Monday was a slow day in the news, and as such, I decided to take this opportunity to post more pictures of the press launch of the insane 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which can be seen below:
It also provides an opportunity to talk about the ZR1’s power levels. It is an odd day when we can look at a Corvette making a factory-warrantied 755hp, and ask ourselves, “why did they give it so little power?”.
Cars like the Dodge Demon and warrantied “tuner” cars such as Hennessey’s offerings mean that anything lower than 800hp seems meek, and four digit power numbers are not abnormal. As such, the ZR1’s 755hp rating seems low; but I have a theory.
I believe Chevrolet may have conservatively estimated their power numbers. As they are extra-conscious of the heating issues in the last Z06, which uses a similar powerplant, I would not be surprised if the 755hp number is produced when the engine is hot, tired, and on lap 32 of your race weekend, with more power being produced when the engine is at optimum temperatures.
Further, with the V8’s new dual fuel injection system–both port and direct injection–I believe that those aforementioned tuners are going to have a field day with the ZR1. The engine features a big blower on a big V8, meaning it gets lots of air, and with the dual fueling system, it now has the air and fuel it needs to achieve large power numbers.
Thirteen heat exchangers won’t hurt either.
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I recently recieved a degree in History from the University of Nevada, Reno.