Only a few hours to guess if we will be IMpressed. Or DEpressed.
Will the younger flair fly? Or just look like a next-gen RX7? Will the styling move Corvette design forward and just be a visual nudge of the C6? Will C7 tech be advanced or evo, as the most recent rumors conservatively suggested?
One last chance to voice your C7 hopes, wishes, desires. Go!
Obviously, it's just a rendering. They need to do a clay mockup to refine the shape. I sure as hell do NOT like the Camaro-esque rear lamps. Rear lamps are round...de facto.
Other than that, given what was shown on Jalopnik through various other links, I'm absolutely excited for it. It looks badass. I can't wait for it.
--- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 11.14.2011 at 12:47PM
Well all I have seen from them are renderings, not pictures. I simply do not believe that Chevrolet would be that careless and have a new C7 ready and just sitting out there for the world to see. That is not GM especially when comes to the next Corvette Generation.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 11.14.2011 at 2:31PM
Ya, I'm a bit skeptical...
However, note the similarity to a Ferrari 599...
--- Shifter from Tucson, AZ on 11.14.2011 at 8:17PM
Looks a little pointy, hope the final product looks a little more refined.
--- ride250s from Iowa on 11.14.2011 at 9:02PM
As for similarities to a Ferrari 599...refer to many articles where Ferrari aficionado whined that it looked too much like a C6 Corvette. I also agree that there will likely never be a Corvette with square tail lights. The fat Camaro line up can keep those.
--- screx0472 from unknown on 11.15.2011 at 8:26PM
...as for wishes and desires. Corvette needs to find a way to get the power down. I would love to see a real "option" dual clutch paddle shift, and it might finally be time to engineer a truly modern suspension setup (I don't have a problem with the performance of their high tech leaf spring design, but maybe time to move on!)
--- screx0472 from unknown on 11.15.2011 at 8:30PM
I don't think that is a perfect rendition, but it sure must be close. GM policy is not to comment on speculation, and they sure issued an interesting rebuttal of these pics. Something must have hit a nerve, somewhere. I can't wait to see the real deal. I'm with Screx - I WANT a TRUE paddle shifting transmission on my C7 GM! That and an upgraded interior. I'm in for a C7 - there's just no way they can mess this up.
--- DarkKnightC6 from Aiken, SC on 11.18.2011 at 10:16PM
You know if you go back and look at the 'Grand Sport C7' pics of the chassis under a GS mule body - those exhaust tips are the exact size & spacing. Clever inclusion on the 'renderings' or real design? Interesting...
--- DarkKnightC6 from Aiken, SC on 11.18.2011 at 10:20PM
Last comment: You know if you go back and look at the 'Grand Sport C7' pics of the chassis under a GS mule body - those exhaust tips are the exact size & spacing. Clever inclusion on the 'renderings' or real design? Interesting... --- DarkKnightC6 from Aiken, SC on 11.18.2011 at 10:20PM
The DPG3 car will be used to test a new engine is my bet. If you have watched the rolex series then you will have seen some of the closest racing and at a lower more controlled cost. I think that GT racing is where they should be but with gainsco (aka the red dragon) finishing behind the BMW this year I think chevy wants to take the fight back to BMW. And by branding the DP car corvette then it's only to drive marketing so when they win corvette wins. The ALMS vette team will still take no prisoners and prove that Chevrolet and Corvette are the kings of the GT racing world.
--- Scott from Toledo,Ohio on 10.26.2011 at 8:44AM
NOT a true Corvette. I want to watch a race car that looks like the car I drive and can identify with. I hope this doesn't signify the end of Team Corvette in the AlMS series.
--- cor123 from Florida on 10.26.2011 at 9:16AM
This isn't a rumor and has been known for months.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 10.26.2011 at 9:42AM
I really dont think that GM and CR would gain any thing from running a DP or a LMP1. right now they have the GT class down and it just need a little fine tuning to smoke some BMWs next year. if they were to put the effort into LMP or a DP they would start from the ground again. and we as fans would be very dissapointed with a losing season against the likes of audi or even getting r tail kicked by a DP BMW! But we shall see!
--- colin from defiance oh on 10.26.2011 at 10:31AM
Not a big fan of the DP racing series and I think with the economy the way it is I hate to GM investing money in this series. As already stated, I like race cars that look like what you can drive on the street and the DP cars are not getting it. I believe I read that NASCAR is starting to realize that and may be going back to true factory cars and not this one car fits all template. But then again NASCAR travel to its on drum beat that is why I no long follow it.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 10.26.2011 at 11:58AM
As said previously, this has been known as fact for months now. This will not be ran by Corvette Racing. Corvette Racing will still be in the ALMS and will still be preaching the transfer of technology. This new DP is no different then Nascar. It will have stickers for headlights. Don't expect this to take away anything from the true Corvette team.
--- Chris from unknown on 10.26.2011 at 7:16PM
I have a special edition 2009 ZO6 corvette GT1 LE MANS . I just got I have 1,280 miles on it. Just wanted to find out as much info. As I can about this vette. Corvette LYN. P.S. I have owned 25 corvettes as of now....since I was 17 yrs. Old I have owned a vette. 6 in magazines and 3 in two different calanders. Vette magazine and vette vies Corvettes are a life style,
--- Corvette LYN from Az. on 10.26.2011 at 9:55PM
Oh p.s. It's a Jake racing version 2009 vette.
--- Corvette LYN from Az. on 10.26.2011 at 9:57PM
why not compete on a gobal scale in LMP instead DP
--- Anonymous from unknown on 10.27.2011 at 4:01PM
Nope...such a car, if it comes to be, will never ring home with buyers. The car that you see race, and then can go purchase, will be the standard bearer. I vote for fiction, not fact.
--- screx0472 from unknown on 10.27.2011 at 7:55PM
Just can't see it being a "Corvette" especially after Chevy/GM refused to enter the Camaro in Nationwide because there was no brand identity. We won't lose the true factory CR team, but it will be strange watching Grand-Am with Camaros and pseudo-Vettes. Maybe C6 styled headlights and other cues, but naming it a Corvette? Come on....
--- DarkKnightC6 from Aiken, SC on 10.28.2011 at 11:55PM
This a total waste of time and money. DP is a joke.This "Nascar" road racing just needs to go away.
--- Tim from Anamosa, IA on 10.30.2011 at 8:48PM
If people stop watching it, it will go away.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 10.31.2011 at 9:59AM
two words - "brand identifer" - i say keep it going...
--- tom s. from northern ky on 11.01.2011 at 8:33PM
"Brand Identifier"??? In no way shape or form does that look like a Corvette...I guess if I try to look at it from your perspective, then I concede that the paint job looks like a C6R...but we already have those. I know another series where brand is identified with a paint job. NASCAR? Not for me and hopefully not for Corvette.
--- screx0472 from unknown on 11.01.2011 at 10:42PM
Don't see how that could be called a Corvette! They better re-think this one.
--- RB from USA on 11.02.2011 at 7:55PM
I'm an avid NASCAR hater myself, and I know NASCAR runs GrandAm, but there is still some really good racing in that series, as well as some very talented drivers. I think there's a 0% chance Corvette Racing would switch series, but I think it could be interesting if they ran in both series. I think if GM (or Ford) really got into the series they would smoke the Ganassi boys BMW's, the reason they win is not because they have the fastest car (they don't) but because they don't make mistakes and spend less time on pit lane than the rest do. Recall in the GTP days the Corvette GTP, google it, a very impressive race car, but looked nothing like a Vette. In my opinion if GM hadn't dropped the project they could have been very competitive with Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and the rest on an International scale. Same thing applies here, I'd like to see GM back these guys in the Rolex series, just to see where it goes. FYI, for those that think they're like the NASCAR taxicabs, the DP cars DO NOT have decals for headlights, they run a race called the Rolex 24 at Daytona, maybe you've heard of it. It runs for 24 hours, and the darkness does require actual headlights.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 11.10.2011 at 12:31AM
Back in 2002 just as the Cadillac LMP1 car was just getting competitive GM pulled the plug on the race program. The Audi LMP cars have never looked like their regular production cars but I don't see a bunch of Le Mans overall victories hurting their sales.
--- vetteheadracer from Illinois on 11.10.2011 at 2:56PM
Apples and Oranges. GM has dabbled in Prototype racing. Audi has success in Prototype racing. Here is a very simple fact. GM is not Audi. GM is not able to race multiple series and they are not able to develop high dollar prototype race cars given their current fiscal position. They are, as they always have been, racing on Sunday to sell on Monday. In tough times you focus on what you do well, and you do it BETTER! Racing in a NASCAR owned series that the rest of the world cares little about, does not sell more Corvettes in Europe and it does not provide the direct trickle down of tech that ALMS racing does. Its seems kind of obvious to me that racing in the lesser prestigious sports car series does nothing for Corvette.
--- screx0472 from unknown on 11.10.2011 at 6:54PM
I'm VERY interested to see what this Tuesday (11/15) brings. Oliver Gavin has mentioned on Twitter that he flew back to P&M for seat fitting for a 'very cool' race car, and that "all would be revealed this Tuesday". I doubt it's a Chevy 'Corvette' DP but I'm curious as to whether it's a very early intro of the new 2012 C6.R or a 'new' Grand-Am Camaro (ZL1). Or perhaps it's a Grand-Am Corvette specifically for the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. We shall see...
--- DarkKnightC6 from Aiken, SC on 11.13.2011 at 9:52PM
You can watch live streaming coverage of the event here right now: http://www.grand-am.com/
--- gtb75 from unknown on 11.15.2011 at 2:06PM
Please tell me that CR isn't leaving ALMS...
--- Shifter from Tucson, AZ on 11.15.2011 at 3:55PM
I doubt CR is leaving ALMS, Shifter. R/GA rules bans direct involvement by the manufacturers. Or at least, that's what I was told.
--- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 11.27.2011 at 8:05PM
Last comment: I doubt CR is leaving ALMS, Shifter. R/GA rules bans direct involvement by the manufacturers. Or at least, that's what I was told. --- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 11.27.2011 at 8:05PM
--- Shifter from Tucson, AZ on 10.22.2011 at 9:40AM
I would call it determined more so than "bitter". I was able to make that last race and it indeed was a long day for CR. They should be proud of their season, they did well despite all the BS we know happened , and have talked about throught the entire season. They will return stronger and ready!
--- CRFAN! from Savannah GA. on 10.22.2011 at 10:12AM
"Corvette racing, we take no prisoners."
That attitude needs to be amplified for next year, and I look forward to it.
--- ChevyCobb from Georgia on 10.22.2011 at 3:01PM
Well, my opinion is that Corvette Racing doesn't need to amplify their attitude for next season...I know they give 100 percent every race and I don't think pushing harder is going to do it. They need a faster car...period. Sorry Corvette fans, but this is the balls...the ACO has decided that it wants European makes winning the races, and the rules favor these cars...it is not whining, bitching, moaning, complaining, etc...it just is. Corvette needs to be faster. I am, by the way, very proud of the fight they put up considering they were hamstrung all year long and their competition were allowed to run lighter, wider, faster, and more GT1-er (made that one up!) Looking forward to 2012.
--- screx0472 from unknown on 10.22.2011 at 8:19PM
Since the 2012 cars will be 2 inches wider than the 2011 car it'll make them wider than the old GT1 C6.R which should mean they'll be a beast in the corners. Oh, and why hasn't BBV announced the livery change for next year yet?....
--- Mitch from Aus on 10.23.2011 at 2:50AM
Mitch - We won't see the 2011 livery until the Sebring winter test.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 10.25.2011 at 3:56PM
I see good things next year! Wider car, yet another year of learning abou the still-somewhat-new GT2 car under the belt, the weight/restrictor penalties applied to Porsche and BMW near the end of the season. I know we will all support them just the same, and next year could be the year. Heck, even the ACO is forcing the diesel cars to be slower, so surely there is a true commitment toward a bit of equality within each class. I'm counting down the days to Sebring- you must be too!
--- Brad from NY on 10.25.2011 at 11:04PM
This pretty much sums it up - from racer site: VIDEO: Bobby Rahal reviews title-winning ALMS campaign Q: What do you say to critics who suggest that the rules enabled BMW to have an advantage over its competition? Rahal: I think that each team can point to the rules and what one car is allowed to do that you are not and say, “Wow, I wish the rules let us do what Team X does.” The ALMS puts a lot of effort into making the cars as equal as they can, which isn't easy considering the number of quality manufacturers and the professionalism of the teams running them. I think they did a nice job, and we just tried to maximize everything we could.
I mean, really, nobody is going to put up an M3 against a ZR-1, are they?...
--- Mike G from St College, pa on 10.28.2011 at 4:46PM
@ Mike G from St College, pa on 10.28.11 at 4:46pm
Bobby frackin' Rahal actually said that? Jeebus...
--- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 11.14.2011 at 12:53PM
Last comment: @ Mike G from St College, pa on 10.28.11 at 4:46pm
Bobby frackin' Rahal actually said that? Jeebus... --- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 11.14.2011 at 12:53PM
Corvette Racing ran pink graphics at Petit Le Mans as part of Chevrolet’s ongoing efforts to help the American Cancer Society.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this was Corvette's way to raise awareness. Even Jake got into the act, although he wore through the 'pink' by race-end, the commitment to the cause sticks.
Corvette, Chevrolet, and its dealers are committed with actions and contributions to doing the right thing to give support. Corvette fans know what to do, too. Thanks.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 10.06.2011 at 1:39PM
Cancer hits everyone,BMW might have their stupid championship but corvette racing races with way more heart. Keep up the good work!
--- 85L98 from Bolingbrook on 10.06.2011 at 10:47PM
Win lose or draw, we couldn't ask for a better team to carry the Corvette flag!
--- CRFAN! from Savannah, GA. on 10.07.2011 at 9:23PM
Classy fellas, just classy!
--- Shifter from Tucson, AZ on 10.09.2011 at 11:07AM
Thus far, Mosport is leading over 2-1 to any other race in ALMS fan voting for favorite race of 2011. Should the ACO be made aware of this? Should the ALMS do more to make their series fair? Good business? Go vote and let the Gods of sports car racing know where their bread is buttered!
--- screx0472 from unknown on 10.15.2011 at 8:01PM
Last comment: Thus far, Mosport is leading over 2-1 to any other race in ALMS fan voting for favorite race of 2011. Should the ACO be made aware of this? Should the ALMS do more to make their series fair? Good business? Go vote and let the Gods of sports car racing know where their bread is buttered! --- screx0472 from unknown on 10.15.2011 at 8:01PM