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Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the NCM

Team Corvette was on hand at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash to fully brief the Corvette faithful on the new 2010 Corvette. Here is the team introducing the new model in the Corvette lineup, the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles opened the discussion by running through the content of the new Grand Sport and then turned over the mic to Kirk Bennion, Corvette’s Exterior Design Manager who tells us that inspiration for the new vertical side vents comes from an original pencil drawing of the ZR1. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter wraps up the seminar discussion by presenting the technical and performance details of the new model. The video culminates with the live reveal in the Museum’s main rotunda to the very enthusiastic crowd.

The new Grand Sport models (Coupes and Convertibles) will fit between the standard coupes and convertibles and the Z06 in the Corvette lineup. The Grand Sport features the standard LS3 engine but uses the wider Z06 size wheels, tires, brakes and chassis.

From a performance standpoint, the Grand Sport has better weight distribution and the wider Z06 tires significantly increase the models 0-60 times. While the base Corvette’s 0-60 mph time is 4.3 seconds, the Corvette team thinks the new Grand Sport’s time should be at 4.0 seconds but Tadge opened the door to the possibility that it could break the 4 second barrier.

The models effectively replace the Z51 Performance Package by introducing the new Z52 package for the coupe which features the dry sump oil, differential cooler and the same higher gear ratios found on the Z51 package.

A Heritage Package will be offered for owners who want a unique package like the 1996 version that includes the hash mark decals and special embroidery on the seats. The hash marks are available in 4 distinct colors: Black, Gray, Silver and Pearl White.

Pricing wasn’t announced for the Grand Sports at the unveiling, but both Tadge and Harlan say Corvette owners will be pleased when pricing is announced in early May.

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[VIDEO] Teaser Video of 2010 Grand Sport Reveal

We’ll be uploading more video once we return from our trip to the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. In the meanime, here is a quick video we took with our digital camera following the reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

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What’s New for the 2010 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

What's New for the 2010 Corvette

The day spent at the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash was simply unbelievable. Thousands of Corvette enthusiasts mingling with GM personel and new Corvettes. We got so much information about the new Corvettes that its difficult to know where to begin. So to keep it simple we’ll begin with a list of bullets of what we learned today.

Here is what’s new for 2010 Corvettes:

  • NEW Grand Sport Model – Coupe or Convertible
  • Grand Sport Heritage Package with Iconic Hash mark Stripes and Seat Embroidery
  • Grand Sport coupe manual with Z52 Dry Sump Performance Package standard includes rear mounted battery and differential cooler
  • Torch Red is back – Z06 and ZR1 available in all 8 colors for the 1st time
  • Launch Control standard with all manual transmissions
  • 6-speed paddle shift automatic – Push and hold feature allows easy return to auto mode using’+’ paddle
  • Side Airbags standard on all Corvettes
  • New interior console trim plates – Orbit and Gunmetal patterns
  • Crossed flag logo embroidery seat option
  • Convertible includes Z06 style tall spoiler
  • Z06 and ZR1 now available with cashmere interior
  • Z06 3LZ package now includes power sport seats and power passenger seat
  • ZR1 includes PTM – Performance Traction Management Technology
  • 1 year XM subscription included with 3LT – 2LZ – 3ZR option packages
  • Cashmere custom leather wrapped interior – interim availability
  • Available Competition Gray wheels for ZR1

Some items on this list deserve additional attention:

First is that Launch Control is standard on all manual Corvettes. Tadge showed us several videos on how it works and its impressive. Tadge was also very clear that use of the Corvette’s Launch Control system won’t void your warranty either! We’ve got video of the seminar and will have that up in the next couple of days.

Secondly, the Performance Traction Management Technology for the ZR1 is an advanced system that integrates your Traction Control, Active Handling, and Selective Ride Control systems to enhance racetrack driving consistency and overall performance. With PTM you can now push full throttle while exiting a corner on a racetrack as the system automatically manages your overall acceleration dynamics. They tested the system and it even improved lap times of professional drivers.

Finally, the ability to order any car in any color cannot be overlooked. Want an Artic White or Crystal Red Z06 or ZR1? Now you can!

We’ve got a lot more info on everything from the 2009 Option penetration to Corvette Racing GT2 info. And with another full day at the Museum planned for tomorrow, we’ll be plenty busy over the next week.

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport was unveiled to a standing room only crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the National Corvette Museum a little after 12pm today. While that was happening inside the Museum, six more Grand Sports in various colors and body styles were being parked outside the new conference center.

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All Photos © 2009 www.CorvetteBlogger.com

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Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport returns! We’re at the Corvette Museum this weekend for the official unveiling and will have more details and exclusive photos as the new models are unveiled to the enthusiasts. In the meantime, read the offical press release from Chevy after the jump.

Click here for a larger photo of the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette


PRESS RELEASE

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES NEW 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Grand Sport. It’s one of the most storied monikers in Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage and it is returning the lineup. Chevrolet announced the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the 12th annunal C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

The new Grand Sport model combines the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and a racetrack-bred suspension for a distinctive, starting grid-ready performer. It is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2L engine is rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).

The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and brings a greater degree of handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration vs. standard LS3-powered models.

Grand Sport coupe models equipped with the manual transmission are uniquely outfitted for racetrack competition, too, with a dry-sump oiling system, differential cooler and a rear-mounted battery.

The complete list of content and special features for the Grand Sport includes

  • Wider front and rear fenders – including specific front fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges
  • Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler
  • Functional brake ducts and extra cooling
  • Unique 18-inch front and 19-inch wheels; painted finish standard and chrome finish optional
  • Large 275/35ZR18 tires in front and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch (355 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • Specific manual transmission gear ratios
  • Specific rear axle ratio on automatic-equipped models

With its special equipment, the Grand Sport offers a unique blend of performance and amenities. Its suspension package approaches that of the Z06, but includes a removable roof on coupes (Z06 has a fixed roof) and, of course, the availability of a convertible body style. Also, the paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission is offered, while a manual transmission is the only choice with the Z06.

All of Corvette’s exterior colors are offered on the Grand Sport and an available Heritage package adds iconic front fender hash marks offered in four colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages, too.

Grand Sport history

Envisioned by legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a factory-built, lightweight and race-ready production model that would trump domestic and foreign road-racing competitors, the original Corvette Grand Sport was a promising idea stymied by GM’s agreement to stay out of manufacturer-backed motorsports.

The planned 125 production models required for racing-class homologation were never built, but five prototypes based on the styling of the 1963 Corvette were hand-assembled under Duntov’s watchful eye. And while they looked like production models, the prototypes were purpose-built racecars that shared little with their assembly-line cousins. Duntov also oversaw the Grand Sport engine program that featured a special, 377-cubic-inch small-block V-8 and used side-draft carburetors.

Although never officially sanctioned by General Motors, the five Grand Sport prototypes saw extensive racing experience throughout the 1960s in the hands of “private” racers who had strong contacts within Duntov’s engineering circle. All five original cars are accounted for today and are among the most valuable in the collector market.

Chevrolet offered a limited-edition Grand Sport production model in 1996, commemorating the original racing cars and marking the end of the C4 era in Corvette production. All of the 1,000 examples were painted Admiral Blue and featured a white center stripe and red “hash mark” graphics on the left front fender, a graphic scheme that mimicked the look of some of the original racecars.

*SAE certified.


Soure:
Autoblog

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Corvette Values: 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

1979 Corvette Coupe

ML from Indiana submitted this 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe to Corvette Values:

1979 Corvette, VIN #1Z8789S443XXX, original L48 350 cubic inch V8, automatic transmission, 58,905 miles. Power steering, brakes, door locks and windows, telescopic steeering and AC. Classic White paint is in good condition as well as the red interior. Original owners manual, but no other documentation exists.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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1979 Corvette T-Top, VIN #1Z8789S443XXX. The Vin indicates it was built late in the 1979 Corvette model production year assuring that any modifications or engineering changes would have been included in this Corvette.

Mileage of 58,905 is reported as original and correct; this is very low for a 1979 vintage Corvette.

This T-Top Corvette is Classic White in color, the paint being termed in good condition. The body panels are totally original reflecting no modifications. The White paint is complimented by a Red leather interior, also in good condition.

The 1979 Corvette T-Top is powered by the original L48 motor (350 ci/195 hp) that was the base motor in 1979 as indicated by the fifth digit in the VIN #, 8=L48 motor. This motor is coupled with an automatic transmission, a combination selected by the majority of the 1979 Corvette buyers.

This Corvette is well equipped with many of the comfort and convenience options including power steering, brakes, windows, door locks, tilt-telescopic steering column and air-conditioning.

The original radio has been replaced by an after-market unit, however the radio housing has not been modified.

From a documentation perspective, the original owner’s manual is intact.

We place a value of $12,000 on this Corvette. From a substantiation perspective, first quarter 2009 auction results indicate the appraisal value is correct. Also of interest is that the one-year appreciation factor for the 1979 Corvette is 4%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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Follow Live Coverage of Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

Heading to the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash
Later this afternoon I’ll be jumping a Southwest flight to Nashville and then renting a car for the trip to Bowling Green where we’ll be on hand for the 2010 Corvette reveal at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. While at the various NCM events, we’ll be updating the days activities live and posting exclusive photos via our Twitter account, which can be followed here after the jump.


Click here for the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash schedule of events

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Stile Bertone's ZR1 Based Project M Revealed as Mantide

Last week we introduced you to a new super car project from Stile Bertone that utilizes the chassis of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. This week, the finished Bertone Mantide made its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. The distinctly Italian super car features an aggressive look that you’ll either love or hate. Interestingly, Bertone keeps the polycarbonate window showcasing the ZR1′s 638-hp LS9 which reinforces our belief that its what’s inside that counts.

According to the press release, the Mantide promises even greater performance than the Corvette ZR1 due to significant weight savings and highly advanced aerodynamics. Carbon fiber was used everywhere – body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels – reducing the overall vehicle weight by 220 pounds (100 kilos). Bertone says these changes give the Mantide a 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

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Check out the press release below for more details:

Stile Bertone is proud to present the ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE one-off MANTIDE. Few, if any, automobiles have been as awe-inspiring as the show-stopping prototypes and “fuori serie” cars designed by Stile Bertone – the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero and the Lamborghini LP500 prototype to name just a few

TRADITION

Stile Bertone has a long history of creating one-off prototypes based on the mechanicals of Chevrolet’s sporting automobiles spanning over 50 years. Today, Stile Bertone is proud to utilize the mechanicals of the formidable 2009 Corvette ZR1. Employing know-how from the Le Mans winning Corvette C5R, the ZR1 is the greatest all-round performance car in the world, the undisputed “King of the Ring”, posting the fastest ever lap time for a true production car at 7:26:4 seconds on the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, long considered the benchmark for a car’s true performance. Mantide has been designed and fully engineered in collaboration with the renowned Danisi Engineering and aims to be the world’s greatest street legal performance car, wrapped in an iconic and radical Stile Bertone design.

Mantide’s futuristic design draws equal inspiration from modern aerospace and the world of Formula One. The iconic theme is clear to see: a teardrop-like fuselage which tightly encases the mechanicals and the passenger cell which is embraced by two prominent wrapping aerodynamic appendages. While shockingly bold and technical, Mantide’s unique design maintains a sensuality unique to Italian sports cars thanks to a futuristic interpretation of the classic Kamm Back two volume silhouette.

The aerospace inspired design aesthetic is further characterised by innovative yet beautiful forms which are fully driven by performance: the low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the numerous air inlets and exhausts for maximum air efficiency.

Mantide also boasts cutting edge aerodynamic performance fine-tuned in an advanced full scale wind tunnel. Features include a Le Mans prototype-derived flat floor and diffuser as well as “flying buttresses” which help to increase aero efficiency, guarantee a lower drag coefficient and greater levels of down force. The final aerodynamic results are class leading, with drag reduced by 25% (Cd 0.298) and a 30% improvement in down force. The Mantide not only delivers greater speed and stability, but also more efficiency and therefore lower fuel consumption.

The Mantide promises even greater performance than the ZR1, due to significant weight savings and its highly advanced aerodynamics. Using carbon fibre for all body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels, the overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 100 kilos. The result is a staggering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 351 kph (217mph) Safety and chassis rigidity have been increased with the incorporation of an FIA regulation triangulated roll cage, light-weight carbon fibre racing seats and 4pt racing harness for track use.

Stile Bertone invites you to follow Mantide on its year-long journey as it travels to major auto events around the globe at www.insideprojectm.com


Source:
Inside Project M

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GM Employees Inspect 1963 Corvette Clay Model

I came across this photo on a Spanish-language antique car blog similar to Hemmings called BLOG dos Carros Antigos. No caption needed, the photo pretty much says it all.

Click here for a larger version.


Source:
BLOG dos Carros Antigos

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Corvette Racing's Steve Wesoloski

General Motors made another round of cutbacks with 1,600 white-collar workers losing their jobs as the company accelerates cost cuts to qualify for additional government aid. Among the positions cut was that of GM’s Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski. Over the last few months, GM has significantly scaled back its road racing efforts until the Corvette program is all that remains and that must have been enough to make Wesoloski’s position vulnerable.

My first encounter with Steve was just last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring when he addressed the Corvette Corral. I found him to be very passionate and enthusiastic about the Corvette Racing program. It’s sort of prophetic that during one part of his stump speech he asked everyone to please keep buying cars because he doesn’t want to have to go back to the real world.

Steve was with GM since 1989 where he started as a release engineer on the C4 Corvette and joined Corvette Racing in 2001. He served as a liaison between the factory and racing programs and when Road Racing Group Manager position opened up, he took that and ran with it. The only downside to being the boss he said at Sebring was that he wasn’t allowed to go over the wall anymore during pit stops.

All those who are fans of Corvette Racing should raise a glass to Steve tonight and wish him well. We thank you Steve for your dedication and infectious enthusiasm during your tenure and hope your future is as bright as that of the racing team you helped build.

Here again is the video of Steve’s presentation from the Corvette Corral at Sebring, which we titled as “Racing Sells Cars”.



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