Project Sacrilege: World’s First Automatic Corvette ZR1
by Keith Cornett
Really high performance sports cars like the Corvette ZR1 and Z06 always seem to come only with six-speed transmissions.
But not anymore.
On a forum post on Camaro5.com earlier this week, Howard Tanner, owner of Redline Motorsports, which bills itself as South Florida’s premier EFI performance shop, announced that his crew has been working hard to develop the world’s first ZR1 Corvette with an automatic transmission.
In this video posted Wednesday, we see that the automatic ZR1 registered 723 RWHP and 692 RWTQ on their dyno, then watch as the tires smoke on a nice burnout at the track.
Howard then takes the ZR1 down the track on a quest to hit the 9′s on the quarter-mile, a feat accomplished on the third pass.
Despite the hot, humid 80-plus degree weather with a DA of nearly 2000 feet above sea level, the automatic ZR1 recorded back to back times of 9.8 in the quarter, reaching more than 139mph!
?We are still making changes today and back to the track before we ship the car up to New York where we expect faster times,? Howard posted on the forum Wednesday.
We’ll keep an eye out for more information on this historic Corvette ZR1.