Can you name any other car company that allows buyers to assemble their own engines, travel the assembly line along side their car, take delivery in a museum and then receive a photo book of the assembly process? With the new Engine Build Experience option introduced this week, Corvette absolutely raises the bar with the opportunities it affords to new buyers. Here is a nice recap of the available production/delivery experiences along with links for more info.
Luc Alphand’s Corvette team had two GT1 Corvettes at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans. In this video, he gives a behind the scenes tour showing the layout of his garage and introducing us to key personnel. With Luc’s Corvettes being former Corvette Racing chassis, we see representatives from Pratt and Miller and Katech who were on-hand to monitor the car’s performance during the race.
We heard back in January that GM was considering adding a program that would allow owners the opportunity to build the engine that would be installed in their new Corvette. Yesterday, GM announced that the Corvette Engine Build Program would be available starting in 2011 for customers who order a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
SALT LAKE CITY, July 11, 2010 – Sometimes the box score doesn’t tell the whole story of a race. Corvette Racing’s third-place finish in the American Le Mans Series Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix was the result of a determined effort in the heat of the Utah high desert. Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen overcame intense competition on the track and a penalty in the pit lane to take their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a hard-earned podium finish at Miller Motorsports Park.
Here is a neat video package from WKYC that profiles Molded Fiberglass Companies based in Ashtabula, Ohio. MFG was founded in 1948 by Robert Morrison who initially was using glass reinforced plastic to make shelves for Wonder Bread. Morrison recognized the many benefits of fiberglass and made several attempts to convince GM that it was suitable for automotive bodies. In 1953 following the introduction of the Corvette at the Motorama show in New York City, GM gave MFG the contract to build the bodies for the Corvette.