TECH THURSDAY: MORE CORVETTE ADD-ONS

Customizable add-ons are a great way to personalize your Corvette. Our previous Tech Thursday blog post focused on spoilers, windscreens and car covers. Today we offer three more options to help your Corvette stand out from the crowd.

Decals
Race-inspired decals can add a visual punch to your Corvette while fender hash marks in silver can give it a custom look. The race-inspired stripe package, designed to highlight the center section of the car, comes with a separate black self-adhesive center stripe and silver outer accent stripes so you can configure them any way you want.

These decals are not for use on Z16 Grand Sport models.

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Removable Roof Panel
This transparent roof panel provides an open-air feeling even with the roof in place. It is produced with the same tooling as the standard factory panel. A storage bag with logo is sold separately and helps prevent scratches when the top is stowed.

Grille
This fine-screen mesh, stainless steel grille insert dresses up the front of your Corvette while providing protection from road debris. It mounts behind the existing grille. Side cove Inserts and an exhaust plate screen are sold separately.

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How to Order
There are plenty of other ways to customize your Corvette, both under the hood and to the eye. For more ideas, check out Chevy’s 2015 Performance Catalog. You can download your personal copy here and also subscribe to GM's FUEL Newsletter for car enthusiasts.

To order any of these add-ons, visit the online accessories store.

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Detroit Auto Show Corvette Display Revs With Racecar, Two Supercars

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One of Corvette Racing's cars is on display at the Detroit Auto Show.

While Chevy's new 2016 extended-range electric Volt vehicle and the new Bolt EV concept car grabbed most of the attention during media day one (Jan. 12, 2015) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Corvette exhibit remained one of the most popular of the Chevrolet displays.

Two years after the introduction of the C7 Stingray, journalists from around the world still huddled around a 2015 Stingray and new Z06, opening the doors, sitting inside and taking photos of the cars from every angle. "Getting my picture in one of these beauties was tops on my list of things to do at the Detroit show," said one European journalist.

The Corvette Racing portion of the display featured one of the team's yellow racecars and an interesting trophy case full of drivers' helmets and awards the team has won.

Rounding out the display were Corvette engines that auto show visitors can touch and photograph up close. Another journalist from Asia said he "was amazed the Corvette can get so much power from an engine this size."

These photos provide a peak preview of the Corvette display. Enjoy the show!

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An overview of the Corvette display with a new silver Camaro at right.
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Corvette Racing's driver helmets and race trophies.
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The muscle behind Corvette's awesome power amazed journalists.
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This Z06 convertible was a popular hangout during the show's media days.

To keep our readers updated on what's new with the 2015 Corvette, the following information was prepared by Chevrolet for distribution during the two days of media previews at the Detroit Auto Show, which opens to the public on Saturday, Jan. 17. This — hopefully — includes everything you need to know about your next Corvette!

New for 2015

  • Z06 coupe and convertible, with supercharged 6.2L rated at an SAE-certified 650 horsepower/485 kW

  • Atlantic convertible and Pacific coupe Design Packages for Stingray

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (3GB/three-month trial)

  • Available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission replaces previous six-speed

  • Available Performance Data Recorder (included with navigation system)

  • New wheel finishes for models with and without the Z51 Performance Package

  • Available carbon fiber tonneau inserts for convertible models

  • Available Carbon Flash exterior badges

  • Available body-color or Shark Gray exterior vents

  • Available CFZ carbon fiber ground effects package

  • Available ZF1 package includes Z51-style wheels and spoiler without Z51 Performance Package

  • Suede-wrapped upper interior trim on 3LT package

  • Performance exhaust included with Z51 Performance Package

  • Exterior colors: Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic

2015 Corvette Stingray Builds On Award-Winning Foundation With New Design Elements, Technology and Connectivity

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was the most awarded car of the year – including being named the 2014 North American Car of the Year. For 2015, the Corvette is even better, with the introduction of the Corvette Z06, all-new eight-speed automatic, Performance Data Recorder, OnStar with 4G LTE and two new design packages.

New models include the return of the Z06, offered in coupe and convertible, as well as new Corvette Stingray Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages. The new Z06 is the most track-capable Corvette ever and is powered by a supercharged 6.2L engine rated at an SAE-certified 650 horsepower (485 kW).

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The Zo6 Convertible for 2015.

The distinctive Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages show the personalization range of the Corvette Stingray, and are designed to showcase how it could be configured as a luxury sport GT car (Atlantic) or as a high-performance motorsport car (Pacific).

All 2015 Corvette Stingray and Z06 models are offered with an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance performance and efficiency. Developed and built by GM, it delivers world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs.

Additional new and revised features for the 2015 Corvette Stingray include:

  • New wheel finishes for models with and without the Z51 Performance Package
  • Available carbon fiber tonneau inserts for convertible models
  • Available Carbon Flash exterior badges
  • Available body-color or Shark Gray exterior vents
  • Available CFZ carbon fiber ground effects package
  • Available ZF1 package includes Z51-style wheels and spoiler without Z51 Performance Package
  • Suede-wrapped upper interior trim on 3LT package
  • Performance exhaust included with Z51 Performance Package
  • Exterior colors: Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic.

OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot enhances Corvette’s connectivity, providing a mobile hub for drivers and passengers with easy access to services that require a high-speed data connection. Its “always on” wireless connection comes with a 3GB/three-month data trial.

The all-new, industry-leading Performance Data Recorder enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. It was named Best Automotive Electronics Product at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, by Engadget.

Along with all that’s new with the 2015 Corvette Stingray, it carries over an unmatched combination of performance and efficiency. Power comes from the 6.2L LT1 V-8 rated at an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (624 Nm) – and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) with the available performance exhaust system. It enables Z51-equipped models able to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, while the Corvette’s chassis and suspension features contribute to 1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.

The Corvette Stingray backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car on the market with more than 450 horsepower, delivering an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with the seven-speed manual transmission.

Corvette Stingray is offered in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trim levels.

Atlantic and Pacific Design Package Details

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is available in two new Design Packages: the Atlantic luxury convertible and the Pacific performance coupe. Each is designed to showcase how the Stingray can configured as a luxury sport GT car or as a high-performance motorsport car.

The Atlantic Design Package is inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations. Offered exclusively on Z51-equipped convertibles, it is available in 2LT or 3LT trims, with the following unique features and content:

  • Front Z06-style splitter
  • Shark Gray exterior vents, hood “stinger” graphic and tonneau inserts
  • Chrome Torque wheels with Stingray center caps
  • Stingray underhood liner and floor mats
  • Custom splash guards, rear license plate frame and logo valve stem caps
  • Custom luggage
  • Available in all colors offered on the Corvette Stingray.

The Pacific Design Package is inspired by West Coast drivers who attend weekend track events. It is offered exclusively as a Z51-equipped coupe, in 2LT and 3LT trims, with the following unique content:

  • Offered in Torch Red, Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray – a new color for 2015
  • Satin black full-length racing stripes
  • Satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps
  • "CFZ” carbon fiber ground effects package and visible carbon fiber roof panel
  • Carbon Flash rear spoiler, outside mirrors and exterior badges
  • Red brake calipers
  • Competition Sport Seats in red or black
  • Carbon fiber interior trim, Stingray sill plates and Stingray floor mats
  • Custom splash guards and rear license plate frame
  • Indoor car cover (gray).
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Corvette Stingray Design

Corvette Stingray’s provocative exterior styling is as functional as it is elegant. It makes a bold design statement that embraces the advanced technology of the car, while enhancing its overall performance in everything from the wind tunnel to the track.

Lighting is a signature element of the Corvette Stingray’s design and reinforces its high-tech aesthetic. At the front, indirect white LED lamps form a distinctive daytime styling cue. They are set in black-chrome lamp housings with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.

The dual-element taillamps feature three-dimensional, sculpted lenses housing innovative indirect LED lighting. The state-of-the-art lighting uses hidden LED lamps that cast their light up from the bottom of the housing into a reverse reflector, creating an even glow. LED lamps are also used for the white backup lamps. The taillamps integrate functional aircraft-style air outlets for the available differential and transmission coolers.

The Corvette Stingray convertible features a fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). Its folding mechanism is all-new and enables the top to be lowered in 21 seconds.

With the top up, the convertible is designed for a refined driving experience. A thick fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.

With the top down, the Corvette Stingray’s signature profile is further accentuated. Behind the seat backs, dual black trim panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the seats, bringing the exterior color into the interior.

All Corvette Stingray models with the Z51 Performance Package feature integral coolers for the rear differential and transmission (the transmission cooler is also included with the optional automatic transmission). For coupe models, the air intakes are integrated on the rear quarter panels; and on convertible models, the air intakes are integrated into the underbody.

Airflow through the differential and transmission heat exchangers exits through the aircraft-inspired taillamp vents and lower-rear fascia air outlets. The Z51 Performance Package also includes brake-cooling ducts, a unique rear spoiler and additional air deflectors for enhanced track capability.

Additional exterior features include:

  • Heated outside mirrors are standard on all trim levels and a driver’s auto-dimming outside mirror is standard on 2LT and 3LT trims
  • Removable carbon fiber roof panel (body color) is standard on all coupes; a transparent roof panel is available
  • Visible carbon fiber roof panel is available on 2LT and 3LT
  • Dual roof packages including solid and transparent removable roof panels are available on 2LT and 3LT coupes; solid roof offered in body color or carbon fiber
  • Exterior badges offered in available Carbon Flash (chrome is standard)
  • Stinger-type and dual racing stripe packages are offered in several colors
  • 18 x 8.5-inch front and 19 x 10-inch rear wheels are standard on Corvette Stingray. Silver-painted aluminum is standard; chrome, black (new for 2015) and machined black (new for 2015) finishes available
  • 19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear wheels are standard with the Z51 Performance Package. Silver-painted aluminum is standard; black machined aluminum (new for 2015), chrome and black finishes available
  • Available ZF1 package enables Z51 wheels and rear spoiler without the Z51 Performance Package.

Exterior colors: Laguna Blue Tintcoat, Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, Black, Shark Gray Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Torch Red and Night Race Blue Metallic.

Handcrafted, Technologically Advanced Interior

The Corvette Stingray interior blends fine materials and craftsmanship with advanced technologies that contribute to a more connected and more engaging driving experience. Every feature and detail is designed to enhance the driver’s connection to the Corvette, starting with the fighter jet-inspired wraparound cockpit and continuing with supportive seats and high-definition, configurable screens. 

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Stingray interior in red ... pure delight!

A comparatively small, 14.1-inch-diameter (360 mm) steering wheel fosters a more direct, immediate feel to directional inputs. The attention to the driver extends to the smallest details, including the flat, precise stitching on the steering wheel designed to provide a smooth, consistent feel.

Precise and elegant stitching also is seen in the available Napa leather trim on the seats. Two seating choices are offered: a GT seat for all-around comfort and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering that provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium for greater strength. Several trim combinations are offered for the seats:

  • 1LT: GT seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts
  • 2LT: GT or Competition Sport seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces; GT or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts
  • 3LT: GT seats with perforated Napa leather seating surfaces; Competition Sport seats with perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces; GT or Competition Sport seats with leather seating surfaces and sueded microfiber inserts. Also: leather-wrapped instrument panel and suede-wrapped upper trim.

All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. There’s even a micro-LED screen for the passenger’s climate control placed below the vent on the dash, away from the performance features on the instrument panel.

Additional interior features include:

  • New Performance Data Recorder (included with the navigation system)
  • Color driver information center is standard on all trim levels
  • Electric-locking glovebox
  • Eight-inch-diagonal color touch radio with Chevrolet MyLink is standard on all trim levels; a navigation system is standard on 3LT and available on 1LT and 2LT. Includes behind-screen storage compartment
  • Bose® nine-speaker premium audio system is standard on 1LT
  • Bose® 10-speaker premium audio system – with bass box – is standard on 2LT and 3LT
  • Head-up display with color readouts – including g-meter in track mode – is standard on 2LT and 3LT
  • Keyless access with push-button starting is standard on all trim levels
  • Rear-vision camera is standard on all trim levels
  • Power tilting/telescoping steering column is standard on all trim levels
  • Heated and ventilated seats are standard on 2LT and 3LT
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on all trim levels; and a sueded microfiber-covered steering wheel is included with suede competition sport seats
  • Sueded microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim package is standard on 3LT and includes headliner, visors, trim above windshield and rear window, A-pillar trim and area around quarter window
  • Interior colors: Gray, Jet Black, Kalahari, Brownstone and Adrenaline Red.

Driver-Oriented Technologies

At the core of the Corvette Stingray’s driver-focused technologies is the cockpit-mounted Driver Mode Selector, which allows drivers to optimize the car for their driving preference and road conditions via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.

The Tour mode is the default setting for everyday driving; Weather mode is designed primarily for added confidence while driving in rain and snow; Eco mode is for achieving optimal fuel economy; Sport mode is for spirited road driving and Track mode is for track use.

Up to 12 performance parameters are adjusted with the selection of each mode, including:

  •  Gauge cluster configuration: The Tour, Eco and Weather modes feature displays for trip data, audio and navigation; Sport mode shows classic, easy-to-read sports car gauges; and Track mode’s configuration shows a gauge design based on the Corvette Racing C6.R race car display with lap timer
  • ETC (Electronic Throttle Control): Adjusts the throttle input curve for the selected mode for improved responsiveness
  • Paddle-shift automatic transmission: Adjusts shift comfort and shift points
  • Active Fuel Management: in normal mode, the LT1 engine uses V-8 power; in Eco mode the engine can operate in V-4 mode to improve fuel economy until aggressive acceleration is called for
  • Exhaust (active exhaust system): The system adjusts the timing of the electronically controlled exhaust valves to enhance audible feedback from the V-8 depending on the drive mode
  • Electronic limited-slip differential (Z51): Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes
  • Steering: Assist effort is adjusted in the modes to provide the driver with the correct steering feel for the driving condition
  • Magnetic Ride Control: Adjusts shock damping based on road conditions, from optimized comfort to performance driving
  • Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • Active handling (StabiliTrak stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
  • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
  • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.

Three configurable displays, including a pair of eight-inch screens and color head-up display, deliver personalized information and convey the different performance parameters of each drive mode.

The two eight-inch screens offer excellent visibility in direct sunlight, with 650 cd/m2 of brightness for the one integrated into the instrument cluster and 1,000 cd/m2 of brightness for the one in the center stack, making them among the brightest screens in the industry. The screen in the center stack also features touch-screen control with gesture recognition and can be lowered to reveal a hidden storage compartment that includes a USB input for device charging or uploads.

Performance Data Recorder

The award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. It was developed with Cosworth, the motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system.

The PDR system includes three major components, all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette Stingray’s interior. First is a high-definition camera, mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin. 

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder, which uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz, or cycles per second – five times faster than the in-dash navigation system, which allows more precise positioning and corner traces. Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Recording time depends on the capacity of the memory card, but an 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes, while a 32-GB card stores up to about 800 minutes – more than 13 hours of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:

  • Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time and more
  • Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay but includes key data including speed and g-force
  • Touring Mode – simply records and displays video and audio of the drive with no data overlay
  • Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs.

The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and for sharing video via social media sites. For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.

Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar with 4G LTE

Chevrolet MyLink gives customers the best of both worlds when it comes to infotainment. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, SD cards and MP3 players, giving users more ways of staying connected. It is standard on all trim levels. 

Enhanced connectivity and convenience includes a Text Message Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

New OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers, providing easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed data connection. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G. And with OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it’s easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

Engineering Details

Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible take advantage of lightweight materials, advanced manufacturing techniques and technology transfer from the Corvette Racing program to produce an ideal 50/50 weight balance and to deliver world-class power-to-weight ratios.

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The technologically advanced foundation is an aluminum frame structure so strong, no structural reinforcements are needed for the convertible model. The only changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts.

The frame features main rails composed of five customized aluminum segments, including aluminum extrusions at each end, a center main rail section and hollow-cast nodes at the suspension interface points. Each segment’s gauge varies in thickness from 2mm to 11mm, tailored – along with the shape – to optimize the strength requirements for each frame section with minimal weight.

The aluminum frame is manufactured using innovative manufacturing processes at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. The state-of-the-art facility employs several advanced joining technologies to ensure dimensional accuracy within 0.75 mm. Each frame features:

  • 439 spot-welds using a GM-patented process that uses a unique electrode designed specifically for aluminum
  • 188 Flowdrill-machined fasteners, which are installed by a high-speed drill that extrudes the frame material to create a strong, integral collar that is tapped for bolt-on fasteners
  • 113 feet of structural adhesives, used in conjunction with welding and fasteners to increase overall frame stiffness
  • 37 feet of laser welds, which join frame sections via a precise beam of high energy that minimizes heat beyond the weld area for improved structural accuracy.
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The 2015 aluminum frame.

The frame’s greater strength and low weight are complemented by chassis elements also designed for low-mass strength, including hollow-cast aluminum front and rear cradles. Innovative use of materials also includes a standard carbon fiber hood on all Corvette Stingray models, and a carbon fiber roof panel on all coupes. In addition, underbody panels are created with carbon-nano composite technology, an advanced blend of traditional composite material and carbon fiber for reduced weight and improved strength. Fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and the rear hatch panel are made with light-density Sheet Molded Compound.

Performance and Efficiency

The Corvette Stingray’s 455 horses are generated by the LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine, which also produces 460 lb-ft of torque (624 Nm). Its performance comes from combining advanced technologies such as direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing with an advanced combustion system. Z51-equipped models include a dry-sump oiling system.

The LT1 is backed by a choice of active, 2.75-inch-diameter exhaust systems. The standard system features a pair of butterfly valves that contribute to greater refinement at cruising speeds when the engine is operating in fuel-saving V-4 mode. The available performance variable-mode active exhaust system has two additional valves that open to a lower-restriction path through the mufflers. When open, these valves increase engine performance and produce a more powerful exhaust note – while also raising the engine’s output to 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft of torque (630 Nm).

The LT1 is offered with an all-new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. It incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia. The transmission with the Z51 Performance Package includes specific close-ratio gearing for more aggressive driving.

New for 2015 is an available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Designed and built by GM, the new 8L90 transmission delivers world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs. It is also expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared to the previous six-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy test results are pending and will be announced later.

The new eight-speed makes the Corvette Stingray one of the few sports cars to offer a conventional manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic.

Driving Experience

The Corvette Stingray’s chassis and suspension are designed to take advantage of the lighter, stiffer structure. Its rigidity allowed engineers to more precisely tune the suspension and steering for a more nimble and responsive driving experience. The components and their calibrations – from the brake size and damper rates to the steering system – are identical between coupes and convertible.

A racing-proven short/long-arm suspension design is used front and rear, with lightweight complementing components that include hollow lower control arms and aluminum rear toe links.

The Corvette Stingray rides on 18 x 8.5-inch front and 19 x 10-inch rear wheels, while models with the Z51 Performance Package roll on 19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear forged aluminum wheels – all shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat tires developed specifically for the seventh-generation Corvette. As a result, the Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package is capable of 1.03g in cornering acceleration.

Additional suspension features:
Dampers – includes standard 35mm-piston Bilstein monotube shocks that connect to dual-path aluminum shock mounts that separate the shock rod and shock body load paths. The Z51 Performance Package comes with 45mm-piston Bilstein dampers for more aggressive body control and track capability. Z51 is available with the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, which features a twin-wire/dual-coil damper system that reacts 40 percent faster than previous generations, enabling improved ride comfort and body control.

Steering – Electric power steering offers variable ratios and variable effort to tailor responsiveness and feel for each driving situation. It also delivers precise control and feedback to the driver, along with great variability of effort for high-performance driving, as well as excellent on-center sensitivity and linearity.

Axle – A smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) is included in the Z51 Performance Package and continuously makes the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.

The eLSD is fully integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems. Its calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:

  • Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
  • Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner 
  • Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.

Brakes – Standard Brembo brakes, with four-piston fixed calipers derived from racing, deliver exceptional stopping power on the street or track. System highlights include:

  • 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors are standard and have 35-percent more swept area than previous-generation brakes. Consequently, stopping distance is improved 9 percent
  • Dual-cast, slotted 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) slotted rear rotors are included with Z51 Performance Package. They have 6-percent more swept area than the previous-generation Grand Sport and are cooled front and rear for improved track capability. Consequently, stopping distance is improved 5 percent
  • All brake packages have fixed four-piston front and rear calipers that are stiffer for more even pad wear, reduced drag and improved modulation.

2015 Corvette Stingray Specifications

Model: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible

Body styles / driveline:

2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel or 2-door convertible; rear-wheel drive
Construction:
composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components
Manufacturing location:
Bowling Green, Ky.

Engine: LT1 6.2L V-8

Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: direct injection
Lubrication system: wet sump (Stingray)
dry sump (Stingray with Z51)
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 455 / 339 @ 6000 (SAE-certified)
460 / 343 (with available performance exhaust)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 460 / 624 @ 4600 (SAE-certified)
465 / 630 (with available performance exhaust)
Max. engine speed (rpm): 6,600
Recommended fuel: premium recommended, not required
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 17 / 29 (manual)
16 / 29 (automatic)

Transmissions
Type: seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match
seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match w/Z51
eight-speed paddle-shift automatic
Gear ratios (:1)

     First:

2.66
2.97
4.56
     Second:
1.78
2.07
2.97
     Third:
1.30
1.43
2.08
     Fourth:
1.00
1.00
1.69
     Fifth:
0.74
0.71
1.27
     Sixth:
0.50
0.57
1.00
     Seventh:
0.42
0.48
0.85
     Eighth
N/A
N/A
0.65
     Reverse:
2.90
2.90
3.82
Final drive ratio:
3.42
3.42
2.41 std.
2.73 w/ Z51

Chassis / Suspension
Front: short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
Rear: short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
Active handling: Magnetic Selective Ride Control (avail. with Z51)
Traction control: StabiliTrak electronic stability control
Steering type: variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist
Steering gear ratio: 12.0 to 16.4
Turns lock to lock: 2.53
Turning circle, curb to curb (ft / m): 37.7 / 11.5

Brakes
Type: front and rear power-assisted discs with four-piston fixed front and rear calipers (slotted rotors with Z51)
Rotor diameter (in / mm):

front: 12.6 / 320 (13.6 / 345 with Z51)

rear: 13.3 / 338

Rotor thickness (in / mm):
front: 1.18 / 30 (including Z51)
rear: 0.90 / 23

Wheels / Tires
Wheel size:
front: 18-inch x 8.5-inch
rear: 19-inch x 10-inch
front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (with Z51)
rear: 20-inch x 10-inch (with Z51)
Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat
front: P245/40R18
rear: P285/35R19
front: P245/35R19(with Z51)
rear: P285/30R20(with Z51)

Dimensions
Exterior
Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.7 / 2710
Overall length (in / mm): 176.9 / 4493
Overall width (in / mm): 73.9 / 1877
Overall height (in / mm): 48.6 / 1235 (coupe)
48.6 / 1235 (convertible)
Track (in / mm): 
63 / 1600 (front)
61.7 / 1567 (rear)
Curb weight (lb / kg):
3298 / 1499 (coupe)
3362 / 1529 (convertible)
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 50 / 50

Interior
Seating capacity: 2
Headroom (in / mm): 38 / 962
Leg room (in / mm): 43 / 1092
Shoulder room (in / mm): 55 / 1397
Hip room (in / mm): 54 / 1371

Capacities
Interior volume (cu ft / L): 52 / 1475
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): Coupe: 15 / 425
Convertible: 10 / 283
Fuel capacity (gal / L): 18.5 / 70
Engine oil (qt / L): 7 / 6.6
9.75 / 9.2 (with Z51)
Engine cooling system (qt / L): 11.3 / 10.7


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Detroit Chevy Dealer Offers Free Shipping On Corvettes

corvetteFree nationwide shipping for your next Corvette?

George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit has introduced free shipping on all new and used Corvettes purchased or leased through its dealership, which ranks among the top Chevy dealers in the United States.

In addition to the convenience of buying a Corvette from one of the largest inventories in the Midwest, Corvette customers can save up to $1,000 on shipping costs to any destination in the country.

This free-shipping offer is on top of Matick Chevy’s already lower Corvette prices, which could mean savings of up to $7,600 or more off the supercar’s MSRP.

Corvette lovers can view Matick Chevy’s inventory online, which includes an impressive collection of 2015 models.

For more details, call (866) 667-5147 to speak with one of Matick Chevy’s Corvette specialists.

Matick Chevy also is actively involved in Corvette racing and events. Read our blog posts about Matick’s sponsorship of Corvette racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer here and Matick’s sponsorship of Larry Courtney’s U.S. flag-wrapped Corvette here.

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Chevrolet To Shine At Upcoming Detroit International Auto Show

Untitled 1Look for Chevrolet to score big global news coverage when more than 5,000 domestic and international media converge on Detroit Jan. 12-13 for the 27th North American International Auto Show.

These media-only days before the event opens to the public Jan. 17-24 are already packed with more than 40 officially scheduled breaking-news conferences designed to showcase the industry’s latest hot vehicles.

Chevy kicks off the show’s first two days of global reveals and intense non-stop media coverage at a 7:35 a.m. presentation by brand executives on Jan. 12 with the full unveiling of the 2016 Volt and 2016 Camaro, among other treats.

Chevy teased the media twice with this next generation Volt, first during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November and then again on Sunday (Jan. 4) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But only the front-end styling of this extended range Volt was partially displayed at both events. Chevy – finally – will fully reveal the 2016 electric car at next week’s massive show in Detroit.

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“The new Volt will have a more efficient drivetrain that will deliver a longer driving range on battery power, quicker acceleration and a quieter ride when the gasoline engine is running,” reports GM CEO Mary Barra.

The new engine is bigger and more powerful than the current Volt and is quieter than the smaller engine. It also runs on regular gasoline instead of premium that was required for the earlier models. The Volt's exterior design, interior and other features also are transformed for 2016.

We’ve heard rumors of a second Volt being unveiled since GM applied for a trademark on the name Crossvolt. GM is hush for now on whether a Crossvolt will make an appearance in Detroit, but there’s always a surprise or two at each auto show.

Also newsworthy will be the sixth-generation Camaro since it’s completely re-engineered and redesigned for 2016. GM product boss Mark Reuss says the new model will be much lighter to help improve the driving experience, performance and fuel economy. Stay tuned!

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Website – www.naias.com

Posted Jan. 6, 2015

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Round or Square Taillights?

Love 'em or hate 'em?

Seems the C7 and new Z06 taillights continue to spark lively discussions among Corvette lovers. Some sadly say those square-ish taillights broke from Corvette rounded-taillight tradition and look too much like those of a Camaro. Other embrace the square pairings as part of the C7's advanced design and technology refresh.

So which side are you on?
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taillightsThe four taillights have been either round or rounded for the majority of the Corvette’s history and are also one of the most recognizable features of the Corvette. The C7 has received much praise for its technology, handling characteristics, and design, but the debate among enthusiasts has been whether or not moving away from the round taillight configuration was a good idea. The new configuration still has four lights, but it's the shape and resemblance they have with the taillights of the Camaro that has sparked such a lively debate.


One Corvette owner commented, “At first I did not like them, especially when word leaked out they came from the Camaro, but they have grown on me.”

1959 2Another Corvette enthusiast stated, “I really love the rest of the car, but the back is all wrong.”

One fan sarcastically referenced the 1959 model, saying, “How could they EVER consider taillights that aren't round? Oh, the horror!”


Others commented that many of the people complaining are just resistant to change, while some who spoke out against the new design said that they thought the rear end was just plain ugly. Either way, anytime you change the design of a classic car, there are going to be a lot of different reactions. There is no denying that the C7 is a big step for Corvette, regardless of whether the taillights are round or square.

GM Design Director, Tom Peters, stated, “We wanted something that was an integrated, duel element that worked well with the sculpture and took full advantage of the technology and the functionality.” Peters talks more about the taillight design of the 2014 Corvette Stingray in this video and how he believes this new design will stand the test of time.

What are your thoughts? Was this a step in the wrong direction or did this decision give Corvette the fresh look it needed?

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Be On The Lookout! Those Awesome Z06s To Be In Dealer Showrooms Soon

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The new Corvette Z06 offers the most choice for customers in the model’s history..

Chevy News update Dec. 1, 2014

They’re finally on the way to dealerships!

Chevrolet began shipping the 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe from its Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky on Saturday.

That means some early customers could receive their supercars later this week.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to work on Chevy’s most capable model,” said Jeff Lamarche, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant. “It truly is an amazing car, and we’re thrilled to get them into the hands of our eager customers.”

The new Corvette Z06 offers the most choice for customers in the model’s history. It is the first Z06 to offer an available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel.

In addition, it is the first time since 1963 that the Z06 is available as a convertible – which will arrive in early 2015.

Supercharged Engine

The new LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm – making the 2015 Corvette Z06 the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages a trio of advanced technologies – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing –with a new, more efficient supercharger.

The LT4 helps make the Corvette Z06 the most capable car in the brand’s history. The Z06 accelerates from a rest to 60 mph in only 2.95 seconds when equipped with the all-new, available eight-speed automatic transmission – and achieves it in 3.2 seconds with the standard seven-speed manual transmission.

A quarter-mile sprint takes just 10.95 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and 11.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual. With both versions, the Corvette Z06 hits 127 mph at the end of the quarter-mile.

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The Z06s are finally heading to dealer showrooms this week.

When it comes to braking performance, the Z06 can stop from 60 mph in only 99.6 feet. That’s the best braking performance of any production car GM has ever tested. Additionally, the Corvette Z06 achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration compared with the Corvette’s previous best 1.13 g.

Z07 Performance

All test results were achieved with Z06 coupes fitted with the Z07 Performance package, which adds Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The Z07 package also features the most aggressive aerodynamic package available on the Corvette Z06, which delivers the most downforce of any production car GM has ever tested.

The Z06 also offers the industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.

Pricing for the 2015 Corvette Z06 starts at $78,995 including destination, while the convertible model will start at $83,995.

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Maintenance Throughout The Life Of Your Corvette

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Your Corvette requires special attention to its unique maintenance issues, especially as your performance vehicle ages.

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“Wear and tear items typically fail a bit quicker on Corvettes, as they do on all performance vehicles, due to the more aggressive style of driving and composition of the parts,” says John Peters, fixed operations director for George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit.

“Brakes and tires are a much softer design so as to provide more stopping power and traction to the road. As a result, they tend to wear out a bit quicker than their counterparts.”



Signs of brake wear may include chirping, grinding or squealing noises, or difficulty stopping. Tires need to be properly inflated, rotated, and balanced to reduce risk of failure and also to save money. Tires may need to be replaced if you see cord or fabric showing through the rubber, three or more visible treadwear indicators, cracks or cuts in the tread or sidewall, or a bulge or split in the tire.

Trained dealer technicians have access to tools and equipment to inspect the brakes and tires, and can recommend quality parts engineered for your specific model.

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Corvette racecar driver John Heinricy recommends that a life-extending lubricant be applied to the door, hood, hatch and trunk seals. “The door and hatch seals are the most susceptible to deterioration,” he says. “This usually occurs after 10 to 20 years.”

Ideally, engine oil and windshield washer fluid levels should be checked at every fuel fill, but instrument cluster lights are also a good indicator that fluids are low and need to be filled. Proper fluid levels and approved fluids are important to protect the Corvette’s systems and components, Heinricy says.

Hoses are vital for transporting the fluids and should be regularly inspected to ensure that there are no cracks or leaks. Similarly, if you see that your belts are showing signs of cracking or splitting or if you hear squeaking, it may be time to have a trained technician inspect your belts and recommend adjustment or replacement if necessary.

Other than the obvious reason of keeping your Corvette looking glossy and new, properly washing and waxing will protect your paint job from the elements. Heinricy tends to wash his car when it starts to look dirty and waxes it once a year in the spring.

“I always hand wash my Corvette and I try to do it every couple weeks, but I keep it garaged when it’s wet out so I might only wash it once a month,” Heinricy adds. “If I go to a track or if I get caught in the rain, I wash it afterwards.” When he attends events and wants to impress other Corvette lovers, he often does a special cleanup.

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For Corvette owners who use their car in high-performance situations, such as autocross, high-performance driving like HPDEs or drag events, there are some special maintenance items to consider.

“It is recommended to change to a DOT 4 brake fluid, which can operate at a much higher temperature,” says Heinricy, whose Chevy Sonic racecar is sponsored by Matick Chevy.

“The brake fluid should be completely changed each year because there is a normal absorption of moisture in the fluid that deteriorates the high temperature capability.” Always use fresh fluid from unopened containers for the replacement of the fluid.

When driving in high-performance events, it is also important to change the oil more frequently. Heinricy usually changes his fluid when he sees a significant discoloration of the oil, but it’s important to note that the type of oil may also vary. GM actually recommends different oil when using the C7 during track days, as apposed to oil from the factory fill. The owner’s manual has specific recommendations for HPDE/track day use.

For track driving, occasionally specific high performance suspension alignment settings are used. “The alignment should be changed back for street driving or higher than normal tire wear could result. If the same tires are used for both track and street, then this may not matter, as the wear during track use will be the most significant,” Heinricy explains.

Brake pads often are replaced with brands that are intended for track day activities. “There is usually a much higher rate of brake dust accumulation on the wheels during these events and care should be taken to remove the dust and residue as soon as possible because this dust can permanently damage the wheel finish,” the Corvette expert says.

John Peters says additional maintenance service may be required for your Corvette. He suggests using trained Chevy technicians who can perform a thorough multi-point inspection and can recommend when your vehicle may need extra attention.

George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit is a one-stop destination for all your Corvette maintenance needs. Schedule an appointment online or call (877) 291-5506 to speak with a certified service technician. For additional information on service and maintenance, see Section 11 of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual.

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Kellermeyer Plots 2015 Season With A Secret Weapon Up His Sleeve

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Danny Kellermeyer likes racing at tricky technical tracks such as Waterford Hills.

“It was a blast,” says Corvette Racecar Driver Danny Kellermeyer as he closes the history books on his impressive 2014 summer racing record.

“To say that I was busy is an understatement,” he admits, “but boy did we have fun!”

Kellermeyer competed in 24 T1-class races in both the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Waterford Hills Road Racing  (WHRRI) series. His #37 yellow Matick Chevy-sponsored Corvette won the WHRRI T1 Championship in Michigan and he finished with the highest points in the SCCA T1 class in the Great Lakes Series.

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Danny (right) and sponsor Karl Zimmermann.

And for next season he’s anticipating even tougher competition from T1 drivers and their fast racecars in both the SCCA and WHRRI.

“To name a few, Alex Pagaini from Canada is building a new BMW to come out and attack our Matick Chevy Corvette. There will be more pressure from Tom Janos of Clio (Michigan) and Danny Jabbori of Walled Lake (Michigan) with their Corvettes,” predicts the veteran champion.

“So you see we have no lack of local talent and competition. That is not to say I don’t have a trick up my sleeve.”

What's His Secret Sauce?

“I have a new C7 Corvette, which will be in race form by next year. It is presently stripped to its bare frame and will soon be receiving its roll cage and drivetrain. I have tried to keep it under wraps,” he says, “but I guess this corvetteblog.com interview is going to let the cat out of the bag.”

A C7 decked out and ready to race. “Now that’ll be sweet,” he says, with that charming Kellermeyer twinkle in his eyes.

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The T1 competition was tough this season, which provided lots of tight racing.

Kellermeyer considers T1 the ultimate in a production-car class. It brings all the serious performance cars together, such as Porsches, Vipers, BMWs and Corvettes. “The competition is tough and the equalization of all the cars has to be done to try and obtain equality from one make to another,” he adds.

“Of course, the Corvette is one of the fastest in production form so it receives additional restraints to equalize it to the other brands.”

In order to equalize the Corvettes in this year’s series, Kellermeyer had to add a 65 mm flat-plate air restrictor and an additional 165 pounds to the car to meet the new T1 class requirements.

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Danny enjoys signing autographs.

“We ended up weighing 3,250 pounds (with driver) after the race was over. We ran this weight and restrictor all year. We do have a different setup for each track we run so alignment and scaling of the car is a must,” he explains.

The extra weight and air restrictor did pose some challenges during the season. “The competition was closer and tighter than ever. Tony Mac (Troy, Mich.) driving a BMW, Jim Bambard (Rochester, Mich.) driving a Corvette,  Christian Cook (Troy, Mich.) driving a Porsche, Robert and Jonathan Pfeffer (Indianapolis, Ind.) both driving Corvettes, as well as numerous others, all created a class that resulted in lots of close and exciting races.”

Skill  & A Little Luck

The extra time that Kellermeyer devotes to prep and maintenance is displayed on the track. “We were lucky this year as only two of our outings were affected by mechanical problems. A fuel pump failure kept me from starting one race and a belt tensioner failure occurred on my victory lap. This would have affected the race outcome if that happened five minutes earlier. Sometimes it’s good to be lucky.” Kellermeyer laughs.

This season, he competed at Gingerman Raceway and Grattan Raceway in west Michigan, as well as MidOhio in Mansfield, Ohio. “All of these tracks are as technical as Waterford Hills. They all have elevation changes, blind corners and tricky combination corners.” Kellermeyer explains.

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Kids always can sit inside Danny's racecars.

“It is not ‘til you get out of our Michigan area going south or west, do the tracks start to level out with corners you can draw on paper and drive accordingly. I personally love driving on tricky technical tracks.”

This year, Kellermeyer logged 2,016 competition miles plus another 1,520 miles during practice days, open track days and exhibitions days. “Prep hours are not logged, however for each outing normal prep would be 16 hours and maintenance and repair could account for an additional 8-24 hours. Needless to say a lot of time goes into prep and maintenance for a race,” he reports.

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DJ Racing set up its display at numerous events this season.

Kellermeyer also was busy off the track. This summer he set up his DJ Racing trailers and Corvette displays at four main events — Corvettes in the “D” (Detroit), the Matick Chevrolet-sponsored Corvette Caravan to the Detroit Grand Prix, Americas Corvette Show, and Back to the Bricks in Flint, Mich.

“We also displayed at the Matick Chevy open house celebration to unveil the $7-million renovation of their new dealership, which recently gained the honor of being LEED certified. I also was pleased to be the guest speaker at various events, interviewed for multiple TV specials about racing and active on the Internet even answering Corvette questions on Ask DJ Race,” Kellermeyer says.

“We talked to thousands of Corvette enthusiasts and handed out more than 4,000 fan posters, which a great majority of them I personally signed. So to say I was busy is an understatement. It was fun!”

What's On Tap For Next Season?

Kellermeyer plans on running additional SCCA races in an effort to claim the Great Lakes Championship. “I was the top points driver this year but missed a couple races due to scheduling conflicts, so I was not able to claim the championship,” he explains. “It is difficult to be everywhere at the same time. Although this season I did race and have a Corvette show going on at the same time. The two events were close enough so that I could jump back and forth to handle both.”

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Danny signed almost 4,000 posters this year.

But, conflicts aside, he ends this conversation with a friendly warning to his racing foes: “I’ll be back … this time better and faster!

For more on driver Danner Kellermeyer and what makes him tick, scroll down through this Hour Detroit Magazine article to the end. You’ll discover everything from what his first racecar was to why he loves yellow!

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Winter Storage Tips From The Corvette Experts

Sadly, for those living in a northern climate, it’s time to put away your Corvette for the winter. To help you prep, Corvette expert and race car driver, John Heinricy, offers timely advice on how to prevent costly headaches come springtime.

✓  Change your oil before storage. Contaminants in old oil can cause erosion of seals and gaskets. It’s best to have fresh, clean oil in the engine. Old oil that sits all winter can corrode engine parts. So unless you are driving your car regularly in winter, you shouldn’t worry about doing another oil change in the spring.

✓  Add a fuel stabilizer to keep your fuel fresh.

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This will eliminate the need to drain your gas tank since a full tank helps to prevent condensation and rust. I recommend adding 1 oz. of a stabilizer, such as STA-BIL, for every 2.5 gallons of gas. Since most Corvettes hold about 18-19 gallons, add about 7 to 8 oz. of stabilizer.

I’ve heard some Corvette owners add half of the recommended amount of stabilizer to a quarter tank of gas and then fill the tank until it’s almost full and then add the other half of the stabilizer. But running your car for about 5 to 10 minutes after adding the stabilizer to your tank should treat the entire fuel system. The important thing is to make sure you have a full tank before putting your Corvette into storage.
 

✓  Maintain the battery while your car is stored. I use a battery-maintaining device, such as Battery Tender, during the time that my Corvettes are stored. This will not only keep your battery charged, but it has what is called float capability. Battery Tender reduces the voltage when the battery is fully charged and prevents damage to the Corvette battery. The Corvette battery will last a lot longer this way because life-shortening battery damage due to a “dead” battery will be avoided.

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Another option is to just remove the battery altogether or disconnect the ground cable from the battery.

✓  Avoid parking on flat surfaces. Leaving your Corvette on a hard flat surface for long periods can lead to “flat spots” on the tires, which can give your car symptoms of an unbalanced wheel and create extra noise while driving. Some Corvette owners will overinflate their tires to avoid this, usually filling them to just under the maximum PSI shown on the tire’s sidewall. With today’s tires, flat spotting is becoming less and less of an issue.

My experience is that the flat spotting, which happens during storage, is temporary. When the Corvette is taken out of storage, drive a few miles at lower speeds until the flat spotting goes away and then resume normal driving.

✓  And avoid using blocks. One of the problems with putting your Corvette on blocks is shock absorber leakage. If the suspension is allowed to droop completely with the shock absorbers fully extended, the seals in the shock absorber can be compressed for a long time. This could result in leakage when the Corvette is taken out of storage.

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If you are worried about permanent flat spotting and don’t want to risk damaging your suspension, a product such as Race Ramps FlatStoppers might be a good solution. These provide a more even weight distribution and do not conduct heat or cold into your tires despite the changing floor temperatures in your storage area.


✓  Clean your Corvette inside and outside. This helps to keep it looking like new. Protecting treasure from scratches and other potential problems with a quality cover is another good idea. Corvette covers can run anywhere from $150 to $450 so do some research on which one is right for your Corvette.

The most important consideration is selecting the right kind of fabric for your specific storage application. Cotton flannel fabrics breathe and allow air to circulate through them as well as being soft and easy on your cars paint and wax. Cotton/polyester fabrics have poor fluid resistance and trap heat and moisture. Plastic films should be avoided because they don't breathe.

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Here are more interesting tips collected from car owners by the Corvette experts at Matick Chevy, the sponsor of John Heinricy’s Chevy Sonic racecar.

• Place several mothballs on plates around and under your Corvette to keep mice away. You can also add dryer sheets to the interior and trunk to keep critters away.

• Put a couple of boxes of baking soda out around your car to absorb moisture.

• Crack the windows in your Corvette to allow circulation.

• Put steel wool in the exhaust pipes to keep animals out, but make sure you remember to remove it in the spring before driving your Corvette.

• It might seem like a good idea to start your car up every once in a while, but letting your car idle for any amount of time does not get rid of the condensation that is created in the exhaust system and engine. Do not start the car unless you are going to drive it. Start up is the hardest thing on the engine, especially when the car sits for an extended period of time. Doing it once in the spring is better than many times during the winter.

• Place a “Dry Pac” moisture bag in the interior and engine bay to keep the moisture levels down. Rest them on small plastic bags so they do not come into direct contact with your Corvette.

The certified technicians at George Matick Chevrolet’s service department understand what it takes to properly get your Corvette storage ready. If you want to make sure everything is done correctly, call and let them take care of your prep work: (866) 561-0521.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Statistics

How many Corvettes were built for the 2014 model year, in which colors, and where were they distributed?
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The National Corvette Museum originally posted those production numbers last week, which probably were supplied by a GM source, on its website. The museum's post was removed, but those numbers were reposted by Digital Corvettes and GM Authority.

General Stats
• Corvettes built for the 2014 model year: 37,288
• Built with the Z51 performance package: 21,105
• Built with automatic transmission: 24,088
• Corvettes The National Corvette Museum delivered: 1,231

Colors
• Torch Red: 7,197
• Arctic White: 6,153
• Black: 5,929
• Cyber Gray: 4,064
• Laguna Blue: 3,281
• Crystal Red: 3,020
• Velocity Yellow: 2,125
• Blade Silver: 2,088
• Nightrace Blue: 1,827
• Lime Rock Green: 1,566

Interior
• Jet Black Leather: 14,580
• Kalahari Leather: 5,369
• Black/Red Leather: 4,512
• Red Leather: 3,468
• Jet Black Suede: 2,983
• Gray Leather Suede: 2,835
• Brownstone Suede: 1,492
• Kalahari Suede: 1,044
• Gray Suede: 559
• Brownstone Leather: 485
• 93 percent of cars were equipped with GT seats
• 5,108 cars built with suede-wrapped upper interior trim

Wheels
• Built with chrome wheels: 10,291
• Built with black wheels: 10,142
• Built with Z51 chrome wheels: 7,197
• Built with silver wheels: 4,586
• Built with Z51 Sterling Silver wheels: 2,834
• Wheels were machine-faced: 1,156


See the full list of statistics at GM Authority.

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