When the GM rolled out the Corvette Grand Sport, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles thought the new model would account for about half of all Corvette production. He was right. So far though April 14, 51% of all Corvettes built are Grand Sports. While the Grand Sport has helped increase the amount of convertibles built from 20% of Model Year production in 2009 to 28% in 2010, the shocker is how much the Grand Sport has reduced the number of Z06s, to just 4% of production. Perhaps now we see why the Corvette Z06 is getting all the attention for 2011.
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GM’s new commercial features CEO Ed Whitacre walking through an auto plant as he tells us that GM has repaid its government loans five years ahead of schedule. The commercial shows many of the successful cars and trucks in the GM lineup with a heavy dose of Malibu. At one point during Whitacre’s stroll, you can see what we think is a Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 in the background. Although relegated to the role of extra, we appreciate that Corvette was in the mix, however briefly. Check out the video after the jump.
Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter discuss the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and show us how technology transfers from Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs to the production street cars and then back again.
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The C4 version of the Corvette ZR-1 was nicknamed “The King of the Hill” for good reason. At a time when the standard Corvette’s horsepower was 245, the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 was powered by the new 375-horsepower LT-5 V8 which featured a 32-valve dual overhead cam. Looking back today, Corvette’s return to the world stage of sports car performance can be directly attributed to this special edition.
Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen made headlines last season when his battle at Laguna Seca with the #45 Flying Lizards Porsche ended with Mags going into the wall. We spoke with Jan prior to the start of the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and asked him about the incident and whether he has talked with Jorg Bergmeister since the incident. We also asked Jan about his running the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1 last fall and if he thought he could be Jim Mero’s 7:26.4 time.
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[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan at Sebring
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Bruised and Battered in the 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Another View of the Corvette C6.R/Porsche ALMS GT2 Battle at Laguna Seca
[VIDEO] Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1
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.
As Corvette Racing gears up for the start of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, the team is releasing additional details regarding the changes needed for competing in the now unified GT class. The most notable change for the GT Corvettes is the new LS5.5R V8 engine. Built alongside its LS9, LS7 and LS3 dry-sump brethrens at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, this new LS7 based engine is slimmed down to 5.5 liters and delivers 485 horsepower at 5800 rpms.