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Encyclopedia > Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1953–present
Class Sports car
Body style(s) 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Platform FR Y-body (1984-present)
Related Cadillac XLR

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. It is built today at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but in the past it was built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. It was the first all-American sports car built by an American car manufacturer. The National Corvette Museum and annual National Corvette Homecoming are also located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2031 × 1353 pixel, file size: 640 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... The Peugeot 406 Coupé, designed by Pininfarina 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupé, noted for its large, angular design 1997 Rover Vitesse Coupe, club coupé Rover P5 Coupe, a traditional four-door coupé Mercedes CLS, a modern four-door coupé Gala-Coupé of Leopold II, Brussels 1970s Sunbeam Alpine fastback coup... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... The Y platform, or Y-body, is General Motors high-end rear wheel drive automobile platform from the 1980s through the 2000s. ... XLR shown with the top up The XLR is a luxury roadster sold by the Cadillac division of General Motors and is assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... This picture is only a teaspoons worth of how many restaurants there are in Bowling Green, but for some reason, the residents pride themselves on the overabundance of fast food places. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... Artistic view of the museum with logo. ... National Corvette Homecoming The National Corvette Homecoming is an annual event to celebrate Americas only production sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. ...

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Early history

While the style of a car may be just as important to some as to how well the car runs, it was not until 1927, when General Motors hired designer Harley Earl, that automotive styling and design became important to American automobile manufacturers. What Henry Ford did for automobile manufacturing principles, Harley Earl did for car design. Most of GM's flamboyant "dream car" designs of the 1950s are directly attributable to Earl, leading one journalist to comment that the designs were "the American psyche made visible." Harley Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving overseas in the years following World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and the like. In 1951, Nash Motors began selling a two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey, that was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pinin Farina and British auto engineer Donald Healey. Earl convinced GM that they also needed to build a two-seat sports car. Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on the new car later that year, which was code named "Opel." The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show. The original concept for the Corvette emblem incorporated an American flag into the design, but was changed well before production since associating the flag with a product was frowned upon. General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Harley J. Earl (November 22, 1893–April 10, 1969) was an automotive stylist and engineer and industrial designer. ... Henry Ford (1919) Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer, originally with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. ... Alfa Romeo is an Italian automobile manufacturing company, founded as Darracq Italiana by Cavaliere Ugo Stella, an aristocrat from Milan in partnership with the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq. ... Also see: Kelvinator and American Motors Corporation Nash Motors was an automobile manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the United States from 1916 to 1938. ... The Nash-Healey was a two seat sports car, built in partnership between Nash Kelvinator Corporation, and British auto enthusiast Donald Healey between 1951 and 1954. ... ... Donald Mitchell Healey (3 July 1898 - 13 January 1988) was a noted English rally driver, automobile engineer, and speed record holder. ... Motoramas were auto shows staged by General Motors from 1949 to 1961. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: United States Flag Code The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the American Flag. ...


Taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate (the credit for the naming goes to Myron Scott), the first Corvettes were virtually handbuilt in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Center, now an academic building at Kettering University. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass, selected in part because of steel quotas left over from the war. Underneath that radical new body were standard Chevrolet components, including the "Blue Flame" inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line. Though the engine's output was increased somewhat, thanks to a triple-carburetor intake exclusive to the Corvette, performance of the car was decidedly lackluster. Compared to the British and Italian sports cars of the day, the Corvette was underpowered, required a great deal of effort as well as clear roadway to bring to a stop, and even lacked a "proper" manual transmission. Up until that time, the Chevrolet division was GM's entry-level marque, known for excellent but no-nonsense cars. Nowhere was that more evident than in the Corvette. A Paxton supercharger became available in 1954 as a dealer-installed option, greatly improving the Corvette's straight-line performance, but sales continued to decline. French steam corvette Dupleix (1856-1887) Canadian corvettes on antisubmarine convoy escort duty during World War II. A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, smaller than a frigate and larger than a coastal patrol craft. ... For the bird, see Frigatebird. ... Myron E. Scott (September 16, 1907-October 4, 1998) was the creator of the All-American Soap Box Derby. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ... Kettering University (formerly the General Motors Institute) is a university in Flint, Michigan, offering degrees in engineering, the applied sciences, and management. ... Bundle of fiberglass Fiberglass (also called fibreglass and glass fibre) is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. ... For other uses, see Engine (disambiguation). ... -1... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Vehicle brake. ... A manual transmission (also known as a stick shift, straight drive, or standard transmission) is a type of transmission used in automotive applications. ... A supercharger (also known as a blower) is an air compressor used to force more air (and hence more oxygen) into the combustion chamber(s) of an internal combustion engine than can be achieved at ambient atmospheric pressure (natural aspiration). ...


GM was seriously considering shelving the project, leaving the Corvette to be little more than a footnote in automotive history, and would have done so if not for two important events. The first was the introduction in 1955 of Chevrolet's first V8 engine (a 265 in³ {4.3 L}) since 1919, and the second was the influence of a Soviet emigré in GM's engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Arkus-Duntov simply took the new V8 and backed it with a three-speed manual transmission. That modification, probably the single most important in the car's history, helped turn the Corvette from a two-seat curiosity into a genuine performer. It also earned Arkus-Duntov the rather inaccurate nickname "Father of the Corvette." CCCP redirects here. ... Zora Arkus-Duntov (born December 25, 1909 - April 21, 1996), Belgian-born U.S. engineer. ...


Another key factor in the Corvette's survival was Ford's introduction, in 1955, of the two-seat Thunderbird, which was billed as a "personal luxury car", not a sports car. Even so, the Ford-Chevrolet rivalry in those days demanded that GM not appear to back down from the challenge. The "T-Bird" was changed to a four-seater in 1958. Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ...


There have been six generations of the Corvette so far, sometimes referred to as C1 through C6.


C1 (solid-axle)

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C1
1958 Chevrolet Corvette roadster.

The first generation is most commonly referred to as a solid-axle, based on the fact that independent rear suspension (IRS) was not available until 1963. The first generation started in 1953 and ended in 1962, with the noteworthy addition of optional fuel injection in mid-1957 (also available on Chevrolet Bel Air). Fuel injection first saw regular use on a gasoline engine two years prior on the Mercedes-Benz 300SL "gullwing" roadster. Although the Corvette's GM-Rochester injection used a constant flow system as opposed to the diesel style nozzle metering system of the Mercedes', it nevertheless produced about 290 hp (216 kW) (gross). The number was listed by Chevrolet's advertising agency for the 283 hp/283in³ (4.6L) "one hp per cubic inch" slogan, making it one of the first mass-produced engines in history to reach 1 hp/in³. In 1962, the GM small block was enlarged to 327 cu in (5.4 L) and produced a maximum of 360 hp (268 kW). Other early options included power windows (1956), hydraulically operated power convertible top (1956), four speed manual transmission (late 1957), and heavy duty brakes and suspension (1957). The car nearly died in 1955, but that year a V-8 replaced the six-cylinder used in 1953 and 1954. The first-generation Chevrolet Corvette was a sporty automobile produced from 1953 through 1962. ... Download high resolution version (1000x619, 175 KB)A gorgeous red and white 1958 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. ... Download high resolution version (1000x619, 175 KB)A gorgeous red and white 1958 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. ... An Independent Suspension is an automobile suspension system that allows the wheels on an axle to move independent of each other. ... // Multi Port Fuel injection is a means of metering fuel into an internal combustion engine. ... 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Interior 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan The Chevrolet Bel Air was an automobile series produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from... 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe from the Ralph Lauren collection 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe from the Ralph Lauren collection Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Category:1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was available as a two-seat closed sports car with characteristic... Rochester Products Division was a division of General Motors that manufactured carburetors, and related components including emissions control devices and cruise control systems. ... This article is about the fuel. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... Hydraulics is a branch of science and engineering concerned with the use of liquids to perform mechanical tasks. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... Look up Transmission in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


C2 (mid-year)

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C2
1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe
1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe

The second generation, or mid-year, was designed by Larry Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous unproduced design called the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann, and under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, started in 1963 and ended in 1967. 1963 would see the introduction of the new Corvette Stingray coupé with its distinctive split rear window and fake hood vents as well as an independent rear suspension. The split rear window was discontinued in 1964 due to safety concerns. Because they made the design too busy, the hood vents were also cut. Power for 1963 was at 360 hp (268 kW) hitting 375 hp (280 kW) in 1964. For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is a sports car designed by Larry Shinoda under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, and produced between 1963 and 1967. ... Image File history File links 63_vette_(OA). ... Image File history File links 63_vette_(OA). ... Larry Shinoda (1930-1997) was a noted automotive designer who was best known for his work on the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang. ... William T. Mitchell (July 2, 1912 — September 12, 1988) was an important General Motors designer from the late 1930s to the late 1970s. ... The Peugeot 406 Coupé, designed by Pininfarina 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupé, noted for its large, angular design 1997 Rover Vitesse Coupe, club coupé Rover P5 Coupe, a traditional four-door coupé Mercedes CLS, a modern four-door coupé Gala-Coupé of Leopold II, Brussels 1970s Sunbeam Alpine fastback coup... An Independent Suspension is an automobile suspension system that allows the wheels on an axle to move independent of each other. ...


Four-wheel disc brakes were introduced in 1965, as was a "big block" engine option (the 396 in³ (6.5 L) V8). Side exhaust pipes appeared on the 1965 Stingray and persisted through 1969. Chevrolet would up the ante in 1966 with the introduction of an even larger 427 in³ (7 L) version, creating what would be one of the most collectible Corvettes ever. 1967 saw a L88 version of the 427 introduced which was rated at 430 hp (321 kW), but unofficial estimates place the actual output at 550 hp (410 kW) or more. Only twenty such engines were placed in the 1967 Corvette, and the cars can fetch US$1,000,000 or more in auction today. From 1967 to 1969, the 1282 ft³/min Holley triple two-barrel carburetor, or Tri-Power, was available on the 427. The 1967 Corvette originally was going to be the first of the C3 generation; however, due to delays the C3 had to be put off until 1968. Other early options available on the C2 included an AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air conditioning (1963), a telescopic steering wheel (1965) and headrests, presumably to prevent whiplash (1966). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Vehicle brake. ... A big-block engine is a North American V8 in a family of engines which generally have greater than 6 litres (360 cubic inches) of displacement; factory engine sizes reached a peak of 8. ... Big block is the term used to describe the large displacement V8 engines that were developed in the USA during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Big block is the term used to describe the large displacement V8 engines that were developed in the USA during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Tri-Power is the name used with reference to the triple two-barrel carubration of the Pontiac V8. ...

1965 Corvette 327/375 hp Fuel Injected Roadster

The 1965 introduction of the 425 hp 396 in³ big block was ultimately the harbinger of doom for the Rochester fuel injection system. The 396 in³ option cost $292.70 while the fuel injected 327 in³ engine cost $538.00. Few people could justify spending $245 more for 50 hp less. When only 771 fuel-injected cars were built in 1965, Chevrolet stopped the program. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x680, 967 KB) Summary Shane Mattaways photo of his 1965 Corvette 327/375HP Fuel Injected Roadster taken at his home on 9/13/2005 at 2:29PM with a Nikon D2X at 1/160 shutter speed and f/6. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x680, 967 KB) Summary Shane Mattaways photo of his 1965 Corvette 327/375HP Fuel Injected Roadster taken at his home on 9/13/2005 at 2:29PM with a Nikon D2X at 1/160 shutter speed and f/6. ...


In 2004, Sports Car International named the Stingray number five on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. Sports Car International is an automobile magazine in the United States focused on sports cars. ... Sports Car International magazine compiled a list of the Top Sports Cars of the last few decades. ...


The design of this generation had several inspirations. The first was the contemporary Jaguar E-Type, one of which Mitchell owned and enjoyed driving frequently. Bill Mitchell also sponsored a car known as the "Mitchell Sting Ray" in 1959, because Chevrolet no longer participated in factory racing. This vehicle had the largest impact on the styling of this generation, although it had no top and did not give away what the coupe would look like. The third inspiration was a mako shark that Mitchell had caught while deep-sea fishing. A 1963 Series 1 3. ... Binomial name Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810 The Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), commonly called Mako Shark, is a large shark of the Lamnidae family with a full-grown size of 2. ...


In 1961 the Corvette finally sold over 10,000 vehicles per year, hitting a number of 10,947 in that production year.


In 1962 Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov came up with a lightweight version of the C2. Concerned about Ford and what they were doing with the Shelby Cobra, GM planned 100 Grand Sport Corvettes. The plans never came about and only five were built. They were driven by historic drivers such as Roger Penske, A. J. Foyt, Jim Hall, and Dick Guldstrand among others. The Grand Sports, however, had many issues; the aero package made for a very frightful driving experience to say the least. Delmo Johnson said it was "the only car I ever drove that would lift the front wheels off the ground in all four gears." Dick Thompson was the only driver to drive the Grand Sport to victory. He won a Sports Car Club of America race at Watkins Glen. Today there are only five left, cars 001-005 all held by private owners. They are among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built. Penske PC23 car Roger Penske (born February 20, 1937 in Shaker Heights, Ohio) is the owner of a very successful automobile racing team Penske Racing, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive related businesses. ... A. J. Foyt (born Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. ... Jim Hall was a Formula One driver from the United States. ... Dr. Dick Thompson in 2007 Dr. Dick Thompson (born in 1920 or 1921) is a retired American racecar driver. ... The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is a club and sanctioning body supporting road racing, rally, and autocross in the United States and was formed in 1944. ... Watkins Glen International (nicknamed The Glen) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. ...


The popular Z06 performance package on the C5 and C6 model Corvettes is named after a Z06 performance option dating back to the 1963 model year.[1]


C3 (Mako Shark)

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C3
1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

The third generation, patterned after Chevrolet's "Mako Shark II" (designed by Larry Shinoda), started in 1968 and ended in 1982. This generation has the distinction of being introduced to the motoring public in an unorthodox — and unintended — fashion. 1968 marked the introduction of Mattel's now-famous Hot Wheels line of 1/64-scale die cast toy cars. General Motors had tried their best to keep the appearance of the upcoming car a secret, but the release of the Hot Wheels line several weeks before the Corvette's unveiling had a certain version of particular interest to Corvette fans: the "Custom Corvette", a GM-authorized model of the 1968 Corvette. The Chevrolet Corvette C3 is a sports car patterned after Chevrolets Mako Shark II (designed by Larry Shinoda), produced between 1968 and 1982. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 447 pixelsFull resolution (2046 × 1143 pixel, file size: 253 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 447 pixelsFull resolution (2046 × 1143 pixel, file size: 253 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Mako Shark show car was designed Bill Mitchell as a concept in 1961. ... Larry Shinoda (1930-1997) was a noted automotive designer who was best known for his work on the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang. ... Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... Hot Wheels Car — Dodge viper Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. ...


In 1969, GM enlarged their small block again to 350 cu in (5.7 L), and in 1970, the 427 big block was enlarged to 454 cu in (7.4 L). Power peaked in the 1970 and 1971 models, with the 1970 LT-1 small block putting out 370 hp (276 kW) and the 1971 454 big block having its last year of big power with 425 hp (317 kW). In 1972, GM moved to the SAE Net measurement for power (away from the previous SAE Gross standard), which resulted in lower values expressed in HP. Along with the move to unleaded fuel, emission controls, and catalytic converters, power continued to decline and bottomed out in 1975 — the base ZQ3 engine put out 165 hp (123 kW), and the optional L82 engine put out 205 hp (153 kW). Power remained fairly steady for the rest of the C3 generation, ending in 1982 with the 200 hp (149 kW) L83 engine. This article is about a unit of measurement. ...


Styling changed subtly over the generation. Minor trim changes occurred through the 1972 model. In 1973, the Corvette dropped the front chrome bumpers for a urethane-compound "5 mph" bumper but kept the rear chrome bumpers. In 1974, the rear chrome bumpers became urethane as well, resulting in the first ever chrome-less production Corvette. 1976 was the last year in which the Stingray badge was used, and 1978 saw the introduction of a glass bubble rear window. In 1980, the Corvette got an integrated aerodynamic redesign that resulted in a significant reduction in drag. In 1982, an opening rear hatch was offered for the first time on the Corvette available on the collectors edition model only. A new engine featuring cross fire injection, a fuel injection carburator hybrid, was also introduced that year as the L83. It was the only engine available in 1982, and was not offered with a manual transmission. Urethane (also called ethyl carbamate) 1. ... For the Daft Punk song, see Aerodynamic (song). ...


C4

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C4
A C4 Corvette competing at an autocross event
A C4 Corvette competing at an autocross event

The highly anticipated fourth generation Corvette began production in March 1983 as a 1984 model. The 1983 model year was skipped due to production problems, although 44 prototype 1983 models were completed. All 44 1983 model year prototypes assembled were crushed except for one (the 23rd produced), which is displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The C4 was praised for its sleek styling and its groundbreaking aerodynamic design. The C4 coupe incorporated a rear glass hatch, like the 1982 Collector's Edition, for much improved cargo access. It also had all new brakes with aluminum calipers. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with digital liquid crystal displays for the speedometer and tachometer. The C4 was a complete and total redesign except for its engine, and the emphasis was on handling. The C4 Corvette was proclaimed the best handling production car ever when it was released[citation needed]. This handling came with the penalty of a harsh, uncompromising ride.[2] The fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette was introduced at the close of 1982 production as a 1984 model and ended in 1996, meaning that theres no such thing as a 1983 Corvette (though 44 prototype 1983s were built, of which #23 surivives today and is housed at the National Corvette... Download high resolution version (2646x1764, 2003 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (2646x1764, 2003 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Mini Cooper participating in an autocross event Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe, low-cost competition and active participation. ... LCD redirects here. ...


From 1984 through 1988, the Corvette used an unusual "4+3" transmission — a 4-speed manual coupled to an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. It was designed to help the Corvette meet U.S. fuel economy standards. The transmission was problematic and was eventually replaced by a much more modern ZF 6-speed manual gearbox in 1989. This new transmission was also the first to feature Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS), which used a solenoid to lock out 2nd gear during certain driving conditions. This allowed the Corvette to maintain EPA fuel economy ratings high enough to avoid the "gas guzzler" tax. ZF Friedrichshafen AG (meaning Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen Aktiengesellschaft which was until 1992 the name of the company) is a leading supplier of automobile transmissions. ...


Beginning in 1985, the 230 horsepower L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection was installed in most Corvettes, replacing the throttle body fuel injected powerplant. For the 1992 model year, the 300 horsepower LT1 engine was introduced, which significantly improved the performance of the base C4 cars. Also introduced in 1992 was Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), a form of traction control which utilized the Corvette's brakes, spark retard and throttle close-down to prevent excessive rear wheel spin, and possible loss of control. The traction control device could be switched off if desired. In 1996, the final year of C4 production, the 330 hp (246 kW) LT4 V-8 was installed in all manual transmission equipped Corvettes; all 1996 Corvettes with automatic transmissions utilized the LT1. The C4's incredible handling characteristics and cornering ability allowed it to dominate SCCA events and races during the 1980s. The second-generation Chevrolet Small-Block engine, which uses the LT prefix, was introduced in 1992. ... The second-generation Chevrolet Small-Block engine, which uses the LT prefix, was introduced in 1992. ...


1984 Model Year

This first year model of the C4 carried over the L83 engine from the previous generation of Corvette. The L83 engine had a unique fuel delivery method, named "Crossfire", a dual-throttle-body injection system. The 1984 and 1985 were the only C4's to lack the third brake light (CHMSL, Center High Mounted Signal Light) which was required by federal law beginning in 1986.


B2K Callaway Twin-Turbo

In 1987, the factory B2K option became available from the factory.


The Callaway Corvette was a Regular Production Option (RPO B2K), the only time in Chevrolet's history a specialist manufacturer was entrusted with a technically advanced high performance RPO. The B2K option was eventually replaced by the ZR1 option, though they coexisted from 1990-1991. The early B2K's produced 345 hp (257 kW) and 450 ft·lbf of torque.[3] The later B2K's produced 450 hp (336 kW) and 613 ft·lbf of torque.[4] Callaway is an engine tuning company that has been involved with vehicles for: Alfa Romeo Holden Special Vehicles - providing the engine for the revived Holden Monaro GTS Mazdaspeed External links Callaway Cars dot com Category: ...


ZR-1

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

In 1986, the Corvette team approached Lotus, then a GM subsidiary, with the idea of developing an ultra-high performance vehicle based on the C4 Corvette. With input from GM, Lotus designed a new engine to replace the traditional pushrod L98 V-8 that powered the standard C4. The result was the LT5, an aluminum-block V-8 with the same bore centers as the L98, but with four overhead camshafts and 32 valves. Lotus designed a unique air management system for the engine to provide a wider power band by shutting off 8 of the 16 intake runners and fuel injectors when the engine was at part-throttle, while still giving the ZR-1 a stellar 375 hp when at wide open throttle. Download high resolution version (1852x1140, 546 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1852x1140, 546 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Lotus Logo with monogram of its founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at Hethel, Norfolk, England. ... // Chevrolets small-block V8 is a famous automobile engine. ... Wide Open Throttle (WOT) refers to an internal combustion engines maximum intake of air and fuel that occurs when the throttle plates inside the carburetor or throttle body are wide open, providing the least resistance to the incoming air. ...


In addition to the engine, Lotus aided the development of the ZR-1's standard "FX3" active suspension system.


In 1991, all Corvettes received updates to body work, interior, and wheels. The convex rear fascia that set the 1990 ZR-1 apart from the base model was now included on L98 Corvettes, making the styling of the expensive ZR-1 even closer to that of the base cars. The most obvious difference remaining between the base and ZR-1 models besides the wider rear wheels was the location of the CHMSL (center high mounted stop lamp), which was integrated into the new rear fascia used on the base model, but remained at the top of the rear-hatch on the ZR-1's.


Further changes were made in 1992: ZR-1 badges were displayed on both front fenders and traction control was added as a standard feature. In 1993, Lotus redesigned the cylinder heads and valvetrain of the LT5, resulting in a horsepower increase from 375 to 405. In addition, a new exhaust gas recirculation system improved emissions control. Production of the ZR-1 ended in 1995, after 6,939 cars had been built.


Grand Sport

1996 Corvette Grand Sport
1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Chevrolet released the Grand Sport version in 1996 at the end of C4 Corvette production. The "Grand Sport" moniker was a nod to the original Grand Sport model produced in 1963. A total of 1,000 Grand Sports were produced. The 810 coupes and 190 convertibles were produced with a special VIN sequence to differentiate them from the other 1996 C4 models. The 1996 Grand Sport was equipped with the LT4 engine, which produced 330 hp (246 kW) and 340 ft·lbf (461 N·m) of torque. All LT4-powered Corvettes included a Grand Sport nameplate on the engine's throttle body. The Grand Sport came only in Admiral Blue with a white center stripe, distinctive black five spoke wheels, and two red hash marks on the hood above the left front wheel. Interior colors were black and red only. A hardtop option was not available with Grand Sport convertibles. Download high resolution version (3024x2016, 3671 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (3024x2016, 3671 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The second-generation Chevrolet Small-Block engine, which uses the LT prefix, was introduced in 1992. ...


C5

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C5
2003 Chevrolet Corvette Coupé
2003 Chevrolet Corvette Coupé
1998 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica

Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. The C5 was a radical change from the long-running C4. The transmission was moved to the rear of the car to form an integrated rear-mounted transaxle assembly and was connected to the engine via an axle tube. Gone were most of the squeaks and rattles of the C4. The new C5 was judged by the enthusiast automotive press as improved in nearly every area over the previous Corvette design. For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C5 is a sports car which started in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 502 pixelsFull resolution (1995 × 1251 pixel, file size: 276 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 502 pixelsFull resolution (1995 × 1251 pixel, file size: 276 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... A transaxle, in the automotive field, is a component that combines the functionality of the transmission, the differential and the drive axle into one integrated assembly. ...


Also introduced with the C5 was GM's new LS1 small block. This third-generation small block was a completely new design, including a distributorless ignition and a new cylinder firing order. It was initially rated at 345 horsepower and 350 ft·lbf torque, but was increased to 350 horsepower in 2001. The LS is Generation III and Generation IV, the latest evolution of General Motors line of small-block V8 engines. ...


For its first year, the C5 was available only as a coupe, even though the new platform was designed from the ground up to be a convertible. The convertible returned to the lineup in 1998, followed by the predecessor to the Z06, the fixed-roof coupe (FRC), in 1999.


The Corvette's 50th Anniversary was celebrated June 20-21, 2003, in Nashville, Tennessee. The venue provided a bonanza of flawlessly restored Corvettes, a chronological display set up by the National Corvette Museum with every model year of the Corvette along with engineering and restoration seminars. The anniversary also brought some Chevrolet Concept Vehicles into focus including the approved-for-production Chevrolet SSR. Also on hand were several Corvette race cars, including the Corvette SS built by Zora Arkus-Duntov and the C5-R that won its class at Le Mans. Among the many displays were examples of the 2003 50th Anniversary Edition as well as a few 2004 "Commemorative Edition" Corvettes. Nashville redirects here. ... Artistic view of the museum with logo. ... Automobile restoration is the process of returning a car to essentially the same condition that it was in when it left the factory at time of manufacture. ... The Chevrolet SSR (the SSR standing for Super Sport Roadster) was a convertible pickup truck produced from the Chevrolet division of American automaker General Motors from 2003 through 2006. ... Le Mans is a city in France, located at the Sarthe River. ...


Recently, the factory has expanded to build the Cadillac XLR roadster, which shares its platform with the sixth-generation Corvette. Bowling Green is also home to the Corvette Museum, which celebrates this American automotive icon by displaying in chronological order the various regular production models as well as some unique one-off versions created by Chevrolet. Bowling Green is also the home of the National Corvette Homecoming, a large annual gathering of Corvettes and their owners. Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ... XLR shown with the top up The XLR is a luxury roadster sold by the Cadillac division of General Motors and is assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... The Y platform, or Y-body, is General Motors high-end rear wheel drive automobile platform from the 1980s through the 2000s. ... This picture is only a teaspoons worth of how many restaurants there are in Bowling Green, but for some reason, the residents pride themselves on the overabundance of fast food places. ... Artistic view of the museum with logo. ... National Corvette Homecoming The National Corvette Homecoming is an annual event to celebrate Americas only production sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. ...


The building in Flint in which the first cars were assembled was spun off with GM's Delphi Electronics division and later donated to GMI/Kettering University in the late 1990s. The building has since been remodeled and is now the C.S. Mott Engineering and Science Center, housing the Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry programs. In the garage housing the school's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) club is a plaque commemorating it as the place where the first Corvette was built. Kettering University (formerly the General Motors Institute) is a university in Flint, Michigan, offering degrees in engineering, the applied sciences, and management. ... Charles Stewart Mott (b. ... SAE International (SAE) is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in aerospace, automotive and the commercial vehicle industries. ...


C5 Z06

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06

A successor to the FRC C5 made its debut in 2001 as the Z06, a nod to the high performance Z06 version of the C2 Corvette of the 1960s. The Z06 models replace the FRC hardtop (1999-2000) models as the highest performance C5 Corvette. Instead of a heavier double-overhead cam engine like the ZR-1, the Z06 used an LS6, a high-output version of the standard LS1 Corvette engine producing 385 hp (287 kW). Although the Z06's total power output was less than that of the last ZR-1's, the Z06 was lighter and therefore quicker than the ZR-1. Despite these specifications, the ZR-1 still had a higher top speed, thus maintaining its "King of the Hill" status. A 2004 Corvette Z06. ...


As with the ZR-1, Chevrolet found that added power output did the Z06 little good without platform modifications to bring the rest of the car up to par. A hardtop body, upgraded suspension, larger wheels and tires, a new six-speed manual transmission, along with improved gearing and functional brake cooling ducts, all became part of the total package. The Z06 is 38 lb (17.3 kg) lighter than the previous hardtop C5 thanks to a titanium exhaust (from the catalytic converter back), thinner glass, lighter wheels, and a lighter battery. From 2002 onward, the Z06 produced 405 hp (302 kW) thanks to minor engine modifications including a more aggressive camshaft profile, lightweight sodium filled exhaust valves, stiffer valve springs, and deletion of the precats. Many dynamometer test have proven that Chevrolet underrated the engine by 20 hp giving it a total of 425 hp.[5] A dynamometer, or dyno for short, is a machine used to measure torque and rotational speed (rpm) from which power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover can be calculated. ...


The 2002 Z06 also received revised rear shock valving and steel links to replace plastic ones of the 2001 model. An Electron blue color replaced Speedway white. The HUD became standard, and the previous forged wheels were replaced by lighter spun cast ones. The fender Z06 badges bear "405 hp" on them. The 2003 models received special silver 50th anniversary badges and revised headliner. Later 2003 models received a more durable steel shift fork instead of aluminum.


GM claimed that 405 hp versions of the Z06 could make the 0-60 run in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. In the hands of experienced drivers the 2002-2004 Z06 has made 11 second passes.[5] The current quarter mile record is 11.7. The car's top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h) was achieved in 5th gear at 6,500 rpm(redline), as 6th gear was an overdrive/economy gear. It proved to be a well rounded track vehicle as well, with the ability to do more than simply accelerate. Thanks in part to its upgraded suspension system, the Z06 is capable of holding its own against contemporary versions of the Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang Cobra R, and even the Porsche 911 around a road track.


The 2004 Z06 Commemorative Edition came with a carbon fiber hood which saved some weight and also received polished aluminum wheels. In addition it was equipped with a Nürburgring-tested suspension tuning to improve handling, along with an exclusive Le Mans blue color.


C5-R

The C5-R racer was built by Pratt & Miller for GM Racing. It was based on the C5 road car but had a longer wheelbase, a wider track, an enlarged 7000 cc V8, and different bodywork with exposed headlamps. It took part in the American Le Mans Series in the GTS Class and competed in four 24 Hours of Le Mans races. A Chevrolet Corvette C6. ... The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is a series of automobile races. ... The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is the worlds most famous sports car endurance race, held annually at Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France, in the French Sarthe département. ...

  • 2001 The car's debut racing season produced eight victories in ten races, including an overall win in the 24 Hours of Daytona and a 1-2 finish in the GTS class at Le Mans.
  • 2002 In 2002 the C5-R repeated its 1-2 victory in the GTS class at Le Mans and also dominated the GTS class in the American Le Mans Series. A new transaxle unit replaced the previous year's separate transmission and differential. Corvette faced stiff competition from the new Prodrive-built Ferrari 550, which led many laps at Le Mans, but the Ferraris suffered problems late in the race, resulting in another Corvette GTS class victory.
  • 2003 In 2003, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest placed additional restrictions on all 24 Hours of Le Mans competitors, reducing power by 10% in an attempt to slow the cars. At the 2003 season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, the C5-Rs remained in winning form, with one of them finishing first in class and eighth overall. Also in 2003 a special red, white, and blue color scheme was introduced to celebrate the Corvette's 50th anniversary. At Le Mans the Prodrive Ferraris spoiled the anniversary and GM's effort for a three-peat in the GTS class.
  • 2004 The C5-R was again victorious in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of the Prodrive Ferraris led most of the race. About halfway into the event, both Prodrive cars suffered mechanical problems, causing them to pit and lose laps. The Corvettes went on to finish 1-2 in their class.
  • 2005 In the FIA GT Championship, the GLPK-Carsport team won races at Imola, Italy and Zhuhai, China, and finished on the podium on several occasions. In the ALMS, Pacific Coast Motorsports scored several podium finishes behind the new factory C6-R cars. SRT fielded a C5-R in the Belcar series in Belgium, and PSI Experience did the same in the FFSA GT Championship in France.
  • 2006 The C5-R returned to Le Mans for the first time as a non-factory entry, run by Le Mans regular Luc Alphand. It finished 3rd in the GT1 class behind the C6.R and Prodrive Aston Martin. C5-Rs were run in Belcar and FFSA GT once more.
  • 2007 GLPK-Carsport and SRT run C5-Rs in FIA GT, while Luc Alphand runs a Corvette for the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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C6

Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C6
Chevrolet Corvette C6 convertible
Chevrolet Corvette C6 convertible

The new C6 gets an overhaul of the suspension geometry, all new bodywork with exposed headlamps (for the first time since 1962), a larger passenger compartment, and a larger 6.0 L engine. Overall, shorter and narrower than the C5, in response to criticism that the C5 Corvette looked too wide. The 6.0 L LS2 V8 produces 400 hp (298 kW) at 6000 rpm and 400 ft·lbf (542 N·m) of torque at 4400 rpm. Its redline is increased to 6500 rpm. For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 390 pixelsFull resolution (1992 × 972 pixel, file size: 128 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 390 pixelsFull resolution (1992 × 972 pixel, file size: 128 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
2006 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe

The C6 retains the relatively good fuel economy of the C5, due in part due to its relatively low drag coefficient and low weight, achieving 18/27 mpg (city/highway) when equipped with an automatic transmission. The manual version is slightly better at 18/28, and is fitted with Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS), has been included in all manual transmission Corvettes since 1989 to improve fuel economy by requiring drivers to shift from 1st gear directly to 4th when at lower RPM's. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,560 × 1,920 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,560 × 1,920 pixels, file size: 1. ... Fuel efficiency, sometimes also referred to as fuel economy and commonly gas mileage in the United States, is a numeric measure often used to describe the amount of fuel consumed with regard to the distance travelled in a transportation vehicle, such as an automobile. ... The drag coefficient (Cd, Cx or Cw, depending on the country) is a dimensionless quantity that describes a characteristic amount of aerodynamic drag caused by fluid flow, used in the drag equation. ... MPG or mpg is a three-letter acronym with several meanings, including: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft - The Max Planck society for the advancement of science is an important German non-profit research organisation. ...


For 2008, the Corvette received a mild freshening: a new LS3 engine with displacement increased to 6.2 liters, resulting in 430 hp (321 kW) and 424 ft·lbf (575 N·m) of torque. The manual transmission also has improved shift linkage, while the automatic is set up for quicker shifts giving the C6 Automatic a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, faster than any other production automatic Corvette. The wheels were also updated to a new five-spoke design.[6] The LS is Generation III and Generation IV, the latest evolution of General Motors line of small-block V8 engines. ...


C6 Z06

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The new Z06 arrived as a 2006 model in the third quarter of 2005. It has a 7.0 L (7,008 cc/427.6 in³) version of the small block engine codenamed LS7. Officially certified output is 505 hp (377 kW). Its performance is similar to the Ford GT and the Dodge Viper SRT-10. Official performance figures indicate that the Z06 can reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds from a standing start in first gear. In the summer of 2005, GM and Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen brought the new Z06 to the Nürburgring in Germany. Magnussen drove the Z06 to a time of 7:42.99. In their March 2007 comparison, Car and Driver selected the Corvette Z06 as the winner of their three-way comparison test of performance cars, with the Porsche 911 GT3 finishing second and the Lotus Exige S third.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2496x1664, 2076 KB)[edit] Summary Photo of 2 C6 Z06s at the Waukesha Car Show (May 21st, 2006) that I took. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2496x1664, 2076 KB)[edit] Summary Photo of 2 C6 Z06s at the Waukesha Car Show (May 21st, 2006) that I took. ... The LS is Generation III and Generation IV, the latest evolution of General Motors line of small-block V8 engines. ... This page refers to the concept and production cars of 2002 and later; for the mid-1960s race car, see Ford GT40. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Jan Magnussen is a race car driver from Denmark. ... Detailed Nürburgring map showing both the Nordschleife and the new GP section. ... Cover of Car and Driver from age of psychedelic lettering Car and Driver is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. ...


In addition to the larger engine, the C6 Z06 has a dry sump oiling system, ensuring proper engine lubrication during periods of high (lateral) acceleration and allowing the engine to be mounted low inside the chassis. Connecting rods made out of titanium further lighten the reciprocating mass of the engine while being stronger than the steel rods they replace. A dry sump is a lubricating oil management method for four-stroke and large two-stroke piston internal combustion engines that uses a secondary reservoir for oil, as compared to a conventional wet sump system. ... piston (top) and connecting rod from typical automotive engine (scale is in centimetres) Components of a typical, four stroke cycle, DOHC piston engine. ... General Name, symbol, number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Standard atomic weight 47. ...


In a radical departure from anything Chevrolet has ever done before, the primary structural element of the C6 Z06 is aluminum instead of steel as on the non-Z06 cars. The hydroformed aluminum frame remains dimensionally identical to its steel brethren but is significantly lighter. The front fenders are made of carbon fiber by Plasan USA to reduce weight, while wider rear fenders allow for the wider tires necessary to deal with the engine's increased power. The Z06 officially weighs 3132 lb (1421 kg), giving it a power to weight ratio of 6.2 lb/hp (3.8 kg/kW or 361 bhp per tonne). The C6 Corvette Z06 is the first 500+ hp production car to avoid the US government Gas Guzzler tax. Aluminum is a soft and lightweight metal with a dull silvery appearance, due to a thin layer of oxidation that forms quickly when it is exposed to air. ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... Hydroforming (or hydramolding) is a cost-effective way of shaping malleable metals such as aluminum into lightweight, structurally stiff and strong pieces. ... Graphite-reinforced plastic or carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP or CRP), is a strong, light and very expensive composite material or fibre reinforced plastic. ... Sand Cat MaxxPro MTVR M1114GR Plasan (‎) (formerly Plasan Sasa) is an Israeli owned vehicle manufacturer established in 1985. ... The Energy Tax Act (Pub. ...


The Z06 was the official pace car for both the 2006 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 race. The special Pace Car edition Z06 was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January. It was also awarded to St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein as his prize for being the 2006 World Series MVP, although Eckstein does not know how to drive a stick. The 2007 Z06 was also one of Automobile Magazine's "Automobile All-Stars" for 2007.[8] See also List of Indianapolis 500 pace cars A pace car has been used to start the Indianapolis 500 since 1911. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ... ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... David Mark Eckstein, (born January 20, 1975 in Sanford, Florida), is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the St. ... Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver[1] Umpires Randy Marsh, Alfonso Márquez, Wally Bell, Mike Winters, John Hirschbeck, Tim McClelland The 2006 World Series, the 102nd edition of Major League Baseballs championship series, began on... The November 2006 cover of Automobile Magazine. ...


2007 Z06 had minor changes including retuning of the suspension after some magazine test drivers announced the suspension did not perform up to their original estimates. Chevrolet announced the models were pre released, and for 2007 they would retune the damping. In more recent tests the Corvette has shown improved driveability and track manners.


2008 Z06 received the new TR6060 six speed manual transmission which replaces the T-56.


ZR1

The Corvette variant, now officially known as the ZR1[citation needed] was first reported by several print and online publications who were speculating that Chevrolet was developing a high performance production version of the Corvette and were internally calling it Blue devil (named after GM CEO Rick Wagoner's alma mater, Duke University). The production version is expected to debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show and be available as a 2009 model. The car was originally rumored to feature a supercharged "LS9" engine producing more than 650 hp (485 kW) with prices reported to exceed $100,000 USD.[9] Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... George Richard Rick Wagoner, Jr. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... NAIAS 2005, near the Audi exhibit. ... For other meanings, see supercharger (disambiguation) A supercharger (sometimes called a blower), a positive displacement or centrifugal pump, is a gas compressor used to pump air into the cylinders of an internal combustion engine. ...


C6.R

The C6.R was unveiled for its first race at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. Later, in the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, it made up for Sebring by placing first and second in the GT1 car class after a lengthy duel with the Aston Martin team's DBR9 racers by finishing 5th and 6th overall. Corvette C6.R went on to win its class at every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season. In 2006 Corvette C6.R won both American Le Mans GT1 Championships: Teams and Manufacturers. On March 17, 2007 it won the GT1 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Aston Martin DBR9 at dusk during the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at Sebring Raceway, a former Air Force base in Sebring, Florida. ... The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is a series of automobile races. ... The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is the worlds most famous sports car endurance race, held annually at Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France, in the French Sarthe département. ... Alms Bag taken from some Tapestry in Orleans, Fifteenth Century. ...


For Le Mans 2007, there were four C6.R's on the entry list, as the two Corvette Racing entries will be joined by single entries from the Luc Alphand Aventures and PSI-Motorsport teams. However, the Corvettes could not equate their increased numbers into a GT1 class win, as Corvette Racing finished second in class, one lap behind the class-winning DBR9 entered by Aston Martin Racing.


C7

According to several issues of Motor Trend magazine, a C7 Corvette will debut in the 2013 calendar year.[10] Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Motor Trend is one of the oldest automotive magazines still publishing. ...


Oldest surviving unit

The oldest surviving production Corvette[11] is serial number E53F001003. This historic, one-time GM "test mule" is the third 1953 Corvette to ever come off the Flint assembly line and is known as "double-o-three" to Corvette enthusiasts. It was sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction on January 21, 2006 in Scottsdale, AZ, for US$1,000,000. A development mule or a test mule in the automotive industry is a vehicle equipped with experimental or prototype components for testing. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ... // Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is a prestigious collector car auction and exposition company, started in 1960. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Scottsdale . ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


However, the oldest Corvette in existence is believed to be the EX-122, a pre-production prototype that was hand built and first shown to the public at the 1953 GM Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on January 17, 1953.[12] That car can now be seen at the Atlantic City Showroom and Museum of Kerbeck Corvette. Category: ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ...


Another noteworthy 1953 Corvette belonged to actor John Wayne. Vin #51 was delivered to Wayne on October 7, 1953.[13] For other persons named John Wayne, see John Wayne (disambiguation). ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ...


Awards

The Corvette was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1984 and 1998. It has also been on Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list eleven times: the C4 from 1985 through 1989 and the C5 in 1998, 1999, and 2002 through 2005. The new C6 was also named to that list and was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2005. The C6 Z06 was named "Most Coveted Vehicle" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year contest. Motor Trend is one of the oldest automotive magazines still publishing. ... Car of the Year is a phrase usually considered to have been invented by Motor Trend magazine in the 1950s for their annual award for best automobile. ... Cover of Car and Driver from age of psychedelic lettering Car and Driver is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. ... Main article: Car and Driver Car and Driver magazine annually nominates a list of what it considers the Ten Best cars and Five Best trucks. ... The North American Car of the Year is an automobile award voted annually in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ... Canadian Car of the Year winners, as chosen by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada: // 1987 Car of the Year Pontiac Bonneville 1988 Car of the Year Lincoln Continental 1989 Car of the Year Ford Taurus SHO 1990 Car of the Year Nissan 300ZX 1991 Car of the Year Lexus...


Automobile Magazine called the Sting Ray the "coolest car in history", and Sports Car International placed it at number 5 on their list of the Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The November 2006 cover of Automobile Magazine. ... Sports Car International is an automobile magazine in the United States focused on sports cars. ... Sports Car International magazine compiled a list of the Top Sports Cars of the last few decades. ...


The 1999 Corvette Convertible, along with the Mercedes-Benz S500, were named Best Engineered Car of the 20th century by the Society of Automotive Engineers publication Automotive Engineering International.[14] SAE International (SAE) is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in aerospace, automotive and the commercial vehicle industries. ...


A Corvette has been selected as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 nine times: 1978, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. The Indianapolis 500 auto race has used a pace car since 1911. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ...


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Corvette as marque

With the move toward rebadging Daewoo cars as budget-priced Chevrolets in Europe, Corvette became a marque in its own right in 2005. The brand is sold separately from Korean-built Chevrolets, usually by dealers with the premium Cadillac range. Corvette is also marketed as a separate marque in Japan. The rumor that Corvette would become its own brand has been circulating since the late 1980s. This article is about the auto company GM Daewoo. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... A marque (French for brand and pronounced as mark) is a brand name, most commonly used for automobile brands. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ...


Corvette Sedan

In May 2007, Bob Lutz stated he is not at all opposed to the idea of a Corvette sedan. This would follow in the footsteps of the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.[15] The Porsche Panamera is a four-door, four-seat coupe, currently still in concept stages, set to be launched in 2009. ... The Aston Martin Rapide is a four-door, four-seat coupe, which British luxury marque Aston Martin plans to introduce in late 2009 to compete with the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Maserati Quattroporte. ...


See also

Chevrolet Corvette CERV is a series of experimental Chevrolet Corvette cars, using mid mounted engine. ... XP-755 Mako Shark show car The XP-755 Mako Shark show car was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of GM Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. ... Stylist Bill Mitchell’s XP-87 Stingray project was a privately funded project that was to lead to the development of the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. ... The Chevrolet Aerovette was a concept car created by the Chevrolet division of General Motors in 1973. ... The Chevrolet Corvette GTP was a GTP-class racing car which participated in the IMSA GT Championship from 1984 until 1989. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

References

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  7. ^ Car and Driver Comparison Tests.
  8. ^ Sherman, Don (January 2007). "Automobile All-Stars 2007". Automobile Magazine 21 (10): 56-57. Retrieved on 2007-01-03. 
  9. ^ Is Blue Devil Alive? Chevy Performance Might Be Heating Up article from AutoWeek
  10. ^ www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2007/112_0704_chevrolet_corvette_z07/.
  11. ^ World's Oldest Corvette.
  12. ^ World's Oldest Corvette.
  13. ^ John Wayne's 1953 Corvette #51.
  14. ^ www.sae.org/automag/bestcar/10.htm.
  15. ^ Kranz, Rick. "Why not build a 4-door Corvette?" Automotive News, 14 May 2007.
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 v  d  e Chevrolet Corvette timeline, 1953-present
Type 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Coupe C2 C3 C5
Hatchback 3 C4 C5 C6
Convertible C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6
Performance FI L84 BB Big block ZR-1 4 Z06 Z06
Motorsports: Grand Sport • GTP • C5-R • C6.R


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Renault Megane hatchback, a proper hatchback which has shown huge success in Europe Peugeot 306 hatchback, with the hatch lifted and the parcel shelf tilted for access Hatchback is a term designating an automobile design, containing a passenger cabin with an integrated cargo space, accessed from behind the vehicle by... The Chevrolet Corvette C3 is a sports car patterned after Chevrolets Mako Shark II (designed by Larry Shinoda), produced between 1968 and 1982. ... The fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette was introduced at the close of 1982 production as a 1984 model and ended in 1996, meaning that theres no such thing as a 1983 Corvette (though 44 prototype 1983s were built, of which #23 surivives today and is housed at the National Corvette... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C5 is a sports car which started in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... The first-generation Chevrolet Corvette was a sporty automobile produced from 1953 through 1962. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is a sports car designed by Larry Shinoda under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, and produced between 1963 and 1967. ... The Chevrolet Corvette C3 is a sports car patterned after Chevrolets Mako Shark II (designed by Larry Shinoda), produced between 1968 and 1982. ... The fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette was introduced at the close of 1982 production as a 1984 model and ended in 1996, meaning that theres no such thing as a 1983 Corvette (though 44 prototype 1983s were built, of which #23 surivives today and is housed at the National Corvette... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C5 is a sports car which started in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet. ... Buskers perform in San Francisco A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for another group of people (the audience). ... The first-generation Chevrolet Corvette was a sporty automobile produced from 1953 through 1962. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is a sports car designed by Larry Shinoda under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, and produced between 1963 and 1967. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is a sports car designed by Larry Shinoda under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, and produced between 1963 and 1967. ... The Chevrolet Corvette C3 is a sports car patterned after Chevrolets Mako Shark II (designed by Larry Shinoda), produced between 1968 and 1982. ... The fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette was introduced at the close of 1982 production as a 1984 model and ended in 1996, meaning that theres no such thing as a 1983 Corvette (though 44 prototype 1983s were built, of which #23 surivives today and is housed at the National Corvette... The second-generation Chevrolet Small-Block engine, which uses the LT prefix, was introduced in 1992. ... Cutaway diagram of Z06 Corvette LS6 Engine The Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 is a super high performance sports car with supercar abilities. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet. ... For an outline of all the Chevrolet Corvette generations see Main article: Chevrolet Corvette The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is a sports car designed by Larry Shinoda under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, and produced between 1963 and 1967. ... The Chevrolet Corvette GTP was a GTP-class racing car which participated in the IMSA GT Championship from 1984 until 1989. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is the sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ...

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Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Subcompact Monza Sprint Geo Metro Geo Metro / Metro Aveo
Chevette
Spectrum Geo Storm
Nova Geo Prizm
Compact Citation Geo Prizm Prizm Cobalt
HHR
Cavalier Cavalier Cavalier
Mid-size Malibu Corsica / Beretta Malibu Malibu Malibu
Impala Impala
Monte Carlo Monte Carlo Monte Carlo
Celebrity Lumina Lumina
Full-size Caprice Caprice
Impala Impala SS
Sports Camaro Camaro Camaro Camaro
Corvette Corvette Corvette Corvette

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Chevrolet Corvette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (6183 words)
Chevrolet would up the ante in 1966 with the introduction of an even larger 427 in³ (7 L) version, creating what would be one of the most collectable Corvettes ever.
When the standard Corvette later adopted the convex rear fascia (1991), the tail lamp was moved to between the taillights, however the ZR-1 kept the CHMSL (center high mounted stop lamp) to further distinguish it.
Corvette faced stiff competition from the new Prodrive Ferrari 550, which led many laps at Le Mans, but the Ferraris suffered problems late in the race, resulting in another Corvette GTS class victory.
Chevrolet Corvette - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1298 words)
The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car first manufactured by Chevrolet in 1953 and is built today exclusively at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The first was the introduction of Chevrolet's first-ever V8 engine in 1955, and the second was the influence of a Soviet emigre in GM's engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The Corvette's 50th anniversary was celebrated June 20th and 21st, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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