All-New Corvette Racing C7.R to Debut in January

Chevrolet will kick-off 2014 with the debut of the all-new Corvette Racing C7.R at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The new Corvette, wearing an updated “Jake” mascot, will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 25-26.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The C7.R will make its public debut alongside the new 2015 Corvette Z06 at NAIAS. The two cars were co-developed, representing the closest connection between the racing and road-going Corvettes in modern times.

The all-new Jake logo has become the unofficial mascot of Corvette Racing.

Corvette C7.R race car, wearing an updated “Jake” mascotJake first appeared in the early 2000s when the Corvette Racing team was gaining momentum and winning multiple ALMS championships, the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. The team began uniting behind a rally cry of “take no prisoners” and a flaming skull logo that represented their unrelenting drive for victories.

It wasn’t until after the C5.R completed the final 24 Hours of Le Mans that the unofficial logo was born. Originally just a sketch on a napkin, the logo was drawn as a skull with crossed flags for the eyes and was named after Jake from the infamous The Blues Brothers film.

The new Jake, with the seventh-generation Crossed Flag logo for eyes, is more modern and aggressive – just like the C7.R.

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Another Chapter in the Comeback Story: General Motors To Invest $1.3 Billion in Five U.S. Plants

These last few weeks at General Motors have been quite eventful, from the announcement of our new CEO, Mary Barra, to the U.S. Treasury ownership exit. We’re thrilled to keep that momentum going with another big piece of news.

General Motors will invest $1.3 billion in manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. About 7,500 people are already working in these plants, and these investments will create or retain an additional 1,000 jobs – reinforcing our commitment made in 2009 to reinvest in American manufacturing.

The investments – at GM plants in Detroit, Flint, Romulus, Mich.; Toledo, Ohio, and Bedford, Ind. – will help support production of a new V6 engine, new 10-speed transmission and an existing 6-speed transmission. GM has made a lot of progress since 2009, posting 15 consecutive quarterly profits. And we’re putting that money right back into our people and our products.

GM Invests Nearly $1.3 Billion for Five U.S. Plant UpgradesSince 2009, General Motors has invested more than $10.1 billion – $2.8 billion in 2013 alone – in our U.S. operations, creating or retaining more than 26,000 jobs across the country.

Broken down, our $1.3 billion investment looks like this:

  • $600 million in Flint Assembly for facility upgrades, including a new paint shop
  • $493.4 million in Romulus Powertrain Operations which includes $343.4 million for equipment to produce an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission and $150 million to increase capacity of the previously-announced new V6 engine
  • $121 million in Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly for a logistics optimization center
  • $30.6 million in Toledo Transmission Operations for increased capacity for an existing 6-speed transmission
  • $29.2 million in Bedford Castings which includes $22.6 million to produce components for the 10-speed transmission and $6.6 million to produce components for the existing 6-speed transmission

Today’s announcement illustrates our commitment to building a stronger American manufacturing base. Together with our UAW-GM partners, and a robust workforce of committed employees, we continue to focus on our number one priority: delighting our customers with the best cars, trucks and crossovers they can find anywhere.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: The Most Track-Capable Camaro Ever

First introduced in 1967, the Camaro Z/28, Chevy’s most iconic model in Camaro history, has returned for 2014. The all-new Z/28 features a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce, which helps make it the most track-capable offering in Camaro’s history by enhancing vehicle dynamics. This results in improved traction, braking, cornering speed and overall performance.

While most cars are inherently designed with lift at speed because of the focus on fuel economy, the Z/28 required us to find a way to manage the airflow over and around the vehicle to optimize the vehicle performance. We achieved it, by aerodynamically designing it for downforce, which generates a downward force on the vehicle as the air flows underneath, on the sides and over the top of the vehicle.

2014 Chevrolet CamaroThe Camaro Z/28 is solely focused on track performance and capability. It’s going to appeal to the person who wants to drive their car extremely quickly around a racetrack – and enthusiastically on winding roads.

The Z/28’s capability and performance inspires confidence through every section on the track, from the straightaway, to the curves. The downforce allows the vehicle to be driven with much more speed through every corner.

Every one of the Z/28’s exterior elements has a purpose of enhancing performance, and the way it manages airflow helps it stick to the track to make it fast and stable. In fact, the aerodynamic design helped the Camaro Z/28 log a lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring road course that was four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1’s, and beat published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

We’re all excited for the arrival of the Z/28, which along with the January 2014 debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06, will complete Chevy’s performance-car lineup. Other additions include the Corvette Stingray convertible and SS sedan.

Check out a few photos of the Z/28 in the gallery below, and be on the lookout for updates when the Z/28 arrives in dealerships next spring – just in time for the 2014 racing season!

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tom frolingTom Froling is the lead development engineer – Aerodynamics and has worked for General Motors for 30 years. Tom has aerodynamic development and integration experience on Corvette, Camaro, Advanced Electric and Hybrid ATW and Learning Vehicles, Race Cars, Land Speed Record Bonneville E85 Cobalt along with several other vehicle programs. Tom has accumulated nearly 10,000 hours in various wind tunnels, primarily at GM’s wind tunnel in Warren. Tom spent 25 years in the Air National Guard component of the Reserves as a fighter pilot and is a combat veteran.

Top 10 Ways to Give the Gift of Corvette

DETROIT – From a scale model to the real car, there are many ways to give America’s iconic sports car, the Corvette, this holiday season. This Top 10 list, with prices from $12 to $77,450, should make it easier to find the perfect gift for any Corvette enthusiast.

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Topping the list is the all-new Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible. Production will be limited to 550 all top-of-the-line 3LT models, all in Lime Rock Green exterior and Brownstone suede interior. The vehicle also includes suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The Premiere Edition also features unique wheels with “Stingray”-logo center caps, “Stingray”-logo interior sill plates and a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule – all from the Corvette Accessories catalog.

These collectible cars will have a unique VIN sequence and unique dash plaques commemorating their limited-edition status. The Premiere Edition Convertible will cost $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and will arrive in dealerships in early 2014.

If that doesn’t fit into your Black Friday budget, here are nine other ways to give the gift of Corvette:

  1. Corvette Stingray Rollerball Pen ($12) – With the look and feel of luxury, be inspired to author handwritten notes. The Corvette Stingray Rollerball Pen has a sleek design with a solid brass cap and barrel, and rubber accents.
  2. Monopoly Empire Game ($20) – A shortened version of the classic board game, players can purchase brands instead of properties and choose the 2014 Corvette Stingray game piece to travel around the board.
  3. 1:18 2014 Corvette Stingray ($38.50) – Sleek and sculpted, this die cast rendition of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will make a great addition to any collection.
  4. Corvette Stingray: The Seventh Generation of America’s Sports Car, by Larry Edsall ($40) – A must-own for any Corvette fan, this book is the complete inside story of the all-new Stingray, including more than 300 historical and behind-the-scenes photographs.
  5. Fisher Price® Power Wheels® ($275) – Modeled after the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Fisher Price® Power Wheels® Corvette features the all-new design with the same sporty “chrome” wheels. It is also the fastest Power Wheels in the product line.
  6. The Seventh Generation Corvette Watch ($775) – Designed exclusively for the Corvette Collection, this limited-edition chronograph watch features the next-generation Corvette crossed flags and Corvette logo against a real carbon fiber dial face.
  7. Corvette Stingray Luggage ($910) – Travel in style with a specially designed Corvette five-piece luggage set, including two roller suitcases, a backpack, duffel bag and messenger bag.
  8. Corvette Heritage Neon Sign ($5,000) – Developed in collaboration with retired GM Vice President of Design, Chuck Jordan, this sign was designed to reflect the first-generation Corvette – clean, simple and straightforward.

Finally, for those looking to enjoy the exceptional driving experience of the Stingray first hand:

Performance Drive Schools – Learn to drive with the speed, confidence and finesse of a professional road racing driver at one of two performance drive schools – Ron Fellows Performance Driving School(prices begin at $2,995 for a two-day school) or the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving(prices starting at $1,225 for a 1-3 day course).

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About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.