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2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thirty years from now Corvette collectors are going to talking about the two special edition Corvettes that rolled out of Bowling Green in 2009. That’s because the two qualities collectors covet – high performance and limited production – have all but guaranteed the GT1 Championship Edition and the Competition Sport Edition a special place in Corvette history.

According to Chevrolet literature, the Competition Sport package was built for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. The edition was available in both Z06 and Z51 coupe configurations and featured performance options like the differential cooler, NPP exhaust and heads-up display.

The Z51-equipped 1LT coupe version was priced at $55,655 while the Z06 1LZ model was listed for $77,500 including charges. Only 72 CSC Corvettes were built and here is the production breakdown:

Competition Sport Quantity
   
Coupe – Arctic White 13
Coupe – Blade Silver 39
Z06 – Black 10
Z06 – Blade Silver 10
   
Total: 72


2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvette

The GT1 Championship Edition was built to commemorate the 10 years of Corvette Racing’s successful run in the American Le Mans series. That run included over 70 victories, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Essentially there were six versions of the GT1 Championship Corvettes built. The GT1 Championship Edition was available in Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models with your choice of Velocity Yellow or Black. And because it was a commemorative model, the GT1′s race inspired graphics feature Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost-painted on the hood bulge as well as years of the championships and driver’s National flags.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition started at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06. Although 600 were planned for production, only 125 were built. Here is the production breakdown:

GT1 Championship Edt Quantity
   
Coupe – Black 24
Coupe – Yellow 29
Convertible – Black 7
Convertible – Yellow 10
Z06 – Black 17
Z06 – Yellow 38
   
Total: 125


Sponsored by:
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Officially Official: The 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions
My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

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Please excuse the mess…we’ve been hacked!

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

This Corvette was hacked too!
Some guy in China decided he needed more traffic to his website. So he hacked our z06-equivent Dell PowerEdge Server and set up a series of scripts to divert our visitors to his site. Unfortunately, everytime we clean up his mess, one of his scripts runs and we’re back to square zero. We are working feverishly to get back up and running and should be okay sometime on Tuesday.

Update: Server is back, although now my Twitter account is suspended do to the cross site script hack. Still working on getting everything right!

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Source:
Endurance-Info.com

 

Chevrolet's Ed Peper and the C6.R Corvette

One of our biggest fears in a GM Bankruptcy was that the automaker would be forced to cancel the company’s racing programs including Corvette Racing’s final assault on the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as it focuses on reorganization. But recent comments by GM Vice President of Chevrolet Ed Peper appears to put those fears to rest.

“Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is still very much a part of the company’s DNA, Peper told the Detroit’s Free Press. Auto racing will remain “a stout marketing and advertising tool in its reorganization”.

That’s good news as the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts converge on France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing will run its pair of Compuware-sponsored Chevy Corvette C6.Rs in the GT1 class and hopes are high that this final GT1 race for the team will end with a 1-2 podium finish.

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the key marketing activities of the brand,” Peper said. “Corvette is the marquee brand for the company, but we’ve got to get maximum return for minimum spending.”

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Peper says the government’s auto task force has not gotten involved in GM’s racing programs during the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “They concentrated on the core business — they didn’t get into marketing and advertising,” Peper said. “They just wanted us to use good judgment with our promotions.”

Peper says “we race to win, and we get a great return on it.” But, he added, all GM’s racing programs, including NASCAR, will be under pressure to deliver greater efficiencies and return on investment despite tough times.

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Practice for Le Mans will take place on June 10th and qualifying will be held on June 11th. The 77th running of the worlds most prestigious sports car race will start on Saturday, June 13th at 3 pm local time (10 am EST) and the checkered flag will drop 24 hours later on Sunday, June 14th. Much of race will be carried by SPEED.



Source:
Detroit Free Press

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake
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Official pricing for the 2010 Corvette coupe and convertible models was released today. For those of you trying to decide between ordering one of the regular Coupe or Convertible body styles or going with the new Grand Sport, this price comparison should be helpful. The good news is that pricing for the 2010 is only being increased by $365!

Here is the pricing for the 2010 Corvette Coupe and Convertible models:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe Base MSRP $49,880 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible Base MSRP $54,530 including destination.

As we posted last week, the Grand Sports will open at:

  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Base MSRP $55,720 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Base MSRP $59,530 including destination.

So the difference between the two models for each body style:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe vs Grand Sport Coupe Price Difference – $5,840
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible vs Grand Sport Convertible Price Difference – $5,000

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 has not yet been released but we are expecting it shortly.

Thanks goes to Dave Salvatore @ Kerbeck for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or are looking to deal on remaining 2009′s, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Official 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released
Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

GM CEO Fritz Henderson spoke out again on Corvette through another live chat on GM’s Fastlane blog. The comments on Corvette were the first from GM’s leader since the company entered bankruptcy proceedings earlier this week.

A participant named John asked if the “Corvette will survive as the V8 engined rear wheel drive icon we all love”.

Fritz Henderson’s response:

Yes. My wonderful baby is my 2005 Corvette coupe. We have more in store for the future and this iconic brand will retain its powerful place within the new GM.


Source:
GM FastLane Blog
Photo Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Related:
GM Bankruptcy: Corvette Plant Safe (for now)
[VIDEO] GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette’s Future

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May 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2009

The news about Corvette sales just keeps getting better. For the fifth straight month, Corvette sales were stronger than the month prior. Chevrolet dealers sold 1,643 Corvettes in May, a 14% increase over April’s 1,407 deliveries. The May 2009 sales figure was also the highest since 2,318 Corvettes were sold in September of 2008.

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Corvette Movie Poster: Corvette Summer (1978)

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2009

Corvette Summer

It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.

You’re going to have the most turbo-charged, chrome-plated, plush-lined,
high-gloss, super-speed customized time of your life.

Click here for a larger version of the Corvette Summer movie poster.


Inspiration:
movieposter.com
Internet Movie Database

Related:
Corvette Movie Poster: Stingray (1978)
Corvette Movie Poster: Dragstrip Riot (1958)
Corvette Movie Poster: High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977)

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Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette Roadster

As the legendary designer and former head of GM’s Color and Style department, Harley Earl will always be remembered for his contributions to automotive design he made during his reign at GM in the heyday of America’s automotive manufacturing era. It was Earl that envisioned the idea of a two-seater sports car in the early 50′s and that idea culminated with the unveiling of the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show in New York.

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GM Bankruptcy: Corvette Plant Safe (for now)

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2009

Corvette's on the assembly line in Bowling Green

As expected, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning in New York. The 100 year old company lists $82 billion in assets and $172 billion in debts. On the positive side, the Corvette plant in Bowling Green was not on the list of the 14 plants that General Motors will close as part of the bankruptcy reorganization.

Tim Lee, Vice President of Manufacturing for GM North America says the company has “100% confidence” in the Corvette and is pleased with the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is made. Speaking in a conference call with media, Lee said the company plans to build the car based on customer demand while noting that demand isn’t great “right now”.

Lee called the Corvette “very, very profitable” and said the Bowling Green plan should continue to annually produce between 35,000 and 50,000 cars.

That figure does seems like a distant memory: 35,310 Corvettes were produced in 2008 but the 2009 production total is expected to be about half that. There is currently no indication that another model will replace the Cadillac XLR which was also built at the plant but was discontinued earlier this year.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant was also expected to become the home of the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice in 2012, but those models are expected to be sold or discontinued as part of the reorganization that will focus on the four key brands: Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.

The Corvette plant is currently closed for a planned two week hiatus.


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News

Related:
More Corvette Comments from GM CEO Henderson
[VIDEO] GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette’s Future
[VIDEO] 2010 Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management System

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