Chevrolet indeed established a good name and reputation. The internationally acclaimed automotive company was named after its brilliant founder Louis Chevrolet. Mr. Chevrolet started the famous car firm in the year 1912 after his success as a race car driver. Chevrolet became successful in producing innovative and magnificent designs. One great innovation to consider is the 2012 Chevy Corvette. Chevrolet Corvette is considered as one of the most prestigious sports cars ever. It has enjoyed the reputation of “America’s sports car” for almost fifty-eight years. The Chevy Corvette became a model for other American sports cars. To commemorate the 100 years of Chevrolet, the company came up with another majestic innovation, the 2012 Chevy Corvette. The 2012 Chevy Corvette is Chevrolet’s centennial edition package. The magnificent Chevrolet edition has a classic look which makes it distinct from other sports cars. Great improvements were made in Chevrolet Corvette. The 2012 Chevy Corvette welcomes a fresh and new seat design incorporated with larger side bolsters. It also features a new and more appealing steering wheel and extra padding was developed in the armrests. To further increase the sophistication of the features, a 9-speaker Bose sound system was added. Several customization options were also included to further enhance the features.
It is big and it is bold. 2012 Chevy Corvette will definitely make a big noise in the automotive industry. This innovation is so ambitious as it promises great action along the road, furnished with a sexy framework that embodies sophistication. It also embodies the greatness of technology, since special effects were incorporated into this model. The team Corvette made a lot of effort to keep its American classic style. Thankfully, great improvements were done to enhance the features and in order to have ultra-high performance. All of these traits can be seen in both Z06 and ZR1 models, but they are greatly enhanced in the 2012 Chevy Corvette Centennial Special Edition. Talking about safety, it has side airbags and anti-lock disc brakes. It only lacks side curtain airbags. The specialized feature which is the “Active Handling” stability control system of the 2012 Chevy Corvette was programmed to deploy in a non-invasive, soft way so that drivers won’t be disappointed.
Chevrolet first introduced their two-seat Corvette or ‘Vette’ in 1953. It was the passion and brainchild of the renowned designer Harley Earl. Earl had been designing for the company since the late 1920’s and finally managed to convince them to build a two-seater sports car, not unlike the MG’s, Alfa’s and other European cars that were being introduced to the American market by returning GIs.
While the 53 Chevy Corvette was hailed for its killer looks and great body, its performance under the hood was decidedly unexciting, unadventurous somewhat frigid. The Ford Thunderbird further threatened the future life of the automobile that would eventually go down in the annals of American automotive history as ‘the only true American sports car’, outselling the Corvette by 24 to 1. While the Thunderbird was looking great on the roads of America the Chevy Corvette (not yet the 57) was still looking longingly at potential buyers in the showrooms. It was at this time that GM was said to have been considering killing it off, or in the words of an enthusiast ‘murdering it’. Enter the v8 engine and Zora Arkus-Duntov. Zora, who rather mistakenly became known ever after as the father of the Corvette, inspired the V8 design and spec for the 57 Corvette. The V8 is credited with being the single most important change made to the car to date.
The 1957 Corvette, Reborn
Enough of the history. Baptized with a new engine the 57 Corvette went from strength to strength in performance and was reborn as a serious sports car. While the 57 Chevy is as synonymous with the American dream as Mama’s homemade apple pie, the Americans do not have the monopoly on automobiles in dreams. The Corvette started appearing in the dreams of sleepers all over the world and began attracting a pan-global fan base, introduced to the car through the medium of its numerous guest TV appearances, where it often achieved its own listing in the credits! The 57 Corvette is coveted and collected by car enthusiasts from Asia to Antarctica. They are selling at car auctions for anywhere from $70,000 upwards with no shortage of adoring buyers. The automobile world is now waiting with baited breath for the debut of the C7 Chevy Corvette expected to arrive sometime in 2010. Now for all those who will think or feel that I’m beating up on American products, that is the exact opposite of the truth. In fact I have an online site, where I sell aftermarket Corvette parts. I also served in our Armed Forces so I definitely believe in this great country of ours.
The problem I’m having is why should supporting our auto manufacturers be so costly to us? I can tell you from experience that back in the 90’s, a forklift operator for GM was making over $20.00 per hour, just to sit on a forklift. Maybe if the employees weren’t being paid so much, more of us could afford to buy a Corvette. Nearly half of the Corvette owners hold college degrees, and over 80 percent, are owned by people on average that are 53 or older. When Harley Earll first produced the Corvette, it wasn’t only intended for the well off. There were millions bought compared to the approximately 750,000 that are now registered, and that includes all model years. When I drive down the street or freeway now, I can’t prove it with stats, but it looks to me, that there are approximately 75 percent imports versus American vehicles. Go to another country, do you think you would see the same situation there? American auto makers need to find a way to reduce the cost to the American public, and get us back. What prompted me to write this article, is the fact that I saw a commercial yesterday for Honda, where they claimed to be the greatest American car company. I could not believe I heard that. I’m sorry for causing anyone to be upset over my words here, but I feel it’s high time American companies and their employees come together, and figure out a way to lower the cost of their products and get us back.
The New Chevy Corvette C7R Concept With New Aerodynamics and Forged Wheels
The Chevrolet Corvette has been racing successfully around the world for decades. Its performance was able to match and often exceed that of many foreign and exotic race cars from Germany, Britain, and Italy, effectively putting the American car manufacturer on the map for performance cars. In the American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet has run a factory team for the past few seasons using a pair of Corvette C6R models that are based on the road-going Corvette Z06 model. The race car has been quite successful capturing numerous podium finishes, first-place finishes, driver’s championships, and overall wins. Even at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team was able to win the GT class during its 80th anniversary of competing in the race. Now, the manufacturer has a new race car concept base on the new C7 Corvette Stingray that was featured on MotoringExposure, Road and Track, and Automobile Magazine. The new C7R Corvette will feature revised aerodynamics, new body work, forged wheels, and a race-prepped interior. The new Corvette C7R Concept will wear an all-new lightweight carbon fiber body that provides a lower overall weight than the production aluminum and plastic body panels of the standard model. The carbon fiber will also offer numerous high-strength benefits and be able to repair quickly in case of minor accidents by the race team. The new aerodynamics worn by the race car concept will also be made of carbon fiber. The front will feature a wider air intake to cool both the engine and brakes, along with a bigger front splitter and side flics to optimize downforce and reduce drag. New side skirts will be positioned between the front and rear forged wheels and incorporate a side-exit exhaust system on each side for better backpressure properties as opposed to the rear-mounted versions. At the rear will be a large adjustable spoiler, a new bumper, and a large diffuser to ensure that the rear forged wheel keep traction at high speeds.
The chassis will be optimized for endurance racing on the C7R concept models. New aluminum and steel suspension components will stiffen up the ride and improve handling. The entire car will sit much lower than the production models so that it has an optimum center of gravity. A set of steel brakes with monoblock calipers will be used at the front and rear axles due to racing regulations. Instead of the factory rim and tire setup, the racing team will opt for lightweight one-piece forged wheels that are stronger and more durable than cast models. Inside, the entire production interior will be stripped out to save weight and to improve safety. A roll cage will surround the driver and their single racing seat to provide a safe structure in the event of an accident. The factory dashboard will also be removed in place of an all-digital display for easy reading and telemetry. There is no word on when Chevrolet will create the new Corvette C7R race car, and as of now it remains a concept rendering. Since 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a household name in the world of high-powered sports cars with big-bore engines and throaty exhaust notes. The original Corvette design, codenamed “C1,” changed the car industry forever. While the Corvette has undergone many design changes throughout its 57-year history, the basic goal of the car remains exactly the same as it did all those years ago: Go fast and do it loudly.
The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette takes this tradition to the next level. With the base trim model powered by a 6.2 liter V8, this new “C6” model Corvette blends the division between street car and race car. 430 horsepower finds its way to the rear wheels, thanks to the award-winning LS3 engine. Drivers with a good bit of nerve can find their way from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under 5 seconds. With 424 foot-pounds of torque at 4600 RPM, this base model Corvette will claw at the asphalt and leave you gasping for air as you race through the power band. Amazingly enough, two higher-powered versions of the Corvette are available to the general public in 2010. The 2010 Corvette Z06, already a hot performer in the C5 body style, finds its way back to the streets with the LS7 7.0 liter V8. The Z06 pushes out a monstrous 505 horsepower, competing with much more expensive supercars for the title of “Most Powerful Street Car.” At a curb weight of 3175 pounds, the Corvette Z06 will take a driver from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds. If you don’t feel that your 505 horsepower is enough, have a look at the Corvette ZR1 and its supercharged 6.2 liter V8. With 638 horsepower at your fingertips, you’ll never be the same again.