One of the highlights of attending the 12 Hours of Sebring are the seminars put on by the Corvette production team. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles made the trek from Detroit and brought down several Corvettes to show off to the faithful in the Corvette Corral including the new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible with the 60th Anniversary Package.
The video opens with Tadge and Harlan talking about the new 427 Convertible and the various engineering feats needed to put the LS7 into a convertible body. We learned its curb weight was 3,355 lbs and that the 427 Convertible’s power to weight ratio was better than the Ferrari California, Porsche turbo convertible and the Audi V8 R10 spider. Harlan also filled us in on some of the new features and options appearing on the 2013 Corvette like the new Night Race Blue color and a complete lineup of black wheels.
Another special Corvette they brought down to show off was the Ron Fellows Torch Red Hall of Fame Tribute Z06 that was displayed last year at the Corvette Museum’s Anniversary celebration as well as appearing at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch booth at SEMA.
Before turning over the presentation to questions and answers, Tadge introduced another Corvette Hall of Fame member Joe Spielman who told a few good stories. Joe ended his talk by saying “When I go off to that happy hunting ground in the sky, I’m taking a Corvette with me!”
As the Q & A session started, we heard from owners about their favorite colors (Blue) and a color they most want to see on a Corvette (Green), as well as their favorite engine sizes (the V8).
Finally, after a C7 question from Ron Fellows, Tadge proclaimed that although he wasn’t going to talk about future products (C7), he would show us one part that comes from the C7 Corvette. Tadge just happened to have that one part in his pocket, which he pulled out and displayed to the crowd for about a second. With everyone laughing, he said he wasn’t going to tell us what it is, but described the part as very finely machined, lightweight and very expensive. The picture above shows the Tadge holding the C7 part.
A special thanks to Jake Drennon of the C5/C6 Registry for providing the video.