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?
I just got my April 2010 issue of Corvette Magazine and oh, snap! Guess what I saw? Gracing the cover is a 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Convertible. A car so rare, we’ll be talking about the record prices these special editions are sure to get at auctions sooner rather than later. Only 7 Black GT1 Convertibles were made and we are pretty sure that only one has been tuned by Callaway.
This C6 Corvette ends up precariously balanced on a telephone support wire following a collision with another car. The accident took place in Fountain Valley California last week. There were no injuries but the Corvette was messed up pretty bad. Check out additional photos after the jump.
The first sales report of the new year hit yesterday and the good news is that Corvette sales are up 1.4% over last year. January 2010 deliveries totaled 854 – 12 Corvettes more than the 842 sold in January 2009. Historically, Corvette sales tend to a breather in January anyway so we are okay with this number. The other significant number for the month is the availability of the Corvette ZR1. National inventories of the supercharged ZR1 have grown by 27% to 191 units.
One of the more popular fundraisers for The National Corvette Museum is their new Corvette raffles. I wanted to make sure to highlight this raffle coming up on Thursday as the entry price is something we can all afford. This 2010 Torch Red Corvette is being offered for just $10/ticket. And this isn’t some stripped down base model either. This Corvette features the 3LT package and includes delivery at the museum. Check out the Corvette’s specs after the jump and follow the links to order your tickets.