We’ve been hearing rumblings in recent weeks that Chevrolet was set to unveil a new prototype car for the 2012 racing season. Yesterday at the storied Daytona International Speedway, those rumors gave way to the real deal as Chevy pulled back the cover on an all new 2012 Corvette Daytona Prototype. The new Corvette Daytona Prototype will make its racing debut in the 50th anniversary of the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series Rolex 24 at Daytona next January 26-29, 2012.
Our friends at Corvette Market magazine have announced that their quarterly publication will morph into American Car Collector magazine. The new magazine will be published 6 times per year (a 50% increase) and current CM subscribers will automatically receive American Car Collector throughout the duration of their subscriptions.
Another week, another round of rumors about the development of the next generation C7 Corvette. GM Inside News is saying that the C7 will be an evolution (not revolution) of design from the C6, and that we are to expect a more European-looking design. Not breaking news so far, they did say they were able to confirm that the split rear window will not be on the next-gen Corvette.
Meet Tom Norkiewicz, a GM Test Engineer who’s done this a time or two over the past 22 years. He’s picked up some crafty maneuvers along the way, all while seeing what a car’s made of. In this instance, it’s the Corvette – it’s safe to say he’s being thorough in his evaluations. At GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, it’s just another day on the job.
GM has released an update on the current production statistics of the 2012 Corvette through October 10th. From it we can gather some of the purchasing habits of new Corvette owners including models and colors as well as acceptance of certain options. The Grand Sport Corvette Coupe is the most popular model with 43% of all Corvettes produced and 23% of new Corvette owners picked Torch Red as their favorite color. Of special note is the new Centennial Corvette package which accounts for 17% of all new Corvettes produced so far.
Sunday was the 5th Annual Corvettes for Chip show in honor of the late Chip Miller. The beautiful blue sky and 59 degree weather guaranteed a great turnout for the show which also serves as a Amyloidosis research fundraiser for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. The show was held in West Chester, PA at the very scenic Brandywine picnic park and there were plenty of great looking Corvettes to see including Lance Miller’s Le Mans winning 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette. Check out the huge photo gallery after the jump.
Corsa Performance is one of the leaders in providing Corvette owners with great sounding exhaust systems that provide performance gains without interior drone. But Corvette owners notoriously take pride in the look of their exhaust systems as well and so when we stopped by the Corsa booth at SEMA last week, they enthusiastically introduced us to their newest product – Corsa’s Black Diamond exhaust tips.