Can you name another car manufacturer that has the same up close and personal relationship with its owners as GM enjoys with Corvette? Events like the ALMS Corvette Corrals and the C5/C6 Bash allow Corvette owners and enthusiasts to meet and talk with the core of the Corvette team: Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Exterior Design Executive Kirk Bennion. At the recently held C5/C6 Bash, Tadge’s bosses were also in attendance and we got a chance to hear from them at the Saturday morning GM seminar. As they will play a key role in supporting the Corvette team in the development of the C7, we thought it important enough for you to get to know them as well.
Edmunds took a Viper SRT-10 and a 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon prototype out to a track to determine which car could lay the longest burnout. Finally, a comparision test I can get excited about! Both cars got three attempts and their tire marks were measured. Josh Jacquot was the driver for this non-scientific test and although he was bullish on the Viper from the get-go, it was the Velocity Yellow Z06 Corvette that left the biggest (and longest) impression.
RM Auctions is set to offer two distinctly different 1969 L88 Corvettes at their “Classic Muscle & Modern Performance” auction in San Diego, California on June 19th. Rarely do these high performance Corvette surface for sale and when they do, they tend to be snapped up rather quickly. And because this is a no-reserve auction, you can guarantee they will both be sold.
You will want to turn up the sound and go full screen on this one.
A recent study of Corvette owners by SEMA found that the exhaust system is the most popular upgrades. Our friends at Corvette Central are aware of this fact and have set up a site dedicated to Corvette exhaust systems. CorvetteCentralExhaust.com features stock and performance systems for all six Corvette generations including these new dual-outlet mufflers for 1984-1990 Corvettes.
Automotive News published this cutaway graphic which shows the various parts suppliers to the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Corvette owners are familiar with some of the bigger names like Dana (aluminum spaceframe), Eaton (supercharger) and Brembo (brakes), but this graphic also shows who makes the lug nuts (Taper Pro), hood hinges (Multimatic), instrument panels (IAC) and more. Could be helpful if you’re looking for replacement parts. Download it after the jump.
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.
Tim Allen of Home Improvement fame has listed his 2009 Corvette ZR1 for sale on eBay. The Cyber Gray 638-hp Corvette features the 3ZR options group and has only 3,084 miles on it. The sequence number is 367 of 1202 Corvettes produced in 2009. As of late Monday evening, the current bid of $92,850 has yet to hit the reserve. If you’re interested in a slightly used ZR1 with a celebrity connection, you better hurry as the auction ends Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Last week we posted a video of Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talking about the C7 Corvette while at the C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum. The conversation was prefaced with Juechter discussing the automotive magazines and their misrepresentation of the facts and he specifically called out Automobile Magazine for their June 2010 article in which, according to Tadge, they implied that he was endorsing a V6 power plant for the next generation Corvette. Today we received an email from Automobile Magazine with a link to the article in question as well as their response to Juechter’s criticism.