The Corvette Is a Perfect Example of Efficiency

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A slippery shape aids in efficiency, but also in speed.

No one has ever accused the Corvette of being boxy. Although the new C7, and even the C6, can be considered edgy and sharp, Corvette design has always had the appeal of swoopy curves. The main purpose, of course, is for efficiency.

For most cars, this efficiency serves the purpose of getting better fuel mileage. Aerodynamics started to play a leading role in Corvette design starting with the C4, and took on their ultimate visual representation with the C5. Obviously the current iterations take those advancements even further, while combining styling, and now, downforce.

Arguably, one can say that sports cars like the Corvette actually pave the way for innovation and ingenuity used in tomorrow’s economy cars. Aerodynamic advancements are directly related to motorsport technology. In the environment of the racing circuit, air is manipulated to create grip; but on the street, air is manipulated to punch the smallest hole possible. And yes, even fuel efficiency play a part. Using less energy to go faster, or, using less energy to make more power, is advantageous in many ways. Essentially, we can thank the Corvette and other sports cars for paving the way for cars of tomorrow, as you can see clearly demonstrated in the Vox┬ávideo below.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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