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Technology Transfer: Racing To Make You A Better Corvette

As Corvette Racing gears up for the start of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, the team is releasing additional details regarding the changes needed for competing in the now unified GT class. The most notable change for the GT Corvettes is the new LS5.5R V8 engine. Built alongside its LS9, LS7 and LS3 dry-sump brethrens at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, this new LS7 based engine is slimmed down to 5.5 liters and delivers 485 horsepower at 5800 rpms.

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2009 Corvette Market Analysis: How Low Can We Go?
The 1995 ZR1 was 1 of 5 Corvette Models showing No-Change in Value in 2009

In previous years, we were able to break up our annual market analysis into two top 10 lists of Corvettes that were appreciating and those that were depreciating. But 2009 wasn’t kind to Corvette values and the days of double-digit growth appear to have gone by the wayside for the foreseeable future. Our Corvette Values expert Bob Kroupa of VETTE-N-VESTMENTS takes us through the numbers, so grab a tissue and gird your loins before clicking the “more” button because it ain’t pretty.

I got an email today from Corvette Racing announcing they are starting a video series to document the team through the 2010 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The preview video as you will see is very well-done and now I am even more fired up for the first race of the season later this month at Sebring.

Members of Corvette Racing share their passion for racing and what it means to represent Corvette in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Featured in the video are Mark Kent, manager, GM Racing, Gary Pratt, chief engineer and co-founder of Pratt & Miller engineering, and Doug Fehan, program manager, Corvette Racing. This is a preview of what to expect from the Corvette Racing Team as they document the ALMS season in their upcoming video series.

Chevrolet’s YouTube Channel

Gavin Narrates a Hot Lap of Sebring in the GT Corvette C6.R
[PICS] Official Photos of the Corvette Racing C6.Rs at Sebring Test

2010 Corvette Price Guide is Now Available

Talking with many longtime Corvette collectors and dealers, there is one thing we can finally all agree on: This market sucks for Corvette values. Like the banking, housing and automotive sectors, the effects of this stagnant economy have finally permeated down to the collector car market which includes Corvettes. But for buyers (and we know you are out there) there couldn’t be a better time to make that purchase than right now. But you need tools and research to make an informed buying decision and so we are pleased to announce the availability of the 2010 Corvette Pricing Guide.


So what does the Chevrolet Corvette and movie star Marilyn Monroe have in common? Seductive, voluptuous, hot, fast and sexy is how Paul Niedermeyer from The Truth About Cars describes both of these American icons. There are other comparisons as well including how both started from humble beginnings and then went on to capture the hearts of Americans and world. You owe it to yourself to check out this great read, however, keep in mind that some of the images are Not Safe For Work (NSFW)!

From the comments section comes one of the best quotes about Corvettes I have read in along time:

Every man should own a ‘Vette during his lifetime, however briefly. It will then become the benchmark for comparison for every other car he drives for the rest of his life…

The Truth About Cars: Curbside Classic: 1962 Corvette – The Marilyn Monroe Of Cars

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year


Here is a video of the new 5.5L GT Corvette C6.R running a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway during the teams recent practice session. Our friends at Bad Boy Vettes hooked up with driver Oliver Gavin to give us an inside look at what the driver is seeing and doing as he makes his way around the historic and very bumpy 3.7 mile 17-turn road course. OG makes it sound easy but try doing this for 12 hours with a full field of competitors. At least the drivers have something to look forward to as they round Turn 10!

Bad Boy Vettes

My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette


Retired 4-Star US Army General Richard Cody, former commander of the 101st Airborne and Army Vice Chief of Staff, recently toured the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Corvette is assembled. Cody was in town to pick up his new 2010 Grand Sport Convertible and took delivery of the Torch Red sports car at the National Corvette Museum across the street. The visit allowed the General to meet and greet the people responsible for building the new Corvette, many of whom are veterans themselves.

Related: NASCAR’s Hendricks Team Perk: Corvette ZR1s for Everyone!