Long time readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I don’t many comparo stories. Although not perfect, the Corvette has proven to be MY favorite car time and time again and I don’t need to get into a dick measuring contest to prove it. But as we get close to Sebring, I started thinking about the fight between Porsche and Corvette and how all that racing technology transfers to street cars. I guess the folks at Porsche’s Excellence Magazine had the same thoughts and decided to find out what happens when you pit the ultimate street versions against each other.
Mobil 1′s The Grid has a nice feature on Corvette Racing preparing for the 2010 American Le Mans season.
Here is first full episode of the season-long Corvette Racing video series offering viewers an inside look at the team’s competitive nature and how they prepare to take to the track. With a little over a week until the ALMS season-opener at the 12 hours of Sebring, key members from Corvette Racing recap last year’s finish and share what awaits them in 2010.
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As we gear up for the 12 hours of Sebring, we’ve been hearing a lot from the folks at Corvette Racing about the benefits that racing brings to the production Corvettes. Chevy brings this prominent theme of track-to-street technology transfer a full circle with the announcement of a special Z06 that is born from the lessons learned in racing. Meet the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
This poor guy was trying to save his C4 Corvette from a flooded barn. In the process of “yahooing the Corvette through the lake” he hydro-locked the engine. Comments from the camera lady range from “You got sooo close” to “Mike, are those your work shoes?”
Tampa Sports Car Examiner
Automotive News reported that 10 GM studios across the globe have submitted designs for the next generation Corvette. GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn says of the designs submitted, some “were absolutely phenomenal”. Welburn suggests the global initiative is part of an effort by GM to create a C7 that appeals to both buyers in Europe, where Corvette sales has gotten little traction, and to a younger US buyers, who tend to favor imports.
Thousands of people each year come to the Chevrolet Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky & the nearby Corvette National Museum to get an inside look at the great American sports car.
Corvette owners can actually watch their vehicle in the process of being built and document its progress as it moves along the line. In many cases, the new owner can actually be the very first person to start it up!
Corvettes = Pride. From the company to the assembly workers to the owners taking delivery. This is where quality starts.
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