General Motors released a batch of new images of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept. In the press release, Chevy gives the Transformer’s movie car the official name of “50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept”. The 50th Anniversary refers to the original Stingray racer built by Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1959.
We find the release of new images and a new name interesting to say the least. The Corvette Stingray Concept generated a tremendous buzz following the car’s appearance in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and allowed GM the opportunity to gauge widespread consumer reaction. GM’s global design chief Ed Welburn announced that one of the Corvette’s featured design elements, the iconic split rear window, will be used on the C7 Corvette due in 2012.
GM Press Release:
DETROIT: Chevrolet delivers a futuristic vision of technology and design with the 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept. A version of the model was first shown at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show and stars as â€œSideswipeâ€ in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The Corvette Stingray Concept represents both the iconic legacy and an exciting future for Corvette.
The Corvette Stingray Concept was developed as an internal design challenge to combine classic Corvette cues with surprisingly high-tech features, modern materials, and a striking new appearance. The car is well-appointed with a clamshell hood, scissor-style doors, ergonomic seats, rear-view camera with night vision enhancement, and a high performance hybrid drive. Interactive touch controls allow the driver to customize the power and efficiency of his or her ride and share it with friends via the in-car camera system and advanced telemetrics.