Thursday, August 30, 2012

Racing Brought About Many Corvette Innovations


It’s been said that racing improves the breed, and when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette, nearly six decades of checkered flags are the proof. As Corvette marks its 60th anniversary in 2013, the design of the chassis, suspension and other drivetrain features are rooted in the rigors of competition.
“Candidly, Corvette was not a high-performance car until Zora Arkus-Duntov fitted it with a V-8, and began campaigning Corvettes in racing,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette’s vehicle chief engineer. “Today, the Corvettes competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans use many of the same components as Corvettes rolling off the assembly line at Bowling Green.”  
The Corvette C6.R is built on the same aluminum frame rails that underpin production Corvette Z06 and ZR1 models. Other production chassis structures in the race car include the windshield frame, the hoop around the rear of the passenger compartment, the door hinge pillars, the drivetrain tunnel, the firewall and the floor pan. Corvette C6.R also uses the production steering column out of the ZR1, with a fully adjustable steering wheel, as well as production rack-and-pinion steering.
For the production Corvette ZR1, the racing influence is also evident in the rear transaxle design that helps achieve a near-perfect 51/49 weight distribution, as well as the racing-developed carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires (developed by the same Michelin engineers who developed tires for Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series). These features contribute to the ZR1 running Germany’s legendary Nürburgring in 7:19.63.
Read entire article here.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Corvette to Be Featured at 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion


Chevrolet Corvette will be the featured marque next August at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where historic race cars annually come to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track to relive the sights, sounds and smells of racing days gone by.

Corvette’s recognition in Monterey, Calif., will come during its 60th anniversary model year, and a large contingent of Corvette racers is expected representing each of the car’s six generations in competition. Corvette also was the featured marque in 2002.

“Corvettes and racing have been inextricably linked since the very moment Zora Arkus-Duntov slipped behind the wheel for the first time,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet global vice president of marketing. “His spirit is felt in today’s winning Corvette Racing program, which continues a proud legacy and one we’re looking forward to celebrating next summer.”

Read entire article here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Through the Years: Corvette's Material Advancements


It’s a scientific fact: Low weight plus high horsepower equal exhilarating performance. That combination has defined the Corvette for six decades, as increasing power output matches the use of advanced materials to minimize curb weight.

The 2013 Corvette Z06 exemplifies that philosophy. With a curb weight of only 3,199 pounds (1,451 kg) and 505-horsepower (377 kW), it is not only one of the lightest sports cars available in America, it has one of the best power-to-weight ratios of 6.33:1. That’s better than the Aston Martin DBS (7.5:1 – 510 horsepower/3,836 pounds), Porsche 911 Turbo S (6.7:1 – 530 horsepower/3,561 pounds) and Nissan GT-R (7.1:1 – 545 horsepower/3,887 pounds).

“Horsepower isn’t the only measure of performance,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette’s marketing manager. “Balance and low weight are just as important and that’s where the Corvette excels. It has a heritage of employing cutting-edge technologies and materials to help optimize performance.”
Corvette’s use of advance materials began in 1953, when the first Corvettes were produced with all-fiberglass bodies. Every Corvette since has featured a composite-material body.

“Corvette has never been focused on an exclusive material – be it aluminum, carbon fiber, or fiberglass,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Instead, we are constantly looking for the best materials structure, powertrain, and chassis to improve the performance of Corvette.”

Read entire article here.  The article explains the progression of materials used throughout 60 years of Corvette.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Now at Purifoy Chevrolet: 1957 Corvette Street Machine

Purifoy Chevrolet is pleased to offer this custom 1957 Corvette in black & silver! From every vantage point, this car will catch your eye! If power is your game,underhood sits a GM LS7 crate engine at 505 horsepower!The same engine powers Chevrolet's awesome C6 Z06 Corvettes! 

Listed below are some of the custom features of this show winning Corvette - 
* Black powder coated frame 
* Keisler TKO-600 5 speed transmission 
* C4 fully adjustable suspension 
* C5 brake calipers with Baer Eradispeed drilled rotors 
* Dana 44 posi rear axle 
*18 Budnik aluminum wheels (one-off) 
* Hot Rod heat & air conditioning 
* Classic Instruments 
* Custom Gray leather seats & door panels 

Ask us about this stunning 57 Corvette that incorporates timeless styling with today's power-train performance!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Video: 60 Years of Corvette

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Custom Corvette video for Purifoy Chevrolet

Great video with Rollie Purifoy - owner of Purifoy Chevrolet!

Video was taken at one of the biggest car shows in Colorado - Concours d'elegance!

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