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2014 Corvette Gets New Smart Material to Control Truck Vent

2014 Corvette Gets New Smart Material to Control Trunk Vent

Feb 13 2013, 1:07pm CST | by

Fancy materials may become the norm in the future

I'll grant you the fact that the parts we are talking about is rather boring being a basic trunk vent that allows air to escape out the back of the 2014 Corvette stingray with the trunk lid is...

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2014 Corvette Gets New Smart Material to Control Trunk Vent

Feb 13 2013, 1:07pm CST | by

Fancy materials may become the norm in the future

I'll grant you the fact that the parts we are talking about is rather boring being a basic trunk vent that allows air to escape out the back of the 2014 Corvette stingray with the trunk lid is closed. However, what's so cool about it is that Chevrolet didn't use some sort of actuator and motor system, it used something called a Smart Material.

This particular Smart Material is a shape memory alloy wire designed to react to heat thereby opening the trunk event. When the owner of the Chevrolet opens the trunk, an electrical current passes through the special wire and it changes shape. As the wire changes shape, it opens the vent allowing air to escape as the trunk lid is closed.

After the trunk is closed the electrical charge is removed from the wire and it returns to its original shape, closing the vent. Chevrolet says that about 200 motorized and movable parts can be found in your typical automobile and moving to this sort of smart material could help save weight.

 
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Volvo touts its all-new 2016 XC90 SUV as the first product of the “new Volvo” and the launch of a company-wide rebirth. While Volvo isn’t completely flipping the script—and, say, making six-wheeled military motorcycles—the XC90 does represent its first independently developed car since being financially sugar-daddied by Chinese automaker Geely. The 2016 XC90, which we recently also in, is also the model’s first clean-s ...
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Posts Record Sales for Chevrolet

Aug 27 2014 12:00pm CDT | Source: Top Speed

It seems Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. The new 2014 Corvette Stingray has posted some rather impressive sales stats during its first year in production. General Motors officially announced the C7’s sales numbers at the 2014 Carlisle event, quoting it had sold 37,288 Corvettes so far this year.This represents a massive increase in Corvette sales over last year’s sales of roughly 11,392 cars. Granted, 2013 was the last year for the outgoing C6. The ...
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eBay Find of the Day: 2006 Chevy Corvette custom is a two-tone wonder

Aug 26 2014 9:45am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Auctions, Chevrolet, Specialty We know what you're thinking, and yes, friends, it can be yours. This two-tone Chevrolet Corvette comes from Eagle, Idaho, a product of Z and M Customs in homage to the Corvette Stingray Concept that played the Autobot Sideswipe in the second Transformers film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. According to the seller, Arcturus401, Z and M only got nine of them out the door before General Mot ...
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Buick Super Convertible by ICON

Aug 25 2014 3:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

ICON has done some pretty amazing things with old barn-find vehicles, forgotten for decades until the California team breathes new life into them. ICON’s M.O. is unlike other restoration companies, as its Derelicts line combines all the underpinnings of modern street machines, while keeping nearly every visible piece just as it was the day the company found it. ICON’s latest example is this beautiful 1948 Buick Super Convertible.The process started when the Buick was ...
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ICON Derelict Buick Super Convertible

Aug 25 2014 3:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

ICON has done some pretty amazing things with old barn-find vehicles, forgotten for decades until the California team breathes new life into them. ICON’s M.O. is unlike other restoration companies, as its Derelicts line combines all the underpinnings of modern street machines, while keeping nearly every visible piece just as it was the day the company found it. ICON’s latest example is this beautiful 1948 Buick Super Convertible.The pro ...
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2015 Chevy Corvette, 2015 Ford Mustang RTR, Joss Supercar: This Week’s Top Photos

Aug 23 2014 3:00am CDT | Source: Motor Authority

Ford and drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are working on a new RTR version of the 2015 Mustang, and this week we saw the first teaser for the upgraded muscle car. The new Mustang RTR goes on sale next January, and will be available worldwide for the first time. McLaren unveiled a new version ...
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995

Aug 23 2014 1:41am CDT | Source: autoMedia.com

The Corvette Z06 will be priced starting at $78,995, announced by Chevrolet in a press release. The new Z06 will also be available as a convertible, which will be priced starting at $83,995. With the launch of the C7 Stingray Corvette, Chevrolet set a new precedent in the sports car world, and the Z06 is lik ...
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Aug 21 2014 10:42am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has an edgy new design that's still instantly recognizable as a Corvette, plus a new engine line, and the promise of even better handling and performance thanks to weight reduction, improvements to the chassis, and more. What does it all add up ...
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2015 Corvette 8-Speed, 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Joss Supercar: Car News Headlines

Aug 21 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Motor Authority

For 2015, Chevrolet’s Corvette sports car is getting an eight-speed automatic as a replacement for the 2014 model’s six-speeder. We’ve just tested it and found it to be great—on the street and at the track. Hyundai engineers are working on a second-generation Genesis Coupe. We’ve managed to dig ...
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