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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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Darth Vader Car by Hot Wheels

Jul 27 2014 1:00pm CDT | Source: Top Speed

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea ...
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Video: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray tested Against Exotics

Jul 25 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

The hype surrounding the Corvette Stingray is still going strong since its debut over a year ago. Gear heads and casual watchers just can’t seem to get enough of the Chevrolet’s sultry looks. Well, the folks at 1320 Videos thought it would be a great idea to pit the new C7 against some of the stiffest competition from around the world.The 2014 Stingray and all the other cars in this video belong to Xtreme Xperience, a company that ...
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5 days ago

Calgary man reunited with his beloved little red Corvette named Betsy

Jul 24 2014 7:51am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

CALGARY — It’s a story about an emotional reunion that will bring a tear to the socket set of the most avid automotive fan. Kenneth Jelley, 74, thought he’d never again see his little red 1962 Chevrolet convertible Corvette, affectionately named Betsy, after she was stolen from his Calgary home a couple of weekends ago. But after getting some tips from the public, police found the car on an acreage near DeWinton, Alta., on Wednesday afternoon. Betsy had been tampered with; she wa ...
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6 days ago

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

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

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 t ...
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2015 Chevy SS manual, magnetic shocks confirmed by order guide

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

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, ...
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2015 Chevy SS manual, magnetic shocks confirmed by order guide

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

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 add ...
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Chevy reveals SS pace car at the Brickyard

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

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 ...
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Chevy reveals SS pace car at the Brickyard

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

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, M ...
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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 and exhaust noise from the completely redesigned SUV’s ...
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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 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. One o ...
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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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