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 National Corvette Museum welcomed a special visitor today. Rutledge Wood, co-host of Top Gear USA on the History Channel and a reporter for SPEED TV made a personal video to the NCM and toured the exhibits. During the visit, Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman brought over a new Velocity Yellow 2014 Corvette Stingray