Two racing icons will unite when Lance Armstrong , seven-time Tour de France winner, drives the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2006 . For a record 17th time, a Chevy will pace the race, and itâ€™s the eighth time for a Corvette to be leading the pack.
Neither Armstrong nor the Corvette is a stranger to elite endurance racing. Armstrong won seven consecutive Tour de France titles, and the Corvette Z06 pace car heâ€™ll be driving is based on the C6.R Corvette racer that has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four out of the past five years.
“Weâ€™re proud that this yearâ€™s Indianapolis 500 will showcase the new 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 and honored that it will be driven by another racing iconâ€”Lance Armstrong,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. “The 2006 Corvette Z06 is infused with technology from our own endurance racerâ€”the four-time Le Mans winning C6.R Corvette race carâ€”and having it play such a key role at this important event acknowledges the significance the vehicle has played in American culture for more than 50 years.”
As the No. 1-ranked cyclist in the world in 1996, Armstrong competed as a member of the U.S. Cycling Team in the Summer Olympic Games. While seemingly at the top of his game, he was literally forced off his bike because of cancer. He formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation within months of his diagnosis to help others with their cancer struggles.
Armstrong then staged an incredible comeback, winning his first Tour de France title in 1999. After seven consecutive victories, Armstrong retired following the 2005 race and continues to be a leader and activist on behalf of cancer survivors around the world. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has become among the most influential organizations of its kind and provides practical information and tools people need to battle cancer and live strong through education, advocacy, public health programs and research grants.
The 2006 Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Indy 500 pace car is virtually identical to the models available today through local Chevrolet dealerships. Because the production Corvette is so racing-ready with 505 horsepower capable of 198 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, sophisticated aerodynamics, a suspension that can handle 1.01 Gs in cornering situations and large 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are a foot wide in the rear, the only changes made to prepare it for this yearâ€™s role were the addition of strobe lights and racing safety gear.
With the Indianapolis 500 being such a classic American race during Memorial Day Weekend and with Chevyâ€™s “An American Revolution” campaign, the Corvette Z06 pace car features an Americana red, white and blue theme. It displays an abstract U.S. flag pattern with “Victory Red” and “Cobalt Blue” ribbons flowing across the car on a base of “Arctic White” with white stars flanking each side. The 2006 Indy 500 logo is on each door, and the Chevy red racing Bowtie appears at the top of the hood.
The race will be broadcast live on May 28 by ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available for the 2006 Indianapolis 500. For information, log on to http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or call the IMS office at 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700.
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DigitalCorvettes.com has posted the first photos of the new and only color change for 2007 – 83U Atomic Orange. The color replaces Daytona Sunset Metallic which ended its run on April 1st. These photos first the web on Friday afternoon and due to the close proximity to April Fool’s Day had a lot of folks asking if this was a joke.
The color is reminiscent of the Corvette Orange of the mid-seventies. I would have preferred to see GM go in a different direction so we’ll see what the marketplace decides.
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GM will begin notifying 2006 Corvette owners about an issue with the engine flywheel. The recall covers Corvettes with the VIN Breakpoints of 65115878 – 65121102 where the engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. The following is the Service Bulletin:
GM Parts Bulletins & Information â€“ To Chevrolet Dealers GMP06-060 â€“ Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 Engine Flywheel/Clutch Interference DESCRIPTION: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM #06523 â€“ MARCH 27, 2006 THIS RECALL IS IN EFFECT UNTIL March 31, 2007 - Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 â€“ VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. - This program will expire on March 31, 2007. - Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. - Refer to Customer Satisfaction Program #06523 for further information EFFECTIVE DATE:
Initial owner mailing is scheduled to begin: 4-3-06 GENERAL INFORMATION:
Parts required to complete this program are to be obtained from General Motors Service Parts Operations (GMSPO). Normal orders should be placed on a DRO = Daily Replenishment Order. In an emergency situation, parts should be ordered on a CSO = Customer Special Order. Part Number Description Quantity/Vehicle: 12571611 Flywheel, Eng 1 IMPORTANT:
Due to the small number of vehicles involved and due to limited initial parts availability, Dealers are encouraged not to order program parts for use as shelf stock. Parts should only be ordered when inspection determines that it is necessary to replace the flywheel. CONDITION
Certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 â€“ VIN E) engine and manual transmission may have a condition in which the flywheel may have been incorrectly machined, resulting in insufficient clearance for clutch cover self adjustment, reducing clutch life. This program will expire on March 31, 2007. CORRECTION
Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine flywheel. VEHICLES INVOLVED
Involved are certain 2006 Chevrolet Corvette model vehicles equipped with 6.0L V8 (RPO LS2 – VIN U) or 7.0L V8 (RPO LS7 â€“ VIN E) engine and manual transmission and built within these VIN breakpoints: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65115878 65121102 Important: Dealers are to confirm vehicle eligibility prior to beginning repairs by using the GM Vehicle Inquiry System (GMVIS). Not all vehicles within the above breakpoints may be involved. For dealers with involved vehicles, a listing with involved vehicles containing the complete vehicle identification number, customer name, and address information has been prepared and will be provided through the applicable system listed below. Dealers will not have a report available if they have no involved vehicles currently assigned.
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AAA picks its top cars for 2006 and names the Z06 Corvette the “Cool Car of the Year”. Digging deep into the AAA website, a very favorable review of the Z06 is available. Interestingly, the items we usually see downgraded in other Corvette reviews were favorable, including the interior refinements. Funny quotes do abound though with my favorite being, “Driven easily, the Corvette’s fuel economy can be surprisingly good. However when the engine’s power is frequently tapped, fuel economy can be quite poor. ” That is good to know. Next time I’m behind the wheel of a 505hp monster, I’ll try to remember that.
And finally, let’s make sure the disclaimer is present: “Due to the abundant (some would say excessive) power, the ZO6 should be considered by skilled drivers only.” Enough said…
Click here to read the AAA Top Cars List
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CorvetteConti.com has confirmed that Daytona Sunset Orange (71U) is being discontinued as of Saturday, April 1st. The replacement for this color is called Atomic Orange, but it will not be available until the 2007 model year.
In other C6 news, CorvetteConti.com says the QX3 Wheel (Chromed Aluminum) is available for production and availibility will run at approximately 25% of Coupe and Convertible production beginning March 20th, 2006.
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Chevrolet has implemeted a service bulletin for 2005-06 Corvettes with painted roofs. On certain 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the painted roof panel may separate from its frame in some areas if it is exposed to stresses along with high temperature and humidity. The occupants of the vehicle may notice one or more of these symptoms: a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, roof panel movement/bounce when a door or hatch is closed, or a water leak in the headliner.
The problem is corrected by applying adhesive foam to ensure proper adhesion, or in a small number of vehicles, replace the roof panel. Owners should check with their dealer to see if their Corvette falls within the VIN indicated below:
2005 Chevrolet Corvette 55100002 – 55135053
2006 Chevrolet Corvette 65100001 – 65100046
While all the news accounts I’ve read about the new Consumer Reports car-owner Satisfaction Survey is mostly concentrated on the “Japanese Autos Dominate” angle, domestic automakers Chevrolet and Ford should be pleased that the Corvette and Mustang finished 2nd and 3rd on the Best Cars list. Topping the list was the Toyota Prius at 95% and Corvette was a close second at 93%. The poll is based on the percentage of owners who said they would buy another one. What I also find interesting is a belief that many people that buy the hybrid Prius do so for the same reason as those that buy a Corvette. Sure, saving the planet is great if you’re a Prius owner and for Corvette owners, how can you beat 400 hp and still get 28 mpg on the highway? Yes, Corvette and Prius owners are buying their cars for their own, different reasons, but what is similar is that the reasons tend to be centered on the lifestyle of the owner, rather than the individual components that make the vehicle unique. It’s often said that the car you drive is a reflection of yourself. Corvette owners have known this for many years, and while we endure jokes about our pending mid life crisis or needing Viagra, Corvette the car continues to dominate these kinds of lists. Remember the Chevrolet billboard that years ago featured a split window with the tag line: “They Don’t Write Songs About Volvos”? Same is true of the Prius…
Last month, Lee Smith left home for a three-day trip. When he returned, his garage was wide open and his prized 1960 Red/White Corvette was missing. His car was found last week just off a deserted stretch of Interstate 95 in South Florida. The classic Corvette, which was incorrectly identified as a 1958 or 59, made headlines as Brevard County’s Sheriffs office was trying to find the owner. Smith says he bought the Corvette on eBay four years ago for $32,500. The sheriff’s office still has custody of the Corvette and will be returing in to either Smith or his insurance company in the next few days.
While in Geneva, Switzerland for the International Auto Show, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz suggested a new, more powerful version for the Corvette might be on the way. The Blue Devil that has been discussed would have more power than the 505 hp Z06. Lutz said “There will be something special for the Corvette soon.” There was no comment from Bob on whether the something special would appear in the form of a supercharged small block as been rumored, and when the “Blue Devil” was mentioned to Lutz, he simply smiled. Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer