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2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Revealed

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, and we’ve got the pictures and video to prove it.

Featuring a new fully electronic top that can be operated remotely with the car’s key fob, as well as raised and lowered while driving, the new Stingray Convertible maintains the same LT1 V8-powered performance as its Coupe sibling.

Check out our C7 Corvette page for the full details, and also don’t forget to take a look at our Chevy Corvette Facebook page for a full gallery of photos.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Confirmed, Coming Soon

“When will the new Corvette Stingray Convertible be released?” has been a question on the minds of many since the debut of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Well, you won’t have to wait very long to see it, as March 5th will mark the unveiling of the Convertible design.

What will it look like? How will the design fit with the new body lines? How much will it cost? These are questions that will have to wait, for now at least. Once the new Convertible is revealed, we will, of course, have all the details for you.

As always, if you want to be one of the first to order a 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible, head over to our C7 Waiting List page. You will be notified as soon as ordering officially begins.

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2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Revealed

The day that many of us have been waiting years for is here. The C7 Corvette has been unveiled, as the Stingray name is resurrected to bring us the all-new 2014 Chevy Corvette.

The new design really brings together the best of both worlds – European and American design – and succeeds in taking the Corvette brand into a new age of high-tech horsepower.

CLICK HERE to see our full-coverage C7 page. We’ve got pictures, specs, and everything in between, and will be updating the page constantly within the coming weeks with any new info (including pricing) as soon as it is released.

As always, if you’re interested in becoming one of the first to own a C7 Stingray, click here to visit our C7 Waiting List page and add your name to the list!

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C7 Corvette Emblem And Reveal Date Are Now Official

Chevy Corvette C7 Emblem
The 2014 Chevy Corvette, along with the rest of the C7 generation, now has its official emblem.

The new Chevy Corvette Crossed Flags logo, pictured above, will be the new symbol of the Chevy Corvette brand. It brings with it a sharper, more aggressive design to signify what will surely be a more aggressive style for the 2014 Corvette.

Along with the logo comes the countdown to the big reveal on January 13th, 2013, which you can keep up with at this page. Our C7 Countdown page will keep you up to date on the reveal videos which will be unlocking the closer we get to the official unveiling, including the already-available teaser video. So bookmark us today as we start counting towards a moment we’ve all been looking forward to for so long now.

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2014 Corvette Caravan Ready For Takeoff In South Louisiana

The 2014 Corvette Caravan is gearing up here in South Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Corvette Club is already planning the adventure to Bowling Green as club President Jim McLin and Vice President Bob Huffman stopped by Ross Downing Chevrolet in Hammond, Louisiana to show off their new banner for the event. Even though the event is still nearly a year away, it’s never too early to start planning for such an exciting occasion.

From August 23 through August 27th in 2014, the Baton Rouge Corvette Club members will join others from the Gulf States Region as they make their way to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event will feature club members and Corvette enthusiasts from all across the country gathering for five days of festivities to celebrate, among other things, the 20th anniversary of the museum.

Ross Downing Chevrolet is the Platinum Level Sponsor of the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan. As Louisiana’s #1 Corvette dealer, we will continue to promote the dominance of America’s favorite sports car, the Chevy Corvette. We look forward to an amazing event!

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Study Shows Chevy Corvette Drivers Among Safest

Corvette convertible drivers among the safest, study shows

We all know Chevy Corvette drivers are passionate about their cars. One clear indication of this is how safe they are when it comes to their driving – well, some may call it more “protective” than safe, but you get the idea.

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that the Chevy Corvette Z06 and Corvette Convertible have the lowest insurance claims in the nation for claims due to physical damage to other vehicle and property. Which basically means that Corvette drivers hit things less often than any other drivers on the road. The figures are adjusted to account for how many of the vehicles are on the roadways, so these numbers aren’t simply because Corvettes are more rare than the average sedan.

This shouldn’t be surprising to Vette owners out there. After all, despite the fact that we’re driving around America’s favorite sports car with tons of horsepower, we still make sure we park our Chevy Corvette far away from any other car in the parking lot. In fact, many of us only take ours out of the garage on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

For all the websites out there that dedicate themselves to posting tons of pictures of wrecked Corvettes, let this new study make it clear that Corvette owners know how to treat their cars better than anyone else on the road. And that means not running into stuff.

You can check out the full study here.

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A History of the Chevy Corvette Chassis

Classic C1 Chevy Corvette chassis

It’s been said that racing improves the breed, and when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette, nearly six decades of checkered flags are the proof. As Corvette marks its 60th anniversary in 2013, the design of the chassis, suspension and other drivetrain features are rooted in the rigors of competition.

“Candidly, Corvette was not a high-performance car until Zora Arkus-Duntov fitted it with a V-8, and began campaigning Corvettes in racing,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette’s vehicle chief engineer. “Today, the Corvettes competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans use many of the same components as Corvettes rolling off the assembly line at Bowling Green.”

The Corvette C6.R is built on the same aluminum frame rails that underpin production Corvette Z06 and ZR1 models. Other production chassis structures in the race car include the windshield frame, the hoop around the rear of the passenger compartment, the door hinge pillars, the drivetrain tunnel, the firewall and the floor pan. Corvette C6.R also uses the production steering column out of the ZR1, with a fully adjustable steering wheel, as well as production rack-and-pinion steering.

For the production Corvette ZR1, the racing influence is also evident in the rear transaxle design that helps achieve a near-perfect 51/49 weight distribution, as well as the racing-developed carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires (developed by the same Michelin engineers who developed tires for Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series). These features contribute to the ZR1 running Germany’s legendary Nürburgring in 7:19.63.

Here’s an overview of the chassis technologies that have shaped Corvette performance on and off the track:

Second-generation (C2): Independent suspension, disc brakes and aluminum wheels
First-generation (1953-62) Corvettes used a modified passenger car frame and live rear axle, which worked well with the cars’ comparatively modest performance output. Substantially greater power was on the horizon for the second-generation Corvette and racing-derived development spearheaded by the legendary Zora Arkus-Duntov – Corvette’s first chief engineer – highlighted the need for a dedicated chassis system.

When the “C2” (Corvette second generation) launched in 1963, it featured a sturdy, ladder-type frame design that was 90 percent stiffer than the sedan-based “X”-frame of the first-generation models. It also featured an independent rear suspension held in place by a unique transverse leaf-spring design. Besides offering greater handling capability, the independent rear axle was lighter than the previous solid axle design.

The C2 also introduced disc brakes and aluminum wheels, based on designs Duntov refined on Corvette race cars.

“Duntov pioneered the model of technology transfer by applying what was learned on the race track to improve the production cars,” said Juechter, “That philosophy continues to play an integral role in vehicle development at Chevrolet.”

Fourth-generation (C4): Unitized structure, composite springs, antilock brakes and traction control
The C4 generation (1984-96) represented an even bigger leap in chassis technology than the C2. The ladder frame that had served the Corvette for about 20 years was replaced by a unitized “backbone” chassis that, again, was inspired by racing cars. It eliminated several cross members, allowing direct mounting of the rear differential and other components, which enabled greater interior room. It was also lighter than the previous ladder frame.

Integrated on the backbone chassis was a “cage” incorporating the windshield frame, door frames, rear wall of the “cockpit,” rocker panels and more. The Corvette’s body panels were attached to the chassis and cage, marking the first time in the car’s history that it didn’t use a conventional body-on-frame design.

When it came to the suspension, the C4 again used unequal-length upper and lower A-arms in the front suspended by a new, transverse spring design similar to the rear suspension. At the rear was another transverse composite spring, but used with a new five-link independent suspension design vs. the previous three-link setup. The reinforced fiberglass springs were exceptionally strong yet compliant, and they worked in two ways: They flattened as they flexed, but when the vehicle rolled in a turn, they effectively formed an S shape. That added roll stiffness, which minimized the size – and weight – of the stabilizer bars.

Additional C4 chassis/drivetrain innovations included rack-and-pinion steering (1984), aluminum driveshaft (1984), aluminum disc brake calipers (1984), antilock brakes (1986) and traction control (1992).

The C4 was an unqualified success on the track. In its first year of competition, the C4 Corvette went undefeated and captured the SCCA Showroom Stock GT-class championship. That launched a renewed effort on racing and the benefits of technology transfer.

Fifth-Generation (C5): Hydroformed rails, rear transaxle, magnetic ride
The C5 generation (1997-2004) built on the success of the C4 with a new, unitized backbone chassis design, but it was lighter and stronger. Its construction employed a comparatively rare process called hydroforming, which used water pressure and heat to turn six-inch steel tubes into side rails for the Corvette chassis. Each tube replaced what formerly had comprised 36 separate, welded components in the C4 chassis.

The other big advancement with the fifth-generation Corvette was the use of a rear transaxle, which moved the transmission to the rear of the vehicle rather than the traditional position directly behind the engine. The tunnel between the engine and transaxle was enclosed with a panel that contributed to the chassis’ strength and rigidity.

“Weight distribution was a primary motivator,” said Juechter. “We were trying to get to 50/50, balancing the work load on the front and rear tires, which is extremely challenging to do with the front-engine, V-8 powered car. Moving to a rear transaxle dramatically improved the weight balance, as well as enabling a smoother ride and greater interior space.”

Additional C5 chassis/drivetrain innovations included run-flat tires (1997), Active Handling System (1998), magnesium wheels (2002) and Magnetic Selective Ride Control (2003).

The strength and performance capability delivered by the C5 chassis paid huge dividends on the race track. During six years of competition, Corvette Racing – the first factory-backed Corvette team in the car’s history – led the C5.R to an overall victory at the Daytona 24-hour race and three 1-2 finishes in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. During the 2004 season, Corvette Racing won every race the team entered and captured every pole position in the American Le Mans Series.

C6 Chevy Corvette chassis

Sixth-generation (C6): Aluminum and magnesium structure
The success of the C5.R racing program directly influenced the design of the C6 Corvette (2005 – 2013) as designers and engineers further strengthened but lightened the proven backbone design.

At a glance, the C6 chassis looks similar to the C5, but it was shortened slightly and strengthened in key areas to enable greater performance and to enhance crashworthiness. And while it retained the same basic suspension design as the C5 – short/long arm front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with transverse composite springs – all of the components were redesigned. No C5 suspension parts were carried over to the C6.

For the first time, different chassis were available with different Corvette models. The higher-performance C6 Z06 and ZR1 models received a unique, aluminum-intensive backbone structure rather than the steel backbone used on other models. It was developed as a lighter foundation, featuring a magnesium roof structure and engine cradle, and weighed only 278 pounds – 49 percent less than the steel backbone’s 414 pounds. Like the steel frame, the aluminum chassis was created via hydroforming.

Corvette Racing immediately employed the C6 chassis with its C6.R race cars. Corvette Racing has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times since 2001, most recently beating Ferrari to the checkered flag in 2011.

Seventh-generation (C7): CLASSIFIED

Sorry, we had to leave some suspense, right?

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