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2010 Specter Werkes Corvette GTR Gets Our Motors Running


2010-Specter-Werkes-Corvette-GTR-Wheels-Brakes

Officially unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show, Specter Werkes has shown the public what their 2010 C6 GTR is made of. Based on the mighty 500 horsepower Z06 platform, this Vette is far from stock.  Powered by Lingenfelter’s twin-turbo system for the LS7, this C6 now boasts 800 horsepower to the wheels and enough torque to spin the world backwards.

A custom body kit, vented hood, front lip and matte-black rear fascia clean up the exterior.  Overall, I think it looks good, but those rear exhaust tips are a little over the top.  Carbon fiber wheels adorn each corner, wrapped in Pilot Sport PS2 rubber, surrounding a StopTech 6-piston BBK.  The wheels are made by HRE and weigh in at only 22 pounds each, not bad for 20’s! Press release and 5 more pics after the break!

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Hennessey Dyno’s their LS9 Powered Camaro


Hennessey Camaro LS9 Dyno

Well Hennessey did it; they were able to squeeze the LS9 into a Camaro and they have officially finished tuning that beast. Here’s the video of the first dyno… can you say torque-tastic?

Rumor: Next Gen Corvette to Bring Back Split Window Design


1963 Corvette Split Window

One of the most iconic designs in the Corvette’s history is the split window design from the 1963 model year. Yes, it hinders the drivers vision out the rear window, but it provides a beautiful swatch of metal to paint in an area usually reserved for glass. In 1964, the split window design got the axe, ultimately replaced by a huge sheet of glass. Well next year is the Corvette’s centennial anniversary, and GM is considering bringing back the split rear window style. As I see it, there are a couple pros and cons to this:

Pros

  1. Elegant exterior styling (duh!)
  2. Could work as a structural brace, providing a stiffer chassis design
  3. The possibility of having the split window be completely transparent, by means of fancy aero-space materials and technologies.  Think electro-transparent panoramic glass, like that featured in the new Maybach’s.

Cons

  1. Rear vision could be blocked, or seriously hindered. This could be solved by having a rear camera installed by the license plate.
  2. It could add a considerable amount to the bottom line of buying a Corvette
  3. It doesn’t represent a drastic leap in styling, is it really going to be worth it?

Stingray Concept - Transformers II 2009

What do you think of the Transformers 2 design concepts?  Solid win or epic fail?

2010 Chevy Corvette, Now with more Grand Sport


2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport - Red

Great news for those of us who are longing to see the 2010 Corvette: Chevy recently announced to bring back the Corvette Grand Sport for next year. The Z51 performance package will be discontinued and replaced with a Grand Sport model touting Z06 body pieces and some unique performance upgrades.  New bits from the Chevy parts bin will allow for a  greater degree of handling performance; wider wheels and tires, revised shocks, beefier stabilizer bars, new spring specs and tranny-specific gearing will all be included on every Grand Sport model. The new race-bred suspension will give it distinctive, starting grid performance. The new Grand Sport will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet puts the same 6.2L LS3 V8 into the new Grand Sport, giving you an extremely capable 430hp to tap into. Some versions will be equipped with a two-mode exhaust, which even raises horsepower from 430hp to 436hp. Chevrolet also announced a 0.2-sec drop in the Grand Sport’s 0-60 mph times. The new 2010 model is equipped with 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in super-sticky 275/35ZR18 and 325/30ZR19 tires, front and rear. Want more details? We’ll be back soon with more news and pictures as they become available. If you currently own a Vette and need some replacement parts, you can be sure to find them in our Corvette parts section.

Hennessey Works on the ZR1, Run’s 11 Second Quarter


Hennessey ZR700 Corvette

Hennessey is known for creating muscle cars that have so much power, they could make the earth spin underneath them. They have not deviated from their path to madness in their latest creation, the ZR700.  Here’s the basic formula; take a limited edition 640HP ZR1 Corvette, add more boost, a bigger intercooler, a K&N intake, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters and an electronic tune to boost up horsepower to 705 at the crank. 

Get more details, dyno sheets and videos after the jump!

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Corvette ZR1 Knocked Four Seconds Off its Lap Time Around the Ring!


 

We all know that the Corvette ZR1 is a beast, and today it has proved itself yet again.  Jan Magnussen was at the wheel in the ZR1 this time and 73 turns later he was able to knock 4 seconds off the ZR1’s previous time of 7:26.4.   

The new time of 7:22.4 seconds is fast.  Really really fast, but it’s still .3 seconds behind Dodge’s best run in their Viper ACR.  To be honest, these times should all be considered unofficial until the top manufacturers get together at the ‘Ring on the same day and run their cars at the same time in similar weather conditions.  Then we’ll really have something to compare the cars against and nobody can call foul on using modified cars and upgraded tires.  Porsche, I’m looking in your direction.

Stay tuned, I’m sure GM will be releasing the video soon!

Source: AutoBlog