Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 2017 Features A Lightweight Architecture
chevrolet corvette grand sport: the american automotive manufacturer combines a lightweight architecture, track-honed aerodynamic technology, michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.
eritage-influenced design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the ‘grand sport’s’ historic legacy. established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars, only five were ever built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project. ‘racing has been part of corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,’ said mark reuss, executive vice president of chevrolet‘s global product development. ‘the global acclaim for the seventh-generation corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 grand sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.’
engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the ‘corvette z06′ to give the new grand sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history. ‘we didn’t hold back with the new grand sport’, said tadge juechter, ‘corvette’ chief engineer. ‘for the first time, buyers can equip the grand sport with a z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, michelin sport cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce’. the result is a potent track car. in fact, the ‘grand sport’ with the ‘z07′ package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation ‘corvette zr1′ on the road course at gm’s milford proving ground.
‘grand sport’ models are offered with the stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. an available heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. full-length stripes are also offered. the collector edition features an exclusive watkins glen gray metallic exterior with tension blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique tension blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior. the tension blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue associated with the grand sport. inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original ‘grand sport’ race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.