ZR1 Gets Ferrari-Compliant Magnaride Denied Z06
The autoblogosphere's going apeshit over the Corvette ZR1's price and performance. So here's some technical goss unearthed by TTAC's Sajeev Mehta in conversation with the powertrain guys… The Magnaride suspension wasn't available on the 2007 Z06 because Chevy's uber tuners didn't deem the system track worthy. Ferrari got it last year– AFTER Magnaride upgraded to new shock pistons and fluid, and a much smarter computer. Since Ferrari has it, the ZR1 gets it (the road course-killing Z06 is SOL). The ZR1 also has the larger of the two blowers available from Eaton Corp: a 2.3 monster that's bigger than many engines. Which means the ZR1 is SERIOUSLY undertuned from the factory. And just so you'll know how much trouble you're about to get into, the Uber-Vette's head-up display will show boost pressure on the rocket's windshield. Hopefully, it also comes with OnStar to call the paramedics, fire department and sanitation department if worst comes to drive the thing.
Just another car I'll never own and will be relegated to drooling over. Maybe it will get me to walk into a GM dealer like the two Ford GTs parked outside a Ford dealer a couple of years ago. Probably not.
doctorv8: Got it spot on with the Kenne Bells. Coming at you, they scream like a Banshee, and when they go past, all you hear is that wide open V8. I love the fact that in the car and when its next to you, the blower over powers the exhaust. And when I speak of exhaust restrictors, I speak of catalytic converters and such, lol. Nopanegain: Do you mean like a blower up front and then rear/remot mount turbos? I don't think it would be to hard to fab something up using the STS system. Expensive, though.
My goodness, I am so burned out I didn't even see that V.I. wrote about the KB blower. I take that back, cause I'm all about the Whipple. :) I need a vacation from my NAIAS vacation.