03-31-2008, 07:05 AM #1
Exclusive First-Hand Look at the 2009 ZR1 Corvette
I apologize for the delay in releasing all of this, but I had to go through, edit, convert, compile and upload nearly 4.5 GB of video footage and sift through 200 photographs from this event.
On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Chief Designer of General Motor's Corvette Design Studio and former Viktor Schreckengost automotive design student, Kirk Bennion delivered a 1 hour long presentation at the Attleboro Arts Museum regarding the design and development of the 2009 Corvette ZR1.
This was a unique opportunity because it was the first the Corvette Action Center has been able to get up close and personal with the 2009 ZR1, and the event was very small, private (entrance was by pre-purchased tickets only) and enlightening about how the 2009 ZR1 came to be.
As Kirk mentions in one of the video clips, he literally started penning the car on a napkin at his kitchen counter.
Unfortunately, my video camera battery ran out of juice at the end. If it wasn't for that, I would have probably been able to have gotten even more footage.
One of the questions I asked him after the camera went to sleep was if he thought a Corvette Challenge, similar to the one in the late eighties, might begin again.
He explained that although he wasn't sure, he wouldn't be surprised because it's highly unlikely Corvette Racing will continue in ALMS next year. Reason? Competition of the Corvette is dwindling and at the very least the GT2 class is looking better and better.
Check out all of the photos and videos as they are extremely enlightening from the perspective that we tried to capture as many closeups of the ZR1 as we could. Unfortunately, the lighting in the museum wasn't the greatest and the car was not unlocked. Regardless, you get a good feel of what the ZR1 is and let me tell you, it is AWESOME!
Short Clip #1: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=b1c1c49d7c3d79c60d00
Short Clip #2: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=53058db75714ac400b58
Short Clip #3: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=42ed16b7d8fbf2c740e0
Short Clip #4: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=259401518960f7a06f94
Kirk Bennion Presentation Part 1: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8bc0ae9b13a1aa71add7
Kirk Bennion Presentation Part 2: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=7d868cbc926602a61e4d
Kirk Bennion Presentation Part 3: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e49e655c1247efb389ce
Kirk Bennion Presentation Part 4: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e9c493a0c30607586166
Kirk Bennion Presentation Part 5: http://vettetube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=43e61576081a2f250f84Rob Loszewski, Site Administrator
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