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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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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 100,00 ...
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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 its showrooms, and it's acquirin ...
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Five awesome Lego car creations

Oct 23 2014 4:10pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Performance, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Mini, Ferrari, Toys/Games, Design/Style Lego cars are among our favorite toys. They're fun for play, and if built properly, great to display. With that in mind, we've crafted a list of some of the best creations we've seen. Some are on sale now, while others are merely the work of fanciful enthusiasts. There are even a couple that you definitely cannot buy (we'll explain). Our choices are diverse, including everything fro ...
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Stuffing the Hellmouth: National Corvette Museum Sinkhole to Be Filled Beginning in November

Oct 21 2014 4:03pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Porsche 911 partisans will be able to exercise their keenly-honed sense of schadenfreude if they deign to make the trek to Bowling Green, Kentucky. During our last update on the ongoing Corvette-sinkhole saga, we noted that the National Corvette museum had decided to fill in the gaping maw that swallowed up eight historic examples of Chevrolet’s Plastic Fantastic earlier this year. We now have word that the operation will begin ...
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Power Trio: BMW M4 vs Porsche Cayman S vs Corvette Z51

Oct 21 2014 2:06pm CDT | Source: Jalopnik

The age-old rivalry between Corvette, Porsche, and BMW kicks off once again, this time at Connecticut's gorgeous Lime Rock Park. Road & Track's Editor-in-chief Larry Webster, Executive Editor Sam Smith, and Senior Editor Josh Condon grabbed their gear, packed their stopwatches, and headed east to find this round's victor ...
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Here's how people spec'd their C7 Corvettes in 2014

Oct 17 2014 6:58pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Car Buying, Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Chevrolet, Ownership The Z51 option pack was hugely popular full-stop, with a total of 21,105 examples in all bodystyles ordered. For its first year out of the gate, the 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray did very well for itself, selling 37,288 units worldwide with 34,678 of the new sports cars hitting the market in the US alone. In fact, t ...
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The TopSpeed Podcast is Taking a Week Off

Oct 15 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

33 weeks ago, I convinced my boss to let me sit in front of a microphone with two other hooligans and yell at each other for an hour or so about cars. We called it the TopSpeed Podcast and it was good. It was so good in-fact that 225 days later we are still doing it. We are glad that you guys keep listening, commenting and allowing us to continue doing this thing every week.With that out of the way, I do have t ...
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3 weeks 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 of southern Michigan did. Cherishing childhood memories of his late ...
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3 weeks 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 t ...
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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 cooling and pressure reduction. And si ...
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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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