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Corvette Racing capped off a very successful 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) campaign with a victory at Virginia International Raceway.
Always keeping on top of lightweight technology, the Chevrolet Corvette has come from fiberglass to carbon fiber over it’s 60 year life span.
The automotive industry is a global business that is constantly evolving and growing, and we here at AutoGuide know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. So here is a summary of the top stories you may have missed this past week:
Perhaps you’ve seen the recent reports about leaked photos of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s bumper. While still unconfirmed, a cease and desist order AutoGuide received today from a law firm representing Omega Tool Corp. demanding that the images be removed is a strong indicator of where there truth may lie.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Sergio Pininfarina passed away in his Turin, Italy home today at 85, so in honor of the renowned designer, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite designs from oldest to newest.
Pininfarina’s father started as a coachbuilder and founded the company. Those roots are evidenced in the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, to which the company contributed coaches. Today, we associate the 8C name with a modern Alfa sports car, but its styling is still influenced by the original.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is heading into its final year of production, signifying a highly successful seven year production run.
As it prepares to be replaced, the American automaker is giving the C6 ‘Vette a new paint shade, Night Race Blue. The Night Race Blue is a classy shade of blue which will complement the existing Supersonic Blue Metallic and Carlisle Blue Metallic that is currently being offered.
Buyers of the 2013 Corvette will also get to choose between four Black Painted aluminum wheel choices, instead of the Competition Gray that was offered in years prior. Choices include a 5-spoke in 18- or 19-inch sizes, the Grand Sport in 18- or 19-inch, the Spider design will come in 18- or 19-inch, and the ZR1-styled wheel will be offered in 19- or 20-inch.
With the new paint and wheel combos certain to make the 2013 ‘Vette a looker, we’ll have to suffer with these grainy photos for now.
2013 Corvette Wheels
For Charlie Mallon, 54, of Downington, Pa., nothing numbers more greatly in life than his collection of Chevrolet memorabilia.
As a life-long collector and avid enthusiast, Mallon amassed 2,181 different Chevrolet items over the past 40 years. After the better pat of a lifetime’s devotion to his hobby, he finally counted up his trinkets to realize there might be a world record in his future.
Mallon spends a lot of his time travelling as a dealership consultant and says he always made a point to find new Chevrolet collectibles during each of those trips. He also scoops new pieces up as he sees them, most of which are Corvettes.
Since 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a part of the American landscape, both on the road and on the track.
It is easily the most winning American sports car, having clocked wins on national and international circuits. Corvette’s have been particularly competitive at the 12-Hours of Sebring race. Since its first race outing in 1956, 231 Corvette’s have competed at Sebring, 24 of which have won class or outright victories at this track.
So it is fitting that Sebring International Raceway has inducted the Corvette into its Hall of Fame. It also worked out for Corvette that on its 60th anniversary, the car placed second and third place in this years grueling endurance race.
Russ Clark, Chevrolet’s marketing director for performance cars said; “We are thrilled that Sebring has recognized the success of the Corvette on the race track by inducting it into the hall of fame. Even more important than the awards and race wins are the benefits to our production vehicles as a result of our racing programs,” said Clark. “We have been successful at transferring racing technology to the street, especially in our high-performance vehicles such as the Corvette ZR1, Z06 and our carbon fiber models, including aerodynamic, powertrain, chassis, braking, safety and design features.”
On the occasion of the Corvette’s 60th Anniversary, Chevrolet is offering the 427 Convertible Collector Edition Corvette, which is essentially a z06 without the roof. A 60th Anniversary appearance package is also offered on all 2013 Corvette’s.
Congratulations on your new honor Corvette, you truly deserve it.
Looking for a truly unique car to add to your collection? Better head to the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Fla. from April 5 through 7. This custom 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe V7 features a twin-turbo, mid-engine setup backed by a stunning design.
The Chevrolet LS V8 1,000-hp (915 lb-ft of torque) engine powers this GM Design Award winning Corvette and commands attention. The ’63 Vette truly embraces the blend of classic car design with modern day technology. The body is widened a massive 10 inches and coated in a sleek black finish. One of the most impressive features of the Vette is the new cab forward design which allows the engine to be viewed through the original rear window openings.
Suspension on the custom Corvette Coupe comes courtesy of Penske Racing, while the massive brakes that help stop the 1,000-hp monster are from Baer. Custom HRE wheels adorn each corner, wrapped with high-quality Michelin rubber.
The attention to detail on this vehicle makes it truly mesmerizing and is welcomed into the American super car world. With a 0-60 time in the sub 3-second range, this is truly one of the most collectible Corvettes in the world.
GALLERY: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe
Blowing candles out on a birthday cake seems like an age-old tradition, but who would have thought a car could do it? When one of America’s most famous sports car turned 60, Chevrolet decided to give it its candles to blow out.
The American automaker took a Corvette 427 Convertible out to the track that acted as a giant birthday cake and lit 60 candles along the pavement. A driver piloted the 7.0-liter Corvette – the same engine found in the Z06 – with 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque as it made its way around the course, blowing out its candles along the way.
Weighting in at 3,355 lbs, the Corvette 427 Convertible hits 60-mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed over 190-mph.
Watch the video after the break.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is Britain‘s premier motoring event celebrating racing heritage. Last year, the venue celebrated the centenary of the iconic Chevrolet brand. For 2012, Chevrolet returns once more to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Chevrolet Corvette.
First conceptualized as the 1952 EX-122 concept, designer Harley Earl wanted to create an American sports car to challenge Britain’s Jaguar and MG. The EX-122 made its first public debut in January 1953 at the GM Motorama, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.
GM also intended for its sports car to be made more affordable, utilizing existing mechanical components. However, this isn’t to say that the Corvette was made on the cheap. GM developed an ultra-modern, aerodynamic body and the Corvette became the first mass-produced vehicle to extensively use fiberglass, an innovative material that saved weight, prevented corrosion, and is capable of being molded into more complex shapes.
As for its engine, the first Corvettes came with GM’s ‘Blue Flame’ inline-six engine and an optional 265 cubic inch Small Block V8 before GM took it to new heights with a larger 283-hp 283 cubic inch Small Block V8 for 1957. The 283 became one of the first mass produced engines to achieve 1-hp per cubic inch.
Today, the Corvette remains one of America’s highly popular and iconic high performance sports cars. Over the span of six generations, more than 1.3 million Corvettes have been produced.
Chevrolet UK Managing Director Mark Terry said, “The Corvette is a true icon of the Chevrolet brand– it provides the performance DNA that runs through the whole Chevrolet model rage. Styling influences such as its trademark dual cockpit, there since the original, can be found in all of our cars today, and it still delivers the same performance, the same jaw-dropping styling and the same wow factor as it always has– it’s the greatest ambassador possible for the Chevrolet brand.”
Celebrate Corvette’s 60th with fellow automotive enthusiasts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from June 28th to July 1, 2012.