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Don’t try this at home folks!

Tuner Joe Hunnycutt pilots the monster vette down the airfield at a soft 190mph, but loses traction at the finish line sending him on a wild ride through the grass! Luckily no one was hurt and Joe drove the car back to the pits under its own power with some cosmetic damage due to catching some serious air!

So the new C7 Z06 has been launched. There’s some great technology in the new C7s so it’s no surprise that the new uber-vette looks like an amazing deal (prices haven’t been announced yet). Yet I have to say I feel dissappointed, though not exactly surprised.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, increase engine capacity and you increase power. Add a supercharger to increase volumetric efficiency and you get more power. It’s been the easy solution since the 1920s and sadly I don’t see anything here beyond that thinking. It’s the same-old same-old. More power, more cubes, who cares about real efficiency gains…

I felt kind of embarrassed for the whole GM presentation and especially Mark Reuss. There was the thumping rock track (okay not too thumping, let’s keep it safely corporate…) and then Reuss climbs on the stage looking old, tired and bloated. I got the idea that they were trying to do something like the Stark Expo from Iron Man 2 but without the style, panache or balls. And Mark sorely missed the presence of some “Ironette” equivalents.

Chevy has won both the truck and car award for 2014. Great news and a big boost for GM as a whole. But the whole show fizzled like a wet firecracker searching desperately for gunpowder. And a fuse. Next time maybe GM could bring in Robert Downey Jr – I’m sure he’d be available at the right price.

And by the way. Those tail lights are still butt-ugly…

Recently Corvette Online released some “spy pics” of what could well be the new C7 ZR1 engine. The photos show what appears to be a supercharged fifth generation LT1; inside information suggests it’s a 6.2 liter engine and will be pushing out 650+ hp.

I find myself with strangely mixed feelings over this idea. As a C4 ZR-1 owner I can’t claim to not like power, but to me this represents yet another instance of more brawn and less finesse.

When the ZR-1 was released in 1990 it represented a huge leap in performance Continue reading

C7-1So I’ve finally seen the new 2014 Corvette “Stingray” in real life. It was on display at the Niagara Corvette Club show recently, giving me (and many others) the chance to compare what I’d seen in pictures with the real thing.

My first impressions of the 2014 were very favorable. GM has obviously put a lot into restyling the car to bring it bang up to date in terms of looks, while still retaining at least some vestigial features to remind you it’s a Corvette. The new design is meant to “appeal to the younger buyer”, something that I think GM has said about every new generation of ‘vette.

The front of the car is a visual treat with lots of features to keep you interested and looks very much like a Ferrari 599. Apparently GM has heavily borrowed from the 599 under the skin too, which isn’t a bad place to start, and it looks like it’s created one of the best chassis in ‘vette history.

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