The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette engine can be manufactured by the owner
People usually think that once the key is in the hands of the car owner, the experience of buying an exotic car begins. To remind some avid Seinfeld audiences, the idea of Kramer’s pizza restaurant is to let you make your own pizza, and General Motors will provide buyers of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and ZR1 with an option to experience the birth of their vehicles firsthand. Under the new initiative, the ultimate Corvette owner can choose to be closely involved in engine manufacturing, and they are a model of great American sports cars. Chevrolet Corvette’s engine manufacturing experience is especially suitable for performance enthusiasts who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, providing customers with the opportunity to add the ultimate experience to the V-8 powerplant.
Assisting in the construction of either the Z06’s 505 horsepower LS7 engine or the ZR1’s 638 horsepower LS9 powerplant, individuals taking part in the Engine Build Experience adventure starts as a General Motors concierge arranges travel plans to the Wixom, Michigan Performance Build Center (PBC). An expenses paid trip, the Corvette owner will be led into the engine assembly where construction will commence under the guidance of a special supervisor and the helping hands of GM technicians. Largely hand-built powerplants, the Corvette V-8 engines are assembled like a precision puzzle. Once built, the engine has a personalized nameplate affixed signifying the name of the Engine Build Experience participant.
As the completed Chevrolet powerplant is sent down to the famed Bowling Green, Kentucky final assembly plant of the Corvette, the owner is offered the additional benefits of touring the manufacturing facility as their car is being built and later the chance to accept delivery of their Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or ZR1 at the National Corvette Museum. Going from work to play, Corvette owners will also have a choice to attend one of two popular driving schools. New Chevrolet Corvette drivers can opt for either Bob Bondurant’s Corvette Driving School situated in Arizona or Ron Fellows’ Corvette Performance Driving School in Nevada.
Recognizing involvement in building a 500-plus horsepower V-8 engine your every own car can be a worthwhile adventure, it is still a rich development that Chevrolet can actually charge buyers for the privilege of being an auto worker. Adding $5,800 to the 2011 model year Corvette Z06 or ZR1 sticker price, this price is about the equivalent to almost 6 weeks salary of a General Motors assembly line employee. Although the call to be part of a Chevrolet Corvette construction is a life experience, few other cars would inspire this passion. I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine too many Chevrolet Aveo customers with either the time nor the hearted desire to be part of building the 1.6 liter inline, 4-cylinder engine.
In a final note, Corvette buyers opting for the Engine Build Experience will be comforted to know their work will not void your 2011 Corvette’s warranty. A 5-year or 100,000 mile warranty continues to be honoured.
Source of information and photos: General Motors
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