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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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SEMA: 1971 Chevy Corvette Jimmie Johnson Concept is a modern classic [w/video]

Nov 4 2014 5:01pm CST | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Aftermarket, SEMA Show, Classics, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Chevrolet, Celebrities The Autoblog staff is full of men and women who love cool cars, whether they are old or new, foreign or domestic. And there's a special place in our hearts for the Chevrolet Corvette, which has stood out as a performance icon at a benchmark price since well before the 1971 model you see above rolled off the assembly line in Kentucky. Thing is, time ma ...
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: First Test Numbers with GM’s In-House Octo-cog Automatic

Nov 4 2014 3:28pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

No sports car should have chrome wheels. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible you see here does. It also has an automatic transmission, GM’s new in-house designed and -built eight-speed unit, which replaces last year’s six-cog piece carried over from the C6 Corvette. The new transmission has two things going for it: First, it has more speeds in an era where more is ...
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3 weeks ago

Official: First Corvette Museum sinkhole victim restored [w/video]

Nov 4 2014 3:00pm CST | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Chevrolet When a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum opened up in Bowling Green, KY and gobbled up eight important examples of the American sports car in February, videos almost made it look like the hole picked the perfect spot to do the most damage to as many vehicles as possible. None of the cars made it away unharmed, but some were luckier than others. The Skydom ...
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3 weeks ago

Jimmie Johnson's '71 Corvette Has A New Stingray V8 And It's So Badass

Nov 4 2014 1:55pm CST | Source: Jalopnik

Just when I think General Motors' SEMA offerings will be total duds this year, they go and totally redeem themselves with a very badass 1971 Corvette powered by a brand new LT1 crate motor from a modern Corvette Stingray . It's for Jimmie Johnson, a man ...
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Sinkhole Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” Finally Restored to Pre-Cave Glory

Nov 4 2014 1:48pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

Back in February, the earth opened its gaping maw underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed eight historic Vettes whole. It was a sickening sight–one you can relive here, with video caught the moment the sinkhole appeared–leaving eight rare Corvettes with a value of around $2 million strewn about the cavern floor like Matchbox cars. Now, the first vehicular victim of the sinkhole has been fully restored, and it’s a legend ...
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3 weeks ago

This Is the Heroic LeMons Team that Finished in 228th Place—So, Last—in the Largest Endurance Race in History

Nov 4 2014 1:11pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

At the Vodden the Hell Are We Doing? 24 Hours of LeMons race in September, 242 teams registered, 228 managed to get their hoopties onto the Thunderhill Raceway track, and 216 were counted on the first lap after the green flag waved. Why are those numbers significant? Well, that race set the record for the world’s largest endurance road race, and the Guinness Book of World Records folks are in the process of certifying it as such. With so ...
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Chevrolet unveils three Corvettes for SEMA [videos]

Nov 4 2014 12:40pm CST | Source: World Car Fans

Chevrolet has unveiled three customized Corvettes at SEMA. They include the Corvette Z06 Parts concept and a 1971 Corvette C1 for NASCAR champion Jimmie ...
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Manchester United Soccer Stars Won’t Drive Their Free Corvettes

Nov 3 2014 1:17pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about American pigskin or European spheres: Professional football players love their big-dollar exotics. Chevy found this out the hard way when the fleet of free cars they offered to Manchester United soccer stars—including brand-new Camaros and Corvette Stingrays—went untouched by the superstar soccer players. Talk about a flop. Chevy, which pays roughly $75 million a year to sponsor Manchester United, dropped off a collection of 15 cars at the team’s tr ...
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The Pre-Owned 400 Club: 5 Ways to Get 400 Horsepower (or More) for $20,000

Oct 30 2014 9:22am CDT | Source: Car and Driver

We live in a world where 200 horsepower is economy-car fare, 300 horsepower is mildly interesting, and 400 horsepower is the minimum needed to command many enthusiasts’ attention. Big horsepower is affordable, too, if you know where to look. In the past decade, the world has seen its share of 400-hp cars, and they’ve now depreciated into the realm of attainability. At $20,000 or so, however, they’re not giveaways, and with as many as 100,000 miles on their odometers, they’re d ...
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Chevrolet SS

Oct 28 2014 9:40am CDT | Source: The Car Connection

After a long absence, Chevrolet returned to the rear-drive sedan business in 2014 with the SS sedan. This four-door has the chops to back up its performance-oriented name and has some calling it the Corvette sedan we've always wanted. It's been nearly two decades since Chevy had a rear-drive sedan in ...
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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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