DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R posted the fastest GT Le Mans (GTLM) time on the first day of the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Raceway.
Here is one Corvette we have learned that will be at NAIAS next week according to this photo release from GM:
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (right) gets a closer look at the Corvette Grand Sport while touring the Chevrolet exhibit Friday, January 6, 2017 during preparations for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Joining him on the tour is General Motors General Director Global Marketing Services, Auto Shows and Partnerships Heather Stewart and 2017 NAIAS Chairman and GMC Buick dealer Sam Slaughter. The show opens for media previews and industry days on Monday. The show opens to the public January 14.
We’ll have a full run down from NAIAS from our Detroit Bureau beginning with the Chevrolet’s official press conference on Monday morning.
Canada in January is one place where you won’t find this American hanging out as we are enjoying our sunny and 70 degree weather here in Florida. I dare say there are more Canadians in Florida than Americans in Canada this time of year. But recently one American was spotted playing in the Canadian snow and we’ll share that news because we’re talking about the 2018 Corvette ZR1!
The next Corvette raffle at the National Corvette Museum takes place next Thursday, January 12th at 2pm Central time. This time around the lucky winner claims a brand new 2017 Grand Sport Collector Edition Coupe. Tickets are $250 each, and as of January 4th, just less than half of the 1,000 tickets had been sold.
Owners of C7 Corvettes have known for years just how great their cars are.
Now they’re letting the rest of the world know.
“Made in America!”
That’s the theme of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R as it readies for the 2017 racing season.
Pratt & Miller released a quick teaser video yesterday showing the graphics being applied to the front quarter panel of the Yellow and Black Corvette race car.
The graphic follows the theme first started in 2016 featuring the “Made in America” slogan. Last year’s graphics also featured the state outlines of Michigan and Kentucky, symbolizing the Corvette’s dual state heritage of being “designed in Detroit, built in Bowling Green”.
Long time fans remember the anticipation at the start of each year as to how the Corvette C5-R and then the C6.R’s livery would look for the season. Over the years, some really bad-ass liveries were designed for the Corvettes including the fan favorite design of 2007 featuring the Yellow and Black reversed Jakes for Monterey.
But a few years back, Chevrolet corporate stepped in to “help” the process and the livery designs were toned down to the point where today, the only major changes year to year other than sponsors are the front quarter panels.
In the end, it’s all okay. Let’s hope the only part of the C7.R that our GTLM competitiors are focused on is the tail lights.
Corvette Wave to BadBoyVettes on Twitter.
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Cue the sad trombones…
While its been widely touted that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is expected to be shown at the Detroit auto show, the guys over at GM Authority are saying they have it on “good authority” that there will be no new Corvette variants revealed during next week’s 2017 North American International Auto Show.
As spy photos of a camouflaged widebody C7 Corvette with the big wing spoiler continued to pop up during the later half of 2016, it seemed that the Corvette Team was getting closer to revealing what has been widely agreed upon as the 2018 Corvette ZR1. The last round of photos was particularly revealing after the car ditched its fabric-laden covers giving us all a glimpse of what the front of the next C7 Corvette will look like.
This car was also in the news over the holidays after internal GM documents listed a 6.2-liter DOHC V8 engine slated exclusively for the Corvette in 2018. Tie that piece of news together with the trademark filing for the LT5 back in September and you can see why Corvette enthusiasts couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for Corvette.
It is somewhat disappointing if it turns out that GM is skipping the opportunity to show off this new Corvette at NAIAS, but that opens the door to reveal the new Corvette at some other venue. Our next wish would be to see it revealed at the Corvette Museum’s annual Bash Event at the end of April. But if they decide to do the reveal in Europe like last year’s surprise 2017 Grand Sport unveiling, I’m punching someone in the face!
Just in case, our Detroit Bureau headed up by Steve Burns will be in attendance bright and early Monday morning for the official Chevrolet press conference from the Detroit Auto Show.
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