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Aussie Mag: C8 Corvette Coming in 2019 with Right-Drive, Mid-Engine, Hybrid Power

May 18, 2017 - 3:48 PM - by TorqueNews
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We haven’t gotten any official information on the next generation Chevrolet Corvette, but according to the Australian magazine Wheels, the C8 Corvette is coming to the Holden lineup in 2019 and when it arrives, it will have right-hand drive, a mid-engine layout and hybrid power C8 Corvette.

Now before getting into the report on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette from Wheels magazine in Australia, we should point out that none of this information has been confirmed (or even addressed) by General Motors. While Wheels references discussions with various members of the GM team, they don’t address where they got this information. They do, however, point out that their magazine is “Australia’s most experienced and most trusted car magazine since 1953”, so it should be noted that this information comes from a reputable outlet – albeit on the other side of the world.

According to an article in the May 2017 issue of Wheels, Holden’s new performance car will be the C8 Corvette, which will arrive in 2019 with a mid-engine design, a hybrid drivetrain (in addition to a traditional V8 drivetrain) and the right-hand drive layout that is required for use Down Under, reports TorqueNews.

Why Wheels Cares
Some of you might be reading this, wondering why we are paying any mind to information posted by an Australian outlet. After all, Chevrolet doesn’t operate in Australia and neither the Camaro nor the Corvette are current available via General Motors, but we need to keep in mind the fact that the Holden Commodore is on its way out. The Commodore has long been the go-to high performance car for GM fans in Australia, but it is in its final model year and the replacement is expected to fall short of the current model in terms of performance.

This vacancy in Holden’s performance spot has led many people to believe that the Camaro, the Corvette or both will soon be offered under the Holden brand,... [Read More]
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ZR1's LT5 Motor Info

May 18, 2017 - 10:15 AM - by elegant
For those who were still thinking the ZR1 was coming with the ME's twin turbo, DOHC motor, not so. But repeat inside sources keep saying it will be 750 HP.

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There’s a lot we do know about the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1, but one major variable has remained a mystery: what’s powering it?

Clips from various videos have revealed a decidedly supercharged engine note, which has led many to believe a more potent 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 is lurking under the hood. Now, we have some of the clearest evidence yet an LT4 will not be employed, but an all-new 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V8 will be present.

LSXMag uncovered the RPO code “LT5” in General Motors’ RPO system search tool. Corresponding with the “LT5” code is the following information:

Eight cylinders
Supercharged
Spark Ignition Direct Injection
Aluminum construction
Variable Valve Timing
Notice something missing? There’s no mention of dual overhead cams. Instead, it seems more likely the ZR1 will stick with a traditional cam in block design. Though, this information doesn’t support the previously leaked documents showing a DOHC design for the LT5. That information, however, didn’t mention a supercharger.

Instead, the LT5 seems poised to improve the fuel system and will tack on a larger supercharger. The report states Eaton’s new R2650 unit may be tapped for forced induction duties. There is no mention of transmission or other components, though. We may see the C7 Corvette ZR1 gain the 10-speed automatic and DSSV dampers, both of which are available with the Camaro ZL1 and ZL1 1LE, respectfully. It only seems fair the king of Corvettes gains the latest performance trickery.

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What Might be the C7 Corvette ZR1 Unofficially Laps Nurburgring in 7:30-ish

May 08, 2017 - 7:26 PM - by TorqueNews
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Another video showing what is believed to be the C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 lapping the Nürburgring has arrived online and in the video, the mysterious Corvette gets around the track with traffic in roughly 7 minutes and 30 seconds – although that number is far from any sort of official time and the official time will almost certainly be quicker. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.

We don’t actually know for sure, officially, that General Motors is planning to offer a C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but it is no secret that the automaker is working on something a bit spicier than the current Z06. There have been tons of spy shots and videos showing the camouflaged C7 Corvette test car working out around the United States with a huge rear wing and more recently, video has hit the internet showing this mysterious Corvette test car working out at the famed Nürburgring.

The Nürburgring videos of what we believe to be the C7 Corvette Z06 gave us our clearest look yet at the extreme aero setup of this higher performance Chevy supercar while also letting us hear the engine in a variety of different situations.

The video that we bring you today offers many of those same advantages, with lots of great sound clips coupled with a good look at the car from every angle – including the add-on exhaust silencers – but this video has a unique feature. The guy filming the action from the side of the track had a timer running as the Corvette made its way around the track and with this completely informal way of timing, the car which might be the next ZR1 made it around the Nürburgring in around 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
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The 2017 Indy 500 Pace Car is the Corvette Grand Sport

May 05, 2017 - 9:03 PM - by TorqueNews
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The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, marking the 14th time that a Corvette has led the Indy field with 2017 being the 101st running of the legendary race. Reports Patrick Rall from TorqueNews.

Early last month, we brought you the news of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible serving as the Festival Car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, but it will be a new Chevrolet Corvette which leads the Indy 500 field to the green flag when the race takes place on May 28th. To be exact, the track-ready Corvette Grand Sport, which incorporates handling bits of the Z06 with the drivetrain of the Stingray for an “affordable” road-handling monster.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The 14th Corvette Indy Pace Car
When the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport leads the 2017 Indy 500 field to the green flag, it will mark the 14th time that the race has been paced by a Corvette. The first Indy 500 Corvette pace car hit the track back in 1978, when a C3 Corvette led the field. The C4 Corvette was the Indy 500 Pace Car twice (1986, 1995), the C5 Corvette was the Indy 500 Pace Car three times (1998, 2002, 2004), the C6 Corvette was the pace car five times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012) and with the 2017 running, the C7 Corvette will have been the pace car three times (also in 2013 and 2015).
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Grand Sport to Pace Indy 500!

May 05, 2017 - 8:44 AM - by elegant
Congratulations to GM, for the is the 14th time that a Corvette has paced the Indy 500!

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CORVETTE GRAND SPORT TO PACE 101ST INDIANAPOLIS 500

Track-honed model advances legacy and is 14th Corvette to pace the iconic race!

The Corvette Grand Sport is the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and will lead drivers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st running of the legendary race.

It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948. No other vehicle has served as the pace car more than the Corvette.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s performance capability and motorsports heritage make it the perfect choice to pace the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car features:

460-hp (343 kW) LT1 direct-injected V-8 engine with dry-sump oiling and active exhaust
Eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
Equipped with the available carbon-fiber ground effects package
Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19 x 10-inch (front) and 20 x 12-inch (rear)
Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
Standard electronic limited-slip differential
Includes the available Z07 package, with carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear) high-performance tires
Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system with 15.5-inch (394 mm) rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 15.3-inch (380 mm) rotors with four-piston calipers in rear
Unique
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April C7 of the Month Winner!

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:02 AM - by jsvette
Congratulations to rdslon01 with his entry "Fluid" for being voted as April's best of the best! He now joins our Photo of the month Winners Circle http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum/...tml#post584945.

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Corvette ZR1 Spied Getting Some Track Time with Crazy Aero Package

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:32 PM - by AutoGuide.com


Spy photographers have caught the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 again, but this time with less camouflage and lapping the Nurburgring.

Now that the thick black camouflage has been removed, more of the ZR1’s aggressive, race car-like aerodynamics can be seen. Besides a huge rear wing, we can also now make out the new hood that has a huge bulging center section and two big vents, large air intakes in the front bumper, an enormous front splitter, different fender vents, and bigger rocker panels.

This Corvette ZR1 has also been spied with a less aggressive rear wing in the past, so this huge one will probably be optional when the car arrives. Rumors suggest the ZR1 will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that will output upwards of 700 horsepower.

We can also see huge brakes and dark blue calipers peeking out from the new lightweight wheels, a signature of ZR1 models from the past. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 should debut sometime next year as the final special edition C7 Corvette before the next-generation C8 model is unveiled.
Read more about the Corvette ZR1 Spied Getting Some Track Time with Crazy Aero Package at AutoGuide.com.
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