We’re beginning to get more of the background behind the changes, controversial to some traditionalists, to the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
The new rear treatment, for example. Had Chevy stuck with the round tail lights that date back to 1963, “research showed that people who were not Corvette loyalists would look at the car, especially the rear end, and they would think the car never changed,” said John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet’s marketing manager for the redesigned Corvette. “They think it is the same car from 20 years ago.”
One of the interesting displays at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was from Hagerty Insurance. It’s the 50th anniversary for two automotive icons – the Porsche 911 and the Corvette Sting Ray – and Hagerty asked fans to vote for their favorite.
Corvettes and 911s have been going up against each other for decades, but the rivalry really is more for bragging rights rather than trying to win one side over to the other.
Really, you Corvette owners out there, would you trade your ’Vette for any Porsche? And vice versa.
Still, the automotive world has turned the two cars into serious competitors over the years. CarBuzz.com recently took a trip down Memory Lane and reflected on the long-running battle.
What happens when a longtime Corvette fanatic and a dedicated Porschephile swap rides?
That’s the subject of a video commissioned by Hagerty Insurance to tease the March 2012 issue of Hagerty Magazine.
Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman takes the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Corvette ZR1 out to Willow Springs Raceway and the Mojave Spaceport’s 12,000-foot runway and put both cars through a lineup of instrumented tests. The wheelman for the tests was 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and GT2 world champion Justin Bell. Both cars excelled in different parts of the test but one of the cars broke and was unable to run the standing mile. Lastly, Bell is the first race car driver I’ve seen to really play with the Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management System. Can it make a professional driver better? Get his opinion and more in the video after the jump.
Long time readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I don’t many comparo stories. Although not perfect, the Corvette has proven to be MY favorite car time and time again and I don’t need to get into a dick measuring contest to prove it. But as we get close to Sebring, I started thinking about the fight between Porsche and Corvette and how all that racing technology transfers to street cars. I guess the folks at Porsche’s Excellence Magazine had the same thoughts and decided to find out what happens when you pit the ultimate street versions against each other.
I received this youtube video link from John in California. The amateur video shot from the stands shows the conclusion of the ALMS race at Laguna Seca. The video clearly captures what we believed the sequence of events were all along: Magnussen was in front of Bergmeister in the Flying Lizards Porsche and was pulling away. Contact between the two cars caused the #3 Corvette C6.R to spin in front of the #45 Porsche and hard into the inside wall.