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Awards & Accolades

2009 Corvette Makes Car And Driver’s 10Best List

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2008

The 2009 Corvette Makes Car and Driver's 10Best List

Car and Driver’s staff continue to show the love to Corvette by including the standard Coupe and Convertible on the magazine’s 2009 “10Best” list. Despite falling head over heels for the new Corvette ZR1, the supercharged 638-horsepower doesn’t make this list due to its base price being $34 grand north of the $71,000 MSRP cutoff. That same cutoff drops another previous Corvette inductee off the 2009 list, the 505-horsepower Z06.

But despite the fact the two performance models – the ZR1 and Z06 – didn’t make the list but the standard 430-hp Coupe and Convertible did says something about the magic that is Corvette. Listen up Congress – Car and Driver says they were “impressed by the ongoing improvements in Corvette assembly quality, materials and everyday comfort.” Fact is, the Chevrolet Corvette “continues to deliver a level of performance and stlye that’s unbeatable for the money.”

Hopefully, some members of Congress are subscribers to Car and Driver and will read in the January 2009 issue that an American automaker does make a quality, fuel efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Unfortunately, the only way some members of Congress would ever see Corvette quality first hand is to get run over by Robert Novak, but now I’m ranting. Sorry.

This is the third straight year that Corvette has made the “10Best” list. Last year’s list included the Corvette Z06 while in 2006 the standard Coupe was listed.

The only other American-made car to make the Car and Driver “10Best” list is the 2009 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. But the Car and Driver also points out that while Cadillac coined the phrase “American Standard of the World”, in the world of sports cars, those words describe the 2009 Corvette. We couldn’t agree more.


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Car and Driver

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Corvette Racing: Team Celebrates Post-Seasons Awards

by Keith Cornett on October 25, 2008

Doug Fehan (left) accepts the From the Fans award from ALMS found Don Panoz

Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan was presented with the From The Fans Award at the American Le Mans awards ceremony following last weekend’s season finale, the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca. Mike West, crew chief for the #4 Corvette C6.R was named GT1 Mechanic of the Year. Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell won the GT1 drivers championship and Chevrolet took home the GT1 manufacturers championship trophy for the eighth straight year.

Fehan’s win of the From the Fans award is significant because it’s determined by ALMS fans in online voting. The purpose is to award the person who has made the greatest contribution to sports car racing in the year. Fehan was very busy this year as one of the most visible supporters of the Green Challenge initiative. Doug also helped raise more than $6,000 in the Corvette Challenge Bike Race to Fight Cancer which benefited the Lance Armstrong Foundation by racing C6.R driver Oliver Gavin in a lap around Road America.

“Each and every one of our team members knows how to take care of our fans – not only our fans, but all fans,” said Fehan. “Anybody who visits Corvette Racing knows that hospitality is our No. 1 priority. We try to make everyone feel at home.”

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen won the GT1 drivers championship. This was the third time O’Connell won award, and his first with teammate Jan Magnussen. Johnny came within three votes of winning the Most Popular Driver award.

“Jan and I were teamed together in 1999 with another marque, and we never got that second season,” said O’Connell. “I’m so grateful to everyone at Chevrolet for giving us the opportunity to realize what I thought would have happened in 2000. I’m blessed that throughout my career I’ve had great teammates, guys that I could push and that could push me. To all the great champions, whether you won or not, it’s an honor for all of us to compete with you week in and week out.”

The GT1 Mechanic of the Year went to Mike West, crew chief of the #4 Corvette C6.R. The recipient is selected by the pit lane and technical staffs of the IMSA. This was Mike’s first time to win the prestigious award.

Finally, Corvette Racing claimed its eight consecutive team title in the GT1 class. GM’s Racing Director Mark Kent accepted the manufacturers trophy and said the following:

“Corvette Racing has achieved remarkable results in 10 years of competition in the GT1 category,” Kent said. “The 2008 season marks the end of one chapter in Corvette Racing history, and the beginning of a new chapter as we move into the GT2 category in 2009. We look back at our past success with pride, and we look forward to new challenges with determination to succeed. We anticipate great competition, and I can think of no team that is better prepared for that challenge than Corvette Racing.”



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Corvette Racing

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Car and Driver’s Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test Results

by Keith Cornett on October 9, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

While many of the major car magazines have test driven the new 6.2L supercharged Corvette ZR1 and dubbed it the “Best Vette Ever”, Car and Driver took their test drive a step further by strapping their measuring equipment into the newest Corvette and recorded the first performance data by a neutral party. The verdict? How about one of the best super cars ever!

How’s this grab you for performance:

  • Zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
  • Zero to 100 mph in 7.6 seconds
  • 11.5 seconds, 128-mph quarter mile

Oh, but there is so much more. On the skidpad, the Corvette ZR1 pulled 1.07 g’s and those massive 15.5 inch ceramic rotors stopped the Blue Devil from 70 mph in just 142 feet – the shortest stopping distance Car and Driver ever recorded for a production car. The editors claim they tried to reach the Corvette ZR1s maximum velocity of 205 mph but ran out of room.

Calling the Corvette ZR1 the “giddy bargain among ultra high-performance automobiles”, the Car and Driver team says just one “stab of the accelerator pedal should serve as a reminder that not only is the ZR1 the best Corvette ever, but it is among the best sports cars available today.”

Check out the full review where some of the worlds best super cars including the Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, Dodge Viper and the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano are compared to the new King of the Hill, the 2009 Corvette ZR1.


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Car and Driver

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Corvette Racing: Vote for Fehan, O’Connell in 2008!

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2008

Corvette Racing's Johnny O'Connell following the St. Petersburg Grand Prix

It’s time to vote for this year’s American Le Mans Series “From The Fans” awards. The Corvette Racing team’s fearless leader Doug Fehan has been nominated so drop what you’re doing and vote for GoDoug now! Doug has been with team since 1999 and has helped lead Corvette Racing to eight consecutive GT1 championships in the American Le Mans Series and five class wins at Le Mans. Nobody deserves this award more than Doug.

As fans, we can also vote for the Most Popular Driver Award and I will make no bones about throwing my support behind Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell. O’Connell has been doing some of his best driving this year and has led the #3 Corvette C6.R team to the top of the GT1 Drivers Championship. Johnny is a Two-time ALMS GT1 champion, 35 career ALMS wins, seven Sebring 12-hour class victories, holds ALMS records for most starts (93) and most podium finishes (70).

Fan voting is open until Sunday, October 5th, the end of Petit Le Mans weekend. Voting by the fans will determine this year’s winner. The award will be presented at the season-ending banquet in Monterey, California on the day after the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Show your support to Corvette Racing! Vote for Doug Fehan and Johnny O’Connell!


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AmericanLemans.com

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Corvette Earns Edmunds.com Consumers Top Rated Award

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe

Another week, another award for the 2008 Corvette. Last week it was Corvette Convertible that won Strategic Visions Total Quality Award for “Convertibles over $30,000“. This week, it’s the Coupes turn as visitors to Edmunds.com made the 2008 Corvette the Consumer’s Top Rated “Coupe over $45,000″. The Edmunds.com Consumer’ Top Rated award is the result of thousands of people’s opinions about their cars so this award says much about the owners of Corvettes and their expressed level of satisfaction about their car. Read on to see what Edmunds.com says about the 2008 Corvette.

In selecting the winner of each class, the editors of Edmunds.com gives each winner a write-up faithfully describing the ownership experience. Here is what they said about the 2008 Corvette Coupe:

Most exotics are hobbled by two significant flaws. The first is an exorbitant price tag. The second is a proclivity for being temperamental; these traits make many of these cars poor choices for those in search of a daily driver. Enter the Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to being a slice of pure Americana, this coupe offers world-class performance at a price that’s thousands more affordable than others in its class. It also boasts the sort of rock-solid dependability that makes it an excellent choice for everyday driving. Consumers have expressed appreciation for the Corvette’s impressive interior comfort and its head-up display. The car’s distinctive styling also earns it a special place in many hearts. Then, of course, there’s the prodigious power offered by its 6.2-liter and 7.0-liter V8s. Gushed one consumer: “Acceleration is instantaneous and onlookers are plentiful.” Yep — that about sums up the Corvette’s one-of-a-kind allure.


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Edmunds.com

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2008 Corvette Convertible

Strategic Vision has released their annual Total Quality Awards and the 2008 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles over $30,000″ class besting 3 models from Mercedes-Benz and the BMW Z4 Roadster with a score of 940. This is the second year in row that the Corvette Convertible has won this class, and like last year, finished second overall behind the 950 scored by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Luxury Sedan. The score represents new vehicle owner satisfaction.

The top 5 of the Convertibles over $30,000:

  1. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (940)
  2. Mercedes-Benz SL (939)
  3. Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet (909)
  4. BMW Z4 Roadster (907)
  5. Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (891)

A number of prominent 2008 cars were not included in the results as Strategic Vision claims that the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient to be included.

Quality and owner satisfaction are two hallmarks of the latest generation of Corvettes. This year’s total quality index score of 940 is up 10 points over 2007′s quality score of 930.

Chevrolet also scored a class win in large pickups with two models tying for the top class score. The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 and the Silverado 1500 both had a total qaulity index score of 880.


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Strategic Vision

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The 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8

On May 7th, 62 renowned motoring journalists from 30 countries will gather at the Engine Expo 2008 in Stuttgart Germany to cast their ballots for “The International Engine of the Year Award”. Competition is always stiff and for engineers of the respective nominees, bragging rights for winning the world’s best engine is the crowning achievement following years of development and testing.

Corvette’s 6.2L Supercharged LS9 has been an internet sensation since the first spy photos of the ZR1 were published. Early on in the LS9′s development, GM’s engineers targeted 100 horsepower per liter and the engine is currently billed as producing 620 total horsepower and 595 pounds of torque. But the signature feature of the LS9 is the engine’s ability of creating more power at lower RPM’s. The engine produces 300 hp at 3,000 rpm. Those in the know say that as horsepower rises the torque curve just keeps going up with no sign of leveling.

But the LS9 will have some steep competition if it looks to bring home the Engine of the Year Award from Stuttgart. The Internet’s newest sensation, the Nissan GT-R, has its 3.8L twin turbo V6 is in the running as well as Mitsubishi’s 2.0L twin turbo I4 (Mitsubishi EVO X), Audi’s 5.2L V10 (Audi S8) and BMW’s 4.0L V8 (BMW M3).

Ballots will be counted on May 7th and we’re pulling for our boys from GM and their spectacular 6.2L Supercharged LS9 V8 engine.


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AutoBlog.com

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2008 Corvette Convertible

It’s awards season again and no I’m not talking about the Oscars. Intellichoice crunched the numbers once again and Chevrolet scored three out of eight categories. Winning the category of Best Car Value over $24,000 was the 2008 Corvette Convertible. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab 4WD won Best Truck Value over $27,000 and the Chevrolet Express 1500 won the Best Van Value over $25,000. The Toyota Prius won the Best Car Value under $24,000.

The Best Overall Value of the Year awards are given to those vehicles that deliver outstanding value and lower than expected costs. Intellichoice evaluates what it costs to own and operate a vehicle over time and category winners are recognized for their lower cost of ownership compared to other competitive models in the same class.

The 2008 Corvette Convertible was also named as Best Overall Value in the Sport class. Check out the full list at Intellichoice.com


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Intellichoice.com

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

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2007

The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleIf it seems like Corvette is always making Car and Driver’s annual 10 Best Cars List, that’s because it has earned a spot on the coveted list for seven years straight. Calling the Corvette a poster car for continual development, the new 2008 Corvette boasts 22 significant updates over last year’s entry. Car and Driver’s staff focuses more on the improvements they say are dynamic to the driving experience. While they liked the upgrades to interior, especially the wrap-around leather option, it’s the upgrades to the steering, manual shifter and the clutch that won them over for the seventh straight year. Oh and let’s not forget the fact that Corvette’s mid-cycle upgrade included the new 6.2 liter LS3 engine that expands the horsepower envelope from 400 to 430. Everyone loves more ponies and the 2008 Corvette delivers. Car and Driver calls the Corvette one of the world’s best high performance buys. Here is the full list of cars that made Car and Driver’s 10 Best List for 2008: BMW 3- Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Malibu
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Mazda MX-5
Mazdaspeed 3
Porsche Boxter/Cayman
Volkswagen GTI
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Kelley Blue Book Includes 2008 Corvette Z06 in Top 10 Resale List
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The 2008 Corvette Z06Kelly Blue Book has released their list of 2008 model year vehicles with the best resale value and Corvette was front and center. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the inclusion of the Corvette Z06 in the newly created High Performance category. Last year’s survey omitted that category, but still said this about the 2007 Corvette Z06:

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards exclude expensive, high-performance, low-volume vehicles, because of the program’s emphasis on serving the typical consumer. The No. 1 vehicle would have been the 2007 Corvette ZO6, holding the greatest percentage of its original value after a five-year ownership period.
This is what Kelley Blue Book says about the 2008 Corvette Z06 in this year’s survey:
Replace the standard Corvette’s 430-horsepower V8 with a 505-horsepower V8—an engine hand-assembled by a single technician—and you’ve got what many consider the best of the best in American sports cars. The added power is managed by a reworked suspension that delivers improved handling with very little sacrifice in highway ride comfort.
In addition to the Corvette Z06 holding the best resale title in the High Performance Category, Chevrolet’s Corvette also got the nod in the top 10 list for 2008 vehicles with the Best Resale Value.
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