Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin posted this in-car video of the #4 Corvette C6.R practicing at Elkhart Lake. In a separate video, Oliver explains that the team was at Elkhart Lake for testing all sorts of components – “tires, engines, aero stuff, brakes and all sorts of bits and pieces“. Oliver explained that the although the testing went well, they did run into some problems. You wouldn’t know that judging by the sound of the new LS5.5R V8 getting put through its paces.
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A rare and valuable 1954 Corvette roadster was stolen from a Wilwaukie, Oregon man’s garage. Emory Molchan said he discovered the Corvette missing from its garage on Tuesday. Molchan owns three 1954 Corvettes but the stolen car was the most valuable. Following a four-year restoration, Molchan says the Corvette only has just 500 miles on the odometer.
At the C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum, Corvette’s Chief Engineer delivered some remarks about the next generation C7 Corvette which he said is now getting underway in earnest. Tadge prefaced his comments with a warning about how the auto magazines will claim to have inside information or renderings when in fact they are basically making it up, and for us owners to not buy into all the hype. To demonstrate, he held up a copy of the June 2010 Automobile Magazine which, as Tadge says, included a photoshopped picture of him with an article that supposedly has Juechter endorsing a V6.
The big news coming out of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the enhancements made to the 2011 Z06. The last couple of years have seen the Z06 bracketed by two new models, the high performance ZR1 and the better than stock Corvette Grand Sport. Other than a few updates, the Z06 remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 2006. In refreshing the Z06, Corvette engineers listened to the owners have provided several enhancements designed to keep the Z06 on the cutting edge of performance while maintaining its edge as the most trackable Corvette in the model lineup.
Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan visited the set of Autoline After Hours on Thursday evening. This is an extensive one-hour interview featuring John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily and Autoline Detroit. Also joining in the conversation is the Autoextremist Peter De Lorenzo and David Welch from BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.
GM’s new commercial features CEO Ed Whitacre walking through an auto plant as he tells us that GM has repaid its government loans five years ahead of schedule. The commercial shows many of the successful cars and trucks in the GM lineup with a heavy dose of Malibu. At one point during Whitacre’s stroll, you can see what we think is a Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 in the background. Although relegated to the role of extra, we appreciate that Corvette was in the mix, however briefly. Check out the video after the jump.
Kirk Bennion – GM’s Corvette Exterior Design Engineer – attended the 30th Annual Corvette Beach Caravan and Car Show in Panama City hosted by the Circle City Corvette Club at the end of March. In his presentation, Kirk shows the evolving design of the Corvette that became the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. You’ll see a couple of designs that didn’t make the cut as well as learn how the movie “Underworld” played a role in creating the overall look of the Z06 Carbon.
Here is a cool promotional video from our friends at the SmokinVette Corvette forum.
Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows takes us on a tour of various features of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. He then gets behind the wheel of the Velocity Yellow GS Coupe and has some real fun on the track including a demonstration of launch control.