We caught up with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles at the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring and he graciously gave us a few minutes to talk about a variety of subjects relating to Corvettes. Some of the topics we discussed include the latest changes for the current 2011 model year, the new Corvette Z06X track concept car and the progress of the C7 Corvette.
Since 1981, Bowling Green has been the home of Corvette production and it looks like the Kentucky assembly plant is on tap to build the next generation Corvette as well. According to a report from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, GM is considering a possible $131.1 million project at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. To help sway the manufacturer, the board announced it was offering the automaker $7.5 million in incentives for the new project.
The weekend of August 18-21 will be a busy one for Corvette Racing fans. In addition to the American Le Mans race that will be held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Chevrolet and Road America are hosting a special salute to some of most significant Corvette race cars and the drivers that made them famous. The Corvette World Tribute will feature special presentations and displays, vintage racing, a vendor marketplace and more!
More good news from General Motors regarding Corvettes. Sales of America’s sports car continue to gain momentum as outlined in GM’s monthly sales report for March 2011. 1,163 Corvettes were delivered last month, a 17.3% increase over the 955 Corvettes delivered during March 2010. This was the best sales month for Corvettes since July 2010 and the first 1,000+ selling month since October 2010. For the calendar year, Corvette sales were 2,839, a 16.7% increase over last year’s 2,433 Corvettes sold January-March 2010.
Nissan’s GT-R made a run in 2009 against the ZR1 on the world famous Nordschleife and they came within .3 of a second of the Corvette’s 7:26.4 lap. Two years later, the newly upgraded 2012 GT-R goes at it again, this time besting the Corvette by two seconds with a 7:24.22 lap. Check out the laps after the jump.
Definitely the most talked about story this week is the huge crash of the 230 mph Corvette Z06 at the Texas Mile. Hinson Motorsports was running the 1400 hp twin-turbo Corvette when it crashed spectacularly off the runway. Posting on Facebook yesterday, Hinson Motorsports promised to release their own footage and they did so today.
The seats in your classic Corvette are one of the areas that tend to get worn down over the years. Worn seats not only affect the look of your Corvette, but a sagging seat with no support can also affect your driving experience. If you’re planning on restoring your seats, check out this great new 4-part video series from Corvette America on how to restore and recover seats for 1970-75 Corvettes.
In the third episode of Corvette Racing’s Track to Street series, we go behind the scenes as the team kicks off the first race in 2011 at the 12 Hours of Sebring.