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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport was unveiled to a standing room only crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the National Corvette Museum a little after 12pm today. While that was happening inside the Museum, six more Grand Sports in various colors and body styles were being parked outside the new conference center.

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[VIDEO] Teaser Video of 2010 Grand Sport Reveal

We’ll be uploading more video once we return from our trip to the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. In the meanime, here is a quick video we took with our digital camera following the reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

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GM Employees Inspect 1963 Corvette Clay Model

I came across this photo on a Spanish-language antique car blog similar to Hemmings called BLOG dos Carros Antigos. No caption needed, the photo pretty much says it all.

Click here for a larger version.


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BLOG dos Carros Antigos

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Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach

The dynamic duo of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta took to the streets of Long Beach on Saturday and won the final ALMS GT1 race for Corvette Racing’s C6.R. The win at the 100 minute Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach was the 43rd ALMS victory for Beretta and 32nd for Gavin. For the sister car, the streets of Long Beach were not quite as forgiving as a broken half-shaft retired Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen after 58 minutes of racing.

Beretta started on the GT1 pole but O’Connell was able to jump the #4 Corvette C6.R on the first lap to take an early lead. A punctured tire forced the #3 Corvette to make an unscheduled pit stop at 18 minutes into the race. O’Connell came out of the pits with fresh medium-compound Michelin tires that help cut down Beretta’s lead. The #4 Corvette pitted at the 41-minute mark with Gavin replacing Beretta. But at the 58 minute mark the #3 Corvette broke a half-shaft effectively sealing the win for Gavin and Beretta.

“When I woke up this morning, I said I want to win the race, I want to stay out of trouble, and I want to have no mechanical problems,” Beretta said. “All three came true today.”

“Racing Johnny was a lot of fun,” Beretta recalled. “I was pushing hard, and seemed to have an advantage in the braking zones, but as everyone knows, Long Beach has hard concrete walls and I could not overtake him. I tried to stay out of trouble because the main targets today were to win the race and to keep both cars in good condition to take to Le Mans. We could not afford to make any mistakes.”

“Those opening laps show just how hard we race at Corvette Racing,” O’Connell said. “Olivier had a bit of a bobble and I got by him. I was just trying to control the pace; I knew where he was stronger and was just managing things to keep him behind me. Then he had a big moment in a corner and that opened a nice gap. Suddenly I got a low tire pressure alarm, and had to pit for tires. I felt our pace was good and everything was going great for the No. 3 Corvette, but then coming out of the hairpin something in the driveline broke.”

“You don’t want to end the last ALMS GT1 race being towed in, but the Corvette Racing team gave me a very sweet race car,” O’Connell continued. “The number of problems we’ve had is so incredibly small, I’d much rather have an issue today and then go to Le Mans and win that one. That’s what we’re really thinking about.”

With the No. 3 Corvette C6.R on the sidelines, Gavin had an uncontested run to the checkered flag.

“It was shaping up to be a great race at the end,” said the Briton. “They’d had some misfortune at the start with a puncture, and then switched tires. Olivier was having real problems on the softer tire, and Johnny was catching him on the medium compound. We then switched to that tire and it was obviously the right move for these warm conditions. The car was fantastic from then onwards. After they had a mechanical issue, it was just a matter of being smart, hitting my marks, being mindful of the prototypes, and trying to pick my way through the GT2 cars sensibly.”

“Although this is our last ALMS GT1 race, it isn’t the last hurrah for the GT1 Corvettes,” Gavin noted. “We still have unfinished business in Le Mans.”

Jan Magnussen was ready to take over the No. 3 Corvette C6.R when it slowed on the course, denying the Dane the opportunity to compete in the ALMS GT1 class for one last time.

“This isn’t the way we wanted to end the GT1 program, and these things don’t happen very often for us,” said Magnussen. “To be completely honest, I don’t mind it so much here as long as we don’t have any problems at Le Mans. Johnny did a fantastic job, he raced really hard and was absolutely mega.”

“We’ll come back at Le Mans strong and reliable. Finishing off a decade with this car with everyone involved in the program at Corvette Racing, Chevrolet, Compuware, Michelin, and Katech, we owe them a big thanks.”

For Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, the end of the GT1 era in ALMS was a bittersweet experience.

“This was not exactly the conclusion we had hoped for, but it shows how much luck plays a role in racing,” Fehan said. “Regardless of what the problem might be, the positive side is that we’re going to go back and learn from it, and that’s what has made Corvette Racing a great team. We try to turn every adversity into opportunity.”

“When you compress almost 11 years of racing memories, with so many highs and lows, so many victories and so much success, it’s really difficult to choose between them. It’s been a great run for the Corvettes in GT1, and we have one more to go – it’s going to be a great 24 Hours of Le Mans, and we are tuned up and ready to go.”

Corvette Racing will make its final challenge for the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 crown in France on June 13-14.



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Corvette Racing
Video Credit: ABC

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LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Catches Fire at Long Beach

The LG Motorsports #28 Corvette is known for its Black and Flames livery on its GT2 Corvette, but at Long Beach this weekend the heat was turned up a notch following a collision with one of the BMW M3s. The BMW tried an inside pass as LG Motorsports co-driver Boris Said had the angle. The two cars both spun out with little damage appearing to the GT2 Corvette. However a couple of laps later, flames were seen surrounding the car as Said stopped in the safety runoff lane at Turn 1 and bailed out of the Corvette.

The team was running in seventh place when fire broke out. Replay clearly shows flames inside the cockpit. We’re very much glad that Boris is alright, but this has got to be a devastating loss for car owner Lou Gigliotti and the LG Motorsports team. We’ll check with Lou to find out more later this week.

Update:

Lou gives us an update via AmericanLeMansFans.com

I just want to thank the corner workers for putting out the fire fast and helping boris out.

their quick action turned what would have been a 100% totaled car into only 20% damage, and they probably helped to squelch the fire as boris was exiting.

Either way it was a bad day.

The contact with the BMW crushed the right side exhaust pipe which then caught the carbon fiber on fire. Then on the high speed straight it blew the flames onto a fuel line with pressure in it. When that burst, the car essentially blew up into flames.

Boris is ok but he will have a few weeks of sleepless nights with the burns on his arms and eyes.

His face is swollen today and he is not happy.

Thanks to all the forum members that came by.

We will see you at the races but not sure when. Thanks
LG



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Video Credit: ABC

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Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia

Police say a speeding Corvette lost control and hit eight parked cars along a street in a south Philadelphia neighborhood before coming to rest on a sidewalk. The Corvette is clearly from the Hertz ZHZ fleet and news reports confirmed a Hertz GPS unit was installed on the dash. After the crash, the driver fled the scene and its believed there were injuries as blood was seen on the driver-side airbag.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZ were made for Hertz. The Corvettes feature a velocity yellow exterior with a black strip painted on the hood and ZHZ emblems inside an out. This is the third ZHZ totaled that we are aware of since the Corvettes became available last summer.


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VetteTube via VetteMarket.com

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Stile Bertone's Project M Using Corvette ZR1 Chassis

Seems like the coachbuilders love the C6 platform as we’ve covered at least a half dozen designers announcing plans to utilize the chassis and power train for their new super cars. Lately there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Stile Bertone and designer Jason Castriota’s Project M and today it came out that they are indeed using the Corvette ZR1′s underpinnings for their sports car.

Design Director Jason Castriota is use to working around the elite super cars of the world. After all, he brought us the Ferrari 599. I wonder if he knew about the Ferrari 599 seen with the ZR1 during a shakedown in Europe back in May 2007. Watch the video and listen to the high regard he and his staff holds for the Corvette ZR1.

I’ve only been half following the Project M online documentary as there was no clear connection to Corvette except a poll on the site a few weeks ago asking visitors to guess which chassis the Project M would use. For the record, my vote was ZR1. Duh! You can view previous episodes of the Stile Bertone project by visiting Inside Project M. The finished car is expected to debut in a matter of a weeks at the Shanghai Motor Show.


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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

GM Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski spoke to a group of enthusiasts at the 12 Hours of Sebring’s Corvette Corral about the state of Corvette Racing entering the 2009 season. The conversation was wide ranging and Wesoloski talks at length about how production Corvettes share technology with their racing counterparts. We also get an update on the GT2 C6.R. – did he say ZR1 body?



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CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

by Keith Cornett on March 24, 2009

CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette's Harlan Charles

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring brought down several key members of Team Corvette to Florida who were on hand for the unveiling of the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes. CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles about the people who build America’s sports car, the new GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Corvettes and the Transformers’ Corvette Stingray Concept and its potential influence on the C7 Corvette.

We appreciate Harlan taking the time to talk with us and we’re looking forward to attending the 2010 Corvette model rollout at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green at the end of April.


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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

In commemorating the 10th anniversary of GT1 racing in the American LeMans Series, GM is producing 600 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions and selected the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the appropriate place to debut the new cars to the public. On the Friday before the 12 hour race, GM’s Corvette team including Product Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter were on hand along with the six drivers of Corvette Racing to introduce the limited edition “Jake” Corvettes.

The Corvette GT1 Championship cars shown in the video were the first six cars of the series built. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter remarked that the Corvettes were just completed within the last week and were shipped down from Bowling Green. The six Corvette drivers picked up the keys of the Corvettes following an ALMS drivers meeting and drove them down to Corvette Racing’s paddock. A little later, the six Corvette Racing drivers drove them over to the Corvette Corral to be viewed by the enthusiasts gathered at the hospitality tent.

The GT1 Championship Editions are limited to just 600 units: 200 Coupe, 200 Convertible and 200 Z06. Each of these body styles will have 100 in Yellow/Black and 100 in Black/Yellow. The series also has its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows and 40001 for those in Black.

The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition.


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