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An Inside Look at the C7 ZR1

With all of the hype and media coverage surrounding the C7 Corvette,   I thought I would call one of my most trusted sources at GM to get the inside scoop on the C7 ZR1 Corvette.  The code name that GM has given this vehicle is “RipUrHeadOffAndShitDownUrNeck” What I am about to tell you is completely classified but hey it’s the internet and people need to know these things. With two more years until the release of this beast I will whet your appetite with my findings.

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Engine:  This is the one we have all been waiting for.  Since the Horsepower war is on the ZR1 is not going to let up.  My source tells me that the new engine will consist of a 9.0L small block with big block bore spacing.  The engine will be constructed of titanium to save weight of course. It will feature 2 Garrett GTX classified turbo chargers that will make power from 1000 rpm to 10000 rpm.  To assist with low end torque an additional supercharger will be mounted on top of the intake. The supercharger is said to add an additional 400 hp and improve efficiency because it is electric.  I asked my source if this was the same electric supercharger used in the Mad Max movie and he declined to comment.  It will also feature the over head valve design because GM insists that it is the only way to fit the 9.0L under the hood of the C7 ZR1.  The engine will also feature cylinder deactivation to save fuel.  When running on 4 cylinders this motor will still generate and astronomical 627 HP and get 46 mpg.  When running on all 8 cylinders the motor will generate a full 1572 HP.  It sounds like they are taking no chance on loosing this Horsepower war.  

Transmission:  With all of this power on tap the transmission has to be up to the challenge and my insider tells me that it will be a quadruple clutch 16 speed clutch less transmission with 2 reverse gears ( in case you want to get arrested in reverse).  The technology in this transmission will allow for a full launch with launch control activated at 7400 RPMS.  I have been told that “yes the tires will slip a bit on launch but the driver will be in full control” thanks to the DTC active handling algorithm developed by GM and Google engineers.

Active Handling: This is the secret sauce.  My source informed me that the brightest minds have worked so no one will ever kill themselves while driving the new ZR1.  The car will have an electric motor at each wheel that work against the drive train.  The system is similar to a hybrid car but the electric motors will act as brakes controlling each wheel in .0000001 mill seconds.  This technology is said to have trickled down from the Chevy Volt so it will add no additional cost to the car. My source could not go any farther in detail until the ZR1 release gets closer.

Interior:  The interior will not be upgraded, in fact it will use the old interior from the C5 corvette.  The bean counters at GM insisted that this was the way to save cost so they could build this car.  With this package you get high rich Corinthian plastic that feel hard to the touch and shines like a gold tooth on a pimp.  I was told that they might even give it the 1984 C4 Corvette electronic dash and gauges if they can find tooling in the basement of the Bowling Green Facility.  With this interior package you also get the seats from the C5 Corvette.  Those same seats have been praised for the lack of lateral support and long lasting pleather hides. When I asked my source if he thought it would deter buyers who are accustomed to fine interiors like Porsche offers he insisted that “ They will thank us for this easy to clean no frills interior the first time they touch the throttle and soil they’re pants.”  Fair enough…

So now for the part you all want to know.  What are the numbers on this car, how does it perform?  Well this is just speculation because the car is still in prototype stages but my numbers indicate the following:

0-60 = 1.3 seconds with rollout and launch control (can only be used 1 time as tires will vaporize)

¼ mile time = 8.2 seconds if all goes well with your launch and you have tires and transmission left at the end of the track.

Cornering Gs = 1.9 G with aftermarket race seats (factory C5 seats will cause driver to slide and impale themselves on the hard plastic console and abort run)

Fuel Economy = 46 mpg when operating at idle in 16th gear

Estimated Base Price: $98,000 (no price increase thanks to the cost savings of the C5 and C4 Interior)

 

This just shows you that American Car companies can build a super car and at a fraction of the price of these foreign exotic brands.

 

Disclaimer:  I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this information because my inside source has a drinking problem. He also informed me that he works for GM and in our later conversations he said the name of the company was Got Mylanta Inc.

For Parts & Accessories that will make your car perform like this visit SlickCar.com

Chris Glardon

 

 

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Released

Chevrolet-2014-Corvette-Stingray-Final-Prototype_73front_GrayReleased just last week at the Detriot Auto Show was the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. With its swooping fenders, quad exhaust, and super large front air scoop, the Corvette looks meaner than ever. Oh, and it will be called a Stingray.

With a newly developed LT1 under the hood producing an estimated 450 horsepower and equal torque, this can be head with either a seven-speed manual transmission with rev match or a fast floppy paddle six speed automatic gearbox. With available options such as the magnetic selective ride suspension and painted or visible carbon fiber hoods, the new Stingray will make you smile.

2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-046_610x347 No word yet on exactly what the performance numbers are going to be, however the based 2014 corvette is supposedly going to have a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution which will be amazing on the freeway or your local track.

Personally, I find the 2014 Corvette to look like a mash up for a 2012 Ferrari GTO from the sides, a 2013 dodge Viper from the front, and all the ugly parts from the Camaro or Malibu in the rear since Chevy wants to make everything uniform as taillights are concern.

At this time, Slickcar does not offer aftermarket parts for vehicles not yet manufactured, however if you are in the market for a new cold air intake or brake rotors for your current Vette, check out all our accessories today. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, turn your car into a slickcar!

Chris Glardon

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Take a Look at the History of the Charger

75281_Front_3-4_WebSpeaking of Barrett Jackson, a staple of American Muscle has always been the Dodge Charger. From the General Lee to the latest four door muscle car from dodge, the Charger has always been about power and class. However, over many generations, the large two door coupe and modern four door sedan have taken many different looks.

Slickcar.com has produced this stunning piece of art to help you understand the generations of the Charger. From its origination in 1966 to discussing the latest SRT-8, this infographic is awesome! Check it out here!

And, if you are one of the lucky owners of a Charger, check out our huge amount of aftermarket accessories specifically for your Charger! From lights to exhaust systems and more, we have everything you need to make your car slick!
Chris Glardon

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Auction Week in Full Effect!

138389_Front_3-4_WebIf you haven’t notice, this week is auction week in Scottsdale, Arizona. From Bentley’s to Beemers, Pontiacs to Porsches, everything has a price tag this week! My personal favorite auction is Barrett-Jackson. Even though they have multiple auctions a year, the Scottsdale one is their most prominent and respected auction and usually brings multiple multimillion dollars vehicle this year.

138389_Side_Profile_WebThis year I came across an awesome Porsche that I absolutely feel in love with: the 1986 Porsche 959 Prototype. As a kid, I dreamed of this car on a daily basis. Whether it is staring at the posted on my wall, trying to draw one on my notebook, or playing one in a videogame, to me this was the first supercar! A little background of this car says that this is one of twenty-nine 959 prototypes were built on a regular 930 Turbo chassis and then converted into what you see today. From these 29 units, it is said that only two running prototypes exist and this one is even comes with the original preproduction Dunlop tires where the manufactured version came standard with Bridgestone’s.

Classic cars and muscle cars are the staple of Barrett Jackson and while the ones in original condition are hard to find, even the ones with aftermarket parts are still hot. From aftermarket chrome door handles to carbon fiber hoods, we have the latest accessories to turn your daily driver into an all-out show car! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, turn your car into a slickcar!

Chris Glardon

Audi currently uses LED lights on almost all vehicles. Picture from carreview.com.

The Newest Trend In Lights: LED Tail Lights

One of the great trends of 2012 for new vehicles has been the use of LED taillights. LED, or light emitting diodes, are super bright, yet a small and energy efferent form of lighting that has seen more and more automotive uses. Currently the automotive aftermarket has surged in demand for LED taillights and Slickcar.com is your first and only stop for all your LED taillight needs.

In many smaller applications, LED lights have been used for years. From bicycle lights to flash lights, these small lights have emitted enough power to help you find your way. But not until recently has this technology helped the automotive world. Starting with accessories and smaller internal applications, LED lights have helped your vehicle have Angel Eyes or even change the mood or brightness of the interior. Today, LED taillights are the hottest part to have on your vehicle.

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Aftermarket LED tail lights for a 2001 BMW 7 series. Available today from Slickcar.com.

From Audi to Range Rover, and everything in between, many OEM applications have turned to LED taillights not only for aesthetic reasons, but for safety. Since these are brighter and the relay to ignite the light is faster, the drivers in the vehicles behind will be able to react sooner and will be able to see the lights in any type of scenario.

Slickcar.com currently offers an excellent selection of LED brake lights for many makes and models of cars and trucks from some of the top aftermarket accessory manufacturers on the planet. For example, take a look at the Eurostar LED taillights for 2002-2004 Cadillac Escalades. Available in chrome with clear lens or chrome with a smoke, or tinted, lens, these slick LED taillights will upgrade your look to the current generation’s style!

Personally, I love the classy look of upgrading lights while retaining the look of the OEM design. A great example of this is the LED Tail Lights for the 2009 GMC Sierra by KS. These DOT and SAE approved brakelights offers the greatest in OEM design while upgrading to LED lighting.

Although many people have stayed away from installing LED and xenon lights in the past, don’t let it stop you today because all of our LED brake lights are complete plug-n-play installation. By using the factory wiring harness, your new rear LED lights will plug directly into the existing brake light socket. Also, in some cases, the LED lights will even power your driving lights and turn signals. If the LED lights are not responsible for this type of work, don’t worry as your specific application will be made to fit your existing lamps.

Are you interested in finding a set of LED taillights for your car or have you already fitted them to your ride? Let us know and even upload a picture of your work! We would love to see how slick your car is because of slickcar.com!

Chris Glardon

Turbo Chargers for Power and Efficiency

With the latest changes in the US fuel economy mandate, manufactures are turning to old tricks to make big power. The old trick is the Turbo Charger. How does this help you say? More power usually means lower MPG. Manufactures like BMW, Ford, VW and GM have all turned to Turbo Charged small displacement engines to try and meet the fuel economy standards. The Turbo charger is basically power on demand. What this means is that a small displacement engine will act like a small engine achieving a high MPG until you need the power. When you coax the power with your right foot the turbo forces air into the cylinders. The air from the turbo is compressed making it much denser than the air outside. This makes the engine larger in a way because the about of air that it is using is equivalent to a larger engines air intake.

 

The Turbo systems on today’s cars are also much smaller than the old turbo which allows them to spin or spool much faster. The faster spooling allows the engine to get into a meaty torque curve somewhere between idle and 1500 RPM. Torque is what you feel when you step on the gas and get pushed back in your seat. This gets the car or truck moving. In the 80′s turbo chargers became popular but you always had to wait for the power. This has been fixed with smaller turbo chargers and also variable vein turbo chargers.

The other secret in this latest small displacement engine war is Direct Injection. This allows a more efficient use of fuel and a cooling charge for the air that is forced in by the Turbo. With direct injection the engine manufacture can raise the compression ratio of the engine for more power and efficiency. The Direct Injectors are placed right down in the combustion chamber so the fuel does not pass through the intake valves.

 

I hope this was helpful information and here are some links to wiki articles on my favorite turbo engines.

 

BMW N54 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_N54

Ford Ecoboost http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_EcoBoost_engine

GM Ecotech http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Family_II_engine#Ecotec

 

 

5 Fastest Production Cars Ever Made

A production car is a street-legal vehicle made in mass quantities for consumption by the public. Not to be confused with a concept car or modified vehicle, production cars are available for purchase and can be driven legally on public highways. The speed of a production car is measured by its top achieved speed, as well as by the time it takes it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph. Below are descriptions of the five fastest production cars ever released as of June 2012.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The fastest production car in existence today is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in approximately 2.4 seconds. This vehicle includes an impressive aerodynamic package and a 1,183 metric horsepower 8-liter engine. With its maximum speed of 431 km/h or 267 mph, this car is an impressive machine yet to be surpassed by any other. The base price of the vehicle is $2,400,000, thus making it an impossible purchase for most automobile enthusiasts. However, those lucky few who are able to own a Super Sport can enjoy its aerodynamic, effortless accelerations and highly coveted interior luxuries.
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Hennessey Venom GT
With a maximum speed of 260 mph, the Hennessey Venom GT comes close to matching the Bugatti’s speed. With its 6.2-liter V8 Twin Turbo engine, the Venom can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds. The Venom is less expensive than the Bugatti, with a base price of $950,000. Some automobile experts predict that, though the factory-proclaimed top speed is 260, the Venom may be able to reach a speed of 275 mph in testing, which would allow it to claim the top spot on this list. However, at this time, the Venom sits comfortably in the second position on this list.

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Koenigsegg Agera
The Koenigsegg Agera ties the Hennessey Venom GT’s maximum speed of 260 mph. However, the Agera’s acceleration time is somewhat longer. To accelerate from zero to 60 mph, the Agera requires 2.9 seconds, which places it in the third spot on this list. This Koenigsegg Agera features a 5-liter V8 engine and a base price of $1,600,000. The vehicle is designed for use in the snow and can be outfitted with winter tires and a Ski Box if the owner desires. It should be noted that, though its tested top speed earns the number 2 spot, the Agera’s theoretical top speed is much higher. In the future, it may pass both the Venom and the Super Sport if expert predictions are accurate.

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SSC Ultimate Aero
The SSC Ultimate Aero has a maximum speed of 257 mph, which earns it the title of the fourth fastest production car currently in existence. The car can also accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds. Slightly more affordable, the SSC Ultimate Aero is offerred for $654,400 without upgrades. After performing impressively in a test conducted by Guinness World Records, this vehicle held the title of the fastest car on record from March of 2007 to July of 2010. However, its speed was later surpassed by other vehicles. The SSC Ultimate Aero is American made and includes a Twin Turbo V8 engine with almost 1200 horsepower.

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Also with a top speed of 257 mph, the GT9-R ties the SSC Ultimate Aero for maximum speed. However, it takes this model an extra tenth of a second to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, thus pushing it to the fifth spot on this list. The GT9-R is available for a base price of $695,000. This vehicle features a 1120 horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbos. The design of the GT9-R is based on the Porsche 911, and the vehicle’s exterior can be customized to suit the vehicle’s owner.
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As car manufacturers continue to up the ante, this list is likely to change. However, for now, these vehicles dominate the market when it comes to top speed and acceleration capabilities.

Our Lowering Spring Kit Makes It Easy to Lower Your Ride

When you want way to lower your car that is not only easy and fast, but leaves you with a completely safe ride, you need to take a look at our lowering spring kit. Our kits offer you the ability to drop your car as much as three inches closer to the ground. Installing lowering spring kits are one of the most common methods of reducing your car’s suspension height safely.

The lowering spring kit such as the one we carry at SlickCar have been designed to be extremely easy to install. The only thing you have to do is jack your vehicle up and remove the old springs. Then using the new hardware supplied, all you have to do is bolt in your new springs and lower your car back on the ground at its new road hugging height. One thing that our customers really love about this type of suspension modification is that it is relatively inexpensive and easy to reverse.

See our list of lowering springs by make or model and the manufactures websites.

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Things That You Should Know Before Buying Replica Wheels Online

Searching for replica car wheels online is becoming a very popular sourcing approach these days as it is not only very convenient but it is also one of the fastest ways to find the right match. You will have to however know few things before you can safely buy your replica car wheels online.

 

You will be able to get hundreds of suppliers online in a single search. It is however important that you do not choose your reproduction wheels suppliers in a random way; not all suppliers deliver the same quality products. If you are buying original wheels you can buy from any online store or supplier without much concern because original manufacturer wheels will be manufactured on uniform standards. This is not the case with reproduction wheels. You will have to choose your suppliers very carefully because the quality of the products and the finish will not be the same with all the replica wheel manufacturers. There are so many replica wheel manufacturers today and each manufacturer sets their own quality standards.

 

At one level quality can be an issue and at another level fitting can also be an issue with some of the manufacturers. Find a supplier that has been in this replica wheels business online for a considerable period of time with good reputation. Both quality and fitting are equally important. Finding the right match at times can be a tedious task as you may have to spend a considerable amount of time searching for the exact model and size until you find a supplier like Slickcar.com that has all the latest models and up to date collection of replica wheels.

 

You should also take time to review their shipping and returns policy. Your supplier should enjoy good reputation on their delivery times. Make sure that you are not dealing with a drop shipping company but a company that stocks all the products ready for shipping. Drop shipping companies will not have any control over the shipping and delivery process as they do not stock the products.

 

Take time to read their returns policy you will need this information in case you do not get an exact match. Yet another factor that you should know when you are ordering your replica wheels online is that you should make sure that you understand all the charges and fees fully including their shipping fee. There are companies that try to offset their low prices with high shipping charges. Stay away from such stores as you will end up paying a high fee when you calculate all the charges.

 

Hundreds of people shop for their replica wheels online and make satisfactory purchases and this is important for you to know as there are good suppliers online and you should learn to identify them. By paying attention to all these factors you will be able to save a lot of money even as you find the best quality, perfectly fitting replica wheels.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R

Like its predecessors, the 2012 Nissan GT-R is designed to be a beast of a vehicle. Boasting specs that should make many Porsches nervous, the GT-R straddles the line between daily driver and full-blown race car. Though the car comes with an intimidating price tag of almost a hundred grand, many consider it to be a bargain in its class.

 

One of the side effects of the earthquake that recently struck Japan is the possible delay of the 2012 GT-R. Unfortunately for all involved, the disaster on the main island of Honshu has wiped out many of the manufacturing facilities needed to produce the GT-R. Moreover, many of the workers whose labor is necessary to build the GT-R have had their lives shattered by the forces of nature. Before the GT-R can be built, the factories must be rebuilt. As such orders may not be filled on time.

 

Squeezing out well over five hundred horsepower from a six cylinder engine is impressive, as is the car’s 488 foot pounds of torque. Both specs are up significantly from last year. Combined, they allow the latest GT-R to go from 0-60 mph in under three seconds (2.9, according to the manufacturer), which is nothing short of astounding. This is facilitated in large part by the all-wheel drives system that transfers energy from the engine to the wheels.

 

The GT-R bears some shiny parts. I speak of course of the high end HID headlights that come standard on all models. Truly, xenon is the noblest of gases (chemistry joke). With its ability to shine significantly brighter than halogen lamps, HID headlights are the way to go, providing you can afford them. Equally nifty are the factory wheels; lightweight, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels by Rays. Also noteworthy is the spoiler. In an era where spoilers come standard on pretty much everything on the market, the GT-R’s rear spoiler is refreshingly functional.

 

In colloquial terms, the 2012 GT-R is a beast. With specs that make it a serious contender in its class, and a price that seems lower than it should be, it’s no wonder the vehicle is highly sought after by car enthusiasts.