Corvette 2014 Redesign Reinforced by Carbon Fiber
Chevrolet reinforced carbon fiber’s place in American car history with the Corvette 2014 redesign, previewed at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 18 in Detroit. The carbon fiber Corvette, with composite hood, roof, doors, underbody panels and other components standard, shed about 100 pounds. Carbon fiber trim is also an option for the 2014 Stingray.
“Chevrolet has a long history of using racing to improve production cars, and nowhere is that more evident than with Corvette,” said the Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge Jeuchter. “We continually apply technologies and strategies developed for Corvette Racing directly to the production car. That influence can be seen in virtually every aspect of the new Corvette Stingray, from the aerodynamic design to the use of carbon fiber, to the cooling techniques and even in the brake system.”
Even with a Corvette series-best 0-60 mph time under four seconds, the sports classic is expected to exceed the EPA’s 26 miles-per-gallon estimate, another series best.
The Corvette 2014 model is the first major redesign since the 2005 model year. The preliminary specs have the vehicle measured with a 106.7-in. wheelbase and a 73.9-in. width, with an overall length of 177 inches. The 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 engine, with a displacement of 376 cubic inches, generates 450 hp and 450 lbs.-ft. of torque.
“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Juechter. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”
The North American Auto show closed on Sunday with the highest attendance in a decade.
The carbon fiber Corvette 2014 model will be released late summer.