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Awards & Accolades

Report Ranks Corvette as Vehicle with Lowest Insurance Loss

Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute released a report on Insurance Loss for vehicles built between 2007-2009. Surprising just about everybody but us, it turns out Corvette owners average the lowest insurance losses.

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Corvette Racing: Vote for Doug Fehan!

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2010

Your emails to the American Le Mans Series nominating Corvette Racing’s program manager were answered and now Doug is one of five finalists for the coveted “From the Fans” award. Doug is currently running second in the voting so we need to get the word out to Corvette Racing fans everywhere to put him over the top.

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O'Connell and Beretta Nominated for ALMS Favorite Driver

American Le Mans has opened up voting for two of its most coveted postseason awards: the Most Popular Driver and From the Fan’s awards. The first round of voting is now open and Olivier Beretta and Johnny O’Connell will be representing Corvette Racing. The top three vote-getters move to a final round with the winner being announced at the end of the season awards banquet on Sunday, October 3rd.

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Corvette Named to KBB's 2010 Best Resale Value Top 10

According to Kelley Blue Book, Chevrolet’s Corvette is one of 2010′s top 10 vehicles for having the best resale value. The survey recognizes those vehicles based on their projected retained value five years from now.

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Corvette Shines in Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey

Chevrolet’s Corvette has once again made the Consumer Report’s Owner Satisfaction survey. Although specifics weren’t discussed, Corvette ranked third overall behind the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Rounding out the top 6 was the Porsche 911, Toyota Prius and the all-wheel drive Acura TL.

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1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

Every once in a while a custom Corvette will come along that knocks your socks off and this is definitely one of those moments. Named the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, this 1962 Corvette was built by The Roadster Shop for customer Barry Blomquist and showed at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where it apparently made a huge impression on the judges and crowd alike.

The custom Corvette is dubbed the “C1RS” and as you can see, very few of the original components remain. Just about every part of the body was custom built, from the aluminum front end to the hand-formed hood. Carbon fiber and billet trim are featured throughout the roadster while inside the cockpit, Italian read leather seats, alcantara suede accents and an aluminum dash complete the look.

Under the hood you’ll find an LS7 from Turnkey Engines that produces 618 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the Z06 engine is a T-56 transmission. The custom Corvette features a custom suspension components from Detroit Speed & Engineering while Brembo 14 1/2 inch, 6-piston brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year 1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

While technically a show car, this Corvette was built to go and that’s what it did at the Goodguy Nationals. Each of the entries is required to run 3 laps on the autocross course and this 1962 Corvette C1RS smoked the field of 31 competitors and came in first.

“We’ve had this car in our minds for a long time,” Jeremy Gerber smiled. “Our guys at the shop worked tirelessly over an entire year getting this car to Columbus. Barry Blonquist gave us the resources and opportunity to build our vision. We’re thankful to win this award for Barry and the Roadster Shop.”

The only disappointment we have is that we were only provided two photos. Hopefully one of the Corvette magazines will get together with The Roadster Shop’s Phil and Jeremy Gerber for a well deserved photo shoot. If that happens, we’ll be more than excited to share more of the 1962 Corvette C1RS with you.


Source:
GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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Corvette Coupe Tops Strategic Vision's 2009 Quality List

Just a week after JD Power announced the Chevrolet Corvette as the best Sports car, Strategic Vision’s 2009 Total Quality Awards bestows the same title on the 2009 Corvette Coupe. Not only did Corvette perform better than any other car in its “Premium Coupe” class, its score of 938 was higher than any other class winner in the survey.

The Strategic Vision survey gathers its results differently than JD Power. While JD Power surveys approximately four times as many consumers, Strategic Vision rates the positive and negative aspects of buying, owning and driving vehicles.

“The difference between products that generate consideration, build brands and increase sales versus those that do not,” says Dr. Darrel Edwards, chairman of Strategic Vision, “is often how much delight and love the product generates with its customers.”

Other GM vehicles that ranked well in the survey include the Pontiac G8 (899), the GMC Envoy (859) and the GTM Yukon XL (899). Below are all the class winners as ranked in the 2009 Strategic Vision Total Quality Awards:

Segment Winner(s) TQI Score
Small Car Ford Focus Sedan 877
Small Multi-Function Volkswagen Rabbit 889
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 891
Large Car Nissan Maxima 900
  Pontiac G8 899
Near-Luxury Car Volkswagen CC Sedan 923
  Audi A4 Sedan 922
Specialty Coupe Volkswagen New Beetle 924
Premium Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 938
Minivan Honda Odyssey 865
Entry Utility Volkswagen Tiguan 914
Mid-Size Crossover Utility Toyota Venza 925
Mid-Size Traditional Utility GMC Envoy 859
  Toyota 4Runner 858
Large Utility GMC Yukon XL 899
Near-Luxury Utility Infiniti FX 906
  Infiniti EX35 904
  BMW X3 904
Luxury Utility Land Rover Range Rover 920
Standard Pickup Honda Ridgeline 874
  Dodge Ram 1500 899


Source:
Motor Trend

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Corvette Makes Car & Driver’s 2008 10 Best Cars List

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Popular Mechanics Tests Corvette’s Fuel Efficiency

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2009

 Popular Mechanics Tests Corvette's Fuel Efficiency

Those who look at the Corvette and see a gas guzzling V8 sports car are usually unaware that the sport car’s EPA highway mileage rating is 26. Corvette owners who regularly drive their cars know this number to be on the low side. So Popular Mechanics recently got behind the wheel of a new C6 to test what they call Corvettes “most amazing talent…its astonishing fuel economy”.

Popular Mechanics chose a route from a gas station in Santa Barbara, California north along US Route 101 to Santa Maria and then back, a round trip of about 140 miles. The Corvette was a C6 model equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission. PM drove the Corvette on the freeway at 55 mph, 10 mph below the posted speed limit, using cruise control with the windows up, air conditioning off and vents open. The 18-gallon tank was filled with 91 octane gas.

At 55 mph, the Corvette’s tach showed a steady 1300 rpms, barely off-idle, but producing enough torque to maintain a constant speed on even some of the longer grades. According to the on-board computer, PM averaged 30.5 mpg with and average speed of 52.8 mph over the 142.8 miles. But it only took 4.358 gallons to refill the Corvette’s gas tank. That works out to 32.8 mpg!

So how does a sports car with a 6.2 liter 436 horsepower V8 get this kind of fuel economy? Popular Mechanics says the secret is the sixth gear in the transmission, which is an aggressive 0.50:1 overdrive that when combined with the 3.42:1 final drive ratio allows the engine to turn slowly at modest cruising speeds.

The availability of the low-end torque provided by the LS3 engine means that it doesn’t have to spin to high revs to make sure there is enough ft-lbs of torque on tap. Popular Mechanics compares this feat to the Ferrari F430 (EPA highway rating is 16 mpg) which believes the Italian sports car could not make the same trip without at least one downshift.

The thought of driving the Corvette at 10 mph under the posted speed limit sounds pretty boring though and the writers from Popular Mechanics said the same. Any vehicle driven conservatively will get better fuel economy than one driven hard and fast. That being said, Popular Mechanics sums up its fuel efficiency test by saying the Corvette’s “parsimonious performance likely can’t be duplicated by any other car with anywhere near the performance.”

Lastly, for you detractors out there that only see Corvette owners as out of touch with the environmental movement or being less green than say a hybrid owner, I urge you to visit the story at Popular Mechanics and read the comments coming from Corvette owners who share their real life stories of the Corvette’s most amazing talent – it’s astonishing fuel economy.


Source
Popular Mechanics

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2009 Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.

The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.

2009 World Performance Car finalists:

  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI

The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.


Source:
Jalopnik

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Clarkson Selects Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson Loves The Corvette ZR1

Readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I’ve harped on the Top Gear host about his over-the-top attitude when it comes to America and America’s sports car, the Corvette. Yet I find my opinion of Clarkson evolving as he surprises me once again by selecting the 2009 Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year.

I was downright down on Clarkson following is infamous review in 2006 of the Corvette Z06. But starting late last fall with Season 12 of Top Gear, it appears Jeremy has finally warmed to the Corvette and according to Clarkson, the Corvette ZR1 = Love.

Clarkson’s conversion (or epiphany) began in 2006 while making the Top Gear DVD “Everything Explodes”. While he had a million amazing cars on the set to drive, Jeremy says he most enjoyed driving a Corvette C6 Convertible so much that he used it to drive back and forth to the hotel every night.

Then he drove the 7.0-liter Corvette Zed 06, the Corvette he called typically American: “Rough-riding, uncouth, garish, brash and as tasteless as an onyx lavatory.” Despite the fact the Corvette Z06 is supported by leaf-springs, Clarkson was impressed with some of the technical’s like the magnesium engine tray that supports the 7.0 liter LS7 was moved back into the car which improved the weight distribution.

And then came the Corvette ZR1 which Clarkson said was the best performance car he’s driven all year…by some margin.

Clarkson takes a swipe at the USA by asking how come it took so long for Americans to make a car so good. But then he sums up the Corvette ZR1 with the following paragraphs:

The 638 hp from that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is impressive. But it’s the sheer surprise of the 638 hp that impresses most of all. In an Enzo, you know the grunt is there all the time because it shimmies and shakes. The Corvette does not. It’s softer than a C6. It’s as quiet as a Mondeo. It’s as well air-conditioned as a Rolls-Royce. Stabbing the throttle, then, is like lying in a hammock on a warm tropical evening and then suddenly falling out. You’re just not ready for the rush.

The bald figures tell some of the story. But 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and the top speed of 205 mph do not explain what it feels like when that onslaught comes out of nowhere, and you are watching the world go into hyperspace through a head-up display.

So as Clarkson’s opinion of the Corvette has evolved, so has my opinion of Clarkson. Still, despite acknowledging that Top Gear is a global brand and that cultural issues must be left aside to focus on the car, we get the following Clarksonism when he sums up his Corvette ZR1 = Love article:

“It’s a bloody good car. If I had a collection of automatic weapons, some attack dogs and a wife with tattoos, I’d have one like a shot.

Yep, Clarkson is evolving all right.

Thanks for the tip George!


Source:
Top Gear

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