Kirk Bennion – GM’s Corvette Exterior Design Engineer – attended the 30th Annual Corvette Beach Caravan and Car Show in Panama City hosted by the Circle City Corvette Club at the end of March. In his presentation, Kirk shows the evolving design of the Corvette that became the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. You’ll see a couple of designs that didn’t make the cut as well as learn how the movie “Underworld” played a role in creating the overall look of the Z06 Carbon.
Here is a cool promotional video from our friends at the SmokinVette Corvette forum.
Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell was one of five drivers named to represent the green racing initiatives of the American Le Mans Series. Each of the five drivers named to the Green Dream Team represent one of the five various alternative fuels being used in the ALMS.
Some collectors will say that when it comes to Early C1 Corvettes (1953-55) the 1954 Corvette is the red-headed step child compared with the 300 1953 Corvettes produced the year earlier or the 700 V8-powered 1955 that came a year after. Truth be told, the 1954 Corvette featured a number of upgrades over its model year predecessor that improved fit and finish during assembly as well as improved drivability and comfort.
Jan Magnussen proves again why he is the best closer in the ALMS. At the halfway point of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Magnussen left the pits in 6th position and battled all the way to finish in 2nd place, just four seconds behind the class winning #45 Fancy Lizards Porsche driven by Pat Long and Joerg Bergmeister.
Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows takes us on a tour of various features of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. He then gets behind the wheel of the Velocity Yellow GS Coupe and has some real fun on the track including a demonstration of launch control.
Today’s race will be a challenge for all participants. With limited practice time, 36 cars in four classes will run all out for 100 minutes on the Streets of Long Beach. What’s not to love about the ALMS? We pulled these pictures of Friday’s practice and qualifying from the GM Racing Media site. Also is a couple of pictures from the #4 pit crew demonstration at Thursday evening’s Thunder on Pine Avenue. Enjoy!
The Corvette C6.Rs will be starting third and fifth this evening at the American Le Mans at Long Beach street race. Johnny O’Connell and the #3 C6.R put in the third fastest lap in the GT class with a time of 1:20.308 lap (88.220 mph) around the 1.986-mile, 11-turn street circuit. Olivier Beretta was fifth at 1:20.438 (88.078 mph) in the #4 Corvette C6.R.
After months of political wrangling, The Kentucky Senate voted 100-0 to name the Corvette the State’s official sports car. The House had already passed the measure and the bill is now off to the desk the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.
General Motors will be giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win a new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a trip to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can register for the sweepstakes by visiting www.RaceToWinCorvette.com. You’ll have to answer three simple questions to fill out the entry form, but trust me – they are easy! The Grand Prize drawing will take place on July 7, 2010. There is also a “Refer-a-Friend” contest in which the winner will receive a PRS SE Model Guitar signed by the Corvette Racing Team. PRS Guitars is a sponsor of Corvette Racing.
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