Arthur St. Antoine from Motor Trend challenges the mighty Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 better known as the Blue Devil with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet known as Blue Angel at Pensicola, Florida. The Chevy is by far one of the most expensive vehicle General Motors ever built. As this car is too awesome for Porsche, Ferrari, and Nissan, GM decided to face it with something bigger, like jet, for instance.
The oldest active demonstration squad in the world is done with the Blue Angel. The Blues were produced in 1946 for attracting new recruits for the US Navy by showing them some of the most professional skills of the US pilots. Each year, at this performance is attended by millions of spectators.
Flying for the Blue Angel is extremely demanding due to this machine great complexity.
– All-new LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 targeted at producing at least 100 horsepower per liter, or 638 horsepower (462 kW), and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque (823 Nm)
– 4/25/2008: The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the forthcoming Chevy Corvette ZR1 cranks out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-lb torque. Top speed 205 mph.
– Six-speed, close-ratio, race-hardened manual transmission
– New, high-capacity dual-disc clutch
– Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
– Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
– Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
– Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires – P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear – developed specifically for the ZR1
– Standard carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors – 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
– Larger brake calipers with substantially increased pad area
– Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
– Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual vents
– Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window – offering a view of the intercooler below it
– Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, exposed carbon-fiber weave
– ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
– Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
– Only two options: chrome wheels and a “luxury” package
– Curb weight of approximately 3,350 pounds (1,519 kg)