John Heinricy Heads to Road Atlanta

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After traveling to Tampa, Florida for the final prep of two Corvette GT1 racecars sponsored by Exsys Eppinger, John Heinricy will be heading to the Road Atlanta racetrack for the SCCA Double Majors race on March 19-22. Road Atlanta is recognized as one the world’s best road courses and is situated on 750-park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia.

Heinricy will be racing the #97 GT1 Corvette, which is the same number he used to win the National Championship at Road Atlanta in 1993. “This is a bit of a homecoming for me. Or a ‘trip down memory lane,’ as some say.” The team owner Stewart Bachmann will drive the second GT1 Corvette.

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There is expected to be about 12 GT1 cars in Heinricy’s class, including 2 Jaguars and the rest will be Corvettes. This class is often referred to as the “ground pounders” because of the awesome sound of the 800 HP engines accelerating down the straights. We asked Mr. Heinricy about his confidence level and he commented, “It will be very competitive and while I am certainly going for a win, this is our first time out so anything can happen. Our team is well prepared.”

Heinricy also talked about his plans for the first day at the track, “It will be a test day on Thursday March 19th and our goal is for Stewart and me to get acclimated to the racetrack.” Specific things Heinricy mentioned were evaluating the car setup and making appropriate changes to the chassis and gearing so the car will work well at Road Atlanta. Heinricy added that his team will probably bed in tires and brakes on that day as well so they have good hardware ready for the races on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, Heinricy will be qualifying for the races. He will have two sessions on the track to establish his best lap times. These times then are used to establish the starting order for the Saturday race with the fastest starting in front “on the pole”. For Sunday’s race, the driver with the fastest time from Saturday’s race will start from the pole.

GT1 1993Road Atlanta is a very storied racetrack in a picturesque setting. It's fast with very challenging turns through many elevation changes. From talking with Mr. Heinricy, it sounds like he is ready to go back for another win. “It is one of my favorite racetracks in the world and I am really excited to be back in the seat of a Corvette racecar. It feels like home!”

For more information on Road Atlanta, including race details and schedule, please visit www.scca.com.

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Pothole Season is Here: What You Need To Know

It’s been a cold winter and, while it may not be completely over, we are starting to see the aftermath in the form of potholes and damage to roads. Potholes form when water seeps into cracks in the pavement, freezes and expands. Traffic over these areas as well as rain accelerates the process. Potholes can be a big problem for motorists, damaging wheels or rims, tires, suspension components, and even engines. While avoiding these hazardous parts of the pavement is ideal, it’s not always possible, as we all know. If you hit a pothole and suspect that there is damage to your vehicle it is best to follow the steps below.

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1. Assess The Damage

We’ve all been there. The winter thaw has begun and you’re cruising when, WHAM! Your car plunges into a crater-like hole in the road. The first thing you should do is stop as soon as your can, safely, and assess the damage. Even if you hit a pothole and the car feels and sounds fine, it’s always a good idea to check. You might have a situation similar to this Corvette owner’s:

“Midway through the road trip from Bowling Green to San Francisco in the brand new C7, I change lanes to pass a semi and hit a pothole. The car felt fine and no warnings but we pulled over to check it out and I spotted the top of the front driver side suspension popped out and extending into the engine bay.”

2. File a Claim and Report

It may not make sense to file a claim if your deductible is more than the cost of repair, but if you do see major damage to your vehicle, you should file a claim with your insurance company. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of any damage as well as the pothole for later use.

Whether you intend to make a claim for damage or not, you should make it a priority to report the pothole to your local highway authority or jurisdiction so that the road can be repaired to prevent further incidents.

3. Take Your Vehicle to a Certified Service Technician

Some damage to your vehicle may not be visible by doing a walk around. After hitting a pothole, especially at high speeds, it’s advised to take it in to a certified service technician who can fully inspect and repair your vehicle. After driving through a pothole, bent rims to steering system misalignment or a full-on tire puncture may follow. If you are driving a car with a low profile, like a Corvette, there could be damage to the undercarriage. It’s best to have a professional run an inspection.

Here are a few tips on how to avoid hitting potholes this spring:
     - Prepare your vehicle by making sure that your tires are properly inflated.
     - Leave more room between the car in front of you to give yourself time to avoid        
       potholes.
     - If you cannot safely avoid a pothole, try to slow down your vehicle and drive        
       straight through. Make sure you keep a firm grip on the steering wheel, so that
       your vehicle does not suddenly change direction.
     - Avoid driving distractions and, above all, keep your eyes on the road.

If you have a run-in with a pothole this spring and are in need of repairs, contact the Matick Service Department at (866) 561-0521 to schedule an inspection by one of their certified technicians. You can also schedule a service appointment online.

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The Corvette “Engine Build Experience” Returns

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Chevy’s Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant in Kentucky resumes its one-of-a-kind “Engine Build Experience” this month for Z06 customers.

The in-plant adventure allows Corvette enthusiasts to be personally involved in assembling their own 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their new ‘Vette.

Participants will work for a full day alongside a skilled engine assembly technician inside the plant’s Performance Build Center.

The Engine Build Experience can be selected with order code PBC and is offered on all Z06 trim levels. After the order is submitted, personnel from the National Corvette Museum will handle concierge services for the customer, following up on the scheduled build date and handling logistics on the day of the build.

The $5,000 package (travel and lodging extra) also includes professional photos of the experience and a personalized engine plaque with the owner’s name and the date of the build.
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It’s really a dream program for any Corvette customer, says Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. Those who take part in the engine build won’t be leaving the plant with their finished Z06. “It’s important for customers to understand their engine won’t be installed the day after they built it,” he adds. “It will flow into the scheduling process for vehicle assembly, which depends on a number of logistical variables.”

Corvette buyers also can take delivery of their vehicles at the National Corvette Museum or watch their vehicles being built at the Corvette assembly plant.

Customers also can watch their Corvette being assembled through a special tour organized by the National Corvette Museum. They can also opt for Museum Delivery (order code R8C), which personalizes the buying experience with delivery at the National Corvette Museum, located near the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
The assembly line tour and museum delivery are available for Corvette Stingray and Z06 customers.

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Z06 Packs Supercharged Features And Awesome Performance Tweaks

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The amazing performance capabilities and advanced high-tech features of the new Z06 provide great selling points for Corvette dealers.

“It’s the luxurious next level of Corvette with awesome street and track capabilities,” says Rich Curran, who sells Corvettes for George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit.

“What makes the Z06 so unique are the engine modifications. It’s still a 6.2 V8, but it’s supercharged. It went from being about a 460-horsepower engine to a 650-horsepower engine with 650 pounds of torque,” he adds.

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The 2015 Z06 is the industry’s only supercar to achieve 650 horsepower and offer a choice of two transmissions – a seven-speed manual or an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic – as well as a choice between coupe and convertible.

Curran says the 2015 edition includes lots of small tweaks, taken straight from the racetrack to create better aerodynamic performance. Here are some key features that Curran thinks make the Z06 stand out:

• The vents in the front fender panel were designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger. The mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than if the grille was removed.

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• The aggressive spoiler on the back and additional air ducts also contributes to the vehicle’s amazing downforce performance. In fact, he says, the Z06 generates more downforce than any other car GM has ever measured.

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• “A lot of buyers interested in the Z06 are waiting for the Z07 Performance Package to become available,” says Curran. “This option includes higher performance tires and more aerodynamic aids, like the end caps on the front splitter and an adjustable extension on the spoiler.”

spoilerThe Corvette expert says potential buyers might be waiting for the Z06’s other features to become available, such as the automatic transmission, the convertible model, and the Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package. “We also have many Corvette enthusiasts interested in the black wheels to match the Z06’s other performance parts.”

wheelFor details about the stunning new Z06 or to view several models on display in Michigan’s largest indoor showroom, contact Rich Curran at (313) 532-2053 or rcurran@matickchevy.com. You also can view Matick’s Corvette inventory here. GM’s Z06 website also can take you on an exciting spin beginning at www.chevrolet.com.

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What Does “Exempt Mileage” Mean?

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One of the first questions when shopping for a used Corvette usually is: “How many miles does it have?”

Imagine searching the title for this information and seeing the term “Exempt Mileage.” That might be a warning sign for you as a buyer, but don’t be discouraged. The use of this term is actually quite common for cars 10 or more years old.

The Federal Odometer Act (FOA) of 1972 protected consumers from odometer fraud. Under this act, the seller is required to document mileage at the date of vehicle transfer. The seller is also required to disclose if there is incorrect miles shown due to odometer malfunctions or if the odometer has exceeded the display limit of 99,999 miles, or “rolled over.”

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For example, if someone purchased a classic Corvette with 70,000 miles and drove it for an additional 110,000 miles, the odometer would only display 80,000 miles instead of the true mileage of 180,000 miles. That’s because the odometer rolled over at 99,999 and re-started again at 0 miles.

Odometer malfunctions, such as cables snapping or gears rounding off, also are common in older cars. And in some cases, odometers can actually flip extra miles. All these issues make it difficult to reliably verify the mileage of older cars. That’s why sellers of cars 10 years or older are no longer required to report mileage at the time of sale. On the title under mileage, these cars will be marked “exempt.”

There are other ways to estimate mileage and, in most cases with older cars, how well it has been maintained can be more important than how many miles are on it. If you’re in the market for a classic Corvette, instead of focusing on mileage, look for these telltale signs:

• The condition of the console. A high-mileage car will usually show scratches and wear.

• The paint job. When looking at original paint, you can open the doors and hood and feel the edges to make sure there is not a ridge that would indicate a tapeline from paintwork.

• The door stickers. Original, low-mileage Corvettes should retain their original door stickers and show no evidence of overspray.

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• The condition of the brake pedal and seat bolsters.

It’s also important to learn whether the Corvette was kept in a garage or if it had regular maintenance, such as oil and other fluid changes, new brakes or suspension work throughout its life. Answering these questions will help you get a better understanding of the car’s condition than simply knowing the mileage.

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“Heinrocket” And His Matick Chevy Sonic Racecar Capture Season-Opening Wins In Florida

sebringTwo big back-to-back wins! What a great way to start the racing season,” reported an excited John Heinricy (aka Heinrocket) as he wrapped up U.S. Majors Tour opening weekends in Florida.

First up was tough competition at the Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jan. 9-11) followed by Jan. 16-18 races at the legendary Sebring International Raceway, America’s oldest road-racing track.

At Sebring, Heinricy won his final two races, setting a new track record for B-Spec at 3:47.524. “We won all four races with our Matick Chevy-sponsored Sonic racecar at Homestead and Sebring. Our car ran magnificently both weekends without any problems this time out,” he said. sebring2However, there was one accident that happened during the race, which John's GoPro on his front bumper captured. Below is a short video from John's car at Sebring.

About 320 racecars competed at Homestead and close to the same number battled it out at Sebring. “These are very big fields in various classes,” Heinricy added. “At Homestead, there were 10 cars my B-Spec class, where I race the Sonic, which was good. The 10 competitors were Minis, Fits, a Fiesta, Mazdas and my Sonic. Other than some bumping and shoving at the start of the first race, I pulled out a good lead and held it to the end.” He did the same thing the next day.homestead2While in Florida, Heinrich also spent time coaching drivers for a racing client who had two C5 Z06s out for training at the Homestead and Sebring tracks. The client also had two GT1 Corvettes, which “are very fast racecars with 750 to 850 horsepower and weigh only 2,800 pounds.”

GT1For additional information on the Homestead Majors, including entry lists, results, and schedules, click here.

Additional information on the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour from Sebring International Raceway, including schedules, entry lists, live timing, PA streaming and streaming video, is available at SCCA.com/SebringMajors. Timing can also be viewed on the Race Monitor App for mobile devices.

Posted January 29, 2015

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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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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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Twitter – @NAIASDetroit with hashtag #NAIAS
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Website – www.naias.com

Posted Jan. 6, 2015

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