Old meets new in this photo of Rick’s 2015 Corvette Z06 in front of a historic brick house built back in the mid-1880s in Frankfort, Indiana.
“Made in America!”
That’s the theme of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R as it readies for the 2017 racing season.
Pratt & Miller released a quick teaser video yesterday showing the graphics being applied to the front quarter panel of the Yellow and Black Corvette race car.
The graphic follows the theme first started in 2016 featuring the “Made in America” slogan. Last year’s graphics also featured the state outlines of Michigan and Kentucky, symbolizing the Corvette’s dual state heritage of being “designed in Detroit, built in Bowling Green”.
Long time fans remember the anticipation at the start of each year as to how the Corvette C5-R and then the C6.R’s livery would look for the season. Over the years, some really bad-ass liveries were designed for the Corvettes including the fan favorite design of 2007 featuring the Yellow and Black reversed Jakes for Monterey.
But a few years back, Chevrolet corporate stepped in to “help” the process and the livery designs were toned down to the point where today, the only major changes year to year other than sponsors are the front quarter panels.
In the end, it’s all okay. Let’s hope the only part of the C7.R that our GTLM competitiors are focused on is the tail lights.
Corvette Wave to BadBoyVettes on Twitter.
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Cue the sad trombones…
While its been widely touted that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is expected to be shown at the Detroit auto show, the guys over at GM Authority are saying they have it on “good authority” that there will be no new Corvette variants revealed during next week’s 2017 North American International Auto Show.
As spy photos of a camouflaged widebody C7 Corvette with the big wing spoiler continued to pop up during the later half of 2016, it seemed that the Corvette Team was getting closer to revealing what has been widely agreed upon as the 2018 Corvette ZR1. The last round of photos was particularly revealing after the car ditched its fabric-laden covers giving us all a glimpse of what the front of the next C7 Corvette will look like.
This car was also in the news over the holidays after internal GM documents listed a 6.2-liter DOHC V8 engine slated exclusively for the Corvette in 2018. Tie that piece of news together with the trademark filing for the LT5 back in September and you can see why Corvette enthusiasts couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for Corvette.
It is somewhat disappointing if it turns out that GM is skipping the opportunity to show off this new Corvette at NAIAS, but that opens the door to reveal the new Corvette at some other venue. Our next wish would be to see it revealed at the Corvette Museum’s annual Bash Event at the end of April. But if they decide to do the reveal in Europe like last year’s surprise 2017 Grand Sport unveiling, I’m punching someone in the face!
Just in case, our Detroit Bureau headed up by Steve Burns will be in attendance bright and early Monday morning for the official Chevrolet press conference from the Detroit Auto Show.
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Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner
DETROIT (Jan. 4, 2017) – It’s time for Corvette Racing to again head back to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the first testing laps of 2017. The offseason hasn’t been much of one for the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) titlists in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But offseason becomes preseason with this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 and the prelude to the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The final monthly sales report of 2016 was posted this morning from GM and it looks like Corvette sales rebounded to have a great month!
In December 2016, Chevrolet sold 2,709 Corvettes for a 10.4% gain over December 2015. For the 2016 calendar year (January-December), a total 29,995 Corvettes were delivered to new owners. Sales for the calendar year were down -10% from the 33,329 Corvettes delivered in the 2015 calendar year.
Congratulations to Tom and Peggie of Merritt Island, Florida who recently added this 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition No. 232 to their garage. They also own a C3 and C5 Corvette! The Corvette was purchased through West-Herr Chevrolet in Orchard Park, NY., and Tom and Peggie did the R8C Museum Delivery at the National Corvette Museum.
Click here to see a larger photo of their Corvette Grand Sport.
This weekend is the Roar Before the 24, a three-day test session held at the Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 2017 season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which runs January 28-29th.
IMSA issued its first Balance of Performance (BoP) tables to teams last week and further changes will be made once IMSA reviews the data following the Roar test.
The entire GTLM field including Corvette Racing will be participating in the Roar Before the 24 test.
Mom always said nothing good happens after midnight and the driver of the C6 Corvette in Brazil can probably agree.
I might also point out the basic premise of this video is that Continue