56packardman sent me two emails yesterday, the subject line of one of those emails was “Blog Fodder.” However, it was the other email that drew me very close to writing a long post in which I would have stated where and why I disagree with most of the policy ideas of both major parties in the US. Ultimately I decided I don’t really want to risk turning this into a political blog.
I understand why many people feel the need to be politically active and, of course, that is their right. However (and once again), I will not and cannot support or vote for a candidate with whom I disagree on 75% of policy even if I disagree with the other candidate on 80%.
This Hemmings piece is one of many reporting that for the Corvette Racing program Chevrolet/GM have developed a 5.5 liter, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead cam, flat-plane crank engine (a V-8, obviously) for use in the C8.R. This development lends credence to the rumors that existed even before the official unveiling of the C8 that such an engine was in development and would be available in the new Corvette.
As the rumors go, the new engine would be available in the Z06 variant of the C8 and would be tuned to provide 600-650 HP. Then, a twin-turbo version of the same engine, producing 800-850 HP, would be in the ZR1 model. Ultimately, that twin-turbo engine would be combined with electric motors in the “Zora” version of the C8 and that power setup would produce 1,000+ HP. Such a hybrid concept is not new, of course, as Ferrari and McLaren have already produced such cars. (Yes, the
Porsche Hitlermobile Company has also produced such a car.) These hybrid hypercars had seven-figure price tags. What if the Zora sold for around $200,000?
Remember that seven percent of US households have a net worth of $1,000,000 or more and that the number of households with a net worth of $25,000,000 or more has increased something like 70 percent since 2008. A $200,000 hypercar might have quite a market and maybe not just in the US.
What do you think of these possibilities?
Time for another gratuitous picture of my car:
How tempted would I be if a 1,000+ HP Corvette became available? Well, I am not a big fan of hypotheticals so I don’t really know, but I guess I would sniff around such a car.
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