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Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2009

Corvette Racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Source:
Endurance-Info.com

 

Chevrolet's Ed Peper and the C6.R Corvette

One of our biggest fears in a GM Bankruptcy was that the automaker would be forced to cancel the company’s racing programs including Corvette Racing’s final assault on the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as it focuses on reorganization. But recent comments by GM Vice President of Chevrolet Ed Peper appears to put those fears to rest.

“Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is still very much a part of the company’s DNA, Peper told the Detroit’s Free Press. Auto racing will remain “a stout marketing and advertising tool in its reorganization”.

That’s good news as the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts converge on France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing will run its pair of Compuware-sponsored Chevy Corvette C6.Rs in the GT1 class and hopes are high that this final GT1 race for the team will end with a 1-2 podium finish.

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the key marketing activities of the brand,” Peper said. “Corvette is the marquee brand for the company, but we’ve got to get maximum return for minimum spending.”

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Peper says the government’s auto task force has not gotten involved in GM’s racing programs during the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “They concentrated on the core business — they didn’t get into marketing and advertising,” Peper said. “They just wanted us to use good judgment with our promotions.”

Peper says “we race to win, and we get a great return on it.” But, he added, all GM’s racing programs, including NASCAR, will be under pressure to deliver greater efficiencies and return on investment despite tough times.

“We have a great presence in motorsports, but we need the returns to be even better,” Peper said. “I love racing, but the most appealing part of it to me is delivering on sales.”

Practice for Le Mans will take place on June 10th and qualifying will be held on June 11th. The 77th running of the worlds most prestigious sports car race will start on Saturday, June 13th at 3 pm local time (10 am EST) and the checkered flag will drop 24 hours later on Sunday, June 14th. Much of race will be carried by SPEED.



Source:
Detroit Free Press

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Official pricing for the 2010 Corvette coupe and convertible models was released today. For those of you trying to decide between ordering one of the regular Coupe or Convertible body styles or going with the new Grand Sport, this price comparison should be helpful. The good news is that pricing for the 2010 is only being increased by $365!

Here is the pricing for the 2010 Corvette Coupe and Convertible models:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe Base MSRP $49,880 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible Base MSRP $54,530 including destination.

As we posted last week, the Grand Sports will open at:

  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe Base MSRP $55,720 including destination.
  • 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Base MSRP $59,530 including destination.

So the difference between the two models for each body style:

  • 2010 Corvette Coupe vs Grand Sport Coupe Price Difference – $5,840
  • 2010 Corvette Convertible vs Grand Sport Convertible Price Difference – $5,000

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 has not yet been released but we are expecting it shortly.

Thanks goes to Dave Salvatore @ Kerbeck for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or are looking to deal on remaining 2009′s, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
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Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide
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[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

GM CEO Fritz Henderson spoke out again on Corvette through another live chat on GM’s Fastlane blog. The comments on Corvette were the first from GM’s leader since the company entered bankruptcy proceedings earlier this week.

A participant named John asked if the “Corvette will survive as the V8 engined rear wheel drive icon we all love”.

Fritz Henderson’s response:

Yes. My wonderful baby is my 2005 Corvette coupe. We have more in store for the future and this iconic brand will retain its powerful place within the new GM.


Source:
GM FastLane Blog
Photo Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Related:
GM Bankruptcy: Corvette Plant Safe (for now)
[VIDEO] GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette’s Future

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May 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2009

The news about Corvette sales just keeps getting better. For the fifth straight month, Corvette sales were stronger than the month prior. Chevrolet dealers sold 1,643 Corvettes in May, a 14% increase over April’s 1,407 deliveries. The May 2009 sales figure was also the highest since 2,318 Corvettes were sold in September of 2008.

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Corvette Movie Poster: Corvette Summer (1978)

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2009

Corvette Summer

It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.

You’re going to have the most turbo-charged, chrome-plated, plush-lined,
high-gloss, super-speed customized time of your life.

Click here for a larger version of the Corvette Summer movie poster.


Inspiration:
movieposter.com
Internet Movie Database

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Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette Roadster

As the legendary designer and former head of GM’s Color and Style department, Harley Earl will always be remembered for his contributions to automotive design he made during his reign at GM in the heyday of America’s automotive manufacturing era. It was Earl that envisioned the idea of a two-seater sports car in the early 50′s and that idea culminated with the unveiling of the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show in New York.

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GM Bankruptcy: Corvette Plant Safe (for now)

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2009

Corvette's on the assembly line in Bowling Green

As expected, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning in New York. The 100 year old company lists $82 billion in assets and $172 billion in debts. On the positive side, the Corvette plant in Bowling Green was not on the list of the 14 plants that General Motors will close as part of the bankruptcy reorganization.

Tim Lee, Vice President of Manufacturing for GM North America says the company has “100% confidence” in the Corvette and is pleased with the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is made. Speaking in a conference call with media, Lee said the company plans to build the car based on customer demand while noting that demand isn’t great “right now”.

Lee called the Corvette “very, very profitable” and said the Bowling Green plan should continue to annually produce between 35,000 and 50,000 cars.

That figure does seems like a distant memory: 35,310 Corvettes were produced in 2008 but the 2009 production total is expected to be about half that. There is currently no indication that another model will replace the Cadillac XLR which was also built at the plant but was discontinued earlier this year.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant was also expected to become the home of the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice in 2012, but those models are expected to be sold or discontinued as part of the reorganization that will focus on the four key brands: Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.

The Corvette plant is currently closed for a planned two week hiatus.


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport Launch Control Tested in Dealer's Lot

We showed you how the 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control works from the GM video shown at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash back in April. On Thursday, one of GM’s preproduction 2010 Corvette Grand Sports was at Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan and demonstrated the new feature – in their parking lot!

The new Launch Control system is very easy to engage. Just put your manual Corvette’s traction control into competitive mode and push the throttle to the floor. The system will hold a predetermined RPM and when the driver dumps the clutch, the launch control system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to get the best traction.

Les Stanford was quick to point out that this was a GM car and not a customers car or a car that would be for sale. The best news is that had this been an actual customer’s Corvette, using the launch control system will not void the warranty.


Source:
Autoblog

Related:
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
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Official 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released

by Keith Cornett on May 29, 2009

Offical 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released

We got word today from Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette that pricing for the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport has been released. When the Grand Sport was introduced at the National Corvette Museum in April, Team Corvette members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter both said that people will be pleased when the final price is announced. Having seen the numbers, we see again why Corvette beats all sports cars in the performance per dollar category.

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing:

  • 2010 Grand Sport Coupe starts at $55,720 including DFC
  • 2010 Grand Sport Convertible starts at $59,530 including DFC

Going off the current year pricing, that’s $6,205 more than the base Coupe and $5,360 for the base Convertible. Taking into account that we are expecting to see a pricing increase on the base coupe and convertibles, as well as the fact that the Grand Sport takes the place of the Z51 option which costs $1,695 and you are essentially looking at $3,665-4510 upgrade for the new wide-body design, complete with Z06 brakes, tuned suspension and a better 0-60 mph performance of 4.0 vs 4.2.

A quick check on some of the forums show that people are generally pleased with the pricing of the new model. Considering that most garage wide body conversions cost around $10,000, this new model should sell well.

Pricing on the Corvette models for 2010 should be forthcoming shortly which will also include pricing for the Z15 GS Heritage Package which will be available sometime in the fall.

Thanks again goes out to Dave Salvatore for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.

SPECIFICATIONS OF THE 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

Overview

Models:

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and Convertible

Body styles / driveline:

two-door hatchback coupe with removable roof; rear-wheel drive (Coupe and Convertible)

Construction:

composite body panels, hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components

Manufacturing location:

Bowling Green, Ky.

Engines

 

6.2L V-8 LS3

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve, two valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

SFI (sequential fuel injection)

Compression ratio:

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

430 / 321 @ 5900* w/ std. exhaust
436 / 325 @ 5900* w/ opt. exhaust

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

424 / 575 @ 4600* w/ std. exhaust
428 / 580 @ 4600* w/ opt. exhaust

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended not required

EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):

15 / 25 (automatic)
16 / 26 (manual)

Transmissions

 

six-speed manual

six-speed paddle-shift automatic

Application:

std.

opt.

Gear ratios (:1)

   

First:

2.97

4.03

Second:

2.07

2.36

Third:

1.43

1.53

Fourth:

1.00

1.15

Fifth:

0.71

0.85

Sixth:

0.56

0.67

Reverse:

3.28

3.06

Final drive ratio:

3.42

2.73

Chassis / Suspension

Front:

short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber

Rear:

short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber

Traction control:

electronic traction control; Active Handling

Brakes

Type:

front and rear power-assisted disc with ABS with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors

Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 14 x 1.3 / 355 x 32
rear: 13.4 x 1 / 340 x 26

Brake swept area
(sq in / mm):

front: 309 / 1994
rear: 269 / 1735

Wheels & Tires

 

Wheel size:

front: 18-inch x 9.5-inch
rear: 19-inch x 12-inch

Tires:

front: P275/35ZR18
rear: P325/30ZR19

Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):

105.7 / 2685

Overall length (in / mm):

175.6 / 4460

Overall width (in / mm):

75.9 / 1928

Overall height (in / mm):

48.7 / 1236

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3311 / 1502 (Grand Sport Coupe)
3289 / 1492 (Grand Sport Convertible)

Weight distribution
(% front / rear):

51 / 49

Interior

 

Seating capacity

2

Interior volume (cu ft / L):

52 / 1475

Headr oom (in / mm):

38 / 962

Legroom (in / mm):

43 / 1092

Shoulder room (in / mm):

55 / 1397

Hip room (in / mm):

54 / 1371

Capacities

 

Cargo volume
(cu ft / L):

Coupe: 22 / 634
Convertible: 11 / 295 (top up); 7.5 / 212 (top down)

Fuel tank (gal / L):

18 / 68.1

Engine oil (qt / L):

5.5 / 5.2 (automatic transmission)
10.5 / 9.9 (manual transmission)

* SAE Certified


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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