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2015 Corvette Production Totals

While, at first, it may seem that Corvette year over year production slowed down, with 34,240
units being made during the 2015 model year (MY), compared to the 37,283 Corvettes made
during the 2014 MY, that would be apples versus oranges, for during the 2014 MY, the production
of Corvettes took place over 13 months, (though, admittedly, the first few months were “slowed-
down, initial ramp up mode” due to the new C7’s coming online), yet 2015 production occurred in
only 10 months.  Bowling Green Assembly continues on asustained over time basis of 10 hours per
day, with occasional, additional Saturdays to try and keep up with new buyers wanting their C7.
It is not projected that the current overtime, 50+ hours per week basis, will be reduced in the near
future.   And, demand remains extremely strong, especially from new to Corvettes, first-time buyers.
The average age of the new Corvette buyers dropped from 61 years old just three model years ago, to
now 52 years of age, a welcome sign for the sustainability of the Corvette for the next many decades.

Some of the key 2015 stats include Arctic White being the most popular color, followed by Shark Gray,
Black and then Torch Red.  The least popular were Night Race Blue and Daytona Sunrise Orange, both,
with the same exact 1,417 sales, with the third least popular being Blade Silver.

Z-51’s account for 40% of all 2015 sales, with Z06’s accounting for 25% of all 2015 Corvettes sold, and the
track model subset, the Z07, being less than 10% of all sold.

Eight speed automatics (the only auto now), accounted for the traditional 2/3’s of all Corvettes sold.

Convertible sales diminished to less than the historical 1/3 of Corvette sales to just 19%, perhaps reflecting
thelove affair new C7 buyers are having with the coupe’s styling.

Corvette buyers’ enchantment with the black interior continued, with just over 50% buying it in one of its
variations, vinyl/leather, all leather, some suede, etc. Competition seats accounted for 12% of all sales.

And confirming, and in fact the accelerating recent trend, chrome wheels now accounted for less than 1/3 of
all 2015 Corvettes — a far cry from just three years ago when chrome wheels were over 60% of the last year
of C6 ‘Vettes.

More Confirmation of Mid-Engine Corvette

Separately, supporting what was in my report in the Spring, and what we talked about during our June club
meeting, I received a phone call a couple of nights ago, providing precise and exact information that the
mid-engined Corvette is coming fairly soon, and again, that it will not be replacing but augmenting the current
front-engined C7.  Also was told again that there will be no Grand Sport model during the C7 series.   Not
surprising, as we are expecting the new front-engined C7 replacement in 2020, and with the mid-engined
ZR1 ZORA coming as a 2018, there is little time for the small Corvette team of engineers to do much more.

New Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager

The previous BGAP Manager, Jeff Lamarche, was recently promoted, and a couple of days ago, Kai Spande
was introduced as the new BGA Plant Manager to assembly plant employees. Kai comes to Corvettes with a
strong GM powertrain background. He headed up powertrain operations at GM’s Bay City, MI plant, and most
recently, headed up GM’s Europe powertrain operations. It is nicely fitting that the new Corvette Plant
Manager has powertrain experience!

Secrets Of The Corvette Z06

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Fox News — The Z06 Corvette option has typically had a single purpose: To humble
would-be Corvettecompetitors foreign and domestic, offering supercar performance and
handling at a pricepoint that can’t be achieved by any other manufacturer. Here are a few
of our favorite facts about the Corvette Z06:

  1. The first Z06 was built in 1963. The second-generation — or C2 — Corvette was the first
    to offer the Z06 package. Corvette godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov conceived the option
    package that mated Chevy’s fuel injected 327 V-8 with uprated brakes and suspension
    (and in most cases a larger, competition-ready fuel tank) to give privateer racers a leg up
    in competition during a time when GM couldn’t field a factory race team. Simply called
    an RPO (“regular production order”) Z06, it was pricey and consequently selected mostly
    by owners who intended to take their Corvettes racing. Today 1963 “big tank” Z06s are
    among the most collectible Corvettes.
  2. The option was dormant for 28 years. There was no C3 or C4 Z06, and the name finally
    returned for 2001 in a very special C5. Offered only in the most rigid and lightest-weight
    hardtop body style, the 2001 model came with an LS6 small block rated at 385 hp. It was
    quickly uprated to 405 hp for the 2002 model year — as if the official ratings mattered. In
    a fine Corvette tradition going back to the 1967 L88, it was found that Chevy had underrated
    the horsepower significantly; north of 425 hp was closer to the truth.
  3. Since 2001, only model years 2005 and 2014 have been without a Z06. In every iteration but
    the C2, there has been at least a one-model-year lag to let the new vintage breathe before
    shocking the crap out of enthusiasts with the introduction of the Z06. The C6 Z06 arrived as
    a 2006 model and the C7 Z06 will be a 2015 model.
  4. The 2004 C5 Z06 and 2012 C6 Z06 are among the elite group of street cars ever to have broken
    an eight-minute time around the Nordschleife, part of the Nürburgring complex near Cologne,
    Germany. The 2015 Z06 will almost certainly join this group (probably with the A/C blasting, t
    he stereo on and not otherwise breaking a sweat). Nicknamed “The Green Hell” by F1 pilot Sir
    Jackie Stewart, the Nürburgring is acknowledged to be one of the toughest and most dangerous
    circuits in the world.
  5. The 2015 C7 Z06 is the first factory supercharged Z06 and the first to offer an automatic
    transmission. Reputable aftermarket suppliers like Mid America Motorworks have long offered
    various superchargers to Corvette owners who want a blower, but the 2015 Z06 is the first to come
    with a supercharger — and the accompanying wail — straight from the factory. We have to admit,
    however, to being less-than-enthused about the new two-pedal option. The prospect of Z06
    ownership by manual transmission-challenged twits like Justin Bieber and Kanye West is somewhat
    depressing. Thankfully, the insanely reasonable base price of under 80 grand will likely be terminally
    off-putting to the Cristal-snorting, Veblen good-obsessed crowd.

Corvette Daytona Prototype Takes Cues From C7

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(GM) — The Corvette Daytona Prototype program for the TUDOR United SportsCar
Championship will have a new look in 2015 as Chevrolet has developed new
Corvette DP bodywork that reflects styling cues of the C7 Corvette Stingray
production car.

The new-look bodywork will hit the track for the first time Monday as Action
Express Racing last year’s winner of the TUDOR Championships Prototype
title tests at Daytona International Speedway ahead of the 2015 Rolex 24 At
Daytona on Jan. 24-25.

Multiple Corvette DPs also will test in the C7 bodywork during the annual
pre-Rolex Roar Before the 24 from Jan. 9-11 at Daytona.

The relationship Chevrolet’s racing programs have to our auto production lines
is extremely important. That relevance of race car to showroom is a hallmark of
our racing heritage,? said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Racing.

The success of the Corvette Daytona Prototype program is a point of pride for
Chevrolet. Having the Corvette C7 DP competing for overall victories enhances the
perception of the Corvette brand and allows America?s sports car to compete for
overall victories in North America?s most important endurance events.?

The frontal area sees a striking change in design from the previous generation Corvette
DP, including updates to the hood surface, headlights and radiator inlet area. The rear
window area also has been updated.

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At the rear of the car, the Corvette DP will take styling cues from the C7 including the
rear taillights.

The C7 generation of Corvette DP looks to continue Chevrolet?s impressive record in North
American prototype racing since 2012.

The Bowtie brand won the 2014 Prototype Engine Manufacturer championship in the
inaugural TUDOR Championship. That followed two consecutive Daytona Prototype Engine
Manufacturer titles in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series the forerunner of the
TUDOR Championship along with the American Le Mans Series.

In three years since its debut, the Corvette DP has claimed 22 race victories including the
Rolex 24 At Daytona 24 and Petit Le Mans in 2014.

Corvettes Sweep 12-Hours Of Sebring

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(Nigel Dobbie) –It was a very good day for Chevrolet and the Corvette brand in particular. The
godfather of Corvette Zora Arkus Duntov must have been looking down from Corvette heaven
with a massive smile on his face as, for the first time in 50 years, a Chevrolet powered car won
overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The last time a Chevy power plant won was in 1965 in back of the Chaparral 2 and this was mated to a
2-speed automatic gearbox! Consequently the actual car that won in 1965 ran some demonstration
laps before the race and on Friday in the hands of Jim Hall II the son of Jim Hall who won in 1965
with Hap Sharp.

The 2015 edition of the 12-Hours of Sebring did not look promising for Corvette in either the Daytona
Prototype or GT Le Mans class as the best they could muster in qualifying was 3rd in both classes.
The Krohn Racing Ligier took the overall pole and a pair of Porsches headed the GTLM Class from
the #3 Corvette, the #4 Corvette could only manage 7th place, about 6/10ths of a second behind the #3.

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The race was so much better than the 2014 edition. The phrase less is more seemed appropriate as
although there were significantly less cars competing compared with the inaugural Sebring run under
the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship banner?the racing was much better and there were far
fewer full course caution periods.

A second pit stop confirmed that the #912 was out of contention, the #62 Ferrari then slowed with
overheating issues and the #911 Porsche was struck by a late race gearbox problem allowing Antonio
Garcia to guide the #3 Corvette C7.R to a second victory of the season and a 9th class victory for Corvette
Racing since 2002.

In the Daytona Prototype Class The #57 Krohn Racing Ligier led away from pole position and in the early
stages of the race was able to pull a gap on the rest of the field, however they lost the lead at the first round
of fuel stops and were never really a factor again after that.

The defending #01 Target Chip Ganassi Ford Powered Riley was really the only car that looked like it could
challenge the Corvettes for the victory as it led at the hallway stage of the race. The Wayne Taylor Racing
#10 Corvette DP having had to change brakes early in the race, fought their way back through the field and
due to fantastic stints by all the drivers took second place overall.

The #90 Visit Florida Corvette DP took third place when Richard Westbrook managed a late race pass on the
#01 car. The 9th hour of the race saw the crucial move as the #5 Action Express Corvette managed to put
themselves a whole lap ahead of the rest of the field, thanks to great pace and an extended period of green
flag racing. From that point on it was a case of driving the car fast but not pushing it and Joao Barbosa
brought the car home to record a clean sweep of the overall podium for Chevrolet and Corvette.

With the GTLM victory for the #3 Corvette as well this was a special race for all associated with the Corvette
brand.

 

 

 

 

 

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