ZR-1

First…one of my favorite college professors would, on occasion, recite something he heard growing up in China. “It doesn’t matter what color a cat is. Any cat that catches mice is a good cat.” People who obsess about diversity just for the sake of diversity are focused on the cat’s color and not its mice-catching ability.

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From Automobile Magazine comes this article comparing the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 to the 2019 ZR-1. Really, which one do you think is better? From the article, a picture of the 2019 ZR-1:

This ZR-1 has a top speed of 215 MPH, which is limited in order to stay within tire safety standards. The car is powered by a 755 HP/715 LB-FT of torque supercharged V-8. I found this passage amusing: “Coming into turn 1, the car was beyond 150 mph, still accelerating hard as I entered the brake zone. I pushed the stop pedal hard, and the ZR1 dutifully spit my eyeballs out of my head.” The writer, Andy Pilgrim, was driving this car on Road Atlanta.

Chevrolet claims the ZR-1 will accelerate from 0 to 100 MPH, not 0 to 60, in 6 seconds. A six-second time 0 to 60 is damn quick, believe me. The ZR-1’s 0 to 60 time? According to Chevrolet, 2.85 seconds! By the way, the 1990 ZR-1 had 375 HP, 370 LB-FT of torque and could accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in a shade under five seconds.

OK, so nobody really needs to own or to drive a car like this. In my opinion, life is too short to always be responsible. In general, I believe that virtually no behavior is always appropriate. Have some fun! Be good to yourself! As I have written (too) many times before, if you like performance cars, buy one if you can afford it or they might not be available for long.

ZR1

As has been reported in several venues the 2019 Chevrolet ZR1 has set a new lap record at the Virginia International Raceway. Just think, the ZR1 is certainly not as fast as the fastest C8 Corvette, which will be shown in public for the first time in the near future. I am conflicted about the C7 ZR1, which has external wings. I do not really like external air forms on a car, but they are more effective than integral features. What do you think?

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Photo from thedrive.com. Let me try another picture…

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From jalopnik.com (a decent website, but IMO it has too much politics).

From automobilemag.com (a very good site) is a rendition of what they think the C8 Corvette will look like:

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Looks like a Lamborghini and that is a compliment.

You Corvette fans (and I am one as well), what do you think of the recent news and speculation?