Corvette DP Wins 2014 Petit LeMans, IMSA Prototype Championship

Oct 10, 2014 - 7:45 PM - by TorqueNews
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Last weekend Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor become the first ever American born drivers to win the Petit LeMans in their Corvette Daytona Prototype with help from Italian teammate Max Angelelli, but the Road Atlanta win wasn’t enough to stop the Action Express Corvette DP from winning the 2014 United SportsCar Championship.

Patrick Rall reports from TorqueNews Chevrolet.

Coming into Road Atlanta for the Petit Lemans – the final stop on the 2014 United SportsCar Championship series – the Prototype class was led by three teams campaigning the Chevrolet Daytona Prototype. In addition to being one of the key endurance races run in the world, the 10 hour race at Road Atlanta would help decide the winners of the 2014 driver, team and manufacturer’s championship.

The Final Run for the Championship
The #5 Action Express Corvette DP was in first place in the team championship battle with 316 points while the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP was second with 294 points and the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP was third with 293 points. In the driver’s championship, Action Express drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi were tied for first with 316 points followed by Taylor Racing drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor with 294 points in second while Michael Viliante and Richard Westbrook of the #90 Spirit of Daytona car were third with 293 points. With 36 points on the line for the winner of the Petit LeMans, the championship was within reach of all three Corvette race cars, but the 22 points lead for the Action Express car would be a major deficit to overcome for the #10 or #90 Corvette.

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In the manufacturer’s championship, Chevrolet’s lead of 14 points over Ford would be insurmountable unless none of the Corvette DP teams showed up to... [Read More]
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Corvette Z06 Crashed on Nurburgring Record Run!

Oct 07, 2014 - 3:11 PM - by NickJ
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We have been watching videos coming from the Z06 Nurburgring testing all week, and wondering if they are trying to set some 'Ring Records with, what they are calling their "most track capable Corvette ever." It seems as though someone has found the limit of the Corvette on the infamous "Green Hell" that is the Nurburgring.

The photo above is the only evidence of the accident as of yet, so we don't have a lot of information on the crash, but you can imagine that the driver was doing a fair clip when the ends swapped on him.

Anyone have anymore information on this unfortunate crash?

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A 2015 Corvette Z06 is on Ebay.

Oct 03, 2014 - 1:23 PM - by NickJ
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Dealers are wasting no time getting the word out about their soon-to-be-produced Z06's. There is a listing (pictured above) for a new Z06 that will be arriving at Hubbard GM Center in the coming months. They are advertising this car before it has even been built, and that seems kind of suspect to me. What do you guys think?

Link to ebay: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 | eBay
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Fixing PDR Privacy Violation Issue!

Oct 02, 2014 - 1:54 AM - by elegant
The PDR privacy violation solution is coming soon, and the fix appears simple. As before announced, it will be a simple software update.

[Quote=GM Authority]When the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) option was introduced for the 2015 Corvette, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles characterized the Valet Mode that was included in the package as “a baby monitor for your car” and added, “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.” However, now it has come to light that Valet Mode may violate privacy laws in certain states, so Chevrolet is developing a software update that should fix the issue.

PDR is a new feature that, in the words of Chevrolet, turns the Stingray into a driving analysis tool. A driver can record every aspect of his/her driving including real-time audio and video plus up to 30 channels of performance data. However, according to a notice sent to dealers, “To help our customers use the Performance Data Recorder consistent with legal requirements that pertain to audio recording devices, we will be requiring a very important update to the system of each affected vehicle in the near future. We expect that the update will be available early next month. At that time, we will provide details about the update and let you know what steps you need to take, if any, to complete the update for vehicles in your inventory.”

Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran says, “The update will disable the audio recording feature in Valet Mode but all other features of PDR will continue to operate normally,” with General Motors telling dealers the following:

In the meantime, you must advise any customers who take delivery of an impacted vehicle that they should refrain from using the Valet Mode until the update takes place. If they do use the Valet Mode, they should notify any occupants of the vehicle that they will be recorded while in the vehicle, and obtain their consent to this recording. It is very important that you explain this to each customer at the time of delivery.

GM also sent letters to current 2015... [Read More]
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Z06: 0-60 In 2.95, 1/4 @ 10.95 @ 127

Oct 01, 2014 - 10:08 AM - by elegant
Milestone news, new 8-speed automatic transmission Z06 does 2.95 seconds, the manual 3.2 seconds. While both hit the teams at 127 MPH, the auto again gets there quicker, 10.95 versus 11.2. Thanks to "Fasttoys1" for finding and posting at the link (and all discussion there please).

Quote Originally Posted by HotRod

That's quite the list of competitors, but we all know that these cars are a lot more than just 1/4-mile times. It still shows that the Corvette brings a lot of performance to the track for a (relative) bargain, beating several AWD competitors that are way out of its price range.
Let's post all commentary here please:

Read more: 2015 Corvette Z06 Clocks 0-60 in Less Than 3 Seconds!
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GeigerCars Turns the C7 Corvette Stingray into a Proper Supercar for Euro Roads

Sep 29, 2014 - 3:33 PM - by TorqueNews
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German tuning company GeigerCars has made a name for itself by developing unique packages for European-sold American vehicles and their take on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is just the latest in impressive custom packages – turning the basic C7 Corvette Stingray into a supercar that will keep up with the best across Europe.

Patrick Rall reports from

If you want to buy an American car like the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and you live in Germany, GeigerCars has you covered. GeigerCars offers a long list of American vehicles that include everything from mild mannered family sedans to heavy duty pickups to high performance models including the Corvette, the Dodge Viper and the Ford Mustang so there aren’t many requests that they cannot answer. The company also goes one step further, offering unique tuning packages for a variety of high performance models including the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 that we discussed a few weeks back.

The newest offering from the tuning division of GeigerCars is the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which benefits from a host of changes to turn the well-known American sports car into a proper supercar.

The GeigerCars Tuned C7 Stingray
In modifying the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, GeigerCars began under the hood where the standard LT1 V8 has been fitted with an Eaton supercharger, raising the output of the Corvette from 455hp and 460lb-ft of torque to 590 horsepower and 558lb-ft of torque. The German tuner expects this to allow the C7 Stingray to reach speeds of 200 miles per hour and it can likely get there in a big hurry.

After the engine had been seriously beefed up, GeigerCars turned their attention to the handling capabilities of the C7 Corvette Stingray. A 3-way adjustable KW coilover suspension package has been added and in addition to improving the road gripping abilities of the Stingray, this suspension setup also allows for adjustments of between 10mm and... [Read More]
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