Michigan-based Katech Engines recently built the LT5 V8 from a new Corvette ZR1 from the ground up, ditching the supercharger for a custom twin turbocharged setup and on an engine dynamometer, Chevrolet’s most powerful road-going engine ever made a whopping 1,308 horsepower.
The folks at GM-Trucks.com got their hands on a short video showing the start-up animation of the upcoming mid-engine C8 with the newest iteration of the familiar crossed flags logo that has adorned every Chevrolet Corvette.
Heading into the weekend-long festivities surrounding the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona International Speedway, Chevrolet has introduced the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Drivers Series – a quarter of special appearance packages designed to pay tribute to the drivers of the modern Corvette endurance racing program.
There is no other information available, but the schedule of events for this weekend’s Rolex 24 festivities includes the introduction of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Special Edition – which could be some sort of final-edition package celebrating the C7 ahead of the expected mid-engine debut later this year.
An image from a patent filing shows a C7 Chevrolet Corvette with high tech doors that open and close themselves, and while it seems too late in the current generation for this technology to arrive, it makes sense for the long-rumored mid-engine C8 to utilize this feature.
The Chevrolet Corvette offers performance that can rival the best sports cars from around the world and the Vette does it for less money, although that gap will shrink a bit as GM is raising prices on the entire 2019 model range.
We were surprised to learn last week that the long-awaited mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette would not debut in next month’s Detroit Auto Show and it might not arrive for any of the big shows early in 2019, as GM Authority is reporting that the mid-engine American sports car has been delayed six months.
A new report with input from General Motors has stated that the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette will not make its grand debut at next month’s 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – meaning that we will all be waiting even longer for what could be the next generation of the legendary American sports car.
General Motors still hasn’t acknowledged the existence of a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, but what the automotive world believes to be the racing version of the C8 was recently captured on video testing at Sebring – giving us a great chance to hear the engine of the next Chevrolet Racing endurance car in action.
General Motors announced at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas that the LT5 engine from the C7 Corvette ZR1 will be available as a crate engine from the company’s performance parts division and with the first orders being taken for the 755-horsepower V8, we know how much it costs.
The early C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 units were plagued with cooling issues during “normal” track time, but during a recent interview, chief engineer Tadge Juechter stated that those problems are a thing of the past, having been addressed before the 2017 model year Z06 hit the streets.
We will soon see classic Chevy muscle cars cruising the streets with the 755-horsepower LT5 from the C7 Corvette ZR1, as Chevrolet Performance will soon be offering supercharged V8 in the crate engine portfolio – with the official announcement coming later this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
If you have always wanted a C2 Chevrolet Corvette, but you want it to be smaller, less powerful and, well, built on the underpinnings of a Mazda Miata, you are in luck, as the Japanese body kit company Mitsuoka is now offering an elaborate body kit for the MX-5 that transforms it into a sort of tiny classic Vette.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has proven itself as one of the greatest road-handling street cars of all time, turning in the second-quickest time in the Car & Driver Lightning Lap event, trailing only the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach in the 12-year run of the magazine’s annual shootout.
If the test cars captured on video at the Nurburgring do prove to be the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, the artwork above could effectively be our first look at the next-generation American sports car in the flesh.
The video below shows what pretty much everyone in the auto industry believes to be the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette working out at the Nurburgring and while it sounds great, it doesn’t sound like it packs a boosted engine with the monster power numbers that have been floating around the internet.
The well-known Corvette cart known as Leroy and driven by YouTuber Cleetus McFarland has become the first General Motors vehicle with a manual transmission to cover the quarter mile in the 7-second range – running a 7.824 at 176.57 miles per hour.
Caravaggio Corvettes offers an extensive list of high-end upgrades for the C7 Z06, transforming the supercharged supercar into a carbon fiber-and-leather-clad luxury-performance machine, but if you want this premium look, you had better be prepared to hand over premium money.
Hertz car rental service turns 100 years old in 2018 and to celebrate the company centennial, they will offer a special Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 at a handful of airports around the United States – making it easier to rent the 650 horsepower American supercar.
Based on a series of patent filings from General Motors, the automaker is developing new active aerodynamic components for the Chevrolet Corvette, including a new rear wing, side skirts and unique ductwork in the front end and on the roof.
The folks at Hennessey Performance have published a video of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with the automatic transmission working out on the dyno in stock form and the numbers are pretty solid, with the 755-horsepower LT5 sending 654 horsepower to the rear wheels – a loss of about 13% between the crankshaft and the wheels.
Detroit leaders have voted to keep the Belle Isle Grand Prix for at least three more years, revving up excitement in June for the new North American International Auto Show. NAIAS is moving to June in 2020.
The Yenko name is being kept alive by Specialty Vehicle Engineering in New Jersey and their latest creation is the Yenko/SC Stage II Corvette – a 1,000-horsepower supercar based on the C7 Grand Sport, limited to 25 units and starting just north of $135,000.
The team at ClassicCars.com has announced that the most commonly-searched car in their most recent collection of data was the 1969 Dodge Charger, with the Mopar muscle car beating last year’s winner – the Ford Mustang – by a narrow margin.
Chevrolet has announced that the Corvette Racing program will end the 2018 season with a stop in China for the 6 Hours of Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) race - marking the first time that a factory-backed Corvette has raced in Asia.
A new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 served as the official pace car for the 2018 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, but as GM exec Mark Reuss prepared to bring the field around for its first pace lap, the automaker’s Vice President of Global Product Development lost control of the 755-horsepower supercar, slamming hard into the wall and forcing the field to come to an immediately halt.
What we all believe to be the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has been caught driving on video in a quiet area, giving us a chance to hear the exhaust note of the next generation American sports car at lower speeds and lower engine RPM.