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Interview With Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter

Jan 31, 2015 - 2:55 PM - by elegant
Tadge is readily available, loves to talk Corvettes. While the following interview was with Detroit News' Henry Payne, You can walk up to him at every Corvette function and just start a friendly conversation. Picture taken at NAIAS earlier this month.

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"I was born to engineer things," he says.

I sat down with Juechter at Nevada's Spring Mountain Raceway to talk Big Nasty, the future of V-8s, and grocery shopping.

Q: You like to drive your creations?

A: Oh, yeah. I'm still looking for keys where I can get them. Now that I'm on the Corvette team I used Corvettes for everything from track day to daily driver to going to the grocery store. My wife had a horse and we'd go to the feed store and buy 300 pounds of feed. The guy would come out with the handcart stacked up to here and he'd say: "Where's your pickup?" I'd say, "No, it's the Corvette over there." And I'd open up the hatch and say: "That's where it's going."

Q: You have mechanical and aerospace engineering degrees and a Stanford MBA. Why cars?

A: Since I was a kid I was interested in inventing things I could interact with mechanically. I was building go-karts and bicycles with suspensions. I didn't like remote control. I always wanted to be in the middle of it. There is no greater career path for someone interested in that than the auto industry. Maybe I could have invented jet engines, but I'm not going to be flying F16s around.

Q: The base Corvette C7 Stingray was built with racing in mind wasn't it?

A: Stiffness improvement and aluminum is the best way to do that. So this time we elected to do a ground-up build using technologies that weren't even available the last time around. Things like hollow
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The January 2015 Stingray of the Month Contest winner is 2015Z51!

Jan 30, 2015 - 6:25 PM - by wicked

The January 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month Contest winner is none other than 2015Z51 with this amazing shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted an photo and to all those who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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NCM Hall of Fame new inductees: Fishel, Hendrick and McLean

Jan 29, 2015 - 4:12 PM - by jsvette
The National Corvette Museum has announced the following inductees to be recognized as part of the 18th Annual Corvette Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2015: Herb Fishel in the category of Racing; Rick Hendrick in the category of Enthusiast; and Russ McLean in the category of GM/Chevrolet. These three individuals will be recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Museum for their contributions to the past, present and future of Corvette.

The 2015 Corvette Hall of Fame recipients will be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame during a ceremony and banquet on Friday, September 4, 2015. Their induction will take place as part of the Museum’s 21st Anniversary Celebration September 3-5, 2015.

Herb Fishel knows a lot about setting goals and accomplishing them. Growing up in the 1950’s, he listened to races on the radio and read hot rod magazines. That’s where he learned about a man named Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Father of Corvette. By 1964, he was an engineer working with Zora, at a time when racing was a covert operation at GM. Herb would lead the charge to change all of that, going from engine design, to working in the Buick Special Products Group, then as the Director of Chevrolet Racing, and finally as the Executive Director of GM Racing.

In addition to starting the factory Corvette Racing team that won the overall victory at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, cars powered by Chevrolet under Herb’s watch have won 25 NASCAR Manufacturers Championships (11 consecutive); 12 Indy 500s; and class wins in the Baja 1000, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 races.

“I didn’t want to just coast through a career. I wanted to leave something substantial behind me that was significant and noteworthy. The Corvette’s success in racing was a key chapter in the story of Corvette. I had the vision and provided the leadership to make it happen, but I didn’t do it alone. It took a team of people to do that. To be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame now for that contribution and to be placed in the same framework as people like Zora Arkus Duntov, who I’d looked up to as a kid, is humbling. I’m very grateful.”

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Z06 = Wicked Powerful, And MORE!

Jan 28, 2015 - 4:41 AM - by elegant
Edmunds.com loves the Z06, calling it "wicked powerful; endles trip; fantastic brakes, etc."

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Wicked power. Endless grip. Fantastic brakes. Functional aerodynamics. If that were all the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 offered it would still be a winner, but it also has the same superb ride quality as the normal Corvette, which makes it a class leader by a country mile. If the new Z06 was wearing anything other than a Chevy badge, it would be twice the price.

What Is It?
The 2015 Z06 starts with the superlative platform of the new Corvette Stingray and turns every knob to 11. The normal Corvette has a 6.2-liter V8 that makes up to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. For the Z06, Chevy added a supercharger to the 6.2-liter V8 that pushes output to 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

To help wrangle all that power, Chevy added ultra-fat (285/30ZR19 front, 335/25ZR20 rear) tires that required widening the fenders by more than 2 inches up front and more than 3 in back. Beyond the less-than-obvious width increase, the Z06 also gets additional external changes including a unique front splitter, spats by the front wheels that lead into black fender extenders, larger side vents, and a hood and rear spoiler made from carbon fiber. Interior changes are minimal, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a "Z06" logo being one of the only noticeable upgrades.

What Body Styles and Trim Levels Are Available?
The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 is available as coupe (with removable roof) and, for the first time ever, as a convertible. Pricing for the coupe starts at $79,990, while the convertible starts at $84,990. A slick seven-speed manual transmission is standard, while the eight-speed automatic adds $1,725 to the price.

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Vote Now! - January 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month Contest

Jan 26, 2015 - 7:09 PM - by wicked

What an outstanding turnout! You guys took some great photos this month and here are your top 6 that made the cut.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo!

Please vote for your favorite Corvette. This poll will close in 3 days and winner announced shortly after.
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Super Strong Supercar: The Z06!

Jan 24, 2015 - 7:36 PM - by elegant
Another really positive review of the "The Beast," the Chevy Corvette Z06 supercar.

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Much has already been said and written about the fact that the new Corvette Z06 is set to deliver performance and handling to match most of today’s pre-eminent supercars at a fraction of the plutocratic prices such exotics command.

And it’s all true.

The numbers are compelling enough. Chevrolet confirmed, months ago, that the all-new LT4 engine under the sloping hood of the Z06 develops 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. Official, SAE-certified fury and grunt that vault this new Corvette into supercar territory while making its supercharged, small-block V8 the most powerful engine ever bolted into a GM production vehicle.

The second part of this equation is a base price of $85,095 for the Z06 coupe and $90,595 for the snazzy Z06 convertible that will be coming to Canada in time for summer. Numbers that make both of them stupefying deals when compared with comparably potent sports cars with European passports. The Z06 coupe is even 27 per cent cheaper than the less-powerful Nissan GT-R hardtop.

And it gets better. Even with every conceivable option, including a Z07 Performance group that adds larger carbon-ceramic Brembo brake rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a host of adjustable aerodynamic appendages for $8,795, a fully-loaded Z06 coupe comes in at $121,170. Thousands less than the base price of the ZR1 that previously stood atop the Corvette pyramid.

The Z06 reaps more horsepower (12 bhp) and torque (42 lb-ft) than the ZR1 from an overhead-valve V8 of identical displacement and better fuel economy, thanks to direct injection, variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and
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"Z06 SuperVette!"

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:46 PM - by elegant
Noted automotive analyst Henry Payne raves about the 2015 Z06!

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The Z06 makes 350 pounds of down force. Paired with an all-new aluminum chassis and 12-inch Michelin gummies, the Z06 is a big, tail-wagging, mountain of power. But with stick.

650 horsepower, 650 lb-feet of torque
Quicker than legendary ZR1
Comfy daily driver

On the limit of grip — the 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 howling like Cerberus in my ears — I modulate the Corvette ZO6's throttle across the uphill, Turn 2 sweeper at Spring Mountain. But the hungry beast wants more. More throttle?

Payne, it seems to say, don't you know I am the most capable production car in existence? That your pals at Car & Driver have recorded my 1.19 lateral G-forces higher than a Porsche 918 hybrid? Higher than a Nissan GTR?

I oblige with every passing lap. Which means that at 6,400 RPM I snatch fourth gear — 122 mph — at the top of the hill going into Turn 3, a 180-degree downhill right-hander. BRAAAAKES! I stomp on the binders at the way-too-late marker and giant Brembo calipers seize 15.5-inch carbon-ceramic front rotors with the force of a Rottweiler on a postman's leg. The coupe slows like it hit an invisible wall. My chest strains against the seat belt. My eyeballs bulge from their sockets. But the Z wants more. Brake later? Are you mad?

Fool, don't you know that I can brake with any exotic car on the planet? A heart-stopping 128 feet from 70-0 mph? Better than a Porsche Turbo? Or a Ferrari 458?

And so it goes lap after lap trying to find the limits of this extraordinary, $78,000-plus super car. Exhilarating. Addicting. But how is this possible?

After all, we're comparing the Corvette to the
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