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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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1 week ago

MI man bonds with late father by buying his old Corvette

Oct 8 2014 4:03pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Car Buying, Classics, Convertible, Performance, Videos, Chevrolet A few years back, I was catching up with my childhood friend Adam, who told me he had stumbled upon his late father's tow truck in the used-car listings. When I asked him if he'd buy it, he shrugged, "What for?" Maybe if it was a Corvette instead of a tow truck, he'd have felt differently. One Scott Bachman o ...
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1 week ago

Someone Crammed 427 Cubic Inches Of Fury Into This Stealthy Chevette

Oct 5 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Jalopnik

Based on your reactions to last week's car, you all love some compact sleepers. The Chevrolet Chevette is sort of a forgotten classic; it's not quite iconic like the Corvette or the Camaro, it was just a compact car to get folks around. Which makes it the perfect candidate for ...
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2 weeks ago

Video: Chevrolet Corvette Z06's Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brakes Explained

Oct 3 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

The news of Chevrolet’s newest supercar can hit 60 mph in just 2.95 seconds is astonishing. No other rear-wheel-drive, front-engine car can hit those numbers. But how does the 2015 Corvette Z06 slow its roll? Well, it employs some of the biggest brakes in the GM fleet.The carbon ceramic-matrix rotors measure 15.5 inches up front and 15.3 inches across out back. These massive rotors are ventilated and cross-drilled for cooli ...
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2 weeks ago

The Tech Behind The 2015 Corvette Z06’s Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brakes: Video

Oct 1 2014 4:15pm CDT | Source: Motor Authority

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06’s performance figures--when equipped with the Z07 Performance Package--have just been released this morning, but that’s not the only performance news for the Corvette family today. Brembo, the brand behind the Corvette’s Z07 carbon ceramic brake system, has released a detailed video showing off the... ...
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3 weeks ago

What you missed on 9.26.14

Sep 26 2014 6:19pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Paris Motor Show, Chevrolet, Pagani Driving the $1.84-million Pagani Huayra "The Pagani has an exhilarating sharp edge to it that never allows you to drop your guard. I was constantly nervous, relentlessly cautious and overwhelmingly engaged." Those are Michael Harley's words about the absolutely magnificent hypercar that he drove to bring you today's feature review. We needn't say anyth ...
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3 weeks ago

Road Test: In The Age of the C7 Corvette, Is There A Future For The Dodge Viper?

Sep 25 2014 8:47pm CDT | Source: autoMedia.com

Not even two years since it began production, the biggest news we’ve heard about the latest version of the venerable Dodge Viper (or, formerly, SRT Viper) is that Chrysler decided to slash its price by $15,000 due to low sales; certainly not the splash they hoped to make after resurrecting the serpent after a three-year hiatus. A lower price, now starting at $86,880, should help, but sales will still be an uphill battl ...
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3 weeks ago

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Configurator Goes Live

Sep 25 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray turned out to be huge success. The car’s new design, the long-awaited premium interior, and its powerful engine make it the greatest Corvette ever created. Add the $51,995 sticker to the equation and you have a bargain on your hands. Fortunately for those looking for a more powerful Vette and race-inspired styling, Chevrolet has also developed a new Z06. It’s gorgeous, supercharged and shares many of its underpinnings with the Z06.R race car. It has sup ...
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3 weeks ago

GM Recalls Impala, XTS for Braking Problems

Sep 24 2014 10:53am CDT | Source: Car and Driver

GM is recalling more than 220,000 full-size sedans because the electric parking brake may stay partially engaged while driving. The 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala and 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS have faulty electric parking-brake software that can result in the pads touching the rotors even after the brake is released. Of course, driving with the pads dragging the rear rotors causes excessive brake wear and can lead to rotor ...
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3 weeks ago

NHTSA Concerned Someone Will Get Stuck In The Ferrari 458’s Trunk

Sep 24 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Motor Authority

In case you were planning to lock someone inside the front trunk of your Ferrari 458 Italia, your plans have just been foiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safety agency has issued a recall on the sultry supercar to ensure that the front trunk can always be opened from within. DON'T MISS: Jeep Driver Out-Jerks Co ...
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3 weeks ago

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray By GeigerCars

Sep 22 2014 4:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

It’s no secret the Corvette C7 Stingray is a hot performer. With its 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the C7 launches itself to 60 mph in a very respectable 3.9 seconds. Its handling is spectacular too, thanks in part to the Magnetic Ride Control shocks and other Z51-specific parts. However, improvements can always be made.That’s where one tuner company based in Germany steps in. GeigerCars has developed a performance upgrade kit that includes new coil-ove ...
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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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