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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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15 hours ago

If Darth Vader built a Batmobile, it would look like the Darthcar

Jul 23 2014 12:23pm CDT | Source: Recombu

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
No, your eyes do not deceive you. What you're staring at in utter disbelief is the Darthcar, a full-size Hot Wheels Darth Vader vehicle based on a C5 Chevy Corvette. Let the com ...
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2 days ago

2015 Chevy SS manual, magnetic shocks confirmed by order guide

Jul 21 2014 10:14am CDT | Source: Autoblog

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Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Performance, Chevrolet The Chevrolet SS is very much a muscle car for grownups. If you have a career, significant other and maybe some kids to tote around, you can still drive one, secure in the knowledge that there is a 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 lurking under the hood for when it's time to have some fun. For 2015, Chevrolet is confirming earlier rumors with the addition of a standard, magnetic suspension and optional six-speed manual, according to t ...
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2 days ago

2015 Chevy SS manual, magnetic shocks confirmed by order guide

Jul 21 2014 9:29am CDT | Source: Autoblog

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Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Performance, Chevrolet The Chevrolet SS is very much a muscle car for grownups. If you have a career, significant other and maybe some kids to tote around, you can still drive one, secure in the knowledge that there is a 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 lurking under the hood for when it's time to have some fun. For 2015, Chevrolet is confirming earlier rumors with the addit ...
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3 days ago

Chevy reveals SS pace car at the Brickyard

Jul 20 2014 7:10pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Brickyard 400 Namesake Announced by Crown Royal during CMT Music Awards
Filed under: Motorsports, Sedan, Performance, Chevrolet, Specialty Last season Chevy reskinned and rebranded its NASCAR stock racer after the new SS, so we knew it would only be a matter of time before the Bowtie brand's latest muscle sedan would be pressed into duty as a pace car. And now that time has come. At the Sprint Cup race next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, actor Chris Pratt (of Parks and Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball and upc ...
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3 days ago

Chevy reveals SS pace car at the Brickyard

Jul 20 2014 6:19pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Brickyard 400 Namesake Announced by Crown Royal during CMT Music Awards
Filed under: Motorsports, Sedan, Performance, Chevrolet, Specialty Last season Chevy reskinned and rebranded its NASCAR stock racer after the new SS, so we knew it would only be a matter of time before the Bowtie brand's latest muscle sedan would be pressed into duty as a pace car. And now that time has come. At the Sprint Cup race next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, actor Chris Pratt (of Parks and Recreation, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball and upcoming Guardians ...
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3 days ago

SUV Review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Jul 20 2014 3:32pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

LAKE SIMCOE, Ont. — Conspicuous consumption just got a whole lot quieter. That was the lasting impression after we’d motored deep into cottage country during the official Canadian launch of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the all-new fourth generation of the luxury automaker’s flagship vehicle. Two hours earlier, deep in the heart of the country’s largest city, Cadillac engineers underscored the efforts made to banish road, wind, engine ...
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5 days ago

GM to Offer New Eight-Speed Automatic in 2015 Trucks and SUVs with the 6.2-liter V-8

Jul 18 2014 12:43pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

General Motors Extends Recalls By Over 8 Million Vehicles
General Motors announced today that its new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8. Not sharing the eight-speed love is the Chevy Suburban, which offers only the 5.3-liter V-8. The new Hydra-Matic 8L90 is a neatly packaged gearbox; it’s roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed that it replaces ...
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Seven generations of Corvette vs. the world

Jul 18 2014 9:59am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

GM Issues Recalls For Six New Vehicle Recalls
The Corvette is America’s sports car and it has been for a very long time. Since its shaky beginnings in 1953, the Corvette quickly evolved and became a performance machine on par with the best the world had to offer. From fuel injection to independent rear suspension to disc brakes, the Corvette pioneered many of the common technological features we find today. Over its 61 year life, the Corvette ...
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1 week ago

Cadillac CTS-V

Jul 14 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

BMW International Open - Previews
The Cadillac CTS-V was launched in 2004 as a high-performance version of the CTS sedan. Aimed at fast sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the CTS-V was powered by a 5.7-liter, LS6, V-8 engine in its first two years on the market. Shared with the C5 Corvette, the powerplant was rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. GM replaced the 5.7-liter with a 6.0-liter LS2 in 2006, but output remained unchange ...
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Young drivers take the wheel of vintage rides

Jul 10 2014 1:39pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Five Dead, Including 2 Police Officers In Las Vegas Shooting
Who would let a kid drive a vintage Ferrari or a late model Corvette — particularly a young person with no experience using a clutch or shifting gears? The answer is a group of Vancouver-area enthusiasts who want to create interest in the car hobby among young people. Bryan Ram, a 23-year-old student in the auto collision repair program at the B.C. Institute of Technology, climbs out of a 40-year-old classic Ferrari 308GT4 with a big sm ...
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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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