GM has auctioned off two iconic Corvettes to raise funds for Durham Children’s Aid Foundation.
GM recently auctioned the last 7th generation Chevrolet Corvette and first 8th generation mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray built for the Canadian market, raising more than $400,000 for the foundation in honour of Sharon Clark and Sharon’s Kids, an organization founded to help support those in need.
Clark, a former GM employee, started Sharon’s Kids in 1968 at the Oshawa Assembly Plant. She decided to skip the office gift exchange and adopt a family in need instead.
With the help of GM Canada employees, Clark grew her program and continued to support those in need in Durham Region for more than 50 years.
Clark passed away in April 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.
“Thank you to everyone who came together in the spirit of giving and congratulations to the winner who now owns a piece of Canadian history,” states GM Canada’s President and Managing Director Scott Bell. “GM Canada and our community have supported Durham Children’s Aid for more than 50 years, and I am so proud that we are honouring Sharon’s legacy to make the holidays a little brighter for children that need it most in the Durham Region.”
Both vehicles went to one bidder in a live auction hosted by Manheim Canada auction house, who also donated their services for the cause.
The highest bid for the 7th generation Corvette was $187,500 and the 8th generation mid-engine Corvette Stingray sold for $181,000.
Durham Children’s Aid Foundation also received an additional $35,000 in online donations from Unifor, GM Canada, its employees and retirees, and the community.
The winning bidder will also receive a day on the track at Canadian racing legend and former Corvette driver, Ron Fellow’s Performance Driving Schools at Spring Mountain, Nevada and Canadian Tire Mosport Park, Ontario.
Leslie McLean, manager of signature programs for Durham Children’s Aid Foundation, says the foundation is “extremely grateful” to GM Canada for their generosity, as well as Manheim Canada for donating the facilitation of the online auction.
“These funds will go directly into critical programming the foundation provides for children and youth in need,” she says. “This is such a wonderful tribute to such an inspiring person and Sharon would be elated knowing GM Canada is continuing her spirit of giving.”
Donations can still be made, which will help buy Christmas gifts for children in need this holiday season.
The Corvette’s move to a mid-engine layout meant engineers had to change pretty much everything under the skin, including the car’s suspension. Unlike the C7 before it, the C8 couldn’t borrow its suspension layout from its predecessor and had to be built from scratch. This video gives us our most detailed look at the design yet, along with expert analysis from an engineer.
If you’ve been in a C8, you’ll know it rides extremely well. It’s able to cruise over bumps without issue and handle corners with precision and poise. Dan Edmunds recently published this in-depth video on YouTube analyzing the C8 Corvette’s front and rear suspension layout, providing some helpful insight into why it’s able to perform as well as it does.
The answer lies in the suspension’s geometry. Because there’s no engine up front and plenty of space in the rear, engineers had a lot of room to work with, giving the C8 a double-wishbone setup with large, long control arms all around. Importantly, they were able to give the car L-shaped lower control arms, meaning they could tune different bushings to absorb lateral forces and sharp road impacts, resulting in a better ride for occupants. It’s amazing that just one generation ago, the Corvette was still using transverse leaf springs.
The Build and Price configurator is finally live for the 2021 Corvette Stingray, giving buyers a chance to spec their perfect mid-engined sports car. While it can easily be said that the configurator gives Corvette buyers options than ever before, it turns out that some new additions have been excluded from the website. Thanks to YouTuber and salesman Rick Corvette Conti, we now have an idea as to what those accessories will be.
According to a recent upload, the 2021 model year will bring several new accessories, such as the previously announced Jake logo all-weather floor mats, cargo mat and hood graphic. And while it is odd that these confirmed accessories are missing from the configurator at this point, they aren’t nearly as cool as the other parts GM is keeping from you.
General Motors will reportedly be rolling out a few new carbon fiber bits for the 2021 Corvette Stingray. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering just how popular the stuff is with mid-engined car buyers. The General will be adding three new parts to the catalogue, starting with a new carbon fiber roof bow graphic. Somewhat awkward looking, this new piece will run between the B-pillars on the car’s roof. There will also be some carbon fiber intake accents, which of course sit on the car’s hips nowadays. Best of all however is the addition of the visible carbon-fiber High Wing setup.
Now, it is important to note that none of these new parts are listed on the 2021 Corvette configurator, nor are they listed on Chevrolet’s order system. Conti says that he believes this will change once ordering officially opens, at which point the full configurator should launch. If you’d like to hear more about these findings, the conversation about them starts at around the 5:45 mark of the video.
If the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s nearly 500-hp V-8 engine fails to entice you, then the forthcoming Corvette Z06’s 650-hp V-8 ought to do the trick. And it’s not just the horsepower output that’s changed. The Z06’s engine will be an entirely different animal from its lesser sibling, increasing performance and bringing an entirely different character to the car. Read on to find out why.
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Twin-Cam, Twin-Turbo, Flat-Plane
Unlike the LT2 engine of the Stingray, the Z06’s V-8 will forgo pushrod valves and a cross-plane crank for dual-overhead cams and a flat-plane crank. The resulting engine should possess the rev-happy nature and aural thrills of the Corvette C8.R’s V-8, which also happens to use twin cams and a flat-plane crank.
While Chevy will not drop the C8.R’s 5.5-litre engine into the Z06, the two Corvettes’ V-8s are expected to share a number of common pieces. The Z06’s V-8 should be smaller than its race car kin, reportedly sharing parts (and perhaps its entire block) with Cadillac’s Blackwing V-8 engine. We’d wager it’ll ultimately displace in the neighbourhood of 4.2 litres. V-8s using flat-plane crankshafts lack the natural balance of a cross-plane crank, and larger displacements exacerbate the vibration and harshness of this arrangement. By limiting the displacement, employing lightweight pistons, and using a short-stroke crank, we expect the Z06 to be tolerable for owners who regularly drive their cars in traffic.
To compensate for its lesser displacement, the Z06’s engine is due to adopt a pair of turbochargers. Unlike Cadillac’s Blackwing engine, which houses two turbos in the valley between its heads, the Z06’s V-8 is expected to rely on outboard-mounted turbos. All in, the high-performance Corvette model purportedly produces 650 hp. Like the Stingray, look for the Z06 to rely on an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to send all those horses to its rear wheels. Revisions to the car’s suspension and a set of sticky summer tires—that are properly wide at the rear—are sure to keep the Z06’s power from overwhelming its drive wheels and chassis.
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Carbon Fiber Fever
In addition to the added power, the 2022 Corvette Z06 will welcome a number of weight-saving measures. Don’t worry, creature comforts will still abound, and there’s no indication the Z06 will ditch the likes of the Stingray’s large digital gauge cluster or touchscreen infotainment system.
Nevertheless, look for the model to feature a number of lightweight materials for items such as the exhaust, rear wing, front splitter, and even its wheels. Specifically, the 2022 Corvette Z06 will offer buyers the option to equip it with a set of carbon-fibre wheels. While such a setup is not new (vehicles from Porsche and Ford offer carbon fibre wheels), it’s still a relatively rare—and surely expensive—way for road-going cars to go about shedding mass.
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Shut Up And Take Our Money!
Although we hear the current pandemic is forcing Chevy to push back the Corvette Z06’s debut, we’re still hopeful the brand manages to take the wraps off the car in early 2021 and ship it to dealers before the end of the year as a 2022 model. That said, it’s possible the Z06 won’t arrive until sometime in 2022 as a 2023 model.
Regardless, prepare to spend a good chunk more change to get into the car. Frankly, we’ll be surprised if the Z06 stickers for anything south of $80,000. That’s pricey for a Corvette (consider the Stingray starts at $59,995). Still, compared to the 572-hp Porsche 911 Turbo, which starts at more than $170,000, the Z06 is sure to be a relative steal given its performance capabilities.
Mike Schickerowski was never supposed to drive, let alone go flat-out in a V8-powered car. The 44-year old Alberta resident was born with an eye condition that made him legally blind and disqualified him from driving. He got his sight back after undergoing an experimental surgery — then chose a Chevrolet Corvette as his first car.
Schickerowski told Canada’sGlobal News that he was born with nystagmus, a condition that “involves involuntary movement of your eyes.” Although he could see, objects were always out of focus. “If you’ve ever taken a photo with your camera and moved it slightly, or the object moved and it’s a blur, it’s the exact same symptoms. My brain would never interpret the image as a steady picture — it was always a blur,” he said.
For years, curing nystagmus was considered impossible. Schickerowski nonetheless underwent an experimental surgery at a clinic in California, and the procedure gave him his eyesight back. So he started the process of applying for a driver’s license and purchasing his first car, a seventh-generation Corvette.
Global News added Schickerowski bought his Corvette without seeing it, and before he took his driver’s test. He passed the test on his first try in July 2020, and has been enjoying his yellow coupe ever since.
“Some people said, ‘Oh, it’s Alberta, you need a truck,’ and sure, I like trucks. They’re nice, but everybody’s got a truck,” he told the publication. Although driving a Corvette is an unforgettable experience, Schickerowski said the best part of getting his vision back is being able to do things with his family, like taking his son fishing and taking his daughter out for ice cream. “I was never able to do that before on my own.”
The all-new 2020 Corvette breaks from tradition in more than one way. Not only is the powertrain now located behind the cockpit, making for the first-ever mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, but convertible models also come with a foldable hardtop roof, also a first for the Corvette nameplate. Now, the operation of the 2020 Corvette convertible top is outlined in the following Corvette Academy video.
The video is short, timing out at one minute, 26 seconds in length, but does well in covering the basics of operating the 2020 Corvette convertible top.
Raising or lowering the top takes just 16 seconds, and can be performed at speeds up to 30 mph. To lower the top, first make sure there is enough room around the vehicle to do so, and that the trunk is fully closed. Next, start the engine, and depress the convertible top button on the armrest. The button is located on the bottom left of the armrest button layout.
Pressing this button will automatically lower the windows, and slide the foldable 2020 Corvette convertible top-down behind the cabin. A chime will sound to indicate that the top has been completely lowered. To raise the top, pull and hold the convertible top button on the armrest.
The 2020 Corvette convertible top can be remotely lowered using the key fob. Press and release the lock button, and then press and hold the convertible top button. The tonneau cover can also be raised remotely via the key fob by pressing and holding the lock button and then pressing the convertible top button. This latter feature is ideal for checking fluid levels.
The 2020 Corvette convertible comes with a unique “mid glass” section that can be lowered independently of the foldable hardtop. Press the corresponding button on the armrest near the convertible top button to operate this feature.
The prospect of a mid-engine Corvette set off speculation like we’ve never seen before — but how accurate were the things people expected of the car?
The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette shocked the world when it was revealed. For the first time, the American sports car featured a mid-engine layout, a feature Chevrolet and its fans had hyped for years.
This wasn’t the only part of the vehicle subject to a flurry or rumours, however; once we saw the poorly camouflaged mule driving around, we knew there had to be more to the story than just an engine behind the driver.
As speculation circulated, a lot of guesses at future features for the C8 were discussed — some plausible, some not so much. Nobody would know if these features would show up on the production model until it was unveiled, after all.
We look back at eight rumours about the Corvette C8 from before it came out, and check whether they turned out true or false.
‘Set to be unveiled in 2017’ — False
Our very first rumour dates all the way back to 2014, when Car and Driver, as well as Jalopnik, thought the mid-engine Corvette was going to drop as early as 2017. Boy, were they (and we) wrong.
This was our first hint there would be a lot of gossip regarding this radical new vehicle — we also thought Chevy might name it the “Zora,” and that only 1,500 a year would be built at $150,000 each. We killed the 1,500-a-year rumour right away, though, as there’s no way GM would be able to make its development cost back with production numbers that low.
It would take an extra two years before the C8 generation would be revealed on its revolutionary platform.
‘Quarter-mile times in the low 11-second range’ — True
Everybody knows the most important aspect of a sports car is its quarter-mile time, right? Well, no, because otherwise, GM wouldn’t have spent so much time playing with the suspension — it would have just borrowed some axles from a Silverado and called it a day.
Nevertheless, straight-line performance has always been a staple of Corvette, and the C8 delivers on that as well. Although packing only 490 horsepower, the base model vehicle surprised us all with a zero-to-60-mph (-96-km/h) time of just 2.9 seconds. The base model C8 gives a lot of more expensive vehicles a literal run for their money.
In practical tests with the Z51 package and Magnetic Ride Control, the vehicle was able to run the aforementioned quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds.
‘Destined to get a manual transmission’ — False
A manual transmission is the cornerstone of any good sports car and has been a feature on the Corvette since the beginning, and we thought this tradition meant we’d see the feature in the mid-engine C8.
Nope. Corvette engineers squashed that theory, saying a manual transmission would be too complicated and wouldn’t fit, so, for the first time since 1953, “America’s sports car” won’t have a stickshift.
Besides the size constraints of the engine bay, Chevy had to contend with the apathy of American customers towards manuals, an attitude that’s slowly permeated Corvette sales over the past few decades.
‘A racing engine will power the streetcar’ — False
There are plenty of stories of street vehicles debuting with a “racing engine,” but the truth of the matter is most receive an engine with the same basic design as their racing sibling’s, but heavily modified for street use. Same goes for Corvette.
Thanks to a recent leak showing upcoming trim levels for the C8, we can see a 5.5-litre DOHC engine will be present in the Z06 trim, but comparing it to the C8.R, it seems it’ll be similar in displacement and basic design only. The racing motor for the C8.R is built by Pratt & Miller with carbon-fibre and other unobtainium parts for endurance racing. Almost none of these parts will carry over to the street version.
‘GM will build a Cadillac-badged version’ — False
On top of rumours, the C8 would get a Cadillac twin-turbo V8 (outlined below) it was postulated Cadillac might receive its own complete version of the vehicle. After all, Cadillac has previously used the Corvette platform under its XLR, and the Cadillac Racing team has done quite well in recent years.
A recent leak showed a key fob with the same design as the one destined to be used by the C8, but with a mysterious Cadillac badge where the famous Corvette logo should be, sending the internet into a frenzy of falsehoods.
A road-going sports car for the brand would have been interesting, but alas, nobody gets to eat at the Corvette table, and a Cadillac version will not be produced. As more proof, Cadillac has said that it’s going full electric in the near future, ending any sports car hopes.
‘The Corvette could wear the Zora name’ — True
The father of Corvette performance was Zora Arkus-Duntov, a Belgian immigrant who oversaw many aspects of the early vehicle’s development, and spearheaded multiple attempts to build a mid-engine version.
Unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to see that dream become a reality, but the top-of-the-line C8 will carry his name as an homage to his dream. A 1,000-horsepower hybrid-assisted monster with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 will be the ultimate tribute to the innovative and driven man that helped ensure Corvette would thrive for close to 70 years.
‘The 2020 Corvette will be prohibitively expensive’ — False
With all the innovation – and the costs associated with that – we expected the C8 Corvette was going to have an astronomical price, and pretty much everybody else did, too. Initial rumours suggested the C8 would cost up to USD$150,000, and we believed that number, especially with the horsepower figures being thrown around at the time.
When the vehicle was finally unveiled, we were pleasantly surprised with the starting price of just CDN$70,000, a damn sight lower than we ever would have expected for a vehicle designed from the ground up — but, hey, GM still has to sell these things!
While the base price is low, higher-trim models will no doubt bump that ask up, and with the horsepower figures the Z06 and ZR1 boast, we can see that USD$150,000 price tag becoming a reality — eventually.
‘Could run Cadillac’s Blackwing V8’ — False
Cadillac created a real gem of an engine in the Blackwing V8; the 4.2-litre engine featured dual-overhead-cams and two turbochargers to produce 550 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. We thought maybe Chevrolet would poach this engine design, make a few tweaks, and put in under the rear glass of the C8 for a formidable powerplant, but we were wrong.
A five-year plan of the Corvette’s upcoming engine options showed us what was in store for the sports car, and it confirmed the Blackwing V8 would indeed remain solely a Cadillac product, and reside only in Cadillac vehicles — sort of.
In fact, no vehicle in the GM stable will receive the mill, as it’s been killed after being featured in just a few Cadillac sedans. Pity.
New colors, new features, and magneto dampers for all!
It seems almost foolish to be talking about the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette already, seeing as customer deliveries of the 2020 model have only just started. But at the rate things are going, a substantial share of existing 2020 orders could be rolled over into 2021. That’s due to some rather unfortunate timing, on the part of a UAW union strike last year that delayed the start of production.
But what’s more, it’s a relevant topic of discussion because the C8 Chevrolet Corvette is slated to change as it enters its second model year, and details have surfaced.
According to Corvette Blogger, the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette will see two new colors replace the existing Long Beach Red and Blade Silver hues: Red Mist Tintcoat, and Silver Flare. The latter could be a dead ringer for the silver paint on the No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car, the outlet says, and it wouldn’t be the first time the Corvette brought a race car paint hue to the consumer market.
The bigger news, however, is that the Magnetic Selective Ride Control magnetorheological dampers will no longer be exclusive to the Z51 package, and will instead be offered as an independent standalone option.
In addition, wireless Apple CarPlay will be made standard on all 2021 Chevrolet Corvettes, according to Corvette Blogger, and some new racing-themed aesthetic touches will become available, including new full-length racing stripe and stinger stripe options, and WeatherTech all-weather floor mats with the Corvette Racing “Jake” logo.
Leaked documentation also points toward a “Stingray R” design theme, which could be a new C8.R-inspired exterior graphics package. That wouldn’t be unprecedented, as the previous-generation Corvette Z06 was offered with a limited “C7.R Edition” appearance package for a short time.
In all likelihood, Chevrolet didn’t have to change a thing about the new C8 Corvette going into the second model year, but we’re glad they did; the prospect of C8.R-inspired graphics and magneto dampers across all models is a tantalizing one.
Remember GM’s “Flying Car Mode?” It was a software program first introduced in the 2010 Chevy Corvette ZR1 help improve the car’s lap times on track. Now, it’s coming to the C8 Corvette.
Speaking with reporters at Chevy’s Spring Mountain Corvette school this week, performance manager Alex MacDonald confirmed thas Flying Car Mode is indeed a feature on the C8, included as part of Magnetic Ride Control 4.0.
The program was initially conceived during the ZR1’s development in the late 2000s. The car would catch air during points on a race track, and every time, the tires would spin up, causing traction control to kick in and bog the engine down—not great for momentum or acceleration. With Flying Car Mode, the car would use position sensors to identify when the wheels left the ground, and momentarily turn off traction control so it wouldn’t intervene, solving the issue.
This time around, the sensors have been replaced with accelerometers for more accuracy and speed. The system is so quick, that it can actually read what the front wheels are doing before that same piece of road reaches the rear wheels, and adjust the traction as necessary. For example, if the front wheels get lightly loaded all of a sudden, the computer can tell the traction system the same thing is about to happen to the rear wheels, and cut traction so it doesn’t intervene and bog down the car. Smart stuff.
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