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Video: See The Corvette Stingray Go From ’60s Model To 2014 Model

By   July 22, 2013

Corvette Stingray

From Corvette Stingray to Corvette Stingray

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray offers incredible performance and great gas mileage for a big V8. The new car puts out 455 horsepower and can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can do all of this while being able to get 29 mpg on the highway.

The Stingray name is one of the most coveted names for a Corvette model. The nameplate first appeared in the ’60s and now this newest incarnation of the American sports car has been deemed worthy to wear the name. This video takes you from the early Stingray cars and takes it all the way to the new Corvette. It also features some great footage of each model in between the early car and the newest car.

Checkout the video and then let us know which of the generations is your favorite in the comments below.

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Corvette Wins GT And Alex Job Porsche Wins GT Challenge In Close Race

By   July 22, 2013

Corvette Wins in Canada

Corvette Wins in Canada

This past weekend was the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Motorsport Park in Canada. The in a couple of classes the race was close for the entire two hours and 45 minutes that it was run.

In a very tight race it all came down to a battle of American race cars in the GT class. The Number 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 driven by the defending GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin were able to hold on for a win. It wasn’t easy as they had to fight off the Number 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R driven by Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens. The race was so close that the Corvette managed to win by just 0.267 seconds.

The GT class wasn’t the only class with a close finish. The GT Challenge class also saw a close race with the Number 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Alex Job Racing managed to hold off a last lap challenge to come out with the win. This was a great finish for the team, not only because of winning the class, but because they had to make extensive repairs to the car after a crash at the Lime Rock race.

In the P1 category the race was much less competitive with the Number 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c winning the overall race in comfortable fashion. They dominated the race leading on ever lap and cruised to their fourth victory of the season. This was also their fifth victory at the Motorsport Park track.

Let us know what you thought of the race in the comments below.

Press Release

The track name and surrounding facilities may have changed dramatically, but the excitement that has long been a hallmark of American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park remained in Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian road circuit played host to an epic battle of American muscle in the GT class, while the battle for supremacy in the P2 category remained close throughout two hours and 45 minutes on a gorgeous midsummer afternoon.

In the end, reigning ALMS GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin claimed a narrow GT class victory in the No. 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 ahead of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R.

Milner had his mirrors full of Farnbacher’s silver Viper throughout the closing minutes, but held on to win by a scant 0.267 seconds. It was the 10th victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Corvette Racing.

“I had to do whatever I could do to hold him off without getting a penalty,” said Milner. “Our car wasn’t quite as good as theirs. He could really close the gap in Turn 8.

“I told myself going into Turn 8 on that last lap that I was either going to spin myself out or it was going to stick and I was going to keep the lead. I threw it in there and I here I am.”

In the P2 category, No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b co-drivers Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker edged Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b.

Franchitti passed Tucker – who drove Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 552 entry to the checkered flag after starting the race in the No. 551 – with 26 minutes remaining to earn the P2 class victory and second overall.

Extreme Speed Motorsports driver Scott Sharp also drove the No. 01 machine past Tucker in the final laps of the race and finished second, right on the gearbox of Franchitti’s winning car. It was the fourth victory this season for Tucker and the third for Franchitti.

“We fought back with a car that wasn’t perfect and we were able to capitalize from strategy there at the end,” said Tucker. “The Extreme Speed guys have really been coming on strong so we feel good about today.”

The P1 and overall victory went comfortably to Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c. It was their fifth consecutive win at the track for Luhr and Graf, who led every lap Sunday en route to their fourth victory of the season.

Colin Braun and Jon Bennett combined to win the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) class in the No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 for CORE autosport. It was the second win this season for the duo. The No. 9 RSR Racing team of Duncan Ende and Bruno Junqueira led much of the early part of the race, but finished fifth after the car would not fire after a mid-race pit stop.

The GT Challenge class also had a barnburner finish. Saturday’s pole winner, Jeroen Bleekemolen, held off a last lap charge from Spencer Pumpelly to earn the victory alongside Cooper MacNeil in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Alex Job Racing. It was a triumphant return to for the team, which had to make extensive repairs to the car following a last-lap crash two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park.

“Fastest race lap, pole position and fastest in every practice but one is a good way to repay the crew for their hard work over the past two weeks,” said Bleekemolen. “In the end we had more fuel in the car and our tires were a little older, but we were able to maintain the lead.”

Next up for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America on Aug. 11. The race is part of a highly anticipated doubleheader weekend alongside the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

Share Or Gain Car Knowledge Using Our New Free Service

By   July 18, 2013

Porsche 911 at Hill Climb

Share or Gain Car Knowledge

Not that long ago we mentioned that we were working on a new service to help people learn more about cars or to share their knowledge with others. We had quite a few people get early access and to start using the service early. Well, we are finally ready to roll it out to our entire audience.

The name of the service is The Sports Car Guys: Car Help and it is a question and answer service to allow for people to share or get knowledge about cars. The site also has a system where answers can be voted up or down so that the best answer can be found easier. The place is a perfect place for any car enthusiast, no matter if you like Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus, Corvette or some other type of car.

So, if you are knowledgeable about performance cars, or just want to start learning more go to The Sports Car Guys: Car Help and start asking or answering questions.

Want to get started right away? Click here to register for free and start asking or answering questions.

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Chevrolet’s James Bell Talks To Us About The 2014 Corvette’s Power and MPG

By   July 11, 2013

Chevrolet's James Bell Talks To Us About The 2014 Corvette Stingray

Interview with James Bell about the 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7)

Earlier this week we got a chance to talk with Chevrolet’s Head of Consumer Affairs, James Bell, about the new 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7). We were able to ask him some questions about the performance of the car and what is special about the latest version of the American sports car. The car is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds using a 455 horsepower V8 engine, all while being able to get 29 MPG on the highway.

In the video interview James talks about the car and points out the technical advances of the design on the new Corvette. He also answers questions about who should get the Z51 Performance Package and what makes the car what makes this new car worthy of the Stingray badge. His answers let you know a bit more about the design and technical achievements of the car. He also gives a few reasons why the C7 can put out 455 horsepower and yet still offer 29 MPG on the highway.

Checkout the interview and let us know what you think of the new Corvette Stingray in the comments below.

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What To Buy Porsche 911 Carrera S Or C7 Corvette Stingray

By   July 10, 2013

Porsche 911 Carrera S or Corvette Stingray

Porsche 911 Carrera S or Corvette Stingray

Recently, we have been getting a lot more details about the 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7) and they look pretty good. The American sports car has for a long time had a ton of power, but the quality and handling was always in question. Much of the handling issues got better with moving to a transaxle layout (similar to that found in the front engined Porsches of the 70’s and 80’s). The biggest noticeable quality issue was the sub-par interior, however the new Corvette has really improved this to be much closer to their European rivals.

From a price stand point the new Stingray would compete with cars like the Porsche Boxster S and base Cayman, but from a performance stand point it has its cross-hairs set on the 911 Carrera S. The high performance American car had been getting close to the 911 for years, but has always been just a bit away from its refinement. However, this latest version is much more refined and looks more desirable than the outgoing model.

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray

We have been able to drive the 911 Carrera S, but are waiting until we can drive the C7 Corvette to do a full head to head comparison. Having said this we can do a comparison based on the paper stats and the styling of each to figure out if the 911 is worth the extra money.

On the surface from a power and performance stand point the Stingray is the winner. It offers 455 horsepower versus 400 horsepower for the Carrera S. The 0 to 60 mph time is just 3.8 seconds for the American car versus a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds when equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package. On the curves both should handle very well, but the Porsche may have a little advantage coming out of the turns because of its rear weight bias and torque vectoring. So, on the road both will rule the road and on the track it could go either way (a lot would depend on the track).

Now for the styling, the Corvette has a very in-your-face styling that shouts look at me (especially in colors like red and yellow). That is totally different from the more refined styling of the 911 with its classic flowing lines that still bring back memories of the early cars. While one styling is not better than they other (a lot of it depends on your personal taste), we slightly prefer the classic styling of the Carrera S.

Porsche Carrera and Carrera S 2011

We can also compare the interior. While the Corvette interior is much improved (and I mean by quite a bit) it just isn’t as nice as the interior in the Porsche. However, it is a whole lot closer and it actually looks a bit better than the base-line interior in the Boxster S.

Of course the line in the sand for many will be the price. The C7 Corvette starts at $51,995 and the 991 Carrera S starts at $98,900. That is quite a bit of change between the two. If you can afford the 911 without any issue then we would choose that over the Corvette as it looks like it is the slightly better overall car and is more refined (besides that Porsche badge has to be worth about $30,000). But if your budget would be stretching a bit to buy a Carrera S, then the Stingray is the better choice as it just gives the most performance for the money.

Of course this is just what we think before driving the new Corvette, once we get some time behind the wheel it is very possible that this could all change.

Let us know in the comments below which of the two cars you would buy with your money.