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Roadrunner Region 2019 Kickoff - Jan 18-21 - see below for details.

Bruce Wylie (formerly at Scottys Southwest Corvettes) has a new shop.
8418 Washington NE, Albuquerque - Bruce's Corvettes & Automotive

Roadrunner Region 2019 Kickoff Announced

January 18-21, 2019 in Tucson, AZ - 2019 Roadrunner Kickoff event. This is not an NCCC competitive event. Instead, this is 4 days of sight-seeing, partying and shop-talk with fellow Corvette enthusiast from throughout the region.

Sponsor hotel must be booked before 12/18/18 to secure the discounted rates.

Contact NMCA Governor Ron Scott for additional details. Caravan details from Albuquerque to Tucson will be posted at a later date.

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Sponsor hotel information & rates

Submitted by Ron Scott

2019 Corvette Pace Car For Indy 500

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag on Sunday, May 27, for the 102nd running of the legendary race.

It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car since 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar's connection to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the 500 were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500," said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. "The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It's the perfect choice to pace 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:

  • LT5 Small Block 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque

  • 8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission

  • ZTK Performance Package featuring a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension

  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control

  • Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system

  • ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear

  • Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential

  • Unique Indy 500 graphics package

  • GM Design fully integrated safety strobe system

  • Performance Data and Video Recorder

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.

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Source: NCM

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Two New Colors For 2019 Corvette

On Friday, April 27 as part of the Michelin NCM Bash, General Motors held their annual event seminar providing an update on Corvette. With the 2019 model year starting earlier than usual, most of the details had already been released. But the team at Chevrolet saved one fun piece of news for the event attendees

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles were joined on stage by GM Bowling Green Assembly Body and Paint Manager Chuck Valentini who brought two surprise show and tell items to accompany the announcement of two new colors. Displayed were rear quarter panels featuring the new blue exterior color, Elkhart Lake Blue, and the new Shadow Gray. Elkhart Lake replaces Admiral Blue while Shadow replaces Watkins Glen Gray.

In an interview with WBKO Television, Chuck shared some information on the new paint shop, explaining how it enables the Plant to create colors like the new hues. "The new paint shop we just installed certainly is a key enabler to it. We have a lot better technology and are able to control the spray a lot better than what we used to do in the past." Chuck added that the new blue shade is more metallic than that of their Admiral Blue Metallic option, and the new gray metallic takes on a lighter shade than previous gray colors, along with being a tinge greener.

"This is also a different paint formula that we use in our new shop. And that's allowed us to push the limits a little bit more on paint pigments, and how we are attaining color positions," he said.

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Source: NCM

Submitted by Phil Ellison

C8 Corvette With 1000 HP?

The worst kept secret in Detroit these days is the existence of the mid-engined Corvette, aka the C8. Everyone, and we mean literally everyone, knows it's coming, likely in 2019. Spy shots, leaked details and the outright refusal of GM's top brass to even discuss the car on the record are all clear indicators. Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter only smiled and put his finger to his lips when asked by this writer at Detroit last January for any details.

Fortunately, Car and Driver has learned of yet another extremely interesting C8 detail that could ultimately prove the car to be a game changer, at least for American-built factory performance. As we already knew, the C8 will initially come powered by an updated version of the current LT1 V8, upgraded to around 500 hp in order compensate for the new car's slightly heavier weight. But don't worry, the C8 will still be faster than the C7. Only one gearbox will be on offer, a new 8-speed dual-clutch Chevy has been developing with Tremec. Now, here's where things begin to get even more interesting and, not to mention, ballsy. The LT1 won't be around forever.

Think of it as sort of a stop-gap until its successor arrives: a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 with a reported 600 hp. A twin-turbocharged version of that engine will follow, increasing output to 800 hp. For some at Chevy, that figure still isn't good enough. Within a couple of years after the latter engine arrives, the plan is to add an electric motor. It will located up front, replacing the front trunk, or frunk, and will be good for an additional 200 hp. You can do basic math, right? A mid-engined Corvette with a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor with a combined output of around 1,000 hp. Yes, this is for real.

Not only is Chevy breaking with a decades-old front-engine Corvette tradition, but also shattering previous Corvette performance capabilities. Of course, this ultimate Corvette will place it in the exclusive group of supercars, but Chevy is still wisely planning to offer those less powerful engines at the same time. Not everyone needs (or can handle) a four-digit output. Because the C8 will be such a radical departure from the get-go, Chevy will build it alongside the C7 at the Bowling Green, Kentucky Corvette plant for a few years. Chances are, we'll see the C8 (or, at the very least, a concept version) at Detroit this January. The 1,000 hp C8, however, isn't likely to come until around 2022.

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Source: Jay Traugott, Car Buzz

Submitted by Phil Ellison

$120K ZR1 Is A Game Changer

Drivers in Detroit got to see a rare phenomenon this winter: Corvettes trudging through the snowy and wet city streets alongside SUVs and trucks. The engineers behind the new ZR1 -- billed as the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built -- were required to drive the 755 horsepower sports car to and from the office every day, on the weekend and wherever they needed to go. The idea was to demonstrate that the car was as easy to handle on the road as it was on the track.

"It was a riot to drive in the winter," Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer of Corvette, told reporters last week in Atlanta who assembled in the Peach State to get a first look at the ZR1. "No one got stuck at all."

Engineers proudly showed off photos of the ZR1 buried under heaps of snow, regaling this reporter with stories of how the rear-wheel-drive car perfectly maneuvered in the treacherous weather conditions. (Yes, these cars were equipped with snow tires).

The $120,000 ZR1 can conquer winter. It performs in all seasons and moonlights as a daily driver. It sets production-car lap records on professional racetracks. And "you can teach a 16-year-old how to drive a stick on this car. It's a piece of cake," Juechter noted.

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Source: Morgan Korn, ABC News

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Supercars Should Fear 2019 Corvette ZR1

The most powerful Corvette in history.

The speedometer of the preproduction 2019 Corvette ZR1 I'm driving is sweeping past the 140 mark on NCM Motorsports Park West's relatively short back straight, its 755-hp supercharged V8 bellowing a straight-pipe sonata. Ahead is Turn 5, which requires an entry at over 100 mph and a pair of steady hands in the moments that follow. I should be pondering the brake zone, turn-in, available grip, the nontrivial crosswind that is shaking the ZR1's big chassis-mounted wing like a frustrated Labrador-pretty much anything but the tax-dodging naturalist from Massachusetts now consuming my back brain.

It must be that Stingray badge. Each C7-generation Corvette sports a distinctive plaque on its center console, just ahead of the shifter. It can be customized with the owner's name or the VIN or a notation that the car was delivered at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, down the street from NCM. The Z06 plaque reminds drivers of the 650 hp at their disposal; the Corvette Grand Sport's features a chromed plan view of its namesake.

Production ZR1 Corvettes will likewise have a handsome model-specific plaque, but this particular car was intended for testing-what Alex MacDonald, the engineer and driver who serves as Chevrolet's vehicle-performance manager, calls "certification." It's wrapped with camera-confusing camouflage to discourage spy photography. There is no exterior badging. And while the instrument panel has the correct ZR1 logo between the fuel and boost gauges, the center-console plaque proclaims merely that it is a Corvette Stingray. In the opening pages of Walden, Thoreau wrote, "If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes." Surely he would have approved of the way the ZR1 was required to prove its mettle before it could wear the medal.

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Source: Jack Baruth, R&T

Submitted by Phil Ellison

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