Vette Videos: Virtual LS7 Engine Build & High-Speed ZR1 Build

Machined steel is cool, but there’s something unique about machined aluminum. The LS7 animation is quirky-cool. Not only does the engine float in a blue sky, the crankshaft and entire assembly is animated as the parts come together on their own, the entire engine horizontally rotates. It’s very cool.

The second video is a speeded up assembly of a real LS9 engine at the GM Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Michigan. The new Corvette Engine Build Experience option lets ZR1 and Z06 buyers watch and help build their own engine. How cool is that?! The video is kind of an “over the shoulder” view of the experience – but, REALLY FAST! Read More

1965 396 L78 Corvette – The First Big-Block Corvette

Were it not for NASCAR Chevys trailing behind nearly everyone in the early ’60s, there may never have been a big-block Corvette. Fuelie Corvettes were doing very sell in SCCA sports car racing, but the NASCAR Chevys where in trouble. While GM was officially not racing in the late ’50s and early ’60s, Duntov and a few other Chevy engineers kept select Chevy racers supplied heavy-duty specialty parts for field testing. Read More

Looking at C6 LS3 Small-Block Chevy Corvette Engine, The Mighty LS3

The C6 LS3 Small-Block Chevy Engine, The Mighty LS3. LG Motorsports also hot-rodded an LS3 just to see how much more power was left in the engine. Using long-tube headers, a performance cam, ported heads, a cold-air intake, an under-drive pulley, and a custom ECM tune, the LG crew pushed output to 506.7 horses and 457.1 ft-lb of torque. Yes, this is one base engine that truly deserves the name “The Mighty LS3.” Read More

World’s Only Turbine-Powered Corvette

Corvette was chosen because it was the only car they could find that would accommodate the long turbine engine. The engine, by the way, was the same unit that Granatelli used in the ’67 Indy turbine car. The front end of the car is essentially a shell to cover the engine. Talk about a lowly start, the Pratt & Whitney turbine engine was originally designed to be a power generator for oil drilling rigs. (Kind of like the trash compactor character in the film, “Wall-E”) Read More

Corvette Oddball: Did GM ever explore more than 8 cylinders for Corvette?

So when the Corvette team decided to one-up the Viper with two extra cylinders, they decided on one of
Ryan Falconer’s stunning, all aluminum V12 racing engines. Since the Corvette would have to be stretched, this was the perfect time for a “chassis study.”

Since the Falconer V12 packed a 680-horsepower kick, the obvious place to begin was with a production ZR-1. The biggest challenge was the fact that the all-aluminum V12 engine was 8.8-inches longer than the production Corvette engine Read More