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For enthusiasts who want to be personally involved in creating their Corvette, Chevrolet's new Corvette Engine Build Experience allows them to literally build the engine for their new car. In what is believed to be the first program of its kind, customers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can choose to pay an additional $5,800 and hand-assemble their cars' LS7 or LS9 engines at GM's Performance Build Center (PBC) in Wixom, Mich. In addition to building their own engines, Corvette buyers can attend driving school in Arizona or Nevada, take delivery of their vehicles at the National Corvette Museum or watch their vehicles being built at the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky.
► 2014 Chevrolet Corvette PRODUCTION
owling Green Assembly has produced approximately 1,000 Corvette Stingrays
for customer deliveries. Most of these vehicles are expected to be
delivered to dealers within the next few weeks. To expedite delivery,
vehicles may be shipped out of build sequence, which is a normal part of
any new vehicle launch.
The Bowling Green facility underwent a $131-million upgrade to support
production of the Corvette Stingray, including approximately $52 million
for a new body shop to manufacture the car's all-new aluminum frame
in-house for the first time.
The lightweight aluminum frame is the foundation for the most powerful
standard Corvette ever, with an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460
lb-ft of torque (624 Nm) -- and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465
lb-ft (630 Nm) with the available performance Exhaust system. It is also the most capable
standard Corvette ever, with Z51-equipped models able to sprint from 0 to
60 in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, achieve
1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.
Complementing its performance capability with efficiency, the Corvette
Stingray delivers the best fuel economy of any sports car on the market --
an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. No other
car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than
29 mpg on the highway.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the seventh generation of the sports car,
which has been built exclusively at the Bowling Green plant since June
Pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe starts at $51,995 including
destination. The Convertible is priced at $56,995 including destination.
Production of the Stingray Convertible will begin by the end of this year.
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► 2011 BMW M3 GTS
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The history of BMW M3 motor sport has been enriched by a further
fascinating chapter as the BMW M3 GTS celebrates its debut on the racetrack
and on the road. In terms of performance and safety, the most powerful
version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe featuring a 331 kW/450 bhp
engine offers the ideal preconditions for use at club sport events, whilst
at the same time being officially road-legal. The BMW M3 GTS is produced at
the BMW M GmbH manufacturing facility. In addition to a larger and more
powerful V8 engine, exclusive tuning of the 7-speed M Dual Clutch
Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology, the car,
which is designed for club sport use, has also been specifically optimised
with regard to aerodynamics and lightweight construction.
► Corvette ZR1 returns to Nurburgring for new record (On Board)
Corvette returned to the world's most-demanding testing ground -- Germany's
famed Nurburgring -- and recorded lap times that rank among the fastest
recorded for a production car.
As detailed on video, the Corvette ZR1 recorded a lap time of 7:19.63, more
than six seconds faster than the
previous Corvette-best recorded in 2008. A lap video featuring the Corvette
Z06 will be released soon.
"Testing at the Nurburgring is one of the important methods we have to
validate our car in the toughest track conditions," says Tadge Juechter,
Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer.
Measuring 20.8 km (12.9 miles) and including some 154 turns, the
Nurburgring's Nordschleife ("north loop") is widely considered the world's
most-demanding course. As was the case at Corvette's last test in 2008, the
car was driven by Corvette engineer Jim Mero and was a full production
model with no performance modifications. This test was to validate the
car's added performance technology coming to production later this summer
for the 2012 model year.
Corvette's improved performance for 2012 begins with the new, optional
Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which are available on
the two highest-performing models, the lightweight, 505-hp (377 kW) Z06 and
the maximum-performance, 638-hp (476 kW) supercharged ZR1. They are
competition-oriented tires, optimized for warm, dry conditions to increase
cornering and handling capability.
When combined with the Corvette's exclusive Performance Traction Management
(PTM) technology -- which manages torque delivery for maximum performance
-- the tires set new benchmarks for Corvette performance. Engineers
estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than
1.1g, and improved braking distance.
► Building The New Bentley Mulsanne - The Mighty new V8
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[07-Apr-2010] In the third episode of the Mulsanne story, Bentley gives an
insight into the engineering of the V8 and the engine-build teams'
craftsmanship. Bentley's new 6¾ litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been completely
re-engineered for the new Mulsanne. Cutting-edge technologies have been
employed including two new control systems: cam phasing and variable
displacement. In total over 300 new or significantly re-engineered
components have been created for the 505bhp Mulsanne engine. The famed
Bentley 'wave of torque' (1020Nm/752lb ft) is now delivered in full even
earlier, at 1750rpm, assuring strong acceleration with 0-60mph achievable
in just 5.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds).
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Cobra Engine Build Part 1
This will be the first in a series on the engine build for my Cobra. This
is a 351W bored 0.030" with a 408 stroker crank. The intake was converted
to fuel injection and featured in a previous video. I will list components
as much as I can.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Chases 200 MPH in Europe - Epic Drives Episode 3
On this episode of Epic Drives, Angus MacKenzie and Justin Bell take a
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 from Munich, Germany to Maranello, Italy. Along the
way they push the limits on the Autobahn, gaze upon the Alps from the
Stelvio Pass and dance with a Ferrari 458 Italia in the hills of Maranello.
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