2014 Chevrolet Corvette Aerodynamics Explained

By Keith Buglewicz | November 15, 2012
Remember a couple weeks ago when we promised that GM would be dribbling out information on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette over the next couple weeks. Well, here's the next drip: A series of psychedelic images and a video of the 2014 Vette undergoing aerodynamic testing. So, do we finally get to see the car? No, of course not. That's scheduled to happen on January 13, 2013, right before the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, we get outlines of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, a few brief glimpses of a still-camouflaged car, some dramatic music, musings on how important aerodynamics are to a car, and the tagline that "Nothing will be the same." As usual, there's not much more to say. The Corvette's aerodynamic package was inspired at least in part from the Corvette race cars over the past couple of years. In a way, that says something right there: If you're looking for a huge stylistic change, you may not find it if Chevrolet is using a racing version of the current car as a model for the future version, and we have no reason to think the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be anything but a long-nosed fastback coupe. However, part of the lessons learned from the race program have to do with how airflow can be better used, which is what the two colorful renderings demonstrate. One shows air flowing through vents in the hood to help cool the engine; the other shows airflow similarly cooling the brakes.
Chevy also hides a couple of Easter eggs for us. There are a couple of quick cuts across various concept drawings, however all of them look far too futuristic to be the final product. A couple are adorned with a faux racing number "53," a nod to the Corvette's first model year. Last,but far from least, at about 10 seconds into the video below, you hear the Corvette's new V-8 engine for the first time. Source: Chevrolet