Police are seeking help from witnesses of a two-vehicle crash involving a dark red Corvette on Thursday afternoon in Olalla, British Columbia, Canada.
It feels like silly season is upon us as these C8 Corvette rumors continue to abound. The latest comes from Car and Driver’s Technical Editor Don Sherman, who we like to remind people is a long-time Corvette owner. When Sherman has something to say about a next generation C8 Corvette, we listen like he’s EF Hutton.
Sherman’s bombshell in his report at Car and Driver is that the next generation C8 Corvette will be going to a mid-engine architecture only. The mid-engine project name is call ZERV, a nod to Zora’s experimental mid-engine test vehicles from the 1960’s known as CERV-1 and CERV-2. The C8 Corvette ZERV will feature two models, a base model powered by the current LT1 V8 as well as a high performance version powered by a new Corvette engine that is under development.
If there was ever a powerful example to show why slower vehicles are supposed to stay out the fast lane, this picture should be it.
Earlier this week, A truck driver making an illegal pass in the left lane caused a Corvette to crash on the A3 autobahn near Konigswinter, Germany.
It’s time again for Throwback Thursday where we feature vintage photos of Corvettes. Our friend Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet turned us on to a collection of photos showing a 1963 Corvette pilot build at the St. Louis assembly plant.
We’ve often lamented that there’s not a lot of photos in the public domain showing the assembly of Corvettes from those early days. So it was refreshing to see an entire build of a fuel injected 1963 split window Corvette from start to finish in these photos.
Midyear Corvette production was in its third year when the 1965 Corvette was introduced and offered for the first time ever was a Corvette big block V8 rated at 396 cubic inches and 425 horsepower. For many buyers, the opportunity for more horsepower at a lower price was more than enough reason to check the box over the higher priced 327/375 hp fuel injected L84 V8.
Consequently, with buyers selecting the big block over the fuelie by almost 3-1, the 1965 Corvette became the last Corvette model to offer fuel injection until the “cross-fire” Corvettes began production in 1982.
For the second straight year, the National Corvette Museum is inviting Corvette Racing fans to come watch the biggest race of the year as the NCM hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans viewing party inside the Museum’s Chevrolet Theater. Those that attended last year have raved about the event, not only the experience of watching the race with other C7.R fanatics, but the opportunity to interact with the team during private Skype chats and win some prizes.
If this sounds like it’s up your alley, register now for the 24 Hours of Le Mans viewing party.
It sounds like science fiction, but it’s for real right now!
Chevrolet has just announced that some of its 2016 models are now smart enough to diagnose themselves in advance and warn their owners that something is about to break on their 2016 Corvette, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, and Equinox.
“Chevrolet is already the most awarded car brand in the industry, and Silverado is the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup on the road,” said Steve Holland, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors. “With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind by taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle.”
Under the service, known as Onstar Proactive Alerts, a small batch of data is collected each time the car is started. That data is then monitored on a continual basis, and sophisticated systems analyze billions of pieces of data collected from participating vehicles. That information can reveal whether the starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery are operating normally. If not, drivers will be alerted by Onstar that their vehicle needs to be taken in for service, reducing unexpected repairs.
“Accuracy is the key to our prediction algorithms,” Holland said. “We will be able to inform dealer service departments so they can spend less time testing for a condition we have already diagnosed. They can replace the necessary part quicker and minimize the amount of time a customer’s vehicle is at the dealership.”
Hopefully, the new system will keep a lot of owners from experiencing inconvenient breakdowns.
And this is just the beginning for Chevy, which is rapidly making itself known as a technological leader in the industry. Plans are already in place for Proactive Alerts to monitor other vehicle components and expand across the Chevrolet lineup.
“A few companies are doing limited in-vehicle diagnostics, but none have yet demonstrated the capability we offer,” said Paul Krajewski, director of the Vehicle Systems Research Laboratory at General Motors. “As we keep expanding the parts of the vehicle we cover, we hope to continuously enhance our customers’ experience, saving them time and money.”
Proactive Alerts is offered with all OnStar service plans on eligible models, including the OnStar Basic Plan that comes standard for five years on new Chevrolet vehicles.