Speed Society’s Salute to the awesome success of the Corvette Racing Team
Dateline 11.10.18 – What sets the Corvette apart from every other car in America is that since 1955 the Corvette has always been about racing. From the glory days of Duntov to today, every Corvette chief engineer has made sure that lessons learned from racing are poured into production Corvettes.
With the 2018 racing season completed and the Corvette Racing Team racking up another championship, the timing of the Speed Society Z06 couldn’t be better. The Z06’s LT4 engine has been goosed up to 850-horsepower and the deco on the car is a salute to the C7.R. The rear wing and ADV.1 two-piece forged alloy wheels pulls the whole look together.
Check out the rest of the details and gallery of photos HERE. – Scott
Harlan Charles & Tadge Juechter Hold Court at NCM’s Latest Michelin Bash Event: 2018 Recap & 2019 Preview
Dateline: 5.2.19 –The National Corvette Museum hosted their three-day annual Michelin NCM Bash from April 26 to April 28. Corvette product manager Harlan Charles and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter delivered a 1-hour and 47-minute presentation recap of the 2018 season and a preview of what’s in store for 2019.
The event also included racing seminars, an update on the 1962 sinkhole Corvette, and using the C7’s navigation system. Chevrolet wants Corvette fans well informed and C7 owners completely up to speed with their car’s capabilities.
Special guests included former Bowling Green plant manager Wil Cooksey and early generation Corvette restoration expert, Kevin Mackay.
FYI, you can read my 2013 interview with Wil Cooksey in the November 2017 and January 2018 issue of Vette Vues; and my Kevin Mackay 2013 interview in the May 2018 and June 2018 issue of Vette Vues.Continue reading “
The Tadge Juechter & Harlan Charles Show! ’18 Recap & 2’19 Preview – VIDEO” →
After a very long wait, the 2019 ZR1 delivers the goods!
Image: GM Archives
Dateline: 4-30-18 –Years ago, a good friend gave me a book about race car driving. Inside the cover Joe wrote, “The insanity of speed is only understood by those that cautiously extract it.” With a two-run average speed of 212-mph, the new ZR1 has entered the Insane Zone for production automobiles.
The 2019 ZR1 will go down as one of the all-time great Corvettes.- Scott
Jay Leno, former President George W. Bush, and 2018 Carbon 65 Z06 #001 help raise $1,400,000 for our wounded warriors!!!
Dateline: 1.20.18 – 2018 Carbon 65 Special Edition Z06 raked in an astonishing $1,400,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction tonight! Star Power played a heavy roll because not only was former Tonight Show Jay Lenno (and host of Jay Leno’s Garage) on hand, but former President of the United States, George W. Bush, both helped lift this unique Corvette WAY over the million dollar mark.
A short video played before the auction showed President Bush (slowly) driving the 650-horsepower Corvette on his ranch. He joked that it was the first time he’d driven a car since 1992!
Chevrolet Marketing truly out-did themselves with the Dubai debut of the 2019 ZR1 Corvette!!!
Dateline: 12-26-17 Images: GM Archives & Wiki Commons – Dubai is arguably the most spectacular place on the planet. Just look at the below images of the Dubai skyline at night. It shows what can be done with almost unlimited capital. The city looks like something out of a Star Trek film!
So what a better place to debut the new C7 ZR1 Corvette. Tadge Juechter said a subtle, but VERY interesting thing, did you catch it? He said that his Corvette engineering team did everything they could possible do to the C7 platform when designing and developing the ZR1. Hmmm.
Dateline: 1.17.17 –The long-view story of the Grand Sport now has four chapters. The first chapter told the story of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s vision of offering to the public, lightweight, powerful, all-out racing cars that “could” be driven on the street – not unlike what Ferrari was offering – available through Chevrolet dealerships. It was a great idea, but went over like a belch in church with GM’s brass. The plug was pulled immediately and the five pilot Grand Sports were left to go fallow with no factory development or backing.
Part Two of the story happens 33 years later, in 1996.By this time, unless you seriously followed the early days of Corvette racing, you probably never heard of a “Grand Sport.” Continue reading “
C7 Grand Sport Corvette, Best Street Vette Ever?” →
Corvette Racing Team scores ANOTHER win at the 12 Hours of Sebring IMSA Race
Dateline: 3-20-16: The overall winner of the 2016 12 Hours of Sebring was Pipo Derani driving his Ligier JS P2 Honda. The Action Express Corvette Daytona Prototype driven by Dane Cameron took 2nd and Christian Fittipaldi took 3rd in his Action Express Corvette Daytona Prototype.
But for Corvette fans, Tommy Milner brought home the gold and took 1st in GTLM Class in his C7.R Corvette.
Here are some interesting stats that show the success of the Corvette Racing Team:
* This was the 10th class victory at Sebring for Corvette Racing
* The Corvette Racing Team claimed its fifth straight Triple Crown victory!
* This was the second straight victory at Sebring for Corvette Racing and the third in four years. Continue reading “
Tommy Milner & the C7.R Corvette Wins GTLM at 12 Hours of Sebring!!! – 3 VIDEOS” →
by Joel Patel as republished from Car Buzz Really, really difficult
Dateline 11.28.15:There are powerful Chevrolet Corvettes and then there’s this 3,000-hp Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06. Kelly Bise Racing and KP Racing took a stock C6 Z06 and added a pair of turbos with other performance upgrades for a whopping total of 3,000 hp. Continue reading “
How Difficult Is It To Control A 3,000-HP Corvette Z06? VIDEO” →
The new C7 Z06 takes on 9 contenders and comes out on top! – Video
Timeline: 10.5.15 – These guys at Motor Trend are having too much fun! They took an assortment of 10 performance cars. Here’s what MT had to say…
We have the Mercedes AMG GT S, Bentley Continental GT3-R, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Cadillac ATS-V, Volkswagen Golf R, Porsche Cayman GT4, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Lexus RC F, Cadillac CTS-V — all gathered together on an abandoned airstrip at El Toro Marine Base to find out which car is the fastest. Obviously these 10 competitors display a wide range of power and performance, so why do we continue lining them up for one, over-the-top drag race?… Because We Can!
World’s Greatest Drag Race 5 concludes our special 2015 Best Driver’s Car Week here on the Motor Trend Channel. We hope you’ve enjoyed all of this week’s videos Continue reading “
Let’s hope there’s a retest with a Z06 that’s running right! – Video
Dateline: 10.1.15 –Watch and listen to this car and it’s hard to believe this is a factory-built street car. Factory Corvettes haven’t “sounded” this good since the days of the ’65-’69 big-blocks with side pipes. While in the beginning the car “sounds” awesome, something wasn’t right with this particular Z06. You hear are few sour exhaust notes then hear Pobst say, “This is REALLY not running right AT ALL!” The car grips and brakes great, but the LT4 was not delivering. Let’s try this again, Chevrolet.
Bum test car aside, with absolutely nothing to apologize for or make “yea, but…” arguments over while splitting hairs, you have to wonder, “Where is all this going???” I don’t think this will be the Corvette’s high-water-mark as far as power is concerned. Continue reading “
Randy Pobst Flogs the Pants Off a 2015 Z06 Corvette – Video” →
The “First” 2016 C7.R Z06 Corvette #001 brings in the BIG BUCKS – Video
Dateline: 9.26.15 –Barrett-Jackson knows how to put on a show. The roster for the 3 day auction fest in Vegas was packed with beauties… and the girls were nice too. But seriously folks, the car and truck eye candy was a treat and #001 2016 Special Edition C7.R Z06 Corvette was saved for later on the last day. With “first and last” cars becoming highly collectible in the Corvette community and with so many models and special editions having been produced, we’ll no doubt see many more of these.
Ever since 1999 when the first all-out, factory-backed, long-term Corvette racing team unleashed the C5-R, adding the suffix “R” after the generation designates “racer.” So far we have the C5-R, C6.R, and the current C7.R. Continue reading “
2016 Special Edition C7.R Z06 Corvette #001 Sells for $500,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction!” →
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant Builds a C7 Stingray Corvette
By Chris Demorro as republished from CorvetteOnline. Transcript from the Video:
For nearly 35 years, the center of the Chevrolet Corvette world is Bowling Green, Kentucky, but the assembly plant has never produced a Corvette Stingray until the introduction of the C7 model last year. GM had to give the Bowling Green Assembly Plant a top-to-bottom renovation to build its cutting edge sports car, and the Velocity Channel’s How it’s Made: Dream Cars series took an inside peek at this Corvette mecca. Continue reading “
Watch The C7 Corvette Stingray Get Built / VIDEO” →