As we gear up for the 12 hours of Sebring, we’ve been hearing a lot from the folks at Corvette Racing about the benefits that racing brings to the production Corvettes. Chevy brings this prominent theme of track-to-street technology transfer a full circle with the announcement of a special Z06 that is born from the lessons learned in racing. Meet the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
Thousands of people each year come to the Chevrolet Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky & the nearby Corvette National Museum to get an inside look at the great American sports car.
Corvette owners can actually watch their vehicle in the process of being built and document its progress as it moves along the line. In many cases, the new owner can actually be the very first person to start it up!
Corvettes = Pride. From the company to the assembly workers to the owners taking delivery. This is where quality starts.
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In our final installment of our analysis of the 2009 Corvette market, we present an overview of the Corvette values by generation as documented by our Corvette pricing guru Bob Kroupa of VETTE-N-VESTMENTS.
As Corvette Racing gears up for the start of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, the team is releasing additional details regarding the changes needed for competing in the now unified GT class. The most notable change for the GT Corvettes is the new LS5.5R V8 engine. Built alongside its LS9, LS7 and LS3 dry-sump brethrens at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, this new LS7 based engine is slimmed down to 5.5 liters and delivers 485 horsepower at 5800 rpms.
Corvette sales hit a new low last month with just 624 Corvettes delivered during February 2010. That’s a decline of -39% from February 2009′s 1,027 sales figure and -26.9% off of January 2010′s 854 deliveries. A shortened selling period of 24 days combined with several winter storms that blanketed much of the country is to blame for the decline.
Retired 4-Star US Army General Richard Cody, former commander of the 101st Airborne and Army Vice Chief of Staff, recently toured the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is assembled. Cody was in town to pick up his new 2010 Grand Sport Convertible and took delivery of the Torch Red sports car at the National Corvette Museum across the street. The visit allowed the General to meet and greet the people responsible for building the new Corvette, many of whom are veterans themselves.
“The Supercharged 638 hp Corvette ZR1 with two Grand Sports”
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Goodyear’s latest Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires will be factory fitted on the 2011 Corvette Z06. The new Ultra-High Performance (UHP) tire is described as “Street-refined, but track-capable”. The tire has been tested on road courses throughout North America and will be available this summer.
I kind of feel bad for the guy. He just wanted to go fast. Did you hear those tires when he stomped on it?