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2019 Corvette ZR1 goes with the (air)flow

  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP01_11
Published January 01, 2018 by SAE International in United States
  • English

In developing the last, highest-performance version of the current C7- generation Chevrolet Corvette, airflow management was the primary overriding concern for the car's engineering team.

That's because the 755-hp (563-kW), 715-lb·ft (969-N·m) supercharged 6.2-L LT5 V8 produces even more heat and speed than the 650-hp (485-kW) LT4 in the Z06. GM engineers note that small-block struggled to shed heat when driven hard in warm temperatures, and the ZR1's anticipated top speed of more than 210 mph demands careful management of the airflow to ensure stability at such elevated speeds.