is the fruit of decades of research on and off the track, the origins of the Z06 name go back to 1957 when the American Manufacturers Association (AMA) instated a prohibition-like ban on factory-backed racing.