Listen To This…

 

That is the “new” sound of my Z06 starting for the first time in the morning. Apparently, my neighbors hear it very well. Oh well…

Now, look at this:

 

 

That is one of the displays available on the Driver Information Center in my car. On occasion, while stopped at a red light, I will flip through the displays. More often than not, the average gas mileage for the last 50 miles is at least 20.0.

One of the reasons for the respectable gas mileage is that driving around here means not having to encounter a lot of red lights or stop signs. Another reason is that I do not drive with a lead foot. A third reason is that some of the characteristics that make my car fast (light weight, aerodynamically efficient shape, etc.) also make it surprisingly efficient. I don’t think cylinder deactivation, which is even included in the LT4 motor, is a large factor in the mileage numbers, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Think about that: my car has over 600 HP and almost 700 LB-FT of torque at the rear wheels and yet is usually getting 20+ MPG. At 75 MPH, the speed limit on Interstate 17 north of here, the engine is turning at less than 1,500 RPM. The fact that the 8L90E transmission has two overdrive gears obviously makes for better gas mileage in highway driving.

I hope I am not jinxing anything, but the more I drive the Z06 the more I like it. What the hell: I love my car.

 

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While Chevrolet gets ready to introduce the C8 version of the Z06 next month, this Corvette Blogger article reports that the “E-Ray” Corvette will be a performance hybrid, but more like the soon to be discontinued Acura NSX than the McLaren P1 or Ferrari LaFerrari. (That role, supposedly, will be filled when the “Zora” version of the C8 is introduced, perhaps for model year 2026.) Apparently, the engineers driving the E-Ray prototype were also driving an NSX as a benchmark.

The article speculates that the E-Ray will fill the role of the Grand Sport in the Corvette hierarchy. Whether or not a ZR1 version will be offered is not clear although some leaked production documents suggest it will be offered after the E-Ray, whose introduction has probably been pushed back to model year 2024. The ZR1 is not supposed to be anything but an old-fashioned ICE-powered car although the engine is supposed to be a twin-turbo version of the motor that will be offered in the Z06, which itself will have a naturally-aspirated engine.

Yes, the Corvette is going electric. I am not crazy about that idea, at least not about the idea that one will only be able to buy an electric new Corvette, but it is what it is. I am still convinced that the US electric grid is not close to being capable of handling 50 to 100 million electric cars being plugged in every night, but what do I know? (Yes, that’s a bit of sarcasm.) Hey, that’s why we’re buying a whole-home backup generator.

I don’t think I will post tomorrow. Never Forget!

 

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Tuesday Trivia

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  Pct of US Per Capita
United States 100
Canada 28.09
Ireland 17.68
Israel 17.55
Puerto Rico 16.32
New Zealand 14.78
Australia 11.07
Hong Kong SAR China 6.83
Norway 5.84
Cyprus 3.62
Sweden 2.68
Switzerland 2.16
Netherlands 2.09
United Kingdom 1.58
France 1.33
Belgium 1.16
Colombia 1.02
Portugal 0.87
Czech Republic 0.84
Singapore 0.75
Germany 0.67
South Africa 0.65
Dominican Republic 0.44
Greece 0.42
Spain 0.27
Chile 0.25
Poland 0.23
South Korea 0.17
Ghana 0.16
Italy 0.14
Peru 0.14
Venezuela 0.14
Mexico 0.11
China 0.05
India 0.04
Nigeria 0.02
Indonesia 0.02

 

Not surprisingly the US has the most views of Disaffected Musings and the most per capita. Canada is second in total views/views per capita and its views per capita are 28.09% of the US figure. You can argue with WordPress about Puerto Rico and Hong Kong being considered separate countries, but that is how they categorize those jurisdictions. I am and always have been a numbers nerd.

Taking this tangent even further, Australia is third in overall views but seventh in views per capita. Not counting the US, 16 countries have a per capita view rate of at least 1% of the US rate. The US accounts for 93% of blog views. That’s enough…I promise.

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This article titled “Corvette Power in the Modern Age” from Hemmings is similar to something I posted in my previous blog. Here is a photo (from squir.com) germaine to the piece:

https://squir.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/h/chevrolet_corvette_zr1_convertible_2019_0011_1.jpg

 

This is a 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter/376 cubic-inch V-8 that produces 755 HP and 715 LB-FT of torque, the highest rated GM engine ever, at least for now. The ZR-1 accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds, which is way too fast for most drivers I promise you.

In the wake of the General Motors announcement yesterday that it is closing multiple plants, “laying off” thousands of workers and discontinuing several sedan models in order to “right-size production for the realities of the market” I thought mentioning THE American sports car was a good idea and the Hemmings piece was the catalyst.

The legendary L88 engine option from 1967-1969, of which only 216 were made, had a likely HP output between 525-575 and that would have been a gross rating (Chevrolet lied and rated the engine at 430 HP in order to dissuade most people from ordering the option; the L88 was also only available without a radio or heater further discouraging people from ordering it), meaning the HP figure was at the crank (not at the driven wheels) and excluded all accessories like the water pump. The ZR-1 engine produces about 200 HP more than the L88 and that is not an apples-to-apples comparison.

I’m sure most of you reading know this, but in the late 1970s automobile engines were much less powerful than they had been earlier. This denuding of output was due to oil shocks, emission and safety regulations and pressure from insurance companies. For example, the highest-rated Corvette engine for 1979, 40 years before the current ZR-1, was 225 HP. The standard engine was rated 195 HP.

A Corvette engine rated at 400+ HP wasn’t available again until the LT5 engine for the ZR1 option was upgraded to 405 HP for 1993. The first engine rated at 500+ HP was available in 2006; the first 600+ HP engine was available in 2009.

Where will it end? My guess, and others are making the same guess, is that barring unforeseen circumstances Chevrolet/GM will introduce a hybrid drivetrain for the Corvette similar in concept to the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. Much speculation exists that such a drivetrain in the Corvette will produce 1,000+ HP. Supposedly, GM/Chevrolet have already trademarked the term “E-Ray.”

For the nth time, what do you think of the Corvette speculation? Can you foresee a day when the Corvette is discontinued?

 

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