We all know about the new owner drive away programs offered by many of the enthusiast-friendly vehicle manufacturers. For those that aren't familiar with it, you go to the factory, pick up your freshly built car, and then proceed to get acquainted with it on the glorious roads near its birthplace. This kind of program is very popular with owners and it's great PR for the manufacturers.
But what if you're looking for just a little more involvement?
For a princely sum of $5800, you can build either the LS7 or LS9 engine in either your own Corvette Z06 or ZR1. We're not sure why the price is so high, as it seems you're still responsible for airfare to Detroit to build the engine at the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. But once you're on location, Corvette will take care of the scheduling, lodging, transportation and meals for you. At least the little "Built-by" plaque affixed to every hand-built Corvette engine will have both your name as well as your supervisory technicians name on it.Once you're done with the build, the engine then gets shipped off to Kentucky for final assembly into its respective chassis: LS7 into Z06 and LS9 into ZR1.
As a Corvette owner, there are other activities that are available upon purchase of your new sports car. There's the Corvette plant tour, where you can watch your car being built at the Bowling Green assembly line and the Museum Delivery program, where you can just take delivery of the car at the end of the Bowling Green assembly line, at the Corvette Museum.
But our favorites are the ZR1 driving school, which take place at Bob Bondurant's Corvette Driving School in Arizona, or Ron Fellows' Corvette Performance Driving School located at in Pahrump, Nevada, about 45-minutes away from Las Vegas.