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41Innotech reveals Corvette-based trackday racer

You're looking at the Innotech Aspiron, and while the name sounds like something you'd find on the shelf at a discount computer store, the car aims to be a legitimate track day warrior. The open-top two seater pulls parts from the Chevrolet Corvette and wedges them down in a skimpy chassis, wrapping it bodywork that reminds us of cars like the Hulme CanAm and Caparo T1. All told, Innotech says the car can weigh as little as 1,680 pounds depending on driver configuration, and with thrust from a r

57Corvette ZR1-powered Chevrolet Silverado has us feeling sleepy

Here we have the kind of sleeper that'll wake you up no time: a short-bed, four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado with an LS9 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. With dyno numbers of 510 horsepower and 504 pound-feet of torque, there's a jump of at least 205 hp and 169 lb-ft over the most powerful factory engine you can get in that truck.

492012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible is a topless powerhouse

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible was unveiled at the LA Auto Show with the same 580-horsepower LS9 V8 powerplant of the ZL1 Coupe, but with a stowable top. Team Chevrolet is happy to point out that this sledge-hammer-of-a-drop-top is the most powerful production Chevy ever produced in the brand's 100-year history, but its open air nature doesn't mean it's a performance slacker.

35You now live in a world with a ZR1-powered pickup truck

Stuffing engine A into automobile B has been part an enthusiast rite of passage for decades. Fast-forward to 2011, and someone has finally jumped to engine Z. Rather, they've taken the engine from a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and slung it betwixt the front fenders of a Silverado pickup truck.

22GM Perfomance Parts let you build your own 700-hp Camaro

2010 Chevrolet NeSmith LS9 Camaro – Click above for high-res image gallery

32Hennessey building ZR1-powered HPE700 Chevy Camaro Convertible

2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

36Video: Hennessey Venom GT dyno'd at 933 RWHP

Hennessey Venom GT – Click above to watch video after the jump

21Report: TVR rebirth hinges on hybrid tech and Chevrolet Corvette power

At long last, the question of exactly which American V8 the newly-resurrected TVR will use has been answered. As you might have guessed, the Russian-owned, English-bred racer will get a beating heart from none other than the mighty Chevrolet Corvette. The news hounds over at Autocar managed to snag a quick interview with the brand's owner, Nikolai Smolenski, who said that the GM eight-pot presented the most efficient and powerful solution to the company's engine concerns.

32Video: Hennessey Venom GT spied out in the open

Hennessey Venom GT spied in public – Click above to watch the video after the jump

27Autoblog builds an LS9 for someone's Corvette ZR1

Our completed LS9 V8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

41SEMA Preview: Chevrolet Camaro Z28, is that you?

How 2009 is this? Not only are you looking at what we're 99.99% sure is the brand spankin' new Chevrolet Camaro Z28, but we got sent the picture via Facebook. Pretty viral (or whatever), right? Also, that Z28 is sitting on the floor at SEMA, and there's an entire posse of us Autoblog types heading out to Sin City so we will be up close and way too personal with this bad-mutha Chevy shortly.

20Jackass: 1969 Camaro gets ZR1 heart transplant

The 1969 Camaro is one of the most iconic pony cars, and there are plenty of '69s on the road, many of which have been tweaked to provide more power than the impressive stock 427 big-block V8. However, none have been outfitted with the most powerful production GM engine in its 100-year history; the 638-hp LS9. That was true until the Jackass was completed.

76LS9 crate motor costs more than most cars

Click above for high-res image gallery of the LS9 engine

6For the kids: Help Mr. Stephens build a ZR1 engine

For many, General Motors' Mr Stephens' Engine Shop online game is full of metallic looking stuff, none of it discernibly purposeful. What you're working with are extracted parts of the LS9 engine that powers the Corvette ZR1. Unless your ZR1 is in the shop for catastrophic engine failure, these components aren't usually seen out on their own. The General's little game has you correctly identify the major pieces and awards a prize after three rounds of correct answers (or lucky guesses). So many

111SEMA Preview: GM Performance Parts 638-hp LS9 Crate engine

Click above for a high-res gallery of the LS9

18VIDEO: Birthing an LS9

Automobile Magazine was invited into General Motors Performance Build Center to watch and lightly assist in the buildup of a ZR-1's internal combustion heart. It takes four-and-a-half hours of real time to go from a bare block to a fire-breathing, supercharged LS9, but through the magic of sped-up video, it only takes seven minutes of your life. You won't come away with anything productive for that time, unlike the people in the video, who get the pleasure of creating a small-block V8, but it's

53Scientists create bacteria that eat junk, produce oil

A company called LS9 is creating nearly pump-ready oil using single-celled bacteria. They start with industrial yeast organisms or "non-pathogenic strains of E. coli," and redesign their DNA so that they produce a different kind of waste. Crude oil is not far removed, molecularly, from the fatty acids expelled by yeast or E. coli during fermentation, so a little bit of DNA alteration bypasses the fatty acids and produces "Oil 2.0."

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