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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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Farewell To The Cadillac CTS-V, The Best Product Of Old GM

Sep 18 2014 12:54pm CDT | Source: Jalopnik

There was a brief period of time after the bailout and before the recall crisis where GM was filled with a spirit of "we can do better" before the reality of just how bad they'd been had fully sunk in. This golden era product many treasured products, including the new Corvette, but none of them are better than the C ...
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We Drove The 2015 Ford Mustang: It's Still Best With A V8 And A Stick

Sep 18 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Jalopnik

Few cars have garnered more attention than the new American performance trifecta. Between the C7 Corvette , the Challenger Hellcat , and the 2015 Ford Mustang it's like the hopes and dreams of a nation are riding on front-engine/rear-drive domination. Now I've driven all three, and it's a tire-shredding reminder that it's a good tim ...
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3 days ago

This 1969 Chevy Corvette Lego Kit Could Be Yours, With Your Help

Sep 15 2014 2:59pm CDT | Source: Motor Authority

Have you ever wanted to build a custom Corvette out of Legos? If so, and your dream Corvette is a 1969 C3, then this kit could be your answer—if you show support for it and get it turned into a production kit. While the C3 Corvette wouldn’t be our first choice (how about a C2 Sting Ray convertible?), this kit is a ...
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4 days ago

1969 Corvette Lego model needs some support to make production

Sep 14 2014 4:02pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Chevrolet, Toys/Games Spend just a few minutes looking around online, and you quickly find that people have figured out how to make just about anything out of Lego, including some very cool model cars. The Danish company has taken this fact to heart and has released some fantastic automotive kits recently. In August, its vintage Mini Cooper came out, and a few years ago, it unveiled its 1962 Volkswagen Bus. But maybe it's ...
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6 days ago

Little Recalled Corvette: GM Stops Sale, Prepares Recall for 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes

Sep 12 2014 3:50pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The bad news? GM is about to issue two more recalls. The worse news? Both actions cover one of our favorite cars, the C7 Chevrolet Corvette. According to GM, a stop-sale notice has been sent to Chevrolet dealers who may have in stock some of the 2800 Corvettes potentially affected by two problems. The first problem afflicts approximately 2000 cars, which may have a driver’s side airbag that could come unseated when deployed in a crash, increasing the ris ...
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6 days ago

GM to issue stop-sale, two recalls for 2015 Corvette Stingray

Sep 12 2014 8:50am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

GM is on the cusp of issuing two separate recalls for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. After a month without recalls, the two hiccups are centred over problems with the Corvette’s airbags and parking brake cables. According to a GM spokesman via Automotive News, roughly 2,800 cars are affected and “very few” customers have taken delivery of the cars. The airbag recall covers 2,000 cars, most of which are still at the factory. As per the stop-sale issued to dealers, the driver’s ...
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6 days ago

Chevrolet stops 2015MY Corvette sales and issues two recalls

Sep 12 2014 6:40am CDT | Source: World Car Fans

General Motors has announced deliveries of the 2015MY Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have been halted and the model is the target of two ...
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1 week ago

Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

Sep 11 2014 2:00pm CDT | Source: Top Speed

Well, well. It seems that when I predicted that the trademarking of the Zora name by GM would lead to a mid-engined Corvette, I wasn’t just full of hot air. Since I wrote my first piece and clamored on about the mid-engined future in the TopSpeed Podcast, both Motor Trend and Car and Driver have written pieces claiming this to be the truth. We already covered the piece by Motor Trend, but the details from Car and Driver are fresh.Currently the only way to read the C&D story is to pi ...
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1 week ago

Details emerge over GM’s possible mid-engine Corvette

Sep 11 2014 8:52am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

While the latest Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is still fresh in enthusiasts’ minds, more rumours are beginning to swirl over what we can expect from the next-generation model — including the possibility of a range-topping, mid-engine ‘Vette. It’s a rumour that has followed each successive Corvette generation, but according to the latest issue of Car and Driver via Jalopnik, we’ve never been closer to seeing a mid-engine Corvette until now. Expected to appear in 2017 under as the ...
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1 week ago

New Details On Rumored Mid-Engine ZR1, C8 Corvette

Sep 11 2014 7:30am CDT | Source: Motor Authority

Only a month ago, Motor Trend came out with the news that Chevrolet was working on a new mid-engine platform for the next Corvette ZR1, and that this new architecture would go on to underpin the next-generation C8 Corvette. Car and Driver has now delved into the matter, and the magazine’s Corvette expert Don She ...
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