General Motors has filed a lawsuit in US District Court against Ohio-based Mongoose Motorsports LLC for producing replicas of the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. GM has recently licensed the rights to Duntov Motor Co, who with Superformance, have started offering authentic Grand Sport reproductions for both track and street.
Corvette Chief Engineer and VLE Performance Vehicles Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles spoke Saturday morning to Corvette enthusiasts in the Corvette Corral tent at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. In this two-part video, they covered topics including the transfer of technology that goes hand in hand with racing and production and again they discussed the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
The 12 Hours of Sebring reared its head and bit the Corvette Racing team hard on Saturday as the team faced multiple challenges in the first American Le Mans race of the season. Both cars had issues, and their fate was sealed when the #4 Corvette crashed into the #3 Corvette in pit lane. Although both Corvettes were able to get back out on the track, the lost time in the pits and garage cost the team 11 laps off the lead and consigned the #3 and 4 to 8th and 9th place finish respectively.
On Saturday, I was able to get some great video of the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and I’m pretty sure I’ve captured most of the visible elements that make up the carbon package. The black rear-view mirrors and piano-black side skirts look exceptionally cool against the Supersonic Blue exterior paint.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition was unveiled yesterday to an enthusiastic crowd at the Corvette Corral at the 12 Hours of Sebring. On Saturday, the car was moved from the tent to outside where the sunlight really shows off the Supersonic Blue.
We spoke with Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan on the Friday before the 12 Hours of Sebring. We asked Doug about technology transfers between racing and production, last season’s climatic ending at Laguna Seca as well as what’s new for the team for 2010.
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Members of GM’s Corvette team were at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Friday, March 19, 2010 to unveil the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. This new Corvette for 2011 features the Z07 package which includes the Corvette ZR1′s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, front splitter, 19/20″ black wheels with Michelin PS2s, rear ZR1-style spoiler plus a custom suede interior.
We also learned some other new features for the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon not covered in the press release: A new tuned exhaust system, custom VIN and the ability to choose between different steering settings.
Notice the dealer plates on the car?? Heck of a save, but there is a reason for traction control and not hooning a 436-horsepower rear wheel drive sports car in the rain!
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.