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[VIDEO] New Corvette Web Series Preview: Vette Garage

by Keith Cornett on August 4, 2009

New Corvette Web Series Preview: Vette Garage

We got a sneak peak on a new Corvette video series coming from the creators of Vette Girl and Vette Dogs. Vette Garage: The Series will be filmed entirely in HD and will debut on DigitalCorvettes.com sometime this fall. I’m sure we’ll have more details as the series gets closer to launching, but in the meantime enjoy this preview: Vette Garage: The Series

 

July 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 3, 2009

Corvette sales took a bit of dip last month as GM reported 966 deliveries in the month of July. The 966 units is the lowest since January’s 842 deliveries and was 30% lower than the 1,396 Corvettes sold in June 2009. However, based on July sales of Corvettes in 2007 and 2008, the decline is most probably due to smaller dealer inventories and consumer anticipation for the 2010 model which the factory started building last week.

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First Pictures of the Corvette-based SV 9 Competizione

by Keith Cornett on August 3, 2009

 First Pictures of the Corvette-based SV 9 Competizione

A week ago we introduced you to the SV 9 Competizione, the new Corvette-based custom coach from SV Motor Company. The SV 9C was conceived, designed and assembled in just 10 months which is an amazing feat in the automotive industry. To make the concept happen, SV Motors teamed up with an all-star team that included Pratt & Miller, Corvid Technologies and others. Today we’re happy to present you with real-world pics from the car’s debut last week in San Francisco.

The 9 Competizione mixes US performance with the aesthetic characteristics the finest Italian road cars. While the exterior features the most radical changes with its new carbon fiber body, we really like what SV has done on the inside. Check out the two-tone leather and burlwood interior and particularly the wood finished accents on the steering wheel. Nice.

The 9C will be limited to just 1,000 cars and the cost is just under $100,000. Check out SV Motor Company for reservations and further details.

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The SV 9 Competizione    


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SV Motor Company

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Corvette Racing: GM to Unveil ALMS GT2 C6.R on Tuesday

Our friends at BadBoyVettes have alerted us to a GM Press conference on Tuesday August 4th at 1pm EST for the introduction of the new ZR1-homologated GT2 Corvette C6.Rs. BBV says the new Corvettes will be sporting a new livery created by the GM Design Center.

We can tell you the Corvettes will be yellow and Jake will be there. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan confirmed as much back in April while talking about the GT2 Corvettes at the Corvette Museum’s Birthday Day Bash:

“Yellow will be the predominant color. We have a tremendous amount of equity built up in that and its not just here in the United States, its around the world…Photographers love it, magazine publishers love it, art people love it, so when you look at all the ancillary stuff that we are able to achieve by retaining that velocity yellow color, that will be the base color on the car but I can assure you that graphically, they will be very distinguishable in the way they look.”

The Corvette Racing team returns to the ALMS grid this weekend for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio August 6-8th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8. The race will be televised same-day tape-delayed on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

We are checking with some of the Chevrolet communications people to see if the press conference will be available online. We’ll share any details we learn as well as provide full covereage of the unveiling on Tuesday afternoon. Until then, you can catch up again on some of the GT2 Corvette’s details by watching the Doug Fehan/GT2 Corvette video.



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Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2009

Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.

Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.

 

Final 2009 Corvette Production Stats

by Keith Cornett on July 29, 2009

2009 Corvette Production

2009 was a year of highs and lows for Corvette. The high was most definitely the introduction of the Corvette ZR1. With a supercharged 638 horsepower engine, it’s the most powerful production Corvette ever built by GM. The new ZR1 garnered the attention of automotive journalists everywhere who showered the car with awards and accolades. When we talk about the low points, it’s the global automotive recession that resulted in a 52% decline in sales from the 35,310 Corvettes built in 2008 to just 16,956 built in 2009.

The Corvette Coupe remains the best selling model in the Corvette lineup with 8,737 produced (49.4%). For the second year in a row, the Z06 outsold the Convertible albeit with a much smaller margin 3,461 vs 3,342 (20.4% vs 19.7%). Finally, the ZR1 model with its base price slightly north of $100,000 saw 1,415 produced for an 8.3% market share.

Black remains the most popular exterior color with a 21.6% of Corvettes produced. However, the real surprise was Cyber Gray, which was a new color addition to the Corvette lineup in 2009. Cyber Gray was selected on 18.3% of all Corvettes and was the most popular color chosen for the combined Z06/ZR1 model. Victory Red was a solid third with a 13.2% share. Just one Corvette was painted LeMans Blue – the very first Corvette ZR1 built – purchased by Dave Ressler for $1 million at 2008′s Barrett-Jackson auto auction.

Here are selected items from the final 2009 Corvette production stats. Click here to download the complete 2009 Corvette Production Statistics.


Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 8,737 49.4%    
Convertibles 3,343 19.7%    
Z06 3,461 20.4%    
ZR1 1,415 8.3    
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Total 16,956 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
10U Artic White 863 603 260 0
17U Blade Silver 1,642 937 269 436
19U LeMans Blue 1 0 0 1
41U Black 3,665 1,833 560 1,272
45U Velocity Yellow 1,370 439 565 366
57U Cyber Gray 3,104 1,416 393 1,295
74U Victory Red 2,231 1,108 369 754
83U Atomic Orange 726 409 91 226
85U Jetstream Blue 1,367 650 191 526
89U Crystal Red 1987 1,342 645 0
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
35T Gray Beige 676 0 676 0
37T Titan Gray 212 0 212 0
41T Black 2,455 0 2,455 0
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
02I Red 852 409 158 285
19I Ebony 11,192 6,178 1,829 3,185
31I Light Cashmere 1,764 1,026 738 0
42I Ebony/Lt Linen 358 135 69 154
78I Ebony/Dk Titanium 946 142 91 713
84I Light Titanium 1,611 781 439 391
         
         
Equipment Packages Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
1LT (Coupe & Conv) 3,271 3,033 238 0
1LZ (Z06) 424 0 0 424
1ZR (ZR1) 213 0 0 213
2LT (Coupe & Conv) 1,879 1,193 686 0
2LZ (Z06) 1,654 0 0 1,654
3LT (Coupe & Conv) 5,230 3,256 1,974 0
3LZ (Z06) 1,163 0 0 1,163
3ZR (ZR1) 1,202 0 0 1,202
4LT (Coupe & Conv) 757 449 307 1
4LZ (Z06) 50 0 0 50
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
MH3 6-Speed Manual (ZR1) 1,415 0 0 1,415
MM6 6-Speed Manual 5,225 1,455 309 3,461
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 8,560 5,822 2,738 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 1,756 1,460 296 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
QG6 Base Aluminum 3,039 2,537 502 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 1,989 1,497 492 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 13 0 0 13
QX1 Comp. Gray Aluminum 1,028 945 83 0
Q10 Z06 Base 378 0 0 378
Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray 372 0 0 372
Q6A ZR1 Comp. Gray 283 0 0 283
Q6B ZR1 Chrome 1,132 0 0 1,132
Q76 Z06 Chrome 795 0 0 795
Q8A Z06 Chrome Var1 1,903 0 0 1,903
Q9V Forged Chrome 5,649 3,258 1,891 0
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 1,051 1,051 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 3,520 979 1,126 1,415
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 6,238 4,205 2,033 0
R8C Museum Delivery 392 126 83 183
US8 Single CD/Radio 5,882 4,487 930 465
US9 Multi CD/Radio 3,139 1,668 779 692
UV6 Heads Up Display 11,591 4,302 2,413 4,876
U2K XM Satellite Radio 15,983 8,058 3,274 4,651
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 4,515 3,516 999 0
         
         
Special Editions Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
CSC Comp Sport 72 52 0 20
GT1 GT1 Edition 125 53 17 55
ZHZ Hertz 375 0 375 0
Z06 3,461 0 0 3,461
ZR1 1,415 0 0 1,415


Source:
Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Related:
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Corvette Z06 Pace Car Leads The Pack at NASCAR's Allstate 400

Yesterday was the running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. As in the past, the Corvette Z06 was chosen as the Pace Car and we got to say that the graphics package consisting of red and charcoal work very well. The Festival Corvettes, which are the silver Convertibles, were also on hand for the weekend and are used for ferrying drivers and track officials and VIPs to various events during the week leading up the race.

Check out the gallery of photos from Corvettes at the Allstate 400.

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Corvettes at the Allstate 400    


Source:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Photo Credits: Bret Kelley, Chris Jones, Ron McQueeney

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[VIDEO] What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

by Keith Cornett on July 27, 2009

What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

That’s the questions being posed by UK-based Autocar in this video showing a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 going flat out through the English countryside in pursuit of the unknown chase car. With the narrow twisty roads, the ZR1 gives the thought of a pass now and again, but always backs off, but not before unleashing the 638 horses for a few seconds. Watch closely at the 1:53 mark as the ZR1 catches some serious air that lifts all four wheels off the road.

You can see what kind of car people are guessing is the lead car by visiting the page on Youtube.


Source:
Autocar.co.uk

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PK Carsport Corvette C6.R Wins the 24 Hours of Spa

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2009

PK Carsport Corvette C6.R Wins the 24 Hours of Spa

It was a battle between Corvette and Maserati for what could be the final run of GT1 race cars at the 24 Hours of Spa. In the end, it was the PK Carsport C6.R driven by Mike Hezemans, Anthony Kumpen, Jos Menten and Kurt Mollekens that finish a comforable 11 laps ahead of the Vitaphone Racing Team (DHL) Maserati MC12.

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin was driving at Spa this weekend for the Belgian FIA GT Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT). Gavin was leading at 21 hours when the car developed a serious oil problem and spent the majority of the final hours in the garage. It would come out and complete a final lap for certification and finished 19th overall.

Another member of the Corvette Racing Team, Marcel Fassler, faired much better with the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS. Fassler and co-drivers Henri Moser, Alexander Margaritis, and Marc Besseng dominated the G2 category and rose up the standings during the cool night hours. Unable to hold off the resurgent Vitaphone Maserati, the Audi R8 finished 15 laps down for third overall.

This is the second win in two years for PK Carsport Corvette at the 24 hours of Spa.


Source:
Autosport.com
Photo Credit: Corvette Motorsport

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Corvette Jumpsuits and the History of Douchebaggery

by Keith Cornett on July 24, 2009

Corvette and the Cannes

Designed for people like you who make things happen.

If you’re following Corvettes on twitter you’ve probably seen the term “douchebag” mentioned on more than one corvette-related tweet. The good news is after searching google the historical archives, we’ve discovered where the term first originated and how it unfortunately became associated with Corvette owners.

Click here for a larger version of The Corvette and the Cannes.

Hood or no hood? Comments?


Source:
Mercury on Design

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