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Video: GM Opens Up On C7 Corvette Aerodynamics, Engine

As the official unveiling of the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7 draws closer, GM is doling out choice bits of information piecemeal. While much of this information is sort of obvious, like gleaning aerodynamics data from their American Le Mans racing series, it does give us a look into just how much of an improved product GM hopes to deliver with the next Corvette. After years of anticipation, the next Corvette is almost here.

Last week GM released the first official video teaser, and they followed it up with a treatise on aerodynamics. Obviously wind resistance is a big deal in the world of high-speed racing, and GM gleaned information from its motorsports efforts to sculpt the 2014 Corvette C7. GM specifically mentions the front grille and radiator flow path as a way to reduce lift and drag.

But that’s not the only motorsports-minded improvement. Rather than go for a grand-tourer, like the Corvette of the 70’s, GM is pushing the ‘Vette as a track-capable car. Air flow is designed to be as efficient as possible, while both the transmission and differential were given heat exchangers for all-day racing fun.

Aerodynamics is all well and good, but let’s talk engine. The video is hosted by Jordan Lee, the lead engineer for the Corvette’s new fifth-generation LT1 engine. Lee talks about the new suite of technologies going into the LT1 engine such as direction injection. One thing we couldn’t help but noticed was that on the slideshow at the beginning of the video, one of the bullet points says that this new V8 is more efficient than a twin-turbo V6.

Sounds like GM was considering such a power plant. We’re happy they stuck with the V8 though, and with over a month to go before the full reveal of the C7 Corvette, we’re sure there will be plenty of teasers to mull over in the coming weeks.



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