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Watch the Corvette ZR-1 Engine Be Assembled


General Motors has just made the ZR-1 engine available as a crate motor, allowing you to drop it into a wide variety of vehicles. The LS9 is the most advanced and powerful V8 engine to ever leave the GM factory.  Here’s a cool video of the LS9 being assembled, tested and packed away into a crate.

Nissan GT-R vs. Corvette ZR1: The Battle Continues


Chevy finally got around to putting their all-mighty ZR1 to the ultimate test: Germany’s own Nurburgring.  If you haven’t been following the dual, Nissan’s GT-R surprised everyone with a lap time of 7 minutes, 29.03 seconds… a VERY fast time.  Chevy said that their ZR1 would beat it, and the new $103K Corvette followed through with a blazing time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds.  Not bad, not bad at all Chevy!  They say there was also a strong headwind on the longest straight, which might have slowed it down a bit.

They only thing Chevy is sweating over now, other than the dismal car market, is Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, the even more highly tuned and taught version of the already fast GT-R.  Unofficial times of the V-Spec put it somewhere near the 7:25 mark, and since the GT-R is already $30k less that the ZR1, Nissan has a lot of head room to play with to beat out the Vette.  Rest assured, when the official times are posted, you’ll find them here at the AutoAnything blog… this is one dog fight we’re not going to miss!

Chevy Corvette ZR-1 Specs Released


Today Chevy released the official numbers for their legendary race car.  For $103,000 you can rocket up to 60 mph in just 3.4 sec, run the quarter-mile in 11.3 sec at around 131mph, and then keep you can keep that petal floored until you hit 205 mph.  The performance figures are quite impressive, as is the thorough use of carbon fiber…but what we at AutoAnything want to know is how fast it’ll run around the Nurburgring!  Can Chevy fulfill the Corvette’s destiny to be King of the ‘Ring, or will Nissan hold onto that title for a while longer?  Let me know what you think, pictures of the new Vette are below.

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Corvette ZR-1 3/4 Shot

Nissan’s new GT-R is King of the ‘Ring, but for how long?


In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03.  If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.

Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers.  The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia.  But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06.  Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R.  Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds?  We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.

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