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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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That Sinking Feeling: National Corvette Museum Reverses Earlier Decision, Will Fill in Sinkhole

Sep 2 2014 3:20pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Courtesy of a Detroit Free Press report, we must fill you in on an update on the National Corvette Museum’s ongoing sinkhole bonanza. Do you remember the Kentucky Corvette museum that partially collapsed late last year when a gigantic sinkhole opened beneath it and swallowed eight Chevrolet sports cars of various vintages? Our last visitation of the sinkhole saga tackled the museum’s decision to keep the sinkhole ...
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Chevrolet Corvette costs up to 282,000 USD in China's grey market

Sep 1 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: World Car Fans

Fans of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 in China will have to pay as much as 282,000 USD on the grey market to o ...
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2 days ago

Corvette museum to fill in sinkhole, leave five cars unrestored

Aug 31 2014 10:01am CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Classics, Etc., Chevrolet Preservation or restoration. That's the question that faces anyone dealing with classic cars, and it's the issue with which the National Corvette Museum is grappling in the wake of the sinkhole that opened up in its midst this past February. In the months since the damage was inflicted, the museum had planned to keep at least part of the sinkhole open as a ...
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GM, museum to restore 3 of 8 prized 'Vettes damaged by sinkhole

Aug 30 2014 12:15pm CDT | Source: Automotive News

GM and the National Corvette Museum will restore three of eight prized Chevrolet Corvettes damaged in February when they tumbled into a giant sinkhole that developed beneath the floor of the museum in Bowli ...
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6 days ago

10 Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Volvo XC90

Aug 27 2014 4:35pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

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-sheet redesign in more than a decade. Furthermor ...
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6 days ago

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 ...
Source: Top Speed   Full article at: Top Speed
 

 
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1 week ago

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 ...
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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 Buic ...
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Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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