The latest video describes how the 2014 Corvette will get a new sculpted exterior that has been optimized for aerodynamic performance. According to GM every line, vent, inlet and surface have been optimized.
"The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "For example, the front grill and radiator flow paths reduce lift, improving vehicle stability at high speeds by keeping the car pressed to the pavement. In addition, functional vents increase track capability by channeling air to the brakes, as well as heat exchangers for the transmission and differential."
To develop the aerodynamic package, engineers started with data taken from years of on-track, high-speed performance from the Corvette Racing program. The techniques were applied to the production car using advanced computer-aided modeling programs to predict and track airflow over, under and through the new Corvette's body.
"Its sculpted design excites in all the ways that a Corvette has for six decades, with elements carefully shaped in the wind tunnel to increase airflow potential and improve cooling for a system that is as efficient as possible," said Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager. "It's said that form follows function, but in the case of the aerodynamic 2014 Corvette, form and function work cohesively to produce beautiful purpose."
The 2014 Corvette will also be powered by a 450 horsepower 6.2L LT1 small block V8 that will accelerate it from 0-60 mph in four seconds.
"Our objective for the development of the all-new LT1 was to raise the bar for performance car engines," said Mary Barra, senior vice president, global product development. "We feel that we have achieved that by delivering a true technological masterpiece that seamlessly integrates a suite of advanced technologies that can only be found on a handful of engines in the world.
"What makes this engine truly special is the advanced combustion system that extracts the full potential of these technologies. The art and science behind that combustion system make the Corvette LT1 one of the most advanced V-8 engines in the world," said Barra.
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