People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette
It’s almost every day that we stumble upon a new drag racing video. The usual suspects are supercars that, barely tuned, can do insane quarter-mile times or multi-car races attempting to show viewers which car from a certain segment is the best at going really quickly and at stopping.
Then there’s the sort of video we have here today for you where someone pits a stock car against a modified one and then, mouths wide open, we watch as the one that should win duly wins. But there’s more to it than just that.
Watch the Genovation GXE Electric Corvette Hit a New Top Speed
An all-electric Chevrolet Corvette might have seemed like an odd idea a decade ago, but it’s an acceptable thought in 2019. That’s because Chevy already announced plans to electrify the Corvette but, more importantly, it’s because some companies actually converted existing Corvettes to accept EV drivetrains. Genovation is one of the companies, and its modified C7 Corvette is capable of top speeds in excess of 200 mph. Specifically, the GXE just hit a top speed of 210 mph, a benchmark that many sports cars and even some supercars can only dream of.
The Hennessey C7 Corvette ZR1 HPE 1200 Can Kick the Hell Out of a McLaren 720S
The McLaren 720S was built with one thing and mind and one thing only. And that’s blistering performance through a combination of power and lightness. The C7 Corvette ZR1 is a nod to the same creed, but it lacks the McLaren’s innate ability to dance around a twisty circuit. While it’s obviously not as light on its feet like the Macca, this particular ZR1 got a helping hand from America’s controversial tuner Hennessey. The helping hand is the HPE 1200 upgrade, one that turned the Corvette into a McLaren 720S squasher. Or dit it?
How Different is the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette’s Interior Compared to the 2019 Chevy C7 Corvette?
Standard internet Corvette C8 discussion:
"I never liked Corvettes but now I am willing to donate my left nut to get the C8!"
"Where do you get the other $59,999.99 from?"
Chevrolet wants to do one thing with the new Corvette! It wants to attract younger buyers to the brand. The mid-engine layout, crazy bang-for-buck, and frankly, fine styling is the way to go. Right now, if you go to any Corvette forum, you can read similar comments, and "discussions" like the one I’ve politely copied from another friendly automotive site. Young people are writing this. A lot of them want to donate a nut to get the C8!
That’s cool, but I have one more hole to pick to be completely mesmerized by the new mid-engine Corvette! What about its interior? How does it compare with the Corvette C7’s interior, and does it finally give some premium-like aura? It needs to if it wants to jumpstart the possible future of Corvette-brand!
Still Don’t Like the Look of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette? Let Us Show You How Similar it is to the C7 Corvette!
The launch of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray is on everybody’s lips these days. It has to be one of the most significant car launches of the year, especially since it’s going to be sold in right-hand drive, and it is ,therefore, most likely also been designed to comply with European legislation (among other places). So, it’s going to be a global sports car with exotic supercar looks at only a fraction of the price - in fact, it’s probably not even going to be that much more expensive than the C7 Stingray it replaces.
You may think that in moving the engine behind the passenger compartment, Chevrolet has essentially rewritten the formula for the Corvette, and you’d be right. However, that’s about the most drastic and revolutionary thing the automaker did, because from a visual standpoint, everything else looks evolutionary. You can certainly immediately tell the C8 looks more modern and more like an imported, mid-engined exotic, yet you can also see the fact that it’s a development of the C7’s styling.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is Here, So Is Now the Right Time to Buy a C7 Corvette?
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8’s long-awaited arrival has answered as many questions as it has opened new ones. One of the prevailing questions surrounding the C8’s arrival is one that doesn’t pertain to the model at all. This question is all about its predecessor, the Chevrolet Corvette C7, specifically as it relates to the ideal time to buy one before production of the model completely stops. So, is now the right time to buy a Chevrolet Corvette C7, knowing full well the kind of resale value it could attract when supplies are officially off the table? It’s an interesting question when you consider what kind of stature the C7-generation Corvette will one day have in the annals of the sports car’s long and rich history. But as far as short answers go, yes, now is the right time to buy a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C7. You can risk it and wait to see how the market will look like once production ends, but doing so doesn’t guarantee you a better shot at a Corvette C7 at a cheaper price than what you’ll have to spend for a brand new model today. Take all that risk out of the equation and go buy one now.
Can the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Attract the Younger Buyers It Needs to Survive?
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette has a lot of ground to cover if it’s going to actually be successful. Sure, it wears a Corvette badge, so it automatically has clout, but it’s such a huge departure from the standard philosophy Corvette fanboys and purists are used to. And, that in itself could be a big downfall and could, in all honesty, really affect just how well this generation of the Corvette sells in the long run. Regardless of its price, performance, comfort, or luxury, the fact of the matter is that the largest portion of Corvette owners and buyers are of the older persuasion and, in all honesty, can be stuck in the ways. That means the Corvette could lose at least part of its primary fan base with the introduction of this all-new model and it’s the C8’s job to counter this by attracting fresh blood to the Corvette and the Chevy brand as a whole. To explain what I mean by all of this, I need to elaborate a little more, the first step of which is addressing what the C8’s customer base will likely become.
Did you know that the Chevy C8 Corvette started life as a Holden Ute?
The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is still generating a lot of hype as more details about its performance and availability continue to surface. But GM just unveiled a very unexpected fact: the mid-engined sports car started life as a Holden Ute. Sounds unbelievable, right? Well, GM didn’t have a choice. Here’s why.
Last Production Chevrolet Corvette C7 Fetches $2.7 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction
As the hype surrounding the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8’s imminent arrival goes into overdrive, let’s pour one out for the departing Chevrolet Corvette C7, the last front-engine Corvette — for now, at least — in the nameplate’s storied history. Given its potential historical significance, It goes without saying that the last-production model would be a must-have model among Corvette aficionados and enthusiasts. Well, that’s precisely what happened because this specific model went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction in Connecticut over the weekend and sold for a staggering $2.7 million, becoming one of the most expensive Chevrolet Corvettes sold in an auction in history. All the proceeds from the sale of the final-production Corvette C7 are expected to go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home program, an organization that aims to build mortgage-free homes for the catastrophically injured veterans.
With the Mid-Engined 2020 C8 Corvette Set to Debut, Chevy Will Auction Off the Very Last C7 Corvette
Having confirmed that the eighth-generation Corvette will debut in July, Chevrolet announced that the last C7-generation Corvette will be auctioned for charity. The auction will take place in late June at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut, less than a month before the C8 Corvette is set to break cover.
2019 C8 Corvette to Feature Active Side Skirts, Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts
Patent filings are flying all over the place as automakers rush to protect their home-grown inventions. The latest company to do so is General Motors, which has secured patents for a number of active aerodynamic components that could soon find their way to the Chevrolet Corvette. All in all, GM was recently awarded three new patents involving adaptive aero technologies, specifically Active Side-Skirts, Active Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts..
Bart Starr’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Is Up for Auction
You gotta love a classic ‘Vette - the looks, the sound, the smell… it’s pure nostalgia stuff. This particular Corvette Sting Ray Convertible takes it even further, bringing some very American provenance to the table as the vehicle originally given to Bart Starr for winning the MVP award at Super Bowl I.
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When Chevy introduced the C7 Corvette, we’re pretty sure that the Earth stood still for a moment. The car managed to maintain the classic Corvette philosophy but came to the market with an all-new design, new powertrain, and a brand-new interior. It was a complete makeover, yet it was still very distinguishable as a Corvette. This is evolution done right, folks. When introduced in 2014, it delivered 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque from a naturally aspirated, direct-injected, 6.2-liter V-8. It was also available with a performance exhaust system at launch that raised those figures to 460 and 465, respectively. Zero-to-60 mph? That sprint comes in less than four seconds. Needless, to say, the Corvette is the epitome of sports cars and muscle cars alike, and that’s why we’ve decided to honor it as the Wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but we’ve included a rather sizeable gallery that you’re more than welcome to pick and choose from. Go ahead, now, get to downloading already.
These days, there’s so much emphasis on Nurburgring lap times that it seems we hear about a new record, or a new attempt, at least once a week. There’s no doubt the Chevy was doing its best to make a best lap at the famous track after it was spotted there not that long ago. But, Chevy has more than a lap record in mind when it comes to the most powerful production Vette yet. Chevy drug the ZR1 all the way to Germany to put it through the paces at ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg, one of the largest proving grounds in the world and one that has miles upon miles of straight track looped together with banked curves at the end – the perfect recipe for top speed runs.
To make a qualifying run, a vehicle has to make two passes on the track, one in each direction (against and with the wind, naturally.) Once both runs are complete, the times are averaged out to establish a “true top speed.” As it turns out, that ZR1 is everything we hoped it would be, hitting 214.88 mph on one run and 210.20 on another. The true top speed? 212.20 mph. Not too bad at all, right? Well, check out the video of this awesome run below and let us know what you think!
The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut
This year’s Geneva International Motor Show was chock-full of debuts, both amazing, and terrible, but it also offered plenty of weirdness as well. Case in point - the Eadon Green Zeclat, a British-born, French-inspired sports car with all-American underpinnings. So what exactly is going on here?
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Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES
Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.
Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.
There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
Chevy just released its new Corvette ZR1, and the spec sheet is just this side of insane. All told, this thing is the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever created, with a thumping supercharged V-8 under the hood, advanced adaptive suspension components and tuning, and more wing than an international airport. All good stuff, no doubt, but what happens when you take off the roof? To find out, X-Tomi Design put together a rendering, and long story short, we approve.
The ZR1 convertible bears the same upgraded front fascia as its hardtop sibling, with aggressive, angular front intakes, a large splitter, and a taller hood to accommodate the bigger blower underneath. The wheels, fender vents, and enormous rear wing are also a carryover. Up top, though, you’ll notice the expanded headroom. If we’ve got your attention, then you’re in luck, because word has it a factory-made ZR1 convertible will break cover soon, possibly alongside the coupe version later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for the details.
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