Once upon a time, a bunch of guys got together with a crazy idea – build rockets that go farther and faster than mankind had ever gone before. It’s nice to know that America still builds rockets – The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette.
We heard back in January that GM was considering adding a program that would allow owners the opportunity to build the engine that would be installed in their new Corvette. Yesterday, GM announced that the Corvette Engine Build Program would be available starting in 2011 for customers who order a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
SALT LAKE CITY, July 11, 2010 – Sometimes the box score doesn’t tell the whole story of a race. Corvette Racing’s third-place finish in the American Le Mans Series Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix was the result of a determined effort in the heat of the Utah high desert. Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen overcame intense competition on the track and a penalty in the pit lane to take their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a hard-earned podium finish at Miller Motorsports Park.
I was looking back at some of the raw video I took in May when I test drove a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. One of the features any C6 Corvette owner enjoys is watching the gauge cluster light-up on startup. At night, the effect is even more dramatic.
Here is a neat video package from WKYC that profiles Molded Fiberglass Companies based in Ashtabula, Ohio. MFG was founded in 1948 by Robert Morrison who initially was using glass reinforced plastic to make shelves for Wonder Bread. Morrison recognized the many benefits of fiberglass and made several attempts to convince GM that it was suitable for automotive bodies. In 1953 following the introduction of the Corvette at the Motorama show in New York City, GM gave MFG the contract to build the bodies for the Corvette.
The race for the American Le Mans series championship will get underway in earnest with this weekend’s running of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City. This will be the first time the team has raced at MMP in the GT2 class and the crew and drivers are preparing for racing in 90-degree temperatures at the track’s 4,400-foot elevation. Racing for the series championships and down in the rankings, the team can’t be content with a podium finish, they need to start racking up some wins. Take no prisoners!
Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Orange County auction went pretty well despite being held the same weekend as Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction. The choice of Corvettes at the OC auction was on par with previous Barrett-Jackson events as the docket contained a nice mix of classics, resto-mods and several late model Corvettes. At the end of the three day no-reserve auction, the sales from the 31 Corvettes combined for $1,799,300.
Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan gives us a tour of Corvette’s command center in pitlane where strategy, data acquisition, analysis, engineering and race observation take place.