May 2010 Corvette sales report was released today by General Motors and the good news is that deliveries are at their highest level since September 2009. 1,428 Corvettes were delivered in May compared to April 2010′s 1,089 Corvettes the month prior. Corvettes haven’t sold this well since the 1,585 Corvettes sold in September 2009. Compared to a year ago, sales are off -13.1% with 1,643 Corvettes sold in May 2009 and calendar year to date sales are down -18.9%.
As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
This Corvette ZR1 has been wrapped in the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee livery in anticipation for the GoldRush Rally that is being held over June 8-13, 2010. A General Lee themed Corvette is certainly over the top, however, that orange against the black wheels, headlights and carbon fiber splitter and rockers is stunning and I’m starting to question if this shade is better than the 2011 Corvette’s Inferno Orange.
The Monticello Motor Club is a new private race resort facility built on 650 acres in Monticello, New York – just 90 minutes outside of New York City. One of the configurations is a 3.5 mile road course consisting of 18 turns, 1.5 miles of straights and 450 feet total elevation changes. Today we find MMC member Jeff Gordon rocking a Corvette ZR1 at speeds up to 150 mph around the new track.
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.
The Corvette Dream Giveaway has made a splash over the last couple years with their series of unique Corvette raffles that has raised a lot of money for the Kids Wish Network. Today we learned that the Corvette Dream Giveaway has returned for 2010 and this year the raffle will pair a 2010 Brad Paisley Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 with a 1967 427/390 hp Corvette convertible Sting Ray.
Since the introduction of the dual mode performance exhaust on Z06 Corvettes back in 2006, owners have been doing this very simple mod to keep the NPP’s butterfly valves open so they can enjoy that deep exhaust rumble all the time. Since it’s such a popular and easy mod to do, we though we would make a quick video about the fuse and its location, as well as give you a couple of before and after sounds so you hear the difference.
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Corvette’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy rounded up three historic Le Mans racers for a special display at the ALMS race this weekend at Monterey’s Laguna Seca raceway. Here is a short video of the three Corvettes joining up with the #4 C6.R and the one of one 2011 50th Anniversary Le Mans Corvette Z06 for some promotional photos.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will mark the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first participation and class win at the world’s most prestigious sports car race. Chevrolet is celebrating this milestone with a salute to the Corvette legends of Le Mans at the American Le Mans Series race at Monterey this weekend.