Car Feature: EVIL ZR1

photos by: Scott Schwartz / video by: Sam McConnell

In a World of C7s, One Man is Waving the C6 ZR1 banner Loud and Proud

The King of the Hill — it’s what the ZR1 Corvette had been referred to since its initial, C4-based launch for the 1990 model year. Packing a [initial] 385hp naturally-aspirated DOHC LT5 small-block, built with the help of Lotus and Mercury Marine, the ZR1 would go on to be become the ultimate off-the shelf Corvette through its run until the end of the 1995 model year.

We wouldn’t see another Corvette wear the ZR1 badge until 2009 — seemingly a lifetime in car years. By that time, the 400hp that the last ZR1 had exited with, was no longer even deemed adequate for a base model Corvette. The entry-level Corvette was good for 430hp and the Z06 was cracking out an underrated 505hp by 2009, so if there was going to be a new King of the Hill, it had better be packing some real oats!

Leaving the factory with the 638hp supercharged LS9, the C6 ZR1 not only featured the most powerful engine ever found in a Corvette at that time, but allowed endless amounts of tunability for tuners and enthusiasts alike. The car was incredible as-delivered, but with factory boost on-hand, the sky was the limit. One C6 ZR1 owner, Chris Lazzo, is one such enthusiast.

Having previously owned a couple of boosted Fords and a C5 Z06, it was only a matter of time where those two worlds will ultimately collide in one form or another. Chris picked up the car just over a year ago, pretty much bone stock. Since the acquisition, the ZR1 now packs a big punch, while utilizing very little in terms of upgrades.

Under the hood, you’ll find an LS9 with a forged stock bottom end, but one that relies on a BTR Stage 3 camshaft, CNC-ported LS9 heads and even the stock blower up top. The OE blower has been ported by Kong Performance, and a 14% underdrive pulley, 2.3-inch blower pulley and KP Racing intercooler water inlets have been implemented into the recipe. A Lingenfelter cold-air induction kit, with a Wilson 102mm throttle body helps the ZR1 breathe a little easier — especially since there’s 20-psi. of boost on tap.

Fuel consumption has been upgraded rather modestly; with eight massive Injector Dynamics 160-lb./hr injectors quitting fuel into each of the cylinders.

On the opposite end, Kooks long-tube headers with 1-3/4 inch primaries paired with a Kooks X-pipe and the OEM mufflers lend a perfect balance of flow, sound and durability to the exhaust system. If boost wasn’t enough, Chris took it up to 11 with the help of a Nitrous Outlet 350hp shot wet kit, dialed in with a Lingenfelter progressive controller.

Incredibly, the transmission and the LS9 clutch are still untouched, however, the flywheel has since been swapped with a unit from SPEC. Partnered up with the OEM clutch, this makes for one fairly stout drivetrain. Now Chris was so content with his ZR1’s suspension system, that he has elected to leave it all well enough alone and focus on the brakes.

Utilizing the factory 6-piston Brembo calipers, the ZR1 has since been upgraded with carbon ceramic rotors that are much-needed in bringing this blown beast to a halt in a hurry. The blue calipers match the badging, while they stay tucked away behind a set of 18-inch Forgestar rollers, wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber at all four corners.

Thanks to all of this mouthwatering hardware, HP Tuners software and the wizards at Proxses Tuning for their tuning abilities, the ZR1 laid down a very respectable 1048hp  and 1125 of torque to the rear wheels. That’s enough to rip your face off, or run the quarter-mile in 9.89 at 148mph. But what’s particularly interesting is that the car isn’t even built for the 1320-foot stretch, but rather, the standing half-mile runs of the East Coast.

As Chris pointed in the video above, the Corvette is taking part in racing competition of a different breed these days, as we’ve seen in previous features. The ultimate goal is to eventually eclipse 200 mph but for now, he’s just breached 185 mph during a trip at a WannaGoFast event in Virginia. With some more work, tuning and a bit of weight reduction, we’re sure he’ll ultimately achieve his goal!



  • CAR: 2010 Corvette ZR1
  • OWNER: Chris Lazzo
  • CRANKSHAFT: LS9 (forged)
  • PISTONS: LS9 (forged)
  • CONNECTING RODS: LS9 (titanium)
  • CAMSHAFT: BTR Stage 3 boost grind
  • CYLINDER HEADS: LS9 (CNC-ported)
  • INDUCTION: Wilson 102mm throttle body, Lingenfelter cold-air intake
  • POWER ADDER: Stock LS9 supercharger; ported by Kong Performance, 14% under drive pulley, 2.3-inch blower pulley
  • BOOST: 20 psi.
  • INTERCOOLER: Stock, KP Racing intercooler water inlets
  • NITROUS: Nitrous Outlet 350hp shot; wet kit, Lingenfelter progressive controller
  • IGNITION: Stock coil packs and spark plug wires
  • EXHAUST: Kooks long-tube 1-3/4 headers and X-pipe, stock mufflers
  • FUEL DELIVERY: Injector Dynamics 160-lb injectors, stock pump
  • OILING: Stock
  • TUNING: HP Tuners; tuned by Proxses Tuning
  • TRANSMISSION: Stock; MGW shifter
  • CLUTCH: Stock clutch, SPEC flywheel
  • SHIFTER: Stock
  • REAREND: Stock
  • BRAKES: Stock calipers, carbon ceramic rotors
  • WHEELS: Forgestar (18-inch diameter)
  • TIRES: Mickey Thompson; Drag SS (rear0
  • HP/TQ.: 1048/1125
  • 1/4-Mile E.T.: 9.89 at 148mph

Share this post


Add yours
  1. asmr 10 April, 2021 at 06:38 Reply

    After checking out a number of the blog articles on your web site,
    I really like your technique of blogging. I
    book marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will
    be checking back in the near future. Please check
    out my web site as well and let me know your opinion. asmr 0mniartist

  2. 0mniartist 11 April, 2021 at 16:48 Reply

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this superb blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and
    adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to
    fresh updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon! asmr 0mniartist

  3. 0mniartist 12 April, 2021 at 07:53 Reply

    Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog
    and wished to say that I’ve truly loved surfing around your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing in your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon! asmr

  4. 15 April, 2021 at 19:29 Reply

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site. Do
    you ever run into any browser compatibility
    issues? A handful of my blog readers have complained about my blog
    not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.

    Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?
    asmr 0mniartist

  5. asmr it 29 April, 2021 at 03:45 Reply

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites
    I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always helpful to read articles from other writers and use a little something from other sites.

  6. my asmr 29 April, 2021 at 11:09 Reply

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!

    Very useful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot.
    I was seeking this certain information for
    a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  7. but gamefly 3 May, 2021 at 20:55 Reply

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog.
    Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog visitors have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera.
    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this problem?

  8. it asmr 7 May, 2021 at 20:52 Reply

    What’s up to all, how is all, I think every
    one is getting more from this website, and your views are good in support of new people.

  9. asmr with 8 May, 2021 at 21:11 Reply

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to
    create your theme? Excellent work!

  10. 16 May, 2021 at 20:17 Reply

    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and in depth information you offer.
    It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that
    isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Excellent read!
    I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to
    my Google account. scoliosis

  11. dating sites why 25 May, 2021 at 23:47 Reply

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any
    issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it
    looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help reduce
    content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  12. free dating sites our 26 May, 2021 at 08:19 Reply

    What i don’t understood is if truth be told how you are no longer actually a lot more smartly-favored than you might be now.
    You’re so intelligent. You recognize thus considerably on the subject of this matter, produced me individually believe it from so many numerous angles.
    Its like women and men aren’t interested unless it’s
    one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs excellent.
    At all times deal with it up!

  13. free dating sites off 29 May, 2021 at 05:11 Reply

    Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your theme. Cheers

  14. surgery scoliosis and 30 May, 2021 at 09:57 Reply

    I feel that is among the so much significant info for me.
    And i’m happy studying your article. However want to commentary on few normal things, The site style is great,
    the articles is really great : D. Just right activity, cheers

  15. scoliosis surgery your 30 May, 2021 at 20:32 Reply

    Hi there very cool web site!! Guy .. Beautiful ..
    Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds
    also? I’m happy to search out so many useful info right here in the put up, we’d like work out more techniques on this regard,
    thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  16. free dating sites of 31 May, 2021 at 12:56 Reply

    Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your web site in web explorer, may
    check this? IE still is the market leader and a good part of people will pass over your
    magnificent writing because of this problem.

  17. 1 June, 2021 at 22:48 Reply

    I absolutely love your site.. Excellent colors & theme.
    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my own personal blog and would love to know where you got this from or just what the theme is
    named. Many thanks!

  18. 12 August, 2021 at 07:40 Reply

    You have made some good points there. I
    checked on the net to find out more about the issue
    and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  19. but ps4 games 23 August, 2021 at 16:24 Reply

    Hola! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally
    got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx!
    Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic

  20. web hosting their 28 August, 2021 at 11:20 Reply

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave
    it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside
    and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  21. 31 August, 2021 at 10:04 Reply

    I got this web page from my buddy who informed me about this web
    site and now this time I am visiting this website and reading
    very informative content at this time.

  22. 5 September, 2021 at 20:29 Reply

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read
    more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly

  23. phd access 23 September, 2021 at 12:20 Reply

    I usually made use of to check piece of writing in information papers but now as I am a person of Net hence from now I am utilizing Internet for content or assessments, thanks to web.

  24. NYC NY Moving companies 26 September, 2021 at 03:21 Reply

    A powerful share! I have just forwarded this on to a colleague who was undertaking just a little investigation on this. And he in truth bought me lunch on account of the fact that I stumbled on it for him… lol. So enable me to reword this…. Thank YOU for that food!! But yeah, thanks for paying a while to take a look at this matter here on your internet site.

  25. ANWALT aus Essen 4 October, 2021 at 09:23 Reply

    Howdy just wished to give you A fast heads up. The text as part of your content appear to be functioning from the screen in Opera. I’m not sure if that is a format problem or a little something to accomplish with browser compatibility but I believed I’d publish to let you already know. The layout appear terrific even though! Hope you have the issue solved before long. Quite a few many thanks

  26. Ads Agentur Google 8 October, 2021 at 21:35 Reply

    Many thanks , I have just been trying to find information about this subject for a while and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered until now. But, what with regard towards the summary? Have you been good with regard to the provision?

  27. site traffic 12 October, 2021 at 14:54 Reply

    I really adore your blog site.. Pretty awesome colors & theme. Did you build This website yourself? Please reply again as I’m hoping to produce my incredibly have web site and would want to know where you obtained this from or what precisely the theme is named. Many thanks!

  28. Quincy Fishburn 7 November, 2021 at 19:27 Reply

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon. Many thanks|

  29. Kermit Wraight 22 November, 2021 at 03:29 Reply

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired! Extremely helpful info particularly the last phase 🙂 I care for such information much. I was seeking this certain information for a long time. Thanks and best of luck. |

Post a new comment