Corvette ZR1 Pictures and Specs Leaked

It appears, even more, info on the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 have leaked. According to enthusiast website, Corvette Blogger, which has reported that the following specs are leaks from an upcoming issue of Car and Driver:

A starting price of approximately $120k
7-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission options
1/2″ wider wheels than the current Z06
Magnetic ride suspension as standard
Carbon ceramic brakes ( hopefully as an option, not standard)
750hp/680 lb-ft LT5 from a 6.2L V with an Eaton supercharger)
The supercharger produces 52% more air per RPM than the Z06 blower and is also 2.9″ taller.
A sub-3 second 0-60, sub 11-second 1/4 mile, and a top speed of over 210 mph
4 additional heat exchangers
A curb weight of 3664 lbs, a 140 lbs increase over the Z06
Several aero packages available, the RPO “ZTK” as shown in the magazine.  The large wing will have 10 degrees of adjustability contributing up to 500 lbs of downforce at speed.
The large wing is attached behind the hatch and spreads the load to the bumper beam.
A smaller wing is will come as standard (for the old and boring)
Removable top
A lap time 2.5 seconds faster around VIR than Z06

As you can see, much like other ZR1’s the new version is a somewhat mildly upgraded version of the Z06. According to the blog, the car will debut in Dubai on Saturday, so keep an eye out!

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Are you impressed by the new specs? Let us know in the comments!

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Can Hennessey steal the title of “World’s Fastest” from Koenigsegg?

If you somehow missed out on the most recent news in automotive speed records, the hypercar company Koenigsegg has just managed to claim five new records for their own with the amazing Koenigsegg Agera RS.

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The feat was managed in the hot Nevada desert on a stretch of road about 11 miles long. While there, the car managed to go from 0-249mph-0 in just 33.29 seconds. The time of 0-249 was achieved in a blistering 24 seconds even, with the stop taking a quick 9.29 seconds. While not Koenigsegg’s focus, the car also did the quarter mile in 9.96 seconds.

Certainly impressive.

The Agera RS wasn’t done there. It managed to achieve an average speed of 277.87, in two directions, and a top speed of 284.55 setting two new worlds records!

Koenigsegg took home even more records, which were that for the highest speed ever recorded on a public road, hitting 284.55,  (previously set at 269mph in 1938) as well as highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road (268mph), and highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road (268.74mph).

It’s clearly time to celebrate. Or is it?

John Hennesey, whom you may have heard of from his Hennessey Venom GT, in addition to a slew of drama in the car community, brought out his newest addition to the hypercar world, the F5, at SEMA this year. According to Hennessey, the car will have over 1,600hp and be capable of exceeding 300 miles per hour for its top speed. Surely this means the car could beat the Agera’s recently attained records, right?

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Well, when it comes to Hennessey and records, it’s not that cut and dry. While the specs are surely impressive, there isn’t yet any true proof of the car’s capabilities, and no one actually has an F5 in their possession yet, aside from the car Hennessey has.

In addition, Hennessey has never broken an official world record. As Top Gear put it,

“Despite going quicker than the Veyron Super Sport, the Venom can’t call itself the fastest production car in the world, at least not in the eyes of Guinness. See, to qualify for a Guinness speed record, a car must make two runs, one in either direction, with the two top speeds averaged out for the official time.”

Couple this with the fact that many debated the Venom GT’s legitimacy as a production car because of its chassis being based on a Lotus Exige (and according to some reports, even the official vehicle title states the car is a Lotus), and you have some very muddy waters.

So can Hennessey shake the image of an unreliable boutique builder and take down one of the world’s most iconic hypercar companies?

We will just have to wait and see.

Porsche Launches Netflix-Style Monthly Subscription Service

Many, including notable industry personality Elon Musk,  have speculated that the future of the automotive industry would revolve around some type of subscription service. It seems that Porsche has decided to carry the proverbial torch of the future as they have started a monthly subscription service for its vehicles, which they will be testing in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The program, which begins at $2,000 a month plus a $500 initial fee, provides access to 11 vehicles from sports cars to SUVs, and is described as a “white-glove” service by Porsche. The service includes detailing, registration, maintenance, insurance, and vehicle tax. For a small additional fee of $1,000 bringing the total up to $3,000 per month if you’re keeping track, you can gain access to a further 6 vehicles such as the Cayenne E-hybrid.

Is this the way of the future? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Video] Watch as the Koenigsegg Agera RS destroys the 0-400-0 world record. Sorry, Bugatti.

Supercar and hypercar manufacturers are always trying to duke it out for the top spot in the leader boards. From 0-60 to top speed there is always a competition. A regular comment from fans of these cars is “What about Koenigsegg?” Well Koenigsegg is has answered to at least one of those requests, shattering the 0-400 km/h-0 (249 mph) record with a time of 36.44 seconds.

Check out the video below.

What record do you think they should go after next? Let us know in the comments.

Porsche Destroys Lamborghini- Sets New Nürburgring Lap Time Record

You didn’t really think that Porsche would stand by and let the Italians claim the record for lap time on the most infamous track in the world, one which just so happens to be German, did you? Of course not.

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Photo Credit: Porsche

Porsche has officially set a new lap record on the Ring, a blisteringly fast time of 6:47.3, beating Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante’s time of 6.52.01. It’s also noteworthy that Porsche just happened to also crush their own hypercars lap time, that of the 918 Spyder, of 6:57.0.

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Photo Credit: Porsche

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Does this make you more of a Porsche fan? Or would you rather have the lambo?

Tickets Now Available for The Grand Tour Season 2: Big Changes This Season

Amazon has done a great job at keeping what’s coming for the second season of The Grand Tour a secret so far. While some of this is fairly typical for any show, there is no doubt that much of the secrecy has been due to delays and rescheduling from the injuries, sickness, and other similar roadblocks the trio have run into over the past year or so.

We’re in luck though ( well, some of us), Andy Wilman, producer of The Grand Tour, has finally shed some light on the second season and given us something to be excited about.

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It looks like we will no longer see the traveling studio that was introduced last season, so for those hoping to score tickets in their local area, you’re out of luck unless of course, you live in the Cotswolds area.

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Wilman said, in regards to the move,

“We’ll keep the studio in one place, and given how accident prone they are at the minute, that can only be a good thing!”

If you would like to enter for your chance to win tickets, follow the link here: TICKETS.

In addition to the changes in studio location, Andy also elaborated a bit on the content we will see in season 2. Andy went on to say,

“Customers continually tell us that their favourite segments of The Grand Tour are the travelling adventures of Jeremy, Richard, and James, so despite the various calamities and injuries along the way, the guys have spent this year exploring more incredible and stunning locations than ever before… and getting into more trouble of course.”

We now know that some of the amazing filming locations include some beautiful spots, such as  Dubai, Spain, Switzerland, Colorado, Croatia, Mozambique, and New York.

There are no other updates as of yet in regards to the format of the show or other content, but we will keep our ear to the ground and continue to be your number 1 source for all Grand Tour-related news!

World’s Greatest Drag Race 7: It’s Back!

If you’ve followed Motor Trend at all in the past seven years you’ve no doubt seen their yearly competition for “Best Driver’s Car”. In association with that, they also created the annual competition for “World’s Greatest Drag Race'”.

For this year’s race, WGDR heads to Vandenburg Air Force Base. The lineup includes:

– Alfa Romeo Giulia – Aston Martin DB11 – Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

– Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – Ferrari 488 GTB – Lexus LC500

– Mclaren 570GT – Mercedes Benz AMG GTR – Nissan GT-R Nismo

– Porsche 718 Cayman S – Porsche 911 Turbo S – Tesla Model S P100D

We won’t give anything away, but the competition is fierce and the ending just may surprise you!

Let us know what you think of the results in the comments.

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