Good news from our friends at Corvette America. Their latest 1984-2013 “late model” Corvette catalog is now available. Corvette America now has three new catalogs containing thousands of quality parts and accessories for 1953-2013 Covettes.
One of the more useful features available on the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible is the operation of the new top. Designers completed remade the top and its operational process, allowing the opening and closing at speeds of up to 30 mph. Drivers also have the ability to operate the top hands free with the new key fob. While at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, we located GM’s car wrangler to get this shot of the new fob.
When the 2014 Corvette Stingray hits the market later this year, it won’t really be a product of just Chevrolet and General Motors.
In the background will be numerous companies providing their expertise in certain areas to help make the Stingray the best car it can be.
One of those companies is International Automotive Components (IAC), which will be playing a key role in the highly anticipated – and much improved – interior of the seventh generation Corvette.
Chevrolet has packed a lot of new technology into the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and now comes word that the carmaker has selected a Plymouth, Michigan company to produce the industry’s first-ever brake rotor with a ductile iron hat and gray iron brake plates for the C7’s Z51 Performance Package.
The Corvette engineering team chose SANLUIS Rassini, the world’s largest producer of suspension components for light commercial vehicles and the largest fully integrated brake disc producer in the Americas, to produce the unique two-piece rotor design, which offers significant weight savings and extreme performance at high speeds.
Since its inception Corvette has been known for showcasing new and innovative technologies. From the 1953’s fiberglass body to the C3’s fiber optic light monitoring system to the more recent Magnetic Ride Control systems Corvette continues to set the technological pace for GM. The C7 follows suit by using an aluminum frame and more stealthily, a new Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wire to control the hidden rear hatch vent.
When you think about lightweight materials, you usually don’t think about them being stiffer than heavy materials.
But that’s the case with the aluminum frame that has been designed by Corvette engineers for the 2014 Stingray and is 99 pounds lighter and 57 percent stiffer than the current Corvette’s hydroformed steel rail-based frame.
Our friends at Corvette Central are offering free shipping on internet orders of $149 or more. Just use the code FEB13 on checkout through Thursday, February 7th (some restrictions apply – see graphic for details).
For months now, in the aftermath of the Jalopnik renderings, critics of the polarizing new C7 rear end have been threatening to perform “plastic surgery” on their own and change what the GM designers came up with.
Now it appears that those who don’t like the new treatment at the back of the 2014 Corvette Stingray can really do something about it, thanks to the folks at www.corvetteitalia.it.