Sunday, September 28, 2014

Industrial Synthetic Oil

AMSOIL offers several products specifically designed for industrial applications. AMSOIL industrial lubricants are formulated to exceed accepted industry specifications and deliver exceptional performance and protection in a wide variety of applications.
Learn more about AMSOIL industrial products by downloading a data sheet below, or contact AMSOIL Technical Services for product recommendations or to place an order.
Synthetic SG Series Extreme-Pressure Gear Oil
AMSOIL SG Series Synthetic Gear Oil's advanced synthetic formulation is fortified with extreme-pressure (EP) additives to provide industrial-grade performance and protection. It is designed to exceed the increased protection needs of gears and bearings operating under severe-service and shock-loading conditions. SG Series Gear Oil delivers complete gear box protection, with an emphasis on extreme-pressure gear protection, heat resistance and cold-temperature operability.
Synthetic RC SERIES R&O/AW Gear and Bearing Oils
AMSOIL Synthetic RC Series R&O/AW Gear and Bearing Oils are formulated with high-quality synthetic base stocks and additive systems that effectively reduce wear and protect equipment by maintaining viscosity, resisting thermal and oxidative breakdown, inhibiting rust and resisting the degrading effects of water.

AMSOIL Brake Fluids provide superior high-temperature performance

Series 500 High-Performance DOT 3 Brake Fluid
AMSOIL Brake Fluids provide superior high-temperature performance
High-temperature performance in auto/light-truck, high-performance, racing and powersports applications. High-temperature stability, yet flows easily at low temperatures. Helps keep water in suspension, slowing its effects on the brake system. High boiling temperatures ensure maximum life and reliable braking power.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 
AMSOIL Series 500 DOT 3 High-Performance Synthetic Brake Fluid and AMSOIL Series 600 DOT 4 Synthetic Racing Brake Fluidfeature pure base stocks and robust additives that resist boil-off and the effects of water contamination more effectively than conventional brake fluids. AMSOIL Synthetic Brake Fluids deliver superior high-temperature performance in auto/light-truck, high-performance, racing and powersports applications.
CONTAMINATION 
Water contaminates the brake system by seeping through microscopic pores in flexible brake lines and seals and through the reservoir fill cap when opened. Once inside, it quickly works to corrode brake parts, lines and seals, leading to eventual system failure. AMSOIL Synthetic Brake Fluids keep water in suspension, slowing its corroding effects. They lubricate and protect intricate braking components despite the inevitable water absorption associated with braking systems, delivering long-lasting performance.
BOIL-OFF 
The extreme pressure and high heat common to braking can push conventional brake fluid beyond its boiling point, causing it to vaporize, or “boil-off.” Even more problematic, water contamination can drop the boiling point of conventional fluid below safe standards, accelerating the rate at which it boils off. This leads to a spongy or unresponsive feeling in the brake pedal. In contrast, the unique chemistry behind AMSOIL Synthetic Brake Fluids increase their boiling point temperatures well beyond Department of Transportation (DOT) standards even when contaminated with 3.7 percent water (see chart). They maintain a stable viscosity over a wide temperature range and flow easily at the high pressures generated in today's automotive brake systems to deliver consistent, safe braking. AMSOIL Series 600 DOT 4 Synthetic Racing Brake Fluid features a wet equilibrium reflux boiling point (Wet ERBP) nearly 100°F higher than the DOT minimum, making it ideal for high-performance cars, motorcycles and vehicles used for towing.
DOT Minimum
AMSOIL
DOT3
ERBP*:
205°C (401°F)
271°C (520°F)
Wet ERBP**:
140°C (284°F)
151°C (304°F)
DOT4
ERBP*:
230°C (446°F)
304°C (580°F)
Wet ERBP**:
155°C (311°F)
193°C (379°F)
*Dry equilibrium reflux boiling point (ERBP)–the boiling point of new, freshly opened brake fluid.
**Wet ERBP–the boiling point of brake fluid having absorbed 3.7 percent water. Only 3.7 percent water contamination is often sufficient to reduce a DOT 3 fluid’s boiling point below the DOT minimum.
Typical Technical Properties
AMSOIL Series 500 DOT 3 High Performance Synthetic Brake Fluid and AMSOIL Series 600 DOT 4 Racing Synthetic Brake Fluid
Equilibrium Reflux Boiling Point
Dry °C (°F)
Wet °C (°F)
271 (520)
151 (304)
304 (580)
193 (379)
Viscosity
-40°C (-40°F), cSt
100°C (212°F), cSt
1065
2.0
1550
2.0
pH9.07.2


POWERSPORTS 
The aggressive driving conditions and sudden stops common to some on- and off-road motorcycle and ATV applications can literally boil conventional brake fluid, leaving behind a discolored, dirty solution that can promote deposit formation and corrosion on braking components. Worn brake fluid also fails to deliver adequate protection against water ingress common to powersports equipment exposed to the elements.

The synthetic base stocks and superior additives in AMSOIL Synthetic Brake Fluids excel in demanding powersports applications, providing reliable brake lever and pedal response, corrosion protection and longevity as compared to conventional brake fluids. AMSOIL Synthetic Brake Fluids are the product of choice for racing, heavy hauling or leisure powersports applications.

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Why Choose Synthetic Oil

How would you like 25,000 miles between oil changes? Here is how:

AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil delivers extraordinary lubrication in all types of automotive gasoline engines. By combining industry-premier synthetic technology with AMSOIL premium additives, Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil exceeds the higher performance demands of modern engines. It withstands the stress of higher horsepower, higher heat and complicated emissions control systems. Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is engineered to outperform competitive conventional and synthetic motor oils. It delivers long-lasting performance and protection.
AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API-qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL, the First in Synthetics®, to do the best job protecting your engine.
Extends Drain Intervals
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil can extend drain intervals far beyond those recommended for conventional oils. Its unique synthetic formulation and long-drain additive system are inherently stable to resist oxidation and neutralize acids over longer periods. Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is designed to deliver the best possible engine protection, cleanliness and performance over extended drain intervals. It reduces vehicle maintenance and waste oil disposal costs.
Oil Filter
Any brand of oil filter may be used with Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil. For maximum convenience, however, use an AMSOIL Ea® Oil Filter. Made of fully synthetic media with greater filtering efficiency and dirt-holding capacity than conventional filters, Ea Oil Filters are recommended for 25,000 miles/12 months or 15,000 miles/12 months, depending on application, which coincides with Signature Series' once-a-year drain interval. While Signature Series' 12-month service life remains intact if a non-Ea Oil Filter is used, the filter must be changed according to its manufacturer's recommendations.
Maximizes Fuel Economy
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is designed to maximize energy efficiency for improved fuel economy. Unlike conventional oils, its uniform molecular structure helps it flow more freely and reduce friction between metal surfaces. Anti-friction additives are included to further improve energy efficiency.
Reduces Engine Wear
Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil provides outstanding anti-wear protection. It has excellent viscosity film strength to separate metal surfaces and robust anti-wear additives to further reduce wear in metal-to-metal contact regions for improved engine life.
Reduces Oil Consumption and Emissions
Volatility (burn-off) occurs when oil gets hot, causing high oil consumption and emissions. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil exhibits an extremely low volatility rate; it controls volatility-related oil consumption and emissions.
Excels in Extreme Temperatures
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil resists thermal (heat) breakdown better than conventional oils. It is heavily fortified with detergent and dispersant additives to help prevent sludge deposits and keep engines clean. And unlike conventional oils, Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil contains no wax, staying fluid in the coldest winter temperatures for easier starting, improved oil flow and reduced bearing wear.
APPLICATIONS
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor Oil is excellent for use in all types of gasoline-fueled vehicles. It is recommended for all domestic and foreign vehicles requiring any of the listed performance specifications:

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Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil

Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil
Formulated to Provide Top Efficiency in Stationary Engines Fueled by Natural Gas
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil delivers superior protection in stationary natural gas engines calling for an SAE 40, low-ash lubricant. Its shear-stable formula qualifies it as a multi-grade 20W-40 so it can be used over a broad ambient temperature range, reducing the need for seasonal oil changes.
Controls Wear
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is formulated with low sulfated ash to minimize carbon deposits and port blockage, resulting in reduced maintenance and extended equipment life. Advanced anti-wear and anti-scuff protection helps control valve recession and wear on piston rings, cylinder liners and bearings during continual severe-service operation in stationary natural gas engines.
Keeps Engines Clean
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is engineered with premium base oils and additives to improve engine lubrication by keeping oil passages clean. Its balanced formula allows for a high total base number (TBN) to protect against corrosion while meeting low ash requirements.
Controls Nitration
Nitration is a common concern in natural gas engines and can cause oil to thicken, reducing operational efficiency. AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is naturally resistant to nitration, delivering maximum protection in natural gas engines.
Protects Emission Systems
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is formulated with low zinc and phosphorus levels to prolong the life of emission catalyst systems without sacrificing wear protection.
Delivers Long-Lasting Protection
AMSOIL Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil has demonstrated extended drain interval capabilities when carefully monitored by an oil analysis program. When extending oil drain intervals, change the oil filter at the equipment manufacturer’s recommended interval.
APPLICATIONS
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is recommended for use in stationary four-stroke and two-stroke engines that require low-ash (<.50%) engine oil and are fueled by natural gas.
AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil should not be used in vehicular applications that run on propane or natural gas.
COMPATIBILITYAMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil is compatible with conventional petroleum oils and other synthetic lubricants; however, mixing AMSOIL Stationary Engine Oil with other oils will shorten the oil’s life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits.
Aftermarket oil additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL Synthetic Stationary Natural Gas Engine Oil.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Used Cars

Searching for the right used car can be a daunting task. What to look for and how to find good information can be a task. Let’s show what to look for, who to trust when purchasing a used car. This article will guide you on how to make a good buying decision and navigate your way to a great car. 
Whether you’re buying from a dealer or an individual, you do have the right to ask for as much information as is available. Here are some checks that will help you find the peace of mind that you made a good purchase.

A proper inspection and right questions can save you money down the road. Let’s make sure everything in the car works properly before we make a buying decision. Any repairs the vehicle needs, make sure the seller pays. So take your time before you say yes. Ask good questions like these below. 

Find out what service records you can look at. Does the owner have any information that can help you know what services the car had? Regular maintenance is top on our priority list to check for. If the vehicle has had regular maintenance, oil changes, filters, this is an important part of caring for a vehicle. If it has not been properly cared for, pass! 

Make a good physical inspection of the car. Things to check, take a white rag and check the color of the oil make sure it looks clean, light brown color good, black is bad. Is the engine compartment clean, any signs of leaks, is the engine to clean? When looking at the outside of the car, do the fenders look like they align properly with the car? Any sheet metal look crooked or out of sorts? Take your finger and run it down the edges of the doors, fenders, trunk lid, and front bonnet. If they feel smooth that is good. If however you feel a gritty or sand paper type feel, that is signs of paint work. A much closer examination is warranted and a good question “has this car ever had any paint work”? Check the tires for proper wear, also tread depth. 

Make sure that no check engine lights are on. Certainly don’t trust anyone to tell you “it’s nothing”. Have it checked by a reputable mechanic. 

Interior inspection, make sure all the goodies work! Radio, Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Cruise control, make sure all the compartments open, that the lights turn on, the turn signals work. Whatever equipment your prospective car has make sure it all works and works properly. Make sure all the light bulbs work. 

Make sure the car has a clean title of ownership. NO Salvage Titles, NO reconditioned titles of any kind. You may pay less for a car with this type of title. Plan on loosing most of your investment when selling or trading in a car with a branded title. Our recommendation is to walk away. 

Test drive the car. Make sure you take the car for a minimum 20 minute test drive. Get the car up to cruising speeds. Looking for anything that seems like vibration, pulling to one side or the other, rattles or the like. Find a parking lot that you can turn the steering wheel full to one side and then the other. Make sure you hear no popping sounds. This can be bad joints and costly. Just as important as the mechanical feel, make sure you love to drive the car. Sit in all the seats make sure it’s comfortable. 

If purchasing from a dealer make sure it’s a reputable one. Check online reviews, ask friends. If buying from an individual we highly recommend you get a trusted mechanic to check the car before you buy. 

If you choose to do so have a 3rd party or a trusted mechanic give the car a good ounce over. If the seller has a problem with this, walk away. If the seller has no confidence in the car to allow for an inspection don’t buy his problem. 

If you have access to VIN history reports such as CARFAX, VIN Alert, CARFACTS®. These reports give you the peace of mind to know the car your purchasing has been cared for. Also lets you know where the car has been and where it first began its service. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If something is pulling at you to ask, then ask. 
Take your time when buying a used car. Cars can be made to look very appealing. Don’t let yourself get caught up in emotion. Do your homework before you buy!  Take your time to make sure the engine, electrical systems are all in good working order. Ounce you have the confidence that vehicle is in proper working order. Now we can begin making a car buying decision. 

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Car Buying Tips

Car Rust

One of the most harmful things your car will have to endure is rust. Since most of your car is metal, then this can be a real problem if not kept in check. So what is rust? It’s a reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of moisture that creates a red oxide or rust. Rust in its simplest definition will disintegrate that which it has hold of. Namely metal surfaces of your car.

Our cars must endure extreme conditions that on the surface seems innocuous. Take a trip to the beach, fun, harmless. Yet the salt air can wreak total havoc on your cars metal surfaces. Accelerating rust areas on your car.

A major problem rust causes are paint bubbles. As rust spreads under the paint of your car and erodes the metal it causes paint to bubble. If left unchecked the damage will become extreme. Hence the paint bubble is your car crying out I have rust help! As rust erodes the surface below the paint, air will find its way in and begin to push the paint away from the surface causing bubbles. Oxygen will find its way through surfaces that the naked eye will never be able to detect. So will moisture and the combination spells disaster for your cars metal surfaces.

If your car has bubbles. An inspection of your entire car is warranted. Don’t leave rust unchecked. If you do, the damage will spread fast. It also takes away from the integrity and strength of the metal that protects the car. The metal that protects you and your family! The lighter side is the cosmetic appearance of your car, rust spots are ugly.

When possible clean the areas that show rust, then apply a metal protection to the clean areas. In harsh environments wash chemicals off the car quickly such as road salts and sand. Coastal areas rinse your car off often and pay particular care to the undercarriage.

You will need to fix rust areas quickly and thoroughly. If doing it yourself, make sure you have some level of know-how before tackling a job like this. When possible a professional body shop would be first choice.

Cars today are built with protection and warranties against rust. However, you should take care to make sure build ups of rust don’t occur on raw metal areas. Keep your car clean and free of damaging particulates and you will extend the life of areas at risk for rust.


Car Shopping

Shopping for cars can be fun. If you’re looking for a new car then let’s make that experience fun. Shopping a car store for your next vehicle with proper information already thought out will make the experience joyful.

Used cars need preliminary research. However you will have inspections and question you will want to have answered before you purchase a used car:

i.              Do you have access to service and maintenance records?

ii.             Does the car have a clean title? Make sure that the car has no past issues such as, accidents, flood damage, paint work or salvage title.

iii.            Make a thorough physical inspection of the car. Here are some very simple inspections you can make. Car panel edges, run your fingers across panel edges. If you find them to be smooth that is a good thing, what you want to look for is rough, gritty edges. This is a sign of potential paint work. Ask the seller questions about previous paint work or potential body damage.

iv.           Check the engine for signs of fluid leaks. Make sure the car has fresh oil, which all the normal maintenance services have been performed and performed on a regular basis for the life history of the car you’re considering. Are the current fluids in the car clean, inspect filters where possible.

v.            Do the tires show uneven wear? Make sure the car you’re considering has good rubber.

vi.           Test drive. A nice long test drive in the used car you’re considering will be a telltale of the condition the car is in. Does it rattle, pull to one side or the other? Most importantly is the drive fun, do you enjoy driving the car? Take time to make sure the driving experience is pleasurable.
Consider a certified pre-owned if choosing a used car. These vehicles tend to have been more thoroughly inspected and do come with additional warranty.

The following will help you make educated decisions. Get the right car in your driveway. Preliminary research is important. Define what your car’s job is. Simple transportation, point A to point B. Kid taxi, work horse or do you have more spirited driving needs. Where can you find good information? Here are a few tips:

        I.            Online research. Manufactures web sites, third party web sites. Make sure the cars you’re considering fit your needs and budget. Check out cost of ownership, what has to be replaced on a normal basis, what do those expenses cost?

      II.            Choose the right dealership for you. Does the store have a good reputation, huge selection of inventory, quality service center for normal maintenance and repairs? Check out the stores social media sites. See what customers are talking about.

    III.            Have a good understanding of your credit situation. What is your credit score? Having a clear financial picture is real bargaining power. The good news in today’s market, finance choices are abundant for consumers who have excellent credit and real help for those needing credit assistance to help re-establish themselves with good car credit.

    IV.         If you plan on keeping a new car beyond the manufacturer’s warranty be sure to consider extending the manufacturer’s warranty. Just like you need good health insurance, give your car the same level of coverage. Cars have 25% more on-board computing power than it took to send a man to the moon. Mechanics are now technicians. Warranties will give you peace of mind.

Armed with good information before you set foot in the dealership will give you bargaining power. Knowledge to give you the peace of mind that you've purchased the right new car.

Don’t let yourself get caught up in emotion while shopping. It’s so easy to fall in love with a really fun car. Remember, the day will come when you have to make regular payments and maintain your new car. Be sure it works within a comfortable budget for you and your family.


Get yourself informed, do enough research to assure yourself a successful shopping experience. Get out there and have some fun buying your next new car! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Synthetic Motor Oil Modern Technology For Classic Cars

Z-ROD 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil
Modern Technology For Classic Cars
AMSOIL Z-ROD™ Synthetic Motor Oil is specially engineered for classic and high-performance vehicles. A high-zinc formulation to prevent wear on flat-tappet camshafts and other critical engine components, along with a proprietary blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors for added protection during long-term storage.
AMSOIL Z-ROD™ Synthetic Motor Oil is specially engineered for classic and high-performance vehicles. It features a high-zinc formulation to prevent wear on flat-tappet camshafts and other critical engine components, along with a proprietary blend of rust and corrosion inhibitors for added protection during long-term storage. Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is designed to perform on the street and protect during storage.
AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API-qualified synthetic motor oil in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL, the First in Synthetics®, to do the best job protecting your engine.
Protects Flat-Tappet Cams
The lifters and cam lobes on flat-tappet camshafts common to classic and high performance vehicles slide rapidly against one another, producing high friction and heat. The friction between the two components can eventually wear down the cam and affect valve operation, ultimately resulting in lost engine power and reduced efficiency. In addition, these areas are splash-lubricated rather than pressure lubricated like other areas of the engine, which adds extra strain on anti-wear additives like the zinc and phosphorus in zinc dialkyldithiophosphate (ZDDP).
AMSOIL Z-ROD Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with high levels of ZDDP to protect flat-tappet cams, lifters, rockers and other areas susceptible to wear. Its high-zinc, high-phosphorus formulation provides the extra wear protection these critical splash-lubricated components require.

Contact Us today! I can show you how you can take care of your Classics for years to come! 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Engine Fogging Oil

Engine Fogging Oil
A highly-effective rust preventative designed to protect internal engine components during storage or long periods of inactivity. Ideal for outboard motors, lawn and garden equipment, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, motor homes and generators or any equipment with a two- or four-stroke engine.
Two- and four-stroke recreational vehicles, hand-held power equipment, small engines, construction and farm equipment are commonly operated seasonally or infrequently, then stored for long periods of time. During these periods of inactivity, and as a result of fluctuations in ambient temperatures, water vapor can form condensate within the engine. When this condensate comes into direct contact with steel and iron components, it forms surface corrosion on cylinder liners, piston rings, anti-friction bearings and steel/iron contact surfaces on rotational seals. Long periods of storage can also dry out cylinders, often resulting in permanent damage when the equipment is taken out of storage and dry started.
Most two- and four-stroke motor oils are formulated to have an affinity to engine component surfaces, acting as a barrier that keeps condensate from contacting engine components and forming corrosion. However, the effectiveness of motor oil in this area diminishes with time.
AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil (FOG) offers superior film retention, providing long-term protection against corrosion and dry starts, extending engine life and reducing operating expenses. Its aerosol spray formulation offers easy and clean applications, while reaching more components and offering complete distribution of the oil, something especially beneficial in applications with horizontal cylinder orientation, such as outboard motors. Consult equipment owners manual for application directions.
APPLICATIONS
AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil applications include, but are not limited to, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, outboard motors, stern drive and inboard marine engines, personal watercraft, lawn equipment, chainsaws, snowblowers, portable generators, hand-held power equipment, motor scooters, powered farm equipment, powered construction equipment, cars and trucks.
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AMSOIL Metal Protector

AMSOIL Metal Protector (AMP) is a high-performance, easy-to-use spray-on product that lubricates, displaces moisture, protects against corrosion and penetrates to free rusty parts. It does not form gum or sludge.
AMSOIL Metal Protector effectively lubricates moving parts, silencing squeaks without gumming up mechanisms. It displaces moisture from freshwater or saltwater to help prevent corrosion, and it is the product of choice for drying and protecting electrical and ignition systems. Metal Protector penetrates deep through rust and corrosion to restore movement of rusty parts. It is excellent for protecting firearms and other fine componentry, and it helps prevent jamming, especially in cold weather. Metal Protector contains no silicone, and is compatible with plastic, leather, fabric, fishing line and paint.
  • Cuts through rust & frees frozen components
  • Helps protect against rust & corrosion, even in salt water
  • Displaces water
  • Stops squeaks
  • Clean
  • Sprays into hard-to-reach places
  • Protects electrical equipment
  • Ideal for firearms & other fine componentry
  • Lubricates moving parts
Recommendations
Shake well before use. Spray product on area to be treated. For best results, do not wipe off. Film carrier will evaporate, leaving Metal Protector protection in place. Disconnect power source to electrical equipment before spraying.
Availability
AMSOIL Metal Protector is available in 8.75-oz. spray cans.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

AMSOIL Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid

Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid #5 Light
Formulated for fade-free dampening and smooth rebounds in high-performance applications
Controls friction, heat, wear, foaming and scuffing in suspension components. High viscosity index and shear-stability controls shock fade and inconsistent dampening in temperature extremes.
AMSOIL Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid is formulated with shear-stable synthetic base stocks with high viscosity indices. Its complete additive package reduces foaming, aeration and wear, while seal conditioners are added to keep seals soft and pliable. AMSOIL Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid has been tested and proven to be a superior, balanced product recommended for a wide range of temperatures and applications.
Controllled Dampening and Rebound
AMSOIL Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid is formulated to make suspension systems more predictable. Its base stocks have inherently high viscosity indices that effectively maintain viscosity, while its anti-foam agents reduce aeration and foam.
Reduces Friction and Wear
The constant friction within a shock body decreases suspension performance. AMSOIL Shock Therapy Suspension Fluid contains friction modifiers to reduce the energy loss caused by friction, while anti-wear agents are added to protect shocks and forks from premature wear.

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Chevrolet Performance Enhances 2014 NHR Contingency

Brand supports loyal racers – including those winning with COPO Camaros

DETROIT – It can pay to run Chevrolet Performance parts in drag racing.  Competitors who use parts and display the brand’s decal on their race cars are eligible for contingency payouts in many NHRA classes. 

COPO Camaro racers who win in NHRA’s Mellow Yellow Series – in Super Stock and Stock classes – are eligible for $1,500 payout. The runner up will receive a $1,200payout, a $450 increase from 2013. New for 2014, Chevrolet Performance will pay 2012-2014 serial-numbered COPO Camaro racers $1,000 for a class win at these four events:
  • JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals – March 21-23
  • NHRA U.S. Nationals – Aug. 27 – Sept. 1
  • JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals – Sept. 19-21
  • JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals – Oct. 3-5

“Chevrolet has a long history of supporting NHRA drag racers and our 2014 contingency program rewards sportsman and Pro Stock racers for top performances,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “When you race with Chevrolet Performance parts and display our decals, you are eligible for a contingency payout that can be reinvested in your race team.”

Contingency awards for 2012-2014 serial-numbered COPO Camaro racers are also available for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the payouts are $1,000 for an overall win and $500 for runner-up. Eligible racers must display Chevrolet Performance’s brand decals, which are available from each of the seven NHRA divisions.

Even racers who don’t drive a COPO Camaro can win contingency money. In the NHRA Mellow Yellow Series, racers are eligible for payouts when using a Chevrolet Performance cylinder block or cylinder heads. Double payouts are possible when running both the block and heads.

In the Pro Stock class, for example, Chevrolet Performance pays $500 for a win and $100 for the runner up if the racer uses a Chevrolet Performance engine block or cylinder heads. That means a winner can collect $1,000 for a win with an engine using the block and heads.

A similar payout schedule of $300 for a win and $100 for runner-up are available for sportsman racers running a Chevrolet Performance block or heads – or $600/$200 for an engine with both the block and heads – in the following categories:
  • Competition
  • Super Stock
  • Stock
  • Super Comp
  • Super Gas
  • Super Street
  • Top Sportsman
  • Top Dragster.

Racers must display the Chevrolet Performance decal. The previous GM Performance Parts decals are invalid for contingency payouts. Go to nhraracer.com for contingency program details.

COPO program for 2014
Chevrolet Performance’s COPO Camaro program returns for 2014 with another limited run of factory-produced race cars and a pair of new racing engine choices – including an all-new supercharged 350-cubic-inch engine and a revised version of the naturally aspirated 427. It is the third year for the COPO Camaro program and like the previous two, only 69 race cars will be built for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition. They will carry the distinctive, updated styling of the 2014 Camaro lineup, including new front and rear fascias. The 2014 COPO Camaro also includes new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.

The new supercharged 350 for the 2014 COPO Camaro program features the high-performance LSX engine block, forged internals, LSX cylinder heads with six-bolt heads and a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. It is rated at 530 horsepower by NHRA.

Along with the supercharged 350 and updated 427, COPO customers can also select from naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines. Engine selection is based on the intended NHRA racing class, and customers can purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car. The naturally aspirated engines are available with a manual transmission and all engines are offered with a Turbo 400 automatic.

All of the COPO Camaro racing engines and other COPO parts are available to racers building their own race cars. They’re available through the 2014 Chevrolet Performance catalog, which can be downloaded at chevrolet.com/performance.

Also available through the catalog is Chevrolet Performance’s “COPO Build Book,” part number 88958767, which provides an overview of the factory race cars’ assembly process and can be a reference for those who intend to build a body in white for Stock or Super Stock drag racing. It also provides general assembly details that can help builders complete their race car. 



About Chevrolet Performance
Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing. Performance cars include Camaro SS, SS 1LE, ZL1, Z/28 and the COPO Camaro. Chevrolet Performance parts include crate engines, transmissions, controllers and street-level components. Chevrolet competes in NASCAR, NHRA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, IndyCar and a variety of circle track racing series.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com


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New DR525 Racing Engine from Chevrolet Performance

New DR525 Racing Engine from Chevrolet Performance
Sealed drag racing crate engine designed for new NMCA LS Stock class

ATLANTA – Chevrolet Performance today introduced the all-new DR525 drag racing crate engine, designed as the spec engine for National Muscle Car Association’s new LS Stock racing class in the LSX Showdown Challenge Series. The 6.2L (376 cubic inches) naturally aspirated engine is rated at 525 horsepower and features several tamper-proof bolts to ensure class compliance. It goes on sale Aug. 1.

The announcement was made at the start of NMCA’s race at Atlanta Dragway, one of four races included in the Chevrolet Performance LSX Showdown Challenge series, which features competitors using exclusively GM’s Gen III and Gen IV “LS”-family engines. The first race for the LS Stock class and the new DR525 racing engine will be the Norwalk, Ohio, event on Aug. 21-24 – the next stop on the path to the LSX Showdown Challenge championship.  

“The all-new DR525 engine in the LS Stock class signals an important advancement for drag racing, delivering exciting heads-up racing at a lower cost than custom-built engines,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s an approach we’ve implemented in a number of circle track racing series for more than a decade, providing racers a high-performance engine at a great value.”

Although the DR525 is the spec engine for the LS Stock class, it is legal in other NMCA/LSX Showdown Challenge classes. It is offered with two part numbers: 19329009 (includes Chevrolet Performance’s muscle car oil pan) or 19329008 (includes fourth-generation F-body oil pan).

Technical highlights include:
  • 525 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 489 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • Production-based, lightweight aluminum cylinder block with six-bolt, cross-bolted main caps
  • High-flow, rectangular-port cylinder heads assembled with 2.165/1.590 valves and high-rpm-capable beehive valve springs
  • 10.7:1 compression ratio
  • Chevrolet Performance ASA hydraulic roller camshaft with 0.525/0.525-inch lift and 226/236 degrees duration
  • Lightweight composite intake manifold with a 90mm throttle body
  • Two tamper-proof bolts incorporated on the intake manifold, as well as a tamper-proof bolt on the front cover and the oil pan
  • Assembly includes production-type cast iron exhaust manifolds; fuel rail and injectors; coil packs, wires and spark plugs; LS3 water pump and damper
  • A front accessory drive with alternator, drive belt and more is available separately (part number 19329418).

Chevrolet Performance’s custom-calibrated E67-type engine control system – part number 19329003 (sold separately) – must be used with the DR525 in the LS Stock class. It features a tamper-proof engine control unit.

The DR525 sealed crate engine carries a suggested retail price of $9,750 (for both part numbers) and the control system’s list price is $1,312.50. The front accessory drive system lists for $812.50. All are for sale – along with other complementing accessories – through Chevrolet dealers and Chevrolet Performance retailers, who can be found at www.chevrolet.com/performance.

LS Stock overview
LS Stock is a naturally aspirated heads-up class designed for 1955-and-later vehicles and is designed as a low-cost, entry-level heads-up class. All entries must compete on accepted suspensions and at the same base weight: 3,300 pounds.

Additionally, all entries are required to read and sign a racer’s contract to prevent class participants from tampering with and/or altering the factory-sealed Chevrolet Performance DR525 crate engine and requisite engine control system.

The class is an all-run, heads-up field using a .400 Pro Tree start. More information and complete class rules are available at www.nmcadigital.com.

About Chevrolet Performance
Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing. Performance cars include Camaro SS, SS 1LE, ZL1, Z/28 and the COPO Camaro. Chevrolet Performance parts include crate engines, transmissions, controllers and street-level components. Chevrolet competes in NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, IndyCar and a variety of circle track racing series.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06

2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06

Vehicle highlights:
·         All-new model enters supercar territory with race-proven design, advanced technologies and world-class performance
·         With track-focused Z07 performance package, 2015 Corvette Z06 delivers faster lap times than 2014 Corvette ZR1
·         First Corvette Z06 to offer supercharged engine, paddle-shift automatic transmission and removable roof panel for coupes, and convertible model
·         New LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 SAE-certified at 650 hp (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm)

2015 CORVETTE Z06 IS THE MOST CAPABLE CORVETTE EVER

The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 as the most capable model in the iconic car’s 62-year history. It stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce – and it is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel.

The new LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm – making the 2015 Corvette Z06 the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

For the first time since 1963, the Z06 is also offered in coupe and convertible models. In fact, building a modern Z06 Convertible was only enabled by recent technological advancements, according to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter: “Simply put, until recently it was not possible to create an open-roof structure strong enough to meet Corvette’s highest performance levels. It required advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy and manufacturing – many of which did not exist five years ago – to make a frame strong enough for a Z06 Convertible.”

The aluminum structure is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06. As there are no structural reinforcements needed for the Z06 Convertible, it has a nearly identical curb weight as the Z06 Coupe. They also share the same chassis tuning, powertrain output, driver technologies and equipment options – including a track-focused Z07 Performance Package.



The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aero components for unprecedented aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight.

“The Corvette Z06 is a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes,” said Juechter. “First, we took what we learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that to the all-new Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track.”

The all-new, industry-leading Performance Data Recorder enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. It was named Best Automotive Electronics Product at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, by Engadget.

Designed for downforce
The performance targets of the Z06 also posed a challenge for the design team, which had to create a striking design that also contributed to increased capabilities. The design changes began not with the exterior panels, but the tires.

To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06’s performance targets, the car was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

And to cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward the edges of the body.

“Practically every exterior change served a functional purpose, as this beast needed more of everything,” said Tom Peters, Corvette design director. “The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”



The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels that are also wider than the Stingray (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which are part of the design aesthetic:
·         The Z06 features two-piece steel rotors, measuring 14.6 x 1.3-inch (371 x 33 mm) front and 14.4 x 1-inch (365 x 25 mm) rear, with aluminum six-piston and four-piston fixed calipers, respectively
·         The Z07 package adds larger, 15.5 x 1.4-inch (394 x 36 mm) front and 15.3 x 1.3-inch (388 x 33 mm) carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors for consistent performance lap after lap, and collectively save 23 pounds over the standard Z06 rotors.

To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 is tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that presses the tires to the ground at high speeds.

The Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:
·         The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and a rear spoiler
·         An available carbon-fiber aero package – in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill, which combine to create true aerodynamic downforce
·         The available Z07 package add larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car GM has tested.

The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was painstakingly designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger, so much so that the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than if the grille was removed.

The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. The grille is complemented with a larger hood vent, which vents hot air from the engine compartment and contributes to downforce by allowing air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift.

Additional cooling elements include larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders of Coupe models, which force about 50 percent more air into the cooling ducts for the transmission and differential coolers than those on the Stingray. Convertible models feature under-body inlets. To cope with the additional airflow, Z06 Coupe and Convertible also have larger rear-fascia openings than the Stingray.

Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes over Stingray models.

Ten exterior colors are offered: Laguna Blue Tintcoat, Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, Black, Shark Gray Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Torch Red and Night Race Blue Metallic.

Convertible considerations
Like the structure, there are only minor design changes from the Z06 Coupe to Convertible. The convertible features a fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).

With the top up, the Z06 Convertible is designed for a refined driving experience. A thick fabric top – offered in four colors – with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window contribute to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.

With the top down, the Corvette’s signature profile is further accentuated. Behind the seat backs, dual Carbon Flash-painted or available carbon fiber accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior.

The power-operated tonneau cover necessitated moving the air intakes for the differential and transmission coolers, from the rear quarter panels on the Z06 Coupe to the underbody of the Z06 Convertible. Otherwise, both models share the same, performance-driven aesthetic.

Interior features
Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes that emphasize the driver-focused cockpit, and a unique, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Like the Stingray, the Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium, for greater strength. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.



Several trim combinations are offered for the seats:
  • 1LZ: GT seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts
  • 2LZ: GT or Competition Sport seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces; GT or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts
  • 3LZ: GT seats with perforated Napa leather seating surfaces; Competition Sport seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces; GT or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts.

All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. There’s even a micro-LED screen for the passenger’s climate control placed below the vent on the dash, away from the performance features on the instrument panel.

Additional interior features include:
  • New Performance Data Recorder (included with the available navigation system)
  • Color driver information center is standard on all trim levels
  • Electric-locking glovebox
  • Eight-inch-diagonal color touch radio with Chevrolet MyLink is standard on all trim levels; a navigation system is standard on 3LT and available on 1LT and 2LT. Includes behind-screen storage compartment
  • Bose® nine-speaker premium audio system is standard on 1LZ
  • Bose® 10-speaker premium audio system – with bass box – is standard on 2LZ and 3LZ
  • Head-up display with color readouts – including g-meter in track mode – is standard on 2LZ and 3LZ
  • Keyless entry with push-button starting is standard on all trim levels
  • Rear-vision camera is standard on all trim levels
  • Power tilting/telescoping steering column is standard on all trim levels
  • Heated and ventilated seats are standard on 2LZ and 3LZ
  • Sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim package is standard on 3LZ and includes headliner, visors, trim above windshield and rear window, A-pillar trim and area around quarter window
  • Interior colors: Dark Gray, Blue, Jet Black, Kalahari and Adrenaline Red.

The Z06 also benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering.



Supercharged performance
The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an SAE-certified 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing.

These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient.

To maintain the Z06’s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about one inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.

A new 1.7L supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s engine. The rotors are smaller in diameter, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to produce power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently via a more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.

The LT4 engine also has several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:
·         Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads
·         Lightweight titanium intake valves
·         Machined, forged powder metal steel connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
·         High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
·         Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
·         Stainless steel exhaust manifolds that offer greater structure at higher temperatures
·         Lightweight aluminum balancer
·         Standard dry-sump oiling system with a dual-pressure-control oil pump.

Seven-speed manual and new eight-speed automatic transmissions
The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.




The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times, and smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

For performance driving, the transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and unique algorithms to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many supercars – but with the smoothness and refinement that come with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

In fact, the 8L90’s controller analyzes and executes commands 160 times per second, and wide-open throttle upshifts are executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911.

Featuring four gearsets and five clutches, creative packaging enables the GM-developed eight-speed automatic to fit the same space as the six-speed automatic in the Corvette Stingray. Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium make it more than eight pounds (4 kg) lighter than the six-speed. Along with design features that reduce friction, the 8L90 is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared with a six-speed automatic.

Track-proven structure and technologies
The 2015 Corvette Z06 leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with unique features and calibrations tailored for its capabilities.

“Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers to exploit every pound-foot of torque, every “g” of grip and every pound of downforce,” said Juechter. “It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that’s even more relevant with 650 horsepower at your beck and call.”

For the first time ever, the Corvette Z06’s aluminum frame will be produced in-house at General Motors’ Bowling Green assembly plant. It’s the same robust, lightweight frame used on the Corvette Stingray and it will be used essentially unchanged for the C7.R race cars.



The stiffer design of the aluminum frame allows the Corvette Z06 to be offered with a removable roof panel for the first time. With the lightweight, carbon fiber roof panel removed, the new Corvette Z06 offers 20 percent more structural rigidity than the previous model’s fixed-roof design. It is 60 percent stiffer than the previous model with the roof panel installed.

The new Z06 retains the SLA-type front and rear suspension design of the Corvette Stingray but is uniquely calibrated for the higher performance threshold. The third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard on Z06. They can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector.

Like the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including:
·         Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
·         Active handling (StabiliTrak electronic stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
·         Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
·         Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
·         Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The smart electronic limited-slip differential, or eLSD, is standard on the Z06 to make the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.

The eLSD is fully integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems. Its calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:
·         Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
·         Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner
·         Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.



Performance Data Recorder
The award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. It was developed with Cosworth, the motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system.

The PDR system includes three major components, all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette Z06’s interior. First is a high-definition camera, mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin. 

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder, which uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz, or cycles per second – five times faster than the in-dash navigation system, which allows more precise positioning and corner traces. Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Recording time depends on the capacity of the memory card, but an 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes, while a 32-GB card stores up to about 800 minutes – more than 13 hours of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:
  • Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time and more.
  • Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay but includes key data including speed and g-force
  • Touring Mode – simply records and displays video and audio of the drive with no data overlay
  • Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs.

The video can be viewed on the Corvette Z06’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites. For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.

Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar with 4G LTE
Chevrolet MyLink gives customers the best of both worlds when it comes to infotainment. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, SD cards and MP3 players, giving users more ways of staying connected. It is standard on all trim levels. 



Enhanced connectivity and convenience includes a Text Message Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

New OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers, for easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed data connection. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

The Corvette Z06 is built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

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2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 SPECIFICATIONS

Overview
Model:
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible
Body styles / driveline:
2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel or 2-door convertible; rear-wheel drive
Construction:
composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components
Manufacturing location:
Bowling Green, Ky.

Engine

LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc):
376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material:
cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
Valvetrain:
overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery:
direct injection
Lubrication system:
dry sump
Compression ratio:
10:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):
650 / 485 @ 6400 – SAE certified
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
650/ 881 @ 3600 – SAE certified
Max. engine speed (rpm):
6600
Recommended fuel:
premium required
GM-estimated fuel economy
TBD

Transmissions
Type:
Seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match
Paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
Gear ratios (:1)


     First:
2.97
4.56
     Second:
2.07
2.97
     Third:
1.43
2.08
     Fourth:
1.00
1.69
     Fifth:
0.71
1.27
     Sixth:
0.57
1.00
     Seventh:
0.48
0.85
     Eighth:
--
0.65
     Reverse:
2.90
3.82
Final drive ratio:
3.42
2.41

Chassis / Suspension
Front:
short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
Rear:
short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
Active handling:
Magnetic Selective Ride Control
Traction control:
StabiliTrak electronic stability control
Steering type:
variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
Steering gear ratio:
12.0 to 16.4
Turns lock to lock
2.53
Turning circle, curb to curb
(ft / m):
37.7 / 11.5



Brakes
Type:
front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece steel rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers; carbon ceramic matrix rotors with Z07 pkg.
Rotor diameter (in / mm):
front – Z06 : 14.6 / 371
front – Z06 w/Z07: 15.5 / 394
rear – Z06: 14.4 / 365
rear – Z06 w/Z07: 15.3 / 388
Rotor thickness (in / mm):
front – Z06 : 1.3 / 33
front – Z06 w/Z07: 1.4 / 36
rear – Z06: 1 / 25
rear – Z06 w/Z07: 1.3 / 33

Wheels / Tires
Wheel size:
front: 19-inch x 10-inch
rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
Tires:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (Z06)
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (Z07)
front: P285/30ZR19
rear: P335/25ZR20

Dimensions
Exterior
Wheelbase (in / mm):
106.7 / 2710
Overall length (in / mm):
176.9 / 4493
Overall width (in / mm):
77.1 / 1957
Overall height (in / mm):
48.6 / 1235 (coupe)
48.6 / 1235 (convertible)
Track (in / mm):
63 / 1600 (front)
61.7 / 1567 (rear)
Curb weight (lb / kg):
3524 / 1598 (coupe)
3582 / 1625 (convertible)
Weight distribution
(% front / rear):
50 / 50

Interior
Seating capacity
2
Headroom (in / mm):
38 / 962
Leg room (in / mm):
43 / 1092
Shoulder room (in / mm):
55 / 1397
Hip room (in / mm):
54 / 1371

Capacities
Interior volume (cu ft / L):
52 / 1475
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
Coupe: 15 / 425
Convertible: 10 / 283
Fuel capacity (gal / L):
18.5 / 70
Engine oil (qt / L):
9.75 / 9.2
Engine cooling system
(qt / L):
11.3 / 10.7

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication. Please visit http://media.gm.com for updates.  

SOURCE: GM MEDIA

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