In 54 days, on the eve of the press preview of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (public days run Jan. 19-27), we may get our first look at the 2014 C7.
We likely will discover that engineers have been using some of the most advanced computer-aided modeling programs to optimize every inch of the car.Through aerodynamic optimization, the Corvette has the ability to generate stability-enhancing down force at high speeds.
It seems Chevy engineers are taking lessons at the race track. Similar to the cars in the Corvette Racing program, engineers report that the 2014 Corvette will channel cooling air to cool the brakes, transmission and differential for enhanced performance and maximum efficiency.
“The aerodynamic performance of the new Corvette enables it to slice through the air with unprecedented efficiency while delivering excellent stability and confidence at high speeds,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Down force helps maintain weight on the tires when the driver lifts off the throttle, for greater control during cornering on the track. Off the track, the reduced lift at freeway speeds results in a more stable overall feel and more precise steering feedback.”
Yow! Fire up, ‘Vette fans!