Meet Tom Norkiewicz, a GM Test Engineer who’s done this a time or two over the past 22 years. He’s picked up some crafty maneuvers along the way, all while seeing what a car’s made of. In this instance, it’s the Corvette – it’s safe to say he’s being thorough in his evaluations. At GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, it’s just another day on the job.
Corsa Performance is one of the leaders in providing Corvette owners with great sounding exhaust systems that provide performance gains without interior drone. But Corvette owners notoriously take pride in the look of their exhaust systems as well and so when we stopped by the Corsa booth at SEMA last week, they enthusiastically introduced us to their newest product – Corsa’s Black Diamond exhaust tips.
The monthly sales report came out last week while we were at the SEMA show so we’re just now getting around to taking a look at it. The news isn’t great as sales of Corvettes in October slipped to 946 for the month. That is a -6.4% decline from sales in October 2010. For the calendar year-to-date sales, Corvettes sales are still pacing at 3.8% more than 2010 with 11,216 Corvettes sold January-October.
Corvettes were in plentiful supply at SEMA and we made an attempt to photograph each and every one we could find. That meant walking every aisle and outdoor space at the show. But we sacrificed for you our readers because you deserve no less. And so after the jump, we present the Corvettes of SEMA.
Known to auto enthusiasts worldwide for his outlandish custom car creations for such TV shows as The Munsters, Beverly Hillbillies, Knightrider and most notably, the Batmobile for Batman and Robin, George Barris has recently focused his talents on a another “bat themed” custom design and a 2005 Corvette was his canvas.
We received an email from a Corvette owner living in England this week who wanted to share his appreciation of Corvettes with those of us living in the States. Brian and his wife Angie joined two other couples for a European road trip through France, Germany and Switzerland. Some of prettiest scenery on Earth looks even better behind the wheel of a Corvette.
We’ve documented several times here and here the hilarity that ensues when an unsuspecting person gets trapped in a Corvette due to the battery being dead. Unless you’re familiar with the manual release lever on the floor, you’re stuck in a fiberglass box, or a holding cell as one would-be auto thief in Canada found out the hard way.
If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to make your Corvette more competitive at the track, but don’t want to sacrifice your drivability on the street, check out this video from MTI Racing. MTI knows a thing or two about upgrading Corvettes for the track and this walk around shows how to turn your Corvette into a track weapon (I really like that phrase!).
We’ve been hitting the official GM website for Corvette every couple of weeks to see when they were going to make the switch from the 2011 to the 2012 model year Corvette and this weekend we were rewarded with the new website. In addition to the pictures and model comparisons, GM has added a new “Customize Your Vehicle” configurator which allows potential Corvette buyers to see all the options available on the car.