Chassis History, Pt 5: Dave Hill Strikes Again! Delivers evolutionary, but superior C6

Corvette fans have been frustrated for years with Chevrolet’s evolutionary Corvettes. The “pie-in-the-sky” mid-engine Corvette has been around since the 1960s and anything less was evolutionary. The pending C8 aside, the C5 was the most revolutionary Corvette; because of the hydroformed steel perimeter frame, center backbone, all-aluminum LS1 fuel-injected engine, and transaxle. The C5 was the most solid Corvette ever offered and allowed engineers to vastly improve the basic suspension, the Z51, and the Z06. The racing C5-R won its class at Daytona in 2001 and 2003; won its class at Sebring in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and won its class at Le Mans in 2001, 2002, and 2004. This never would have happened without the superior basic C5 chassis. Dave Hill’s team got the C5’s chassis design so right that by 1999 they determined that a C6 needed to be started. Read More


FINALLY! A Factory-Built ZR1 Convertible!!!

The C7 ZR1 is an extension of the C7 Z06, which unlike the C6 Z06, was designed to be a coupe AND a convertible. So, what does that tell us about the engineering of the modern Corvette? MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE! The fact that the ZR1 convertible can handle 755-horsepower and 715 lb/ft of torque is astonishing.

Here’s an impressive tid-bit about the ZR1 convertible. The ONLY structural change between the ZR1 coupe and convertible is the re-positioning of the seat belts and the accommodations for the retractable top. And, the convertible only weighs 60-pounds more than the coupe, due to the mechanism for the convertible top. Read More


NEW!!! Corvette Report’s “Vette of the Month” Contest

We are happy to announce the launch of CorvetteReport.com’s “Vette of the Month” Photo Contest. Here’s the deal.

Send us your best photo of your Corvette and we will post it on our “Vette of the Month” photos page.

At the end of the month we will pick a winner, and announce it as a post on CorvetteReport.com.

The winner will get;

An “America’s Old Glory Sports Car” print of their year Corvette, signed and numbers by K. Scott Teeters.

A feature story in Vette Vues Magazine.

After the story is published in Vette Vues, we will post it on CorvetteReport.com. Read More

Car Club USA: Corvette Homecoming – Video

The other day Joe Pruitt, the Event Coordinator/Owner of the National Corvette Homecoming event contacted me to tell me about their new event video by Efran Films that covered the National Corvette Homecoming 2014 event. This is a very touching video that captures what Corvettes mean to people. As we know, they’re not just “car” they’re something else. Actually, the people in the video say it perfectly. Read More

Corvette Widebodys – Past and Present

On March 16,2012 GMAuthority.com announced that for the 2012 racing season, the C6.R ZR1 Corvette would be wearing a new suit. We’re not talking about the livery, it’s still Competition Yellow with black graphics that seems to change every few races.

No, we’re talking about actual body parts. It was only six years ago that the production widebody C6 Z06 gave the new C6 that big, broad shoulders look that we love so much. It wasn’t long before lots of regular Corvettes were wearing Z06 outfits, and why not? It looks great, almost as if that’s the way the C6 should have looked in ‘05. But things evolve and we go from there. It wasn’t just a fad either. Chevrolet certainly noticed and and in ‘10 dished up the Grand Sport model, wearing Z06 cloths and a new set of front fender vents. The new look struck a chord, because in ‘10 the Grand Sport Corvette made up 49.5% of total sales and in ‘11 Grand Sports accounted for 58.7% of sales! That’s very impressive and the Corvette planners deserve credit for picking up on the widebody trend. – Catch the rest of the story, plus cool images, and a special video staring the one and only Jack LaLanne! Read More

Vette Videos: Hot Lap Action With the 2012 Indy 500 ZR1 Corvette Pace Car

What’s really interesting about the ‘12 Indy 500 ZR1 Pace Car is that it is the most powerful car to ever pace the 500. Time was that the actual Indy race cars didn’t have 638-horsepower and topping speeds of over 200-mph was mind boggling! Fast forward to today, and we have a mass-produced automobile with all the creature comforts imaginable, packing 638-horsepower that you can live with, that’ll do 205-mph, AND has a governor on the car so that its speed will not exceed the body’s aerodynamic stability. At least, that’s what Chevrolet says about the 205-mph limiter. Read More

David Kimble’s Incredible Cut-Away Corvette Art Creations

David Kimble’s cut-away technical illustrations are a sight to behold. As a kid in the ’60s, I was already familiar with James A Allington’s cut-away illustrations from a series of Shell Oil print ads that ran in the late 60s featuring famous road racing cars, such as the Ford GT40, Jim Hall’s Chaparral, and others. But Kimble’s style was quite different and unique. Where as most cut-away technical illustrations show what’s under the car’s body by illustrating a section of the body that seemed to be snipped away, Kimble created a new dimension to the “cut-away” body sections. David’s illustrations looked as if most of the car’s painted body was transparent. Parts, such as tires, wheels, floorboards, dash panels, transmission cases, valve covers were either transparent or used the traditional “cut-away” technique. When you look at a Kimble technical illustration, you experience a journey of discovery. For us gearheads, Kimble’s art satisfies the the question, “What’s under there?”

We have an OUTSTANDING slide show of David Kimble’s wonderful art. Read More