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Corvette ZR1 Right Hand Drive

THE fastest roadgoing Chevrolet Corvette ever built, the 320 km/h supercharged ZR1, will be a star attraction at the 22nd National Corvette Convention in Perth over Easter.

The ZR1 will be displayed in right-hand drive form by Australia’s leading Corvette importer Performax International, which expects to receive full Australian Design Rule approval for the car soon, clearing it for sale and registration in all States and Territories.

Performax International undertook around 300 hours’ design and engineering work to build the prototype RHD Corvette in time for the National Corvette Convention, achieving factory-quality levels of fit, finish and derivability.

The work was completed at Performax International’s factory on the Queensland Sunshine Coast early this week before the car was loaded on a truck and transported to Perth.

“America’s own sports car has a wonderful heritage and owner community in Australia and Performax International is delighted to be a part of the 22nd National Corvette Convention with the fabulous ZR1,” Performax International General Manager Glenn Soper said.

“It’s fitting that Corvette club members from around Australia will be the first to see this right-hand drive version in public.”

The Chevy Corvette ZR1 features a supercharged, 6.2 litre GM LS9 motor producing 476 kiloWatts of power and 815 Newtonmetres of torque.

With a low kerb weight of 1510 kg thanks to an aluminium chassis and carbonfibre body panels, the ZR1 claims a power-to-weight ratio better than most of Europe’s fastest supercars, including the Porsche GT2, Ferrari 599 GTB and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640-4. Its top speed is around 320 kmh and 0-100 kmh acceleration time less than four seconds.

The Performax International ZR1 will be on display at the convention headquarters at the Rendezvous Observation City hotel at Scarborough from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

It also will join Corvettes driving into the city for a public “Show ‘n’ Shine” display between 10 am and 3 pm on Easter Saturday.

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