Back in may, along with targas Chevrolet Corvette C7

Back in may, along with targas Chevrolet Corvette C7

Mikhail Petrovsky, 1 day ago. Photo Drive

In the United States is 466-horsepower Corvette performed 3LT $70 000, and we have almost 114 thousand. For the basic version 2LT without navigation and simplified trim ask 4 100 000 rubles.

I drenou, almost the June heat. Corvette turns to the pit lane just five minutes after the start of the training session. On the face of Oleg Keselman — bewilderment: brakes failed. Disappeared suddenly, bringing our test pilot some exciting moments at the end of the start line at speeds under 200. If not, would get sectility Corvette for track very well well balanced car with traction «atmosferica» V8! Although the «mechanics» — let and seven-speed is already past century, the United States Keselman. The Corvette would be a good «automatic» or «robot» with two clutches. To Porsche.

The Corvette has a fairly bright appearance to draw attention to themselves. But what happens when the novelty effect will exhaust yourself? Meanwhile, some Mercedes C 63 AMG is not slower than the Corvette, bigger and cheaper by half a million.

«Machine» is already there, the eight-speed «mechanics»in Russia will bring. But even if we stick to the Corvette some sort of «preselective», compare it to «nine hundred eleventh» — that is, to compare the sharp hot. Although the price of the Corvette in Russia even closer to the Carrera, than at home, «nine hundred and eleventh» is the last thing I remember for his wheel. Not the level. And by the way, Chevrolet and older, and more popular Porsche 911: the Americans released more than half a million Corvettes from 1953. And our videorisks dedicated for the seventh iteration of the road.

The most emotional episode test 466-horsepower sports car is left outside the frame. Once on the highway from overtaking me Mercedes got a small child waving a model of the same red Corvette C7. On his face was as happy as Chevrolet will never get from an adult.

But Jaguar! Corvette and F-type is almost the same length, they have the same architecture of the cabin. Jaguar wider, but sitting in a Chevrolet, so I will not say — hood extends far forward, and used the machine seems very large. Yes, the Jaguar electric roof, but here it should be worn on the hands. But eight F-type on one and a half million more citizens! For a half a million and you can wear, the more it is lightweight carbon fiber. With her easily driven one, but you can pass by the lady to ask…

The organization of space the interior of the Corvette is very similar guarasci: same clearly defined driving area, the same funny handle for the passenger on the center console. Spokes steering wide for the road.

The volume of cargo compartment under 600 liters! But under the removed roof will fit except that a couple of flat bags. The removable section is securely and easily locked in the trunk using the plastic guide, and to the frame of the glasses is drawn three powerful clamps do not require much effort.

Why Corvette only a couple of times flashed with open roof — will celebrate the viewer. Yes, to go without a roof I didn’t like, though for Corvette body Targa is a good tradition since 1967. Just for so many years the issue of cleaning did not dare. The salon is very quickly covered with dust: wind pushes it along the Central tunnel and the sills. And if hard, cheap plastic front panel is not a pity to rubbing several times a day, then fine nappa leather — very. In the end, all these manipulations with removable roof rat race. In addition Targi Corvette comes in the form of a normal Roadster with automatic convertible top, which is only 20 pounds heavier. And there is even a 625-horsepower Roadster Z06!

Riding with an open top not for places where a lot of dust.

Thanks to the eight-inch display style virtual tach can be set manually or to bind to the mode of the power unit. Most harmoniously looks classic theme Sport. Mode Track Russian amusingly named «Path», and the picture style racing Corvette C6.R. be Under the dashboard changes and graphic projection display.

Tailored Europe «American» and «Englishman» have in common the inability to Russian roads, although «British» with all his jumping ability demonstrates a more solid character. The basis of the Corvette spatial aluminum frame. Aluminum suspension on aluminum as the stretcher… And so on bumps all this aluminum rides individually. Large potholes and expansion joints racks are processed at maximum intensity (and shock absorbers, and my back). Hastened Jiamusi to write us in Europe, where machines are supplied only with track package Z51 — we would have been fine and softer standard suspension. But by lying police on a low speed Corvette laminates so that will be envied by Mercedes S-class.

Through menu Board computer you can adjust the level of effort on the steering wheel and the volume of the exhaust. I choose the easiest wheel and the evil voice.

Peak 630 N•m «eight» 6.2 gives a pretty late at 4600 rpm Chevrolet can be called a mid-engined machine: engine lies within a database. He has a good potential for tuning. In America (and not only) debugging mass products General Motors engaged in a whole industry. I think that will be as hard to find a stock Corvette, as the Impreza STI or the Evic. The only difference that the Corvettes, as a rule, are not under the ring, and drag.

Corvette built on the transaxle, gear box assigned to the rear axle for better weight. He is very sensitive to the dynamic redistribution of mass. Under the discharge gas readily screwed into the turn, drove a little phenergine and catch the drift. But it’s not drifting car — Corvette makes it clear that she does not like showing off. He is not averse to poskolzit great on the go, to smooth a sharp point. And all this slow riding for shooting sideways — fire. The more foolish behave behind the wheel, the more u-turns. It seems that the critical drift car just loses interest in you. But Jaguar support in the most rowdy antics.

As F-type, Corvette in the European specifications equipped with an electronically locking differential. But it is not configured on the felting of the fool, and to increase stability during acceleration and the serious track tasks. Chevrolet against deep smoky drifts in the style of a Jaguar, but often just slip in small corners.

The wheel diameter 360 mm all Corvettes are the same, so here are preserved stalk keys are responsible for the manual mode on the machine with the «machine». Because here with steering switch nothing, they are responsible for enabling automatic acceleration as the Nissan 370Z and Porsche with the «mechanics». Pulled the trigger — and can safely be switched to low without too much trouble with the accelerator. The machine itself will take care to pick up speed before turning on the clutch, in order to equalize the speeds of the shafts in the box and avoid the jerk. However, the system only works accurately when moving to the second gear and with the other thinks and pulls. Faster and better to work out the strange himself.

The chair is the only thing that the Corvette is not subject to criticism. Wielding «mechanics», the most difficult to find another gear. Key inside the washer mode disables the traction control and stabilization system. Stalk petals in the car with the «mechanics» activate automatic acceleration. While the number of the current transmission becomes orange.

Lever-speed «mechanics» lies well in the hand. The moves are small, but the drive could be pochette. Given the point that you have to deal with the dual clutch pedal is light enough occasionally to knock in the tube, but not too informative. It is very long transmission: entails a fine for speeding in the city without getting off first, which ends at 85 km/h jumping up from their seats, Corvette wagging her hips and slowly burns its specially developed 20-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP. Sorry for these tires!

How good on the track, Michelin, so bad was the brakes without replacing the working fluid. They were blown away by the load. The diameter of the front discs 345 mm back — 338.

At the Moscow Raceway we brought them in perfect condition, and balanced Chevrolet showed good result — 1:56,13. The fifth transfer Keselman did not need. Faster than the Corvette that day were only GT3. But the whole way he kept Oleg Keselman in tone: the brakes to come to a boil, then the motor will overheat, the stabilization system is off… We are fortunate that among the participants of the track day was the previous owner of the Corvette, warned us about the danger of overheating the oil, appears before «RET», you need to upload Mobil1 a certain viscosity. The people at Porsche, which on the same oil to take MRW, and to the bakery, looking at us with a smile. And at first with interest surrounded Corvette — succumbed to the wow-effect.

MyLink multimedia system and navigation are neither graphics nor the quickness. The most useful is sinking the eight-inch screen, which is extended for documents and phone with USB socket… the Passenger itself regulates its own microclimate, but to manage the threads uncomfortable. Door locks Electromechanical, activated by buttons, and in case of refusal provided by the levers on the floor.

Stingray pleased with the performance of external parts. Lights full led. Xenon headlights are complemented led running lights. The ducts on the rear fenders are a distinctive feature of machines with the Z51 package, with extra gear exchangers. Supplied to them, the air escapes through the slots near the lights.

Management system stabilization not be called intuitive. In the center of the washer controller button, which can adjust the degree of interference insuring electronics. There is a special racing mode. However, for some reason in different races with the same settings Corvette behaves differently. Like the computer confirms that the «collar» is completely removed, but at the start suddenly with the onset of slippage cuts the fuel supply or use of the brakes in case of small slides. Oleg constantly have to adapt to the Corvette, instead of focusing on the circle.

Of the time he spent fighting with electronics, which interfered inappropriately.

Hot not only the motor — we too hot… Hot transmission warms up the Central tunnel and turns the box armrest between the seats in the oven. Put the iPhone on charge, and he has had it — stopped working until the cold. Engine, box, somewhere under the left side of the driver is the heat exchanger of the transmission — source heat enough. Even the sun outside and the climate control starts to push already when programmed 22 ºC. Well that comfortable seats with ventilation…

It is not just a cafe-racer. Corvette has a long and successful acts in competitions around the world. Including in the most difficult of the European races — daily marathons in Le Mans and at the nürburgring. But on track days road Corvette will be really fast, only when Russia will take special model Z06.

In preparing this material, we a couple of times with a fair amount of breaks took the Corvette to dosemu and I was glad for him: a few thousand journalistic kilometers, which can be equated to an accelerated life cycle tests, almost no effect on the car. For some reason, however, refused the seventh synchronizer transmission, but the General looseness Chevrolet remained at the initial level. Actually I had the impression that the Corvette is a potential hit the secondary market. In price, he will lose much faster than in driving performance. But to buy it new, you need to be more original.

Passport data

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Body type coupe
Number of doors/seats 2/2
Length, mm 4493
Width, mm 1877
Height, mm 1239
Wheelbase, mm 2710
Track front/rear, mm 1600/1568
Curb weight, kg 1614
Full weight, kg
Trunk volume, l 593
Type petrol with direct fuel injection
Location front, longitudinally
The number and arrangement of cylinders 8, V-shape
Valves 16
The working volume, cm3 6162
Max. power, PS/rpm 466/6000
Max. torque, N•m/rpm 630/4600
Transmission manual seven-speed
Drive rear
Front suspension independent, spring, two-arm
Rear suspension independent, spring, two-arm
Front brakes ventilated disc
Rear brakes ventilated disc
Tires front/rear 245/35 R19 / 285/30 R20
Operational characteristics
Maximum speed, km/h 292
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, 4,2
Fuel consumption, l/100 km
— urban cycle 19,1
— country cycle 7,8
mixed cycle 12
Norm toxicity Euro 5
Fuel tank capacity, l 70,4
Fuel AI-95-98


Front dvorachek — hollow lower lever (minus 4 kg compared to solid) and an electronically dampers filled with magnetorheological fluid. For machines with Z51 package adaptive shock absorbers Bilstein supplies. Instead of springs here traditionally transverse composite spring that goes under the frame. Steering with variable gear ratio and EPS performance variable. Thanks to hard mount on the subframe and the strengthening of individual components of the steering mechanism was five times tougher compared to the Corvette C6.

Back memorycache also spring, struts Magnetic Ride of the third generation, and also collected on the aluminum sub-frame (stretcher steel a quarter lighter and 20% stiffer), to which is attached, and the rear gearbox. In Russia, the differential lock is only an electronically hydraulic clutch, and the base of the machine in America equipped with a simple mechanical samolotem.

The power structure of the Corvette became the all-aluminium: it is 57% stiffer and 45 kg lighter than the previous steel. And frame are manufactured in your own Corvette plant Bowling Green, then as before for the Z06 model (see the sidebar, «History») was ordered on the side. Extruded profiles, molded and stamped parts with thickness from two to 11 mm are joined together not only with glue and rivets, but welded together. Tolerances do not exceed 0,75 mm External panels are made of plastic, and a huge hood and removable roof section is produced from carbon fiber. All it is possible to reduce the weight of the body 17 kg

The feeling that all this aluminium designers Corvette was imposed from him they did the same that I did before of steel. The latest LT1 engine with direct injection, Phaser and mute parts of cylinders architectural repeats the good old single-shaft Small Block. The European Corvettes and American with the Z51 package system lubrication — dry sump. Supercharged version with Eaton supercharger drive on the Corvette Z06 already develops 625 PS and 861 N•m

Transmission related optimal weight (50:50 in statics) to the rear axle and connected with the engine power beam, in which are laid the driveshaft. The machines with the Z51 package single cooling circuit for the brake system and transmission. Exhaust system is equipped with an electronically couple of valves: sport and track modes, the exhaust gases are routed on the shortest path, maximizing the level produced by the Corvette noise.

The Americans argue that some engineering solutions, implemented on a road Corvette (in particular, in the field of aerodynamics), borrowed from factory racing Corvettes. A curious little thing: in the lock mechanism of the Luggage cover used a string of alloy c-shape memory effect, thanks to which the engineers were able to get rid of the massive retaining element.

History (Robert Heat)

It all started back in 1951, when the management of General Motors took the decision to develop a small double car-type Roadster Nash-Healey. In January 1953 at the event GM Motorama in new York Americans showed a pre-production prototype sports car Chevrolet Corvette first generation (C1). Serial production in flint (Michigan) was launched in the same year. Buyers offered double car open-wheel drive and rear wheel drive. At different times on the Corvette put six engines. The first couple of years clients were satisfied with only row «six» 3.9 power 150-155 forces, but from the second half of 1955, under the hood of the Corvette prescribe a naturally-aspirated V-shaped «eight»: 4.3 (195-240 PS), 4.6 (220-315) and 5.4 (250-360). Transmission depending on the modification — manual, with three and four speed manual or dual-band «automatic». It is noteworthy that due to low demand the heads of General Motors wanted to minimize the release of the Corvette. People were not satisfied with unconvincing performance acceleration and poor brake performance. The situation has changed thanks to the efforts of engineer Zechariah Arkus-Dante (also referred to as the father of the Corvette) and the emergence of V8 engines. In 1953 it was made of 300 cars, and just before 1962 released 69 015 Corvettes.

Machine of the second generation, published in 1962, known worldwide under the name Sting Ray (stingray with English translates as scat). Perhaps this is one of the most compelling from a design standpoint Corvettes for history — Larry K. Shinoda under the direction of bill Mitchell did a good job. On sale the car with coupe and convertible, and the engines were completely eight. The least powerful was the unit displacement of 5.4 liters (250-375 forces). Later in the standings followed V8 6.5 (425), and on the top of the range was similarly engine (390-435). The set of transmission remained the same. But the engineers have increased rigidity, improved weight distribution on the axles, lightened chassis construction, the brake mechanisms. Back appeared independent suspension with transverse leaf springs. Steering is sharper, and special damper on the steering shaft was delivered rim from shock. The popularity of the Corvette grew eyes from 1962 to 1967-th was released more than 117 thousand cars.

Next Corvette (also Stingray) is the result of deep modernization of its predecessor. The design has been changed, a new interior, but the technical stuffing, which answered a Russian immigrant Zora Arkus-duntov, has been updated slightly. The ruler is almost entirely composed of the friends of the motors, but has expanded gradation power from 165 up to 450 forces. Especially for the market of California was a version with a V8 engine 5.0 (180 PS), and the most powerful modification made the monster V8 displacement of 7.4 liters In the ranks left «mechanics» with three or four gears and two-step «machine» was replaced with automatic gearboxes with three or four bands. Production of C3 Corvettes were engaged in factories in Missouri and Kentucky, and from 1967 to 1982-th did 542 741 machine.

The machine of the fourth generation was the first all-new Corvette for the last 15 years. Introduced in 1983, the car was based on the rear-wheel drive platform Y-body with independent suspension all wheels. Completely new body was stiffer, and its external panels made of fiberglass and plastic. The rear window was lifting. Springs, shock absorbers, angular stiffness of the suspensions — all became denser, configuration, revised in the direction of greater sportiness. Unladen weight basic machine was $ 1469 kg Diversity of the range motors vanished — only V8 5.7, which was developed depending on the year and version from 205 to 405 forces. On sale Corvette C4 came with the Quad «machine» and exotic four-speed manual gearbox with Overdrive on the top three gears (development Doug Nash). But from 1989 to replace it on the model established a six-speed «mechanics» ZF. The special place occupies the Corvette ZR-1 — car, which was a good job the engineers of the company Lotus (at that time the British were owned by General Motors). For the version of the ZR-1 was prepared 375-horsepower V8 5.7 LT1 series with improved fuel systems, intake and exhaust. Up to 97 km/h coupe were dispersed for 4.4 seconds, and top speed was 290 km/h For six years, was released 6939 Corvettes ZR-1, not counting the 25 cars with active suspension. And all the company in Kentucky to the 1996 produced 366 227 hire the fourth generation.

In 1997 stood up on the conveyor Corvette C5. Saving platform Y-body, the car became more rigid body new design which was used hydroforowni steel elements. Dehdari became larger: length is increased to 4564 mm and width up to 1869 mm When unladen weight does not exceed one and a half tons — 1439-1473 kg depending on body type. The transmission was attributed to the leading of the rear axle. On the standard Corvettes put the motor V8 5.7 LS1 return to 350 forces and 495 N•m Versions Z06 got V8 5.7 series LS6, from which the shot 405 «horses» (up to 97 km/h in 3.9). Buyers were offered a choice of two types of transmissions (six-speed «mechanics» BorgWarner or Quad «machine») and three types of suspension (normal, active, and track). The company in Bowling Green Kentucky issued from 1997 through 2004, more than 248 thousand C5 Corvettes.

At first glance, Corvette C6 hardly differed from its predecessor, but actually the new there was not a single common external panel of the machine of the fifth generation. Yes, «truck» has remained the same, but the interior has changed, and the seat became more. The length was reduced to 4435 mm, but the wheelbase has added 31 mm (up to 2685). Rear-wheel drive model received new engines. The first three years of production under the hood was installed V8 6.0 (400 forces, 542 N•m), and later V8 6.2 (430 and 580, respectively). The customers were offered manual (Tremec T56) and automatic transmission (first with four and later six ranges). The total circulation of the «sixth» Corvette — 201 657 pieces.

The status of «charged» wore two Corvette C6 — Z06 and ZR1. First sported aluminum space frame instead of steel (machine weight — 1440 kg), 505-horsepower V8 7.0 lubrication system dry sump, an electronically chassis and uglerodosoderzhaschie brakes (option). But Z06 with acceleration to 97 km/h in 3.6 sec — was sort of a prelude to the version of the ZR1. Here it is, a real eater miles! Large mass 1519 kg dispatched V8 engine 6.2, equipped with a supercharger drive. Return — 638 forces and 820 N•m Under such a force was reconfigured and suspension — springs and active dampers have been recalibrated for better handling and greater stability in motion. Transmission — six-speed «mechanics» close-close gear ratios, brake — plantocracy. Acceleration to 97 km/h occupied with 3,4, and maximum speed was reached 330 km/h And the price was right — $112 600. Regular Corvette cost $49 600, and Z06 — $75 600.

Behind the scenes

Drive first in Russia got a Corvette for a test. We first had overheated his engine, the first burnt brakes. Seduced by Sergei krestova to take pictures for us, for the sake of saving time ordered video production contractor. Alas, the work on the movie dragged on all summer. Comments, coordination… In the end, we took the project from the Studio «master plan» and completed themselves. It’s nice that all this time you were interested in the fate of the movie: «Where the Corvette?» come every day. I am glad that, despite the missed time, we managed to keep the atmosphere may test. We thank you for your help in working on the story and the Moscow Raceway, and a series MaxPowerCars, which was chronometrically Corvette. Terribly sorry that we will no longer be able to personally thank for the help its organizer Maxim Travin, who died after a track day.

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