The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette will debut on Jan. 13, 2013, in Detroit. The countdown was kicked off with the unveiling of the new Crossed Flags logo for the new 2014 Corvette at Road Atlanta, where Corvette Racing marked its sweeping win at the 2012 production-based American Le Mans Series GT championships.
Chevrolet took the manufacturer’s championship while Corvette Racing got the team championship. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were the champion drivers with four wins in the nine races that come before the Petit Le Mans, the 2012 ALMS season finale. With these championships, Corvette Racing is clearly the most successful team throughout ALMS history, with 77 class wins, eight drivers’ championships, and nine manufacturer and team championships since 2001.
In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team got seven class victories since 2001. For the 2013 ALMS season, Corvette Racing will promote the C6.R. It’s likely that the C7.R will make its racing debut in 2014. The Crossed Flags logo has been used as a Corvette hallmark since its introduction in 1953. The logo had always been a pair of flags.
One featured a racing checkered flag while the other one has the Chevrolet “bowtie” emblem and a French fleur-de-lis. Over the years, the design has evolved and has been seen in over 1.5 million Corvettes assembled between 1953 and today.
The Crossed Flags design for the seventh-generation Corvette is more technical, more angular and has a more swept look in proportion to represent the new car. It also offers a more detailed look, demonstrating greater depth, color and attention to detail. Over 100 variations were examined before the final design was chosen. The new Crossed Flags design will be seen first on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is allowing the carmaker to redefine modern dynamism by striking an ideal balance between technology and design as well as performance.
Wearing the iconic Stingray designation, the Corvette C7 Stingray (model year 2014) could be considered as the standard model with the most power, with around 450 hp (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm) of torque at its disposal. Thanks to this power level, the new Corvette C7 Stingray could sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds, more than 1G of cornering grip. Despite this amount of power, the new Corvette C7 Stingray is seen to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever, with expected fuel economy figures that exceed those of its predecessor (26 mpg).
Mark Reuss, General Motors North America President, remarked that just like the 1963 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes personify not only leadership in terms of performance and groundbreaking technologies, but also in terms of stunning design and dynamic driving experiences. All of these elements are found in the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, but are now much improved because of advancements in design, engineering and technology.
The new Corvette C7 Stingray only shares two common parts with the previous generation of the Corvette. Aside from these two parts, the Corvette C7 Stingray comes with a new chassis, a new frame structure, a new engine and supporting technologies. Moreover, the new Corvette C7 Stingray features new exterior and interior designs.
For instance, the interior of the new Corvette C7 Stingray employs materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and leather materials. Customers choose from two new options, each of which feature a frame made from lightweight magnesium frame. Likewise, the interior of the new comes with dual eight-inch configurable infotainment screens. The new Corvette C7 Stingray also features an array of advanced driver technologies, like the five-position Drive Mode Selector that could customize 12 vehicle attributes according to the driver's environment. Moreover, the new Corvette C7 Stingray is provided with a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. This technology is able to anticipate gear selections and then matches the engine speed, thereby resulting to perfect shifts.