FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING
As the snow melts away (and seemingly reappears overnight) we're excited to deliver this first issue of the 6th volume of Ignition. Launched five years ago to provide Canadian automotive aficionados with engaging and entertaining features and reviews of the latest trends in new cars, motoring and motorsport, Ignition has been fortunate to enjoy many successes.
From Gold & Silver Canadian Cover Awards to AJAC Best Print Design awards to producing the #1 selling new vehicle guide in Canada for two years straight, we've been very fortunate to produce dozens of issues and special editions over the past 5 years with the support of our loyal readers, advertisers and contributors.
The publishing industry has changed dramatically from when I began in 1996 selling subscriptions for Performance Racing News, and we've changed along with it to best serve our audience throughout the past two decades. In an era with instant access to a seemingly endless amount of information, Ignition offers a carefully edited respite from the world of information overload. However, while Ignition is produced with ink on paper, it would not be possible without today's groundbreaking technologies which allow us to collaborate with contributors and readers across Canada and around the world to bring the best photos and articles together with award-winning design each issue. Ignition is not meant to be an all encompassing automotive source, but a focusing point for a much larger discussion that takes place online and in person across the country between automotive aficionados each day.
Spurring these conversations in 2018 will be longstanding Ignition contributors, including Lee Bailie, George Webster and Mark Hacking. This core editorial board will work to include even more contributors in 2018 than ever before. Is there something you want to see covered in our pages? Send us an email at email@example.com or connect with us on Facebook and let us know.
Speaking of the digital side of things, Ignition will be launching the online version of its successful New Vehicle Buyers' guide in 2018. Like its print counterpart, this mobile friendly shopping tool will help vehicle owners quickly compare features and cross-shop vehicles as part of their online research process. The digital version includes more details, photos and links to resources while continuing to adhere to the philosophy of less is more that has made the print Buyer's Guide Canada's #1 selling new vehicle magazine. Ignition's main website will also be relaunched to better reflect its evergreen-resource format with road trip advice, motorsport tv listings, vehicle maintenance tips and more. There are many excellent online sources for daily automotive updates, videos and news and we'll be announcing some great new partnerships in the coming months to help our readers who crave this daily dose of auto.
Ignition will be the Official magazine and exclusive publisher for the Honda Indy Toronto once again and to celebrate our 5th anniversary we have a special event planned prior to the race in July, details of which will be revealed at a later date. Its been a great five years and we couldn't have done it without an amazing team of contributors, designers, editors and readers like you. Here's to the next 5 years.
As you may have guessed by now, the 2019 ZR1 will be the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built.
In terms of the bodywork, Corvette engineers have sprinkled the ZR1 with lots of their finest aerodynamic magic dust.
It will come standard with a Low Wing, which is designed for maximum speed, while the optional two-way adjustable High Wing is designed for peak downforce for generating quick lap times at the track. The High Wing will generate about 950 pounds (431 kg) of downforce, which is roughly 60 percent more that the Z06 equipped with the Z07 Performance Package. Motorsports knowledge is also put to good use here as both wings are attached to the ZR1'S chassis for extra strength and stability, just like the championship-winning C7.R racecar that competes in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar series.
The High Wing is a part of the ZTK Performance Package which also includes a front splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires and unique chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning.
Other aero enhancements include Chevrolet's first-ever front underwing to add extra downforce, along with Zr1-specific front fascia that houses four new radiators and a carbon fibre hood that has a cut-out that allows for an exposed engine cover.
Like other Corvette models, the 2019 ZR1 will have a well-stocked interior that includes, among other things, a driver-focused cockpit with standard leather seats with sueded microfibre inserts. Heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats will be available, along with a carbon fibrerimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Bose audio, Performance Data Recorder and more.
In terms of other unique content, the 2019 ZR1 will be offered with a Sebring Orange Design Package, which includes a Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior finish, along with orange brake calipers, rocker and splitter accent stripes, seat belts, interior stitching and bronze aluminum interior trim.
The full 2019 ZR1 colour gamut will be fully fleshed out in the new year, but expect many of the same options offered on other Corvette models. Additional Zr1-specific schemes are possible.
The reveal was a static one, but there should be a slow dribble of footage showing the ZR1 in action as its Spring 2018 on-sale draws closer.
Will Ignition get to drive one? Hard to know for sure, but we're not holding our breath. I asked a GM Canada rep about the possibility of the ZR1 arriving on the press fleet – even briefly – and was told they aren't sure if they will be able to get one or not.
Canadian pricing and allocation isn't yet available, but the ZR1 will be a lowvolume car so it'll likely be a rare sight on our roads. I was told pre-orders haven't yet begun in Canada but should go live soon. GM Canada reps said pricing will be available closer to on-sale, so that likely means sometime in the new year.
For context, Corvette year-to-date sales in Canada are up almost 20 percent through the end of October and while the car's market remains small, with 1,908 units sold it is outselling more mainstream vehicles such as the Acura ILX, Lexus ES and Nissan Juke.
For those of us that care deeply about high-performance cars this is great news and it bodes well for the arrival of the 2019 ZR1.