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2014 Corvette to be aero-efficient

The new 'Vette's design elements have been carefully shaped in the wind tunnel

Published: November 27, 2012, 11:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:30 PM

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Hood Vent Airflow

We've yet to see the all-new 2014 Corvette – it's scheduled to be revealed on the eve of the North American International Auto show in Detroit on January 13.

But General Motors keeps teasing us with bits of information and indistinct photos, the latest touting its aerodynamic prowess.

Every line, vent, inlet and surface has been optimized for performance, according to the company bumph.

"The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing," says Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.

"For example," he explains, "the front grille 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."

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To develop the aerodynamic package, engineers used data developed from more than a decade of the Corvette Racing program, combined with advanced computer-aided modeling programs to predict and track airflow over, under and through the car.

Its design elements have been carefully shaped in the wind tunnel not only to reduce drag and lift but to improve cooling, according to Corvette exterior design manager, Kirk Bennion.

"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," Bennion says.More information and video contentis available at www.one13thirteen.com.Enthusiastsfacebook.com/corvette) and Twitter@Chevrolet(#Corvette).