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Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

2007 Daytona 500 Corvette Pace CarWith little fanfare (and no press anywhere), a specially-outfitted Corvette was unveiled as the 2007 Daytona 500 Pace Car. The Corvette features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood. The unveiling was earlier this month as part of NASCAR’s Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Standing with Corvette in this photo are NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Raines and Jeff Green and Daytona Speedway President Robin Braig. 2007 marks the fourth straight year that a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500, as well as the 35th straight year that a GM model has paced the field.
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Is A Ron Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette On The Way?

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2007

Ron Fellows Special Edition Z06 CorvetteRick “Corvette” Conti has been hinting at this for quite some time and it appears that the pieces are starting to fall into place. He is reporting that GM may be building the first “special edition” Corvette of the C6 era, a Ron Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette. The special edition Z06 is Artic White, a first-time color for the Z06, and will feature a fender stripe, high polished wheels and a wide racing spoiler. Interior color may be Cobalt Red and feature a carbon fiber signature plate. The Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette would be very limited in production with 399 units initially planned. Ron is one of the first drivers of the Corvette Racing program and has had a prolific career in GT1 racing. He won the AMSL GT1 Drivers Championship in 2002 and with teammate Johnny O’Connell in both 2003 and 2004. Victories include class wins at Sebring and LeMans. Ron also drives the road course races for NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick Inc in the Busch series as well as for PPI Motorsports in the NEXTEL Cup series. Unsubstantiated as this rumor is, it is quite possible that GM will be unveiling the Special Edition Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette at an upcoming auto show. Stay tuned for details!
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Z06 Corvettes Modified with Right-Hand-Drive for Australia

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2007

Z06 Corvette with Modified Right-Hand-DriveWhenever the Z06 Corvette is exported to a new country, the mystic of the Corvette legend goes along for the ride. Most blokes in Australia just don’t see them with the regularity we are accustomed too because they’re expensive to import and the steering is set-up American Style: Left-Hand Drive. But now a small business in Queensland has managed to do what the biggest car maker on the planet, General Motors, cannot: build a right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Corvette. With an allocation of roughly 24 new Z06 Corvettes per year, Corvette Queensland has engineered a custom right-hand-drive system that looks so good, you’d be convinced it was built that way. The cost of importing and converting a Z06 isn’t cheap. They are $240,000 Australian Dollars once the Ausssie Government gets its share of import duty, luxury car tax and GST. That’s the equivalent of $186,000 US Dollars. The conversion from Left-Hand-Drive to Right-Hand-Drive takes about three weeks. Interior tweaks also meant moving the gear shifter over to the right side of the center console which eliminated the cup holders. Other exterior modifications are needed for the Corvette to comply with local regulations. Side indicator lamps from the 2005 Holden Commodore have been added under the Z06 badge while the fog lights house aftermarket parking lamps. So how is Corvette Queensland doing so far? Three Corvettes have already been sold and demand appears to be high. GM’s Bob Lutz indicated last year that with the next incarnation of the Corvette, the C7, GM does intend to engineer a Right-Hand-Drive version for export.
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Where are the 427 Corvette Emblems, GM?

by Keith Cornett on January 24, 2007

Z06 Corvette with 427 BadgeIt’s been almost a year since GM dangled the 427 Emblem in front of the Corvette masses. As Rick from CorvetteConti.com says, it’s an accessory that should have been on the Z06 Corvette from day one. Having received the new 1st Quarter 2007 Accessory Booklet, the much sought-after badge is still not available. Rick spoke with GM Accessories who say that the part should be available at the beginning of 2nd Quarter. Showing the 427 badge on the new Z06 Corvette connects the legacy of the legendary big blocks of the sixties to the new highly efficient 7.0 Liter 427 ci 505 horsepower LS7 engine. Come on, GM. We need some badges!!
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Autoextremist: GM Debating over Mid-Engined Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 24, 2007

Corvette Indy and CERV IIIAutoextremist Peter DeLorenzo is a man with connections to the big 2.5 automakers. Those connections with GM are reportedly saying there is a debate over the direction of the next generation Corvette (C7) and whether or not development of a limited production mid-engined Corvette should be built. The mid-engine debate seems to come up once a decade and the last discussions resulted in the Corvette Indy and CERV III concepts. According to DeLorenzo, the talk he is hearing is about diversifying the Corvette lineup by offering a regular-edition Corvette with a smaller displacement V8, a high performance V8 (evolving from the LS7) and:

“Then look for an extremely limited production run (less than 500) of an advanced, mid-engined Corvette that will play in the plus six-figure category – and deliver blistering performance that will surpass exotic sports cars from around the world costing hundreds of thousands more. This will be the technological ‘statement’ car from GM that the ‘True Believers’ within the corporation have long been waiting for.”
This debate also fits the talks we’ve been hearing about for some time about the creation of a multiple model Corvette line-up. Not just the same models with different engine sizes, but multiple model styles and multiple engines, essentially turning the Corvette from model to brand. CorvetteBlogger would be very much interested in seeing a new mid-engine concept. It’s been years since the development of the Corvette Indy and CERV III and GM has made technological leaps since then. Just look at the development of the new Z06 Corvette compared to the first C5 Corvette. Whether or not GM could afford to spend the money on the development of the concept that then translates into yearly sales of only 500 units is another matter.
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Autoextremist via Jalopnik Related:
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Production Callaway C16 Debuts at Montreal

by Keith Cornett on January 23, 2007

2007 Callaway C16Callaway’s first production C16 is making its debut at the 2007 Montreal Auto Show. The C16 features an optional supercharged 6.0-liter LS2 V8 boasting 616 horsepower that is capable of 206 miles per hour. The Corvette-based C16 is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles and owners can also select between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-Speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The Callaway C16 is offered at a base price of $119,865 and features unique body panels, Callaway badges and a restyled interior featuring German leather and Alacantara. The C16 is available through Callaway’s authorized dealer network. Visit CallawayCars.com and see a video of founder Reeves Callaway answering some questions about the Callaway C16.
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MotorTrend
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Corvette History: The Debut of America’s Sportscar

by Keith Cornett on January 17, 2007

1953 CorvetteFifty-Four years ago on January 17, 1953 the American public was introduced to the Chevrolet Corvette concept car at the largest car show of the time, General Motors’ Motorama. Held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the show attracted over 45,000 people on opening day. Based on the feedback from the Motorama show, the Corvette was rushed into production and the first production Corvette rolled off the assembly line just six months later on June 30th. Only 300 were made the first year and the sticker price was just under $3,500.
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NCM Corvette Timeline Related:
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GM Accepts Dodge Viper Challenge

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2007

“Maximum” Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chairman said on Thursday that those involved with Corvette won’t let the new 600 hp Dodge Viper SRT10 keep its crown as the most powerful US sports car very long. Lutz was in a meeting with industry analysts and was asked about Chevrolet’s plans to produce the Corvette Blue Devil/SS. Lutz acknowledged that “a recent competitor” has surpassed the 505 hp Z06 Corvette. “As you all know, it is not our policy to discuss future product programs. However … ,” he said to laughter from the audience, “it is very important for Corvette to be the most powerful, most capable, best handling sports car in the United States.” Chevrolet’s General Manager Ed Peper was also asked recently about how Corvette will respond to the Dodge Viper 600 hp Challenge. His cryptic reply? “We’re looking at some things going forward. I can’t talk about them right now, though.” So the real question is will the Blue Devil/SS Corvette meet the Dodge Viper’s 600 hp or are we going to see the bar raised higher? Bob Gritzinger, senior editor for news at AutoWeek magazine had this to say: “We all know the new Corvette is out there. The car is in development and it’s been speculated that it will have about 650 horsepower. … It’s supposed to be here in 2009.”
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Detroit Free Press Related:
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Video: TVR Sagaris vs C6 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2007

British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.


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GM Style Event Pairs Stars and Cars

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2007

Carmen Electra and the Z06 CorvetteThe GM Style event was held last night in Detroit. The runway fashion show pairs up celebrities with new GM vehicles. While the Z06 Corvette didn’t strut down the runway for this show, it was used as a backdrop for all the stars as they entered the pavilion. Carmen Electra, shown in this photo, will walk the runway with the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe. Check out AutoBlog.com’s Galleries for over 200 photos of the event or go to GM for Video Highlights.
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