All-New 2014 Chevy Corvette Gets Optimized Aerodynamics

2014 Corvette Air Flow 1 photo
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GM are touting the all-new Chevrolet Corvette as a huge improvement over the previous car, which was not a bad motor, in any way. However, judging by the way they talk about it, the excitement and eagerness to get it out is clearly evident.
One of the things that the engineering team behind the car is most proud about is the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, which has been considerably optimized, over the previous car’s. Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer of the Corvette, said: “The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing [. . .] For example, the front grill and radiator flow paths reduce lift, improving vehicle stability at high speeds by keeping the car pressed to the pavement. In addition, functional vents increase track capability by channeling air to the brakes, as well as heat exchangers for the transmission and differential.

Kirk Bennion, Corvette Exterior design manager added: “Its sculpted design excites in all the ways that a Corvette has for six decades, with elements carefully shaped in the wind tunnel to increase airflow potential and improve cooling for a system that is as efficient as possible [. . .] It’s said that form follows function, but in the case of the aerodynamic 2014 Corvette, form and function work cohesively to produce beautiful purpose.” However, we still have to wait until January 13th, 2013, to finally see if all the effort that has gone into the car has really paid off, and given us a car which is both aero-efficient and good to look at.
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