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John Fitch: 1917-2012
John Fitch: 1917-2012
October 31 2012 02:24:09 PM EST
We are very sad to report that racing legend and Corvette icon John Fitch has passed away today. He was 95 years old.

John was a true pioneer in the industry and was a key player in the development of the Corvette and it's racing legacy. He drove everything from the 1957 Corvette SS, 1960 Le Mans winning Corvette, and many more. His story is forever documented in the recent documentary The Quest.

John was also an innovator of safety, engineer, and designer, on top of his storied racing legacy.

His spirit will be truly missed. We send our prayers out to his family and friends.

RIP friend.

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A real gent, a very funny guy and above all just a great human being who was a super talented race car driver.
--- vetteheadracer from Illinois on 11.04.2012 at 8:27AM

WEC: Larbre Competition Takes 2012 Championship
WEC: Larbre Competition Takes 2012 Championship
October 28 2012 07:56:52 PM EST
This weekend at the final round of the 2012 WEC season in Shanghai, China, Larbre Competition clinched the GTE-AM Team Championship

The team's championship may have felt a little sweeter without the two post race technical inspection disqualifications (one for expired fire extinguisher, and another for not meeting minimum ride height).

Regardless, congratulations are in order!

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Vette kickin' ass everywhere it goes. If the world doesn't get it by now, ...
--- 72 from st. coll on 10.29.2012 at 8:37PM

2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 2
2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 2
October 24 2012 02:41:52 PM EST
Details on the new Gen V Chevrolet Small Block have been made public. Here are the details in a nutshell

-Designation is "LT1"
-Aluminum 6.2L V8, OHV, with continuous Variable Valve Timing
-Cylinder deactivation to 3.1L V4 for fuel economy
-Direct Injection
-11.5:1 Compression Ratio
-Optional Dry Sump oiling will be available
-450 hp @ 6000 rpm (estimated)
-450 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm (estimated)
-6,600 rpm redline (fuel cutoff)
-These output figures are preliminary, the real figures will be released in January
-Many lessons learned from racing

For full details, pictures, videos, and more, check out the full press release page HERE.

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So is this Active Fuel Mngmt the same one used at LeMans that caused a drivetrain failure? Or has it been revamped?
--- HORNDAWG from State of Jefferson on 12.14.2012 at 2:25PM

2012 Petit Le Mans Recap
2012 Petit Le Mans Recap
October 21 2012 01:22:12 AM ESTDANBOYD
With Corvette Racing wrapping up the GT championship at the last event at VIR, they went in to Atlanta with nothing to loose.

Jan Magnussen on the other hand, had a personal record to uphold. He was the only driver to have won at least one race for every year of the ALMS.

The Corvettes were strong all week and qualified P4 and P5 in a very tight qualifying round.

Going into race day, the guys were looking to just have a clean race, no mistakes, and hope to be in a stop to compete for a win at the end. Both cars lead the race and different points, and ever were 1-2 for a while, but they had some very strong competition, as usual.

The #01 and #02 ESM Ferrari's locked out the front row in qualifying and have shown to have become a force to be reckoned with this season and into the future. The #01 Ferrari took the fight to the Corvettes all race long and all the way to the end.

The #4 Corvette was taken out of contention about half way through the race with a steering box issue and fell 22 laps down with no chance to come back, but it did make it back out on track to give the fans and sponsors a proper show.

It all went down to the end with the #3 Corvette, #01 Ferrari, and #55 BMW. BMW killed their hopes when they received a pit violation for putting the car up on jack while still fueling. The Ferrari was running on fumes at the end (does that sound familiar?) In the end, the Ferrari was running on the hopes and dreams of the EMS team, and managed to make it across the line first.

At the end of the day, the 2012 season ends with Corvette Racing cleaning house, winning the Team, Manufacture's, and Driver's Championships, and even the Green-X Challenge.

147 days until Sebring...... preparation starts now.

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You might need your rear wheels to be banalced and/or replace the rear tires depending if you have a shifted belt in the tire. I have seen really bent rims cause a wicked vibration. Go to any tire shop that has a wheel balancer/road force machine and let them know that you want your rear wheels inspected.
--- Christophe from unknown on 12.04.2012 at 7:35PM

2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 1
2014 C7 Corvette News: Part 1
October 18 2012 05:39:06 PM ESTGeneral Motors
Today at Road Atlanta, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter revealed the logo for the next gen C7 Corvette, shown above.

A new website has been posted with some teasers that will be unlocked in the following months coming up to the official unveiling of the new car at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

The 2014 C7 Corvette will debut the night before the opening of the North American International Auto show in Detroit on the evening of Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Tadge also confirmed that Corvette Racing will campaign the C6.R for the 2013 ALMS season, as the C7.R is expected to make its racing debut in 2014.

For the full press release and more, click HERE

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Corvette has evolved solwly over the decades from its sort of adorably nerdy beginings to looking like some kind of rocket sled for middle aged guys trying to recapture their youthful hotness. It should be rebooted into some kind of new concept that avoids the middle aged moron midlife crisis solution look.
--- Maritza from unknown on 04.02.2013 at 4:56AM

GT Unification
GT Unification
October 13 2012 10:06:49 PM EST
SPEED Reporter John Dagys has just broke yet another major story for the future of sportscar racing.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and FIA revealed Saturday evening in Fuji that plans are being put into place for a single set of GT regulations, which could be launched as early as 2015.

Technical chiefs from both organizations confirmed that a working group will be formed to create the new worldwide GT platform, based on the merging of the current GTE and GT3 categories.

The first meeting, which will include all of the major GT automakers, is scheduled for November.

The philosophy of the unified category would be to take the technology creditability of GTE and merge it with the reduced costs of GT3.

Few details are known at this point, but FIA technical director Bernard Niclot indicated a formal announcement of the new regulations could be made as early as next June.

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Interesting. Should NASCAR screw up the new US series this may help them see what they can do to fix it or it will leave a path for the great ALMS GT teams to look at.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 10.14.2012 at 9:55AM


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