My Generation: The Special Fixed Roof Coupe
by Rick Tavel Special to Corvette Forum ? 6-3-2013 All rights reserved If you are like most other enthusiasts you have owned or still own that one special car that you enjoy above all others, a car with which you have developed a special relationship. And often times that car is neither the best performer, […] More »
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Hawk Performance reaches out to enthusiasts with the Hand Me the Keys Sweepstakes awarding one lucky winner the keys to a custom 2013 Chevrolet Corvette.
The Hawk Performance online and social media sweepstakes features a customized Corvette, complete with the Hawk Performance Peregrine Wheel, Performance Brake System and dozens of upgrades that makes it truly one-of-a-kind.
“Our customers know a great ride when they see it. We wanted to give all our friends a chance to stop dreaming and start living with a dream car. Our racing heritage and partner relationships allow us to create a truly custom package from the ground up,” says Hawk Performance Sales and Marketing Director Andrew Hisey.
Hawk Performance has partnered with notable automotive product leaders including Bilstein, Denso, Eibach, Falken, K&N, Magnaflow, Mothers, Optima Battery, Royal Purple and Superchips to complete the customized one-of-a-kind Corvette. In addition to the Grand Prize, five lucky finalist names will be drawn in late August and provided an expense paid trip to Las Vegas to attend the SEMA Show. At SEMA, one of the five finalists will be handed the keys to the customized Corvette.
The promotion, launched on April 17, 2013 just as the Hawk Performance race teams prepared to take to the streets for the Long Beach Grand Prix Weekend. Visitors to the race were be able to enter at Hawk Performance’s display in the Long Beach Convention Center, or use their own personal media devices and enter to win online at hawkperformance.com, or at facebook.com/hawkperformance.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s all-new LT1 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 lbs-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm, with the available performance exhaust system. The Stingray is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 460 lbs-ft with the standard exhaust system. They are the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette, delivered with efficiency that is expected to exceed 26 mpg on the highway.
“The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. “The LT1’s performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine – in fact, its power and torque surpass many uplevel engines offered by competitors.”
At 74 horsepower per liter, the LT1 has greater power density than the C6 Corvette’s LS3 6.2L engine and even the C6 Z06’s racing-derived 7.0L LS7. It also produces comparable torque to the LS7 – up to 4,700 rpm – and its peak torque is within five lbs-ft of the 7.0L engine. That torque is generated early and sustained across the rpm band, with 316 lbs-ft available at only 1,000 rpm and 90 percent of peak torque available from 3,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm – giving the lightweight Corvette Stingray excellent acceleration at all speeds.
The new LT1 engine’s high output, and high power density and efficiency are due to several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing, which support an advanced combustion system. Direct injection is a primary contributor to the engine’s combustion efficiency, ensuring a more complete burn of the fuel. Direct injection also keeps the combustion chamber cooler, which allows for a higher compression ratio. Emissions are also reduced, particularly cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, which are cut by about 25 percent. Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, is a first-ever application on Corvette. It helps save fuel by imperceptibly shutting down half of the engine’s cylinders in light-load driving. Continuously variable valve timing is refined to support the LT1 AFM and direct injection systems to further optimize performance, efficiency and emissions.
These technologies support the all-new, advanced combustion system, which incorporates a new cylinder-head design and a new, sculpted piston design that is an integral contributor to the high-compression, mixture motion parameters enabled by direct injection.
The induction ceremony will be held Friday, June 28th at 4:00p.m.
Although not the last ’67 built, this is the last C2 Corvette to leave the factory.
Due to delays, it was stored in the factory until August when Cliff Gottlob drove it home. That was the last time it was the last of anything. Entered in over 350 competitive events, it finished first over 150 times—winning 52 consecutive races. It finished in the top three over 75% of the time, including 2nd place at the 1970 Daytona 24 Hour. Unsponsored.
Not only did it complete the 1,940 miles of the Daytona race, it was driven 3,272 miles from Kansas to Daytona and back—in full racing livery. Try that today. Speeds reached 186 mph at Daytona and 203 mph at Talladega. This is the only known pre-C3 production Corvette to reach 200 mph.
Advice from Chevrolet engineer Vince Piggins prompted Gottlob to remove the original L88 engine with 138 miles and store it. David Burroughs re-installed it during his 1985 restoration. Not only does the block retain its original factory paint and stampings, volumes of factory paperwork remain perfectly preserved.
Don’t miss the induction of this great Corvette and many other cars and stars during the The Great Hall Event at the Bloomington Gold Show.
For Your Information
Induction Ceremony: Friday, June 28th at 4:00p.m.
Register: Online by June 1st
By Phone: 309-888-4477 or 309-888-2588
2013 Bloomington Gold Show
June 28 – 30
The University of Illinois Assembly Hall Grounds