For model year 2004, the fifth generation Corvette (C5) would be making its last trip around the dance floor. Introduced in 1997, the C5 was then all new from the ground up—new chassis and suspension, new body styling, new rear-mounted transaxle, new all aluminum 5.7 liter V8 engine and a new interior.
Two days of testing were packed full of news from the Larbre Competition team at Sebring International Raceway on March 9-10.
Larbre used the two days on the track to find out more about the new Corvette C7.R they’ll be running in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE Am category.
Tadge Juechter was John McElroy’s guest on Autoline After Hours for Thursday, March 12, where the Corvette Chief Engineer spoke about the Z06 and the differences between the various Z06 packages available. McElroy and Juechter were also joined by Todd Lassa, Executive Editor of Automobile magazine and Gary Vasilash, from Automotive Design & Production.
It was interesting listening to Tadge’s response to several questions about the Corvette, but perhaps none was as interesting and important as his denial that a mid engine Corvette was in the brand’s immediate future.
Here’s a video that’s sure to make you think about lucky you’ve got it.
A young man named Drey tells us that he and his friend Vic like to make videos and share them on the Internet. “We just like to entertain, have fun, and like to film the dumb/funny things we do,” they say on their website.
In the past, they’ve done some pretty crazy things, like the time Drey challenged beautiful girls to a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with the payoff getting a kiss from the lady if he wins or getting Tasered by her if he loses! That’s some high stakes.
But in this video, Drey and Vic are not that wild and crazy. They are just out to help their fellow man and in the process they manage to touch the hearts of many of their viewers, at least the less skeptical ones.
Could Ed Welburn be giving viewers of Velocity’s Americarna show a sneak peak at the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and the rumored mid-engine Corvette Zora ZR1?
Or is it just wishful thinking?
Americarna host Ray Evernham recently toured GM’s design facilities with Welburn, the Global Vice President of Design, and definitely got an eye full of “candy.”
It’s about this time of year that we starting digging around to see what the Corvette team may have in store for Corvette enthusiasts for the 2016 Corvette Stingray and Z06. The Corvette Museum’s Bash Event is just over a month a way and that’s when we find out all the changes that will be coming on the next model year Corvette.
This year, the chatter seems to be at an all time low which means either that the team has clammed up or there just won’t be many significant changes to the C7s Corvettes as they enter the third year of production.
But that doesn’t mean changes aren’t afoot. Today’s Constraint Report has a key color that’s only available on 10% of the orders during the target production week of April 13th.
Sebring International Raceway is one of the oldest continuously operating racetracks in the U.S., holding the country’s first endurance race way back in 1950. The initial 6-hour race format was expanded to 12 hours in 1952 and now, some 63 years later, it remains as one of the world’s top sports car endurance races. The latest Twelve Hours of Sebring begins at 10:40 a.m. on March 21, 2015 when 47 cars will take the green flag for 12 hours of non-stop, door-to-door racing.
Significant Corvettes of the Past was one of the many specialty displays at this year’s Detroit Autorama. The eclectic collection pulled together 9 unique Corvettes that had been modified in various ways from their stock forms by the likes of Motion, Greenwood, and Lingenfelter.
Last week we showed this cool video from Chevrolet Europe featuring Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin arriving at the Geneva Motor Show in the new 2015 Corvette Z06. The No.4 C7.R driver checked the car with the valet and headed into the show wearing his full racing gear.
Now we have the bookend to that entrance with Oliver walking off the show floor and out the door, handing his ticket to the valet and getting into the Velocity Yellow Corvette Z06. As he drives off, text on the screen reads “One step closer to Le Mans.”
This may be Jeff Gordon’s last season as a full-time racer, but the effects of his legendary NASCAR career will live on for years to come, thanks to the programs offered by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
One of the facets of Gordon’s foundation that should hit home for all Corvette enthusiasts is the Corvette raffle program.