One of the most iconic cars in the auto industry is the Chevrolet corvette . Known for its powerful engines and for being the muscular American car par excellence, the Corvette is one of those legendary cars. Today we present some curiosities about this model that is always distinguished by its sportiness and its aesthetics.
- Haley Earl, the designer of the Corvette, named his development “Project Opel”. In addition, the car was projected to have a price close to 2 thousand dollars.
- Production of the Chevrolet Corvette has been carried out in three factories throughout its history: Flint, Bowling Green and in San Luis.
- The original logo of the Corvette carried the American flag. However, the use of that symbol is illegal. After the failed attempt, the brand would change for a fleur de lis.
- It may sound like a surprise, but the fastest Corvette in history is the LT-2 prototype of 1969 . That car completed ¼ mile in 10.86 seconds and accelerated from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds. The ZR1 variant of 2009 marked a time of 11.4 seconds in the ¼ mile, but it was not enough to move from the first place to the LT-2 of 1968.
- The original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was offered with two options of equipment: heater for 91 dollars and AM radio for 145. The most equipped Corvette had a final price of $ 3,749.
- In the year 1960, GM gave a Corvette to each of the astronauts who made up the Mercury 7 mission: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and Chuck Yeager.
- The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split window is considered one of the most beautiful cars in the history of the model about indoor car cover.
- A giant gasoline tank was available as an option for models from 1963 to 1967. The capacity of that tank was 36 gallons.
- The 2014 Stingray Corvette reached a speed of 53 mph in reverse, staying just 2 mph off the all-time record.
- The 1953 model was only offered in white with interiors in red.
Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray
This is the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray , the seventh generation of one of the most famous sports cars of all those born in the United States. It also means the return of one of the denominations – Stingray – most evocative of the many that have accompanied this machine that for six decades has delighted the most demanding and passionate customers in the United States and, much less also, the European public. We can anticipate that the new Chevrolet Corvelawill be the most efficient in history, but also the most powerful since its most basic version of access , which will already have 450 HP and will practice the 0 to 100 km / h around the 4 seconds .
It will be faster and lighter and also more agile and will brake better, did anyone doubt that this was so? But the improvements that accompany the new Corvette do not remain in the mechanical and prestacional. Of its aesthetics the most remarkable thing we appreciate it in the new design of the rear , with more aggressive forms, four central escape exits and pilots of capricious design thanks to the use of LEDs, which also draw their new look on the front with the outline of the daytime lighting that flanks the headlights. Muscularity has not lost it, with its wide wheel arches, its air vents in the front wings or its bulging nose and a large grill on which the characteristic emblem of the Corvette is drawn.
A sportsman with a lot of muscle
The battle (wheelbase) of the Corvette has grown just 2.5 centimeters . In the same measure the width of both axles has grown, which will have tires of 18 “front and 19” behind. The new Corvette will continue to rely on the mechanical excellence of an eight-cylinder in V , the new LT1 6 .2 Small Block V8, which despite its ironic name develops 450 HP and a maximum torque of 610 Nm between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm – comparable in this respect to the old 7.0 LS7 of the Corvette Z06 . Associated with this is aTREMEC TR6070 seven-speed manual transmission (remember that the latest generation of Porsche 911 also incorporates a seven- ratio manual transmission ). It will also be available with an automatic change of six with sequential drive .
Speaking of efficiency and economy, this new block will have automatic disconnection of cylinders at cruising speed, operating punctually as a V4 without the driver perceiving it, variable elevation of valves and direct injection. Even with manual transmission will have an automatism that tries to simulate , without intervention of the driver, the desired effect of the technique of the high heel or the double clutch , that is, make a small gas stroke at the time of raising or lowering a gear to adjust to the engine regime that requires that gear ratio. The Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray 2014 has also improved its lightening and structural rigidity, starting with a new aluminum structure that saves 45 kilogramscompared to the steel construction of the model we knew to date. The distribution of equal weights between axes 50% and its weight / higher than some sports such as R8 or 911 Carrera power.
A cabin, sporty and quality, very clearly focused on the driver
The pressure exerted by its rivals has made the new Chevrolet Corvette have to rethink the design and the quality standard of its cabin . The Corvette Stingray 2014 will give much to talk about, we are convinced of that, starting with the distribution of the cabin in two well-defined areas, the driver to which the central console and all the instrumentation are oriented, and that of the passenger, almost marginalized. in the narrow space that is on the right.
On board the presence of leather inserts and very well-kept details has increased . We are not surprised by the simplicity of the control panel, but we really like the appearance of the control panel with a screen that allows us to configure its design, as well as vary its decoration according to the chosen driving mode. We also like the presence of a practical screen of the multimedia equipment, navigation and telemetry, it is also tactile and recognizes gestural actions , in the center of the dashboard. A good detail is the small display under the aerators of the passenger so that it selects the temperature of the dual zone climate control in its space.