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 |  Jan 15 2011, 5:00 PM

The Chevrolet Corvette is not only the longest running sportscar in America (it has been in non-stop production since 1953), but with prices starting at $48,950 it is also one of the most affordable performance machines on the market today.

A lot of people who can afford a new Corvette, have not been in and around a purpose built performance machine like this before, which even in base trim produces a mighty 430-hp. So to better equip these new customers with skills to handle such a high performance car, Chevrolet is now offering free driver training to all new Corvette buyers.

The program – which was previously only offered to ZR1 customers, will be held at the Bob Bondurant school in Phoenix, AZ and the Ron Fellows school at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch outside Las Vegas.

The offer is for a limited time, so if you’re in the market for a new Corvette and want to get the best out of owning such a car, we suggest you hurry over to your local dealer now.

 |  Apr 09 2009, 8:20 AM

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General Motors used the New York Auto Show to stage the official first showing of its GT1 line of special edition Corvettes. The car wasn’t competing for the spotlight, however, as GM generally ignored the car and instead decided to focus on its new SUVs – like the GMC Terrain and Yukon Denali Hybrid.

The GT1 edition corvettes are being built to celebrate the tremendous success Corvette has had in racing over the past decade. The GT1 Championship Edition Corvette comes with racing inspired graphics, including driver flags and the series championships. On display in New York was a black version, but the the car is alos available in Velocity Yellow. Unfortunately the car comes with so not-so-race-inspired chrome wheels.

Inside the interior is swathed in ebony leather with yellow stitching and features GT1 embroidery on the seats, instrument panel and center console armrest..

Under the hood, the engine cover has a special carbon look with yellow Corvette lettering.

The GT1 Championship Edition is offered as either a coupe, convertible or Z06 (as shown in New York), with just 100 of each model being made in each color for a total of 600 units.

All models receive a navigation system and both coupe and convertible will include the Z51 Performance Package and performance exhaust with an optional automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Pricing is listed as $65,310 for the coupe, $71,815 for the convertible and $86,385 for the Z06. The GT1 Championship Edition Corvette will go on sale in the Spring.

The GT1 Championship Edition Corvette was create in homage to the successes of the C6.R racing Corvettes which took the ALMS GT1 Manufacturers Championship for 8 years, claimed over 70 victories in the series and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 5 times.

2009 will make the last year for the C6.R in racing.

GALLERY: GT1 Championship Edition Corvette 

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