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GT2 Corvette C6.R To Hit Test Track in March

In a recent article highlighting Corvette Racing’s Green initiative, GM Road Racing Group Manager Steve Wesoloski said the development of the GT2 Corvette is on track and should be ready to test for the first time in mid to late March.

As the C6.R racing program readies for the 2009 season, the American Le Mans Series and Michelin announced their partnership for the Michelin Green X Challenge. It was last year that Corvette Racing adopted cellulosic E85 and in doing so helped transform the image of Corvette from a gas guzzler to an energy efficient race car. Wesoloski says GM will continue the Green initiative as the GT2 race car will offer additional efficiencies:

“Certainly there have been lessons learned,” Wesoloski said. “There is a cross over with the production powertrain group as they are taking a lot from the V8 engines we race to make them compatible with E85. Those are things we learned from racing. Another thing we are doing with the GT2 car is weight. We have embraced the aluminum frame from the Z06 and ZR1. You can put these materials in the race car and (embrace) new technologies.”

“It’s going to be a long time before the auto industry finds the one magic solution,” he admitted. “In the meantime we’re all looking for answers. This (cellulosic E85) is one. We’re saying you don’t have to be afraid of ethanol. It’s good enough to race and good enough to drive to soccer practice. And we’re not touching the food chain. We’re trying to send that message, and using a cellulosic process is a big deal.”

Based on Wesoloski’s time frame for testing the GT2 Corvette, I’m wondering if its possible we’ll see the new car at Sebring. And why not? The 12 Hours of Sebring happens March 21st and with the entire Pratt & Miller team in Florida for the event, why not get the car on the track a day or two after the race (and after the GT2 competition has left) for a couple of test sessions. I’m also sure the C6.R fans would go ga-ga if they could get up close and personal with the new GT2 Corvette that is expected to carry on the winning tradition of the GT1 program.

American Le Mans racing kicks off its 11th season at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21. SPEED will televise the race live from 10 am – 12 noon and then from 2-11 pm EST.



Source:
Motorsport.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Stingray Concept

Continuing our coverage of today’s reveal of the Corvette Stingray Concept at the Chicago Auto Show, we bring you this video of GM’s Design Chief Ed Welburn doing a walk-around of silver Autobot at the GM design center. Pictured in the background is one of the inspirations for the Corvette concept, the 1959 Stingray Racer. Video after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE:

AUTOBOTS® WITH BOW TIES: CHEVROLET-BASED CHARACTERS STARRING IN ‘TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN’ AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Giant movie robot also on display with vehicles used in the upcoming blockbuster summer film

Camaro BumbleBeeCHICAGO – Visitors to the Chevrolet display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show (Friday through Feb. 22) will be treated to an out-of-this-world vehicle display – the automotive stars from the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Five Chevrolet-based characters – including four all-new characters – are featured in the new film set to open in the United States on June 26. All of them are at the Chevrolet display. The four new movie characters include:

  • SIDESWIPE – a stylized Corvette vision concept vehicle
  • SKIDS and MUDFLAP – twin AUTOBOTS® based on Chevy’s Beat (a concept that will go into production as the Chevy Spark in 2011) and Trax concepts
  • JOLT – an AUTOBOT-based on Chevy’s upcoming Volt extended-range electric vehicle

BUMBLEBEEâ„¢, the heroic AUTOBOT based on Chevrolet’s Camaro concept from the first “Transformers” movie, returns with a high-performance attitude. Joining the vehicles on stage will be BUMBLEBEE in his AUTOBOT form, standing almost 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall and 13 feet (4 meters) wide.

“Chevrolet is thrilled to again be part of one of the most anticipated movies in years,” said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. “‘Transformers’ gives us a great opportunity to connect with young people on their terms, with a dynamic, environmentally friendly image. The new characters represent the change going on in Chevy showrooms. From the exciting Camaro, the 21st century sports car, to the game-changing Volt, there’s more than meets the eye at Chevrolet today.”

Directed by Michael Bay, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” sees the AUTOBOTS confront a new threat from DECEPTICONS® bent on avenging their earlier defeat on Earth. The new AUTOBOT characters in their current Chevy-based form square off against new, tougher foes determined to rule the universe.

“‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ goes way beyond the first film in terms of robot action and excitement,” said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of worldwide marketing partnerships at Paramount Pictures, the distributor of the film. “The new AUTOBOTS add to the storytelling, and these Chevy vehicles went with our filmmakers to locations all around the world. GM has again provided incredible support to the production team working on the movie.”

Along with the Camaro that’s reprising its role in the new film, the other Chevy models to be seen on the big screen are new to movie-goers.

SIDESWIPE takes the form of a sleek, vision concept dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM. The design is influenced by the original Stingray race car, introduced in 1959, but also draws on Corvette heritage cues from other generations. It brings them together in a futuristic shape that seems to be equal parts racecar and space ship.

“SIDESWIPE represents an exercise in exploration for the Corvette,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives.”

The Beat and Trax-based characters, SKIDS and MUDFLAP, remain faithful to their concept designs introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show – although each wears new paint and other exterior accessories. And while they may be small cars, when they turn into fighting AUTOBOTS®, they pack a big punch.

The other new AUTOBOT, JOLT, appears in the production form of Chevy’s 2011 Volt extended-range electric vehicle. With the capability of up to 40 miles (64 km) of pure electric propulsion, plus hundreds of more miles with the assistance from its Voltec powertrain system, the real-life Volt will change driving in America.

Of course, the AUTOBOT team isn’t complete without BUMBLEBEE, the yellow Camaro based on the new, 2010 production model. Sporting new wheels and SS-model performance cues, BUMBLEBEE is more stylish and powerful than ever – and enthusiasts will be able to drive their own new Camaro when it goes on sale this spring. For more exclusive AUTOBOT movie information relating to Chevrolet, please visit www.autobotsrollout.com.

Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $12,120 to $103,300. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, a Michael Bay film, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas, Glenn Morshower and John Turturro. The film is directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is based on Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERSâ„¢ action figures and is produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. This film has not yet been rated.

TRANSFORMERS is a brand of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS). Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.


Source:
Autoblog

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Corvette Stingray Concept Revealed in Chicago

Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen rolls into theaters this summer and one of the main Autobot characters is Sideswipe, who’s alt-car mode is the Corvette Centennial Design Concept. After months of only seeing the Corvette concept in spy shots, the car finally made its official public debut at the Chicago Auto show.

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Initially known as the Centennial Design Concept, we are seeing references to the unveiled car as the “Corvette Stingray Concept” so until we see something different, that’s how we’ll refer to it as well.

After seeing the photos I still think that this concept is a great starting point for work on the C7. I’m sure the front and rears would be reworked but overall the concept is a home run. Just imagine this Corvette Stingray in Black or Red. Smokin!


Source:
Jalopnik

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Corvette Movie Poster: High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977)

by Keith Cornett on February 10, 2009

High Rolling in a Hot Corvette

High Rolling in a Hot Corvette was an Australian film released in 1977. The plot? A stolen Corvette with a “trunk” full of pot. Hi-jinks ensue. You can read a review of the movie, however, the reviewer sort of makes the point that the movie sucked and it’s really not worth your time. So much for wild, outrageous and loveable!

Click here for a larger version of the poster.


Inspiration:
Screengrab @ Nerve.com

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[VIDEO] 1963 Corvette is World’s Fastest Street Legal Car

by Keith Cornett on February 10, 2009

1963 Corvette is World's Fastest Street Legal Car

Rod Saboury is used to making cars go fast, but his latest project tops them all. Taking seven years to build, the 1963 Corvette is a show car, street car and race car all rolled into one fiberglass body. And boy does this Corvette roll. During last summer’s Super Chevy show at Summit Motor Sports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the 2,400 horsepower Sting Ray launched from zero to 60 mph in 1 second and crossed the quarter-mile mark in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph.

The ’63 is powered by a small-block Chevy V8 built by Moran Engines. Twin turbochargers boost the horsepower to 2,400 while 22-inch tires keep the Split-Window firmly planted to the pavement.

The Corvette is fully street legal and meets all the requirements to be registered for driving on the street. Creature comforts include power windows and cup holders. Street tires provide plenty of grip and Rod claims the car gets 10 miles to the gallon while running on pump gas.

People compare the twin-turbo Corvette with a jet being catapulted off an aircraft carrier. The Corvette is built for extreme acceleration. For his runs at the strip, Rod takes off in first gear which lifts the front tires off the track. He shifts into second gear at 8,200 RPM. Finishing a run at 210 MPH means the Corvette requires a half mile of breaking distance to stop. Twin parachutes mounted on the back to help slow the Corvette. The chutes create negative g-forces which Rod compares to slamming into a brick wall when they are deployed.


Source:
Baltimore Sun

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One of My Favorite Corvette Photos

by Keith Cornett on February 7, 2009

Keith aka CorvetteBlogger his 1966 Corvette Convertible

I was looking for a photo to use as an avatar for a new Corvette social network I recently joined and came across this photo of me in my 1966 Corvette. I was returning to Tampa from the 2003 NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee with my friend Chris trailing me in his C5 Corvette Coupe. It wasn’t until that night that I knew he took this shot of me comfortably cruising at 82 mph on Interstate 4.

Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette Convertible

Several years later I paid forward the favor when I came upon Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette convertible on I-95 in South Carolina. He was returning to South Florida from Deals Gap, NC where he and some friends had cruised the Tail of the Dragon. Although I didn’t have a HUD in the GMC Arcadia rental to document our speed, Charlie had about the same surprised reaction at seeing him in his Corvette as I did after I was able to track him down through the forums and send him the pictures.

Like Charlie, I drive my 1966 Corvette regularly (although not usually that far from home) and I think that’s one of the neatest aspects of this photo: Just me on the road in my ’66 Sting Ray with the wind whipping through the cockpit and my focus on the road ahead. Life should be that good everyday.


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Long and Winding Road: Paul McCartney's Blue C5 Corvette

I’ve been a Beatles fan for about as long as I’ve been a Corvette fan – which means pretty much my entire life, so this is a fun story for me to tell you about. Former cute-one Paul McCartney keeps a C5 Corvette at his LA home and is often seen driving it when he is on the West Coast. Paul was recently spotted strolling through LAX with new GF Nancy Shevell and the couple was photographed leaving the airport in Paul’s C5 Blue Convertible.

I believe Paul has owned this particular Corvette for some time. I remember watching a special about the recording of the 2005 CD “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” and at one point the video showed Paul arriving at the LA recording studio in the blue C5 convertible.

Think about that for a sec. McCartney is one of the richest entertainers in the world with a net worth estimated to be a BILLION dollars. He can afford any car he wants – yet he keeps an older C5 Corvette as his personal car when in California. I think that says a lot, not only about McCartney, but about the performance and quality of the C5 generation of Corvettes.

And since I’ve already gotten way off topic with this post, let me continue with a quick plug of Paul’s latest album “Electric Arguments”. If you’re a McCartney or Beatles fan and you don’t have this disc in your collection, you are missing out. It’s Paul’s best work in several years and it’s a great listen. Check out The Fireman: Electric Arguments.


Source:
UK Daily Mail

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Marcel Fassler and Antonio Garcia Joins Corvette Racing Team

Corvette Racing has announced a new driver lineup for the 2009 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two new faces have been added for the endurance events. Marcel Fassler (L) will team up with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R and Antonio Garcia (R) will join ALMS GT1 Defending Champions Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R.

Marcel Fassler hails from Switzerland and been a winner in the FIA GT Championship with the Phoenix Carsport Corvette C6.R and won the prestigious Spa 24-hour race in 2007. He also briefly raced for Audi’s LMP1 team last year. Fassler has already been announced as part of the Speedy Sebah Lola-Aston Martin team for the 2009 Le Mans Series. Fassler has competed in the DTM, the European Le Mans Series, A1 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT championship.

Spanish driver Antonio Garcia won the GT1 class at Le Mans last year driving for Corvette’s arch rival Aston Martin. Most recently, Garcia was part of the winning Brumos team at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Garcia has raced in the European Touring Car Championship, the World Touring Car Championship and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

“Antonio and Marcel have the ability, the experience, and the mindset that we look for in a Corvette Racing driver,” said GM Road Racing Group manager Steve Wesoloski. “We’ve seen their speed on the track, and we know they have the discipline and team-oriented attitude that’s essential for success in endurance racing.”

Fassler and Garcia replace Max Papis and Ron Fellows in Corvette Racing’s three endurance events: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Papis is making the move to break into NASCAR full time this season while Ron Fellows has moved into an ambassadorial role with the Corvette Racing team.

Corvette Racing also confirmed that they will run in the GT1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of Long Beach before heading to France in June to compete for the 10th time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following their return from France, Corvette Racing will transition to the GT2 class at Mid-Ohio as the team prepares for a full season of GT2 racing in 2010.



Source:
Corvette Racing

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Torch Red Making a Return on the 2010 Corvette?

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2009

Victory Red C6 (L) and a Torch Red C5 (R)

Chatter has been building over the last week about the possible return of Torch Red as a color option on the 2010 Corvette. Corvette Conti says Motown sources are telling him that Torch Red will be available as well as one other new color. Could that new color could be related to the expected return of the Grand Sport?

Conti thinks that one such color that could be used on the 2010 Grand Sport is Imperial Blue which was featured on the AllState 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car in 2008.

What hasn’t really been discussed yet is which color(s) may be dropped to support the addition of two new colors. We are assuming that Victory Red would be retired with the return of Torch Red as opposed to dropping the darker shaded Crystal Red. However, with the Cadillac XLR being retired, it could open up additional capacity to Corvette to add another color without first discontinuing an existing color.

What ever the case, these kinds of tidbits are usually out on the table and confirmed by GM just prior to the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum in April. We’ll be attending the show this year and you can count on us to bring you all the sites and sounds of the new 2010 Corvette as well as an update on the NCM’s expansion project.

Sources:
Corvette Conti and Corvette Forum

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Auction Preview: 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2009

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

Vintage race Corvettes with provenance are selling at record numbers and we now have word of another significant Corvette racecar set to hit the auction block in May. The 1965 Corvette roadster nicknamed the “8-Ball Cobra Killer” was one of the most dominating Corvette race cars of its day. The Corvette will be a winner once again as its offered for sale at the 5th Annual Houston Classic Auction hosted by Worldwide Auctioneers.

The 1965 Corvette was owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Gulstand. One of the most dominating cars at the time, the 8-Ball Corvette saw most of its action on the west coast and won 46 of 49 races in a single season. Today the Corvette is restored to its original 1966 race specs.

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.

Sources:
Worldwide Auctions
Photo Credit: Toshi Akatsuka, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

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