It’s that wonderful time of year when the days begin to stretch longer, the weather grows warmer, and schools are out for summer. That’s right – it’s road trip season! Summer is our absolute favorite time of the year to get our Corvettes on the open road and see what they can do. It’s when we stop dreaming and start driving!
Before embarking on your big adventure, we recommend giving your Corvette a thorough inspection. If it’s been in storage all winter, it may need a few short trips to stretch out its muscles and wake-up a bit from its long slumber. If your Corvette is driven regularly, minimal preparation may be required, but you never know what surprises may occur on the open road. Better safe than sorry, in our book.
Most road trips are easier on a Corvette’s fluid than daily city driving, but mountainous and desert driving can cause a good amount of strain. At a minimum, engine oil and coolant should be changed before any major road trip. Transmission, differential, cooling system, brake fluid, and power steering fluids should be changed every two years if driving regularly, and once-a-year if the Corvette mainly sits for the greater part of the year.
Check the whole braking system, including the wheel cylinders, calipers, and brake lines. Look for small leaks that can be a major problem on disc brake cars. Also, be mindful of pedal pulsation when applying brakes. The pulsation acts as a warning sign when brakes are overheated due to multiple applications at high speeds. The pulsations could go quickly from a warning to a dangerous situation during a road trip.
Tires tend to be the greatest pain point during road trips. You’ll want to thoroughly check each tire for incorrect wear or damage. Remember to check tire pressure multiple times during your trip. Inflating your ties to maximum pressure will increase fuel mileage, while low tire pressure can cause excessive heat or severe tire damage.
Make sure you have a working jack, lug wrench, and air in the spare tire if your Corvette is not equipped with run flat technology.
Under the Hood
Look at belts for racking and missing pieces. A long road trip will strain an already weakened belt. An ignition system in poor shape can make a trip aggravating, but would hopefully get you home.
As long as the battery is less than four years old and acid is not leaking out of the side post battery cable mounting lugs, it should be good to go.
On the electric front, depending on the year of your Corvette, it’s important to consider how many accessories you may use on your road trip and plan for additional wiring. With so many toys available, one cigarette lighter receptacle is not enough for the additional load. If an accessory uses high amperage connect it directly to the battery. Put an assortment of extra fuses in the glove box.
Give your Corvette’s exterior lighting a thorough once-over. Do the brake lights work? Are the turning signal blinking? Reverse lights? Replace any necessary lighting, and polish headlight covers that appear to be a little grubby.
Check the wiper blades and washer for proper operation.
If you find yourself in need of a Corvette mechanic, come to the Rick Hendrick Corvette Service Center. We stand behind our work and we use only certified Corvette performance parts when servicing your car. Whether it’s the current model year Corvette or a classic ‘Vette from years gone by, we treat you and your car right, making sure you both end up where you want to be: On the open road!
For more than six decades, the iconic Chevrolet Corvette has remained one of the most electrifying sports cars on the market. World-class performance capabilities and iconic styling make the Corvette hard to beat. Modern components, such as smartphone integration and a high-clarity Bose sound system, take its appeal to the next level.
Here’s a brief preview of the 2018 Corvette lineup.
All-New 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition
To commemorate 65 years of excellence, Chevy will release an all-new 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition. Available as a coupe or convertible, this new model has already generated a great deal of anticipation. With only 650 units being produced, it is bound to become a collector’s item.
Chevy outfitted this exclusive model with a number of carbon fiber enhancements. The carbon fiber spoiler and body kit definitely give the legendary sports car a special look. Everyone will immediately notice the exclusive Ceramic Matrix Gray paint job. Special blue accents and blue brake calipers further enhance the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition’s show-stopping appearance. An eye-catching blue roof is featured on the convertible version. On the inside, the Corvette maintains its carbon fiber theme.
2018 Corvette Stingray
Even if you stick with standard Stingray, you will still be rewarded with a high level of driving excitement. Chevy’s famous LT1 engine pushes out a staggering 460 horsepower. Aside from the 2018 Corvette Stingray’s breathtaking acceleration, it also benefits from a long list of upgrades. The popular Z51 wheel package now comes standard. You can also take advantage of the revamped Performance Data Recorder, which provides additional information. Furthermore, Chevy designed the backup camera to provide better imagery. An adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension is optional.
2018 Corvette Z06
In terms of sheer performance, the supercharged Z06 model sits atop the lineup. It is tuned to develop a mesmerizing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. A 0-60 time of around 2.95 seconds enables the 2018 Corvette Z06 to truly shame the competition. If you desire an extra dose of style, check out the new Pearl Nickel Blade wheels.
2018 Corvette Grand Sport
Chevy designed the new 2018 Corvette Grand Sport specifically for the drivers who plan to hit the track. When tested on a road course, the Corvette Grand Sport outperformed exotic cars that are far more expensive. However, it is still comfortable and efficient enough to be a daily-driver. In terms of styling, widened fenders and a Z06-style grille help separate it from the regular Stingray.
Continue checking back with Rick Hendrick Corvette for details on how to earn your stripes as details for 2018 pre-ordering and nationwide delivery are finalized.
Washing your Corvette regularly is a vital step in proper Corvette care. Dirt, pollen, bugs, and dust are contaminants that leave lasting damage to your paint if not treated properly. Depending on where you live, we recommend washing your Corvette every two-weeks to keep everything looking its best.
1. Select the Right Supplies
When it comes to washing your Corvette, you want to make sure you have the right supplies on hands.
Car Wash Soap: Never use dish soap on your vehicle. Dish soap is an abrasive substance that’s great at removing dirt, but also breaks down grease and wax. Select a quality car wash that is pH-balanced and formulated to remove dirt without stripping away wax.
Soft Brush: A soft brush is ideal for washing wheels.
Wash Mitt: Look for a wash mitt composed of lambskin/wool or microfiber cloth
Two Buckets: We recommend the two-bucket washing method. Fill one bucket with the car-wash soap mixed with water and the second bucket with water. Use the water bucket to wash your mitt/brush after each section, before dipping back into the soap bucket. This will prevent contamination of the soap bucket and reapplying dirt to your vehicle.
Waffle-Weave Drying Towel: It can absorb 10 times its weight in water and will not scratch your car’s finish.
Microfiber Detailing Towel: Use to remove water from hidden crevices on the trunk, hood, and door jams.
2. Wash in the Shade
It’s never a good idea to wash a Corvette in direct sunlight or extreme heat. Direct sunlight could lead to premature drying and unwanted water spots. For best results, move your car to a shaded spot before washing and make sure the surface is not hot to the touch.
3. Start with the Wheels
The wheels are the dirtiest portion of any vehicle, therefore it’s always best practice to start here. Use a soft brush, especially in the crevices, and take the two-bucket approach. No special soap is required, as quality car wash soap works great for tires.
Discard the soap and water from your buckets once the wheels are done. You will want to start with fresh mixes for the reminder of the Corvette.
4. Wash from the Top Down
Before you start, inspect your Corvette for any dirt, bugs, sap, or anything else that should be addressed before washing. Lift your hood and discard any build-up of leaves or twigs. You will want to remove any pieces to prevent scratches or nicks.
Rinse the car, starting at the top and working your way down. You will want to make sure your car stays wet through the entire washing process to prevent wet spots.
Using the two-bucket method, start with the roof of the Corvette. If it’s a convertible top, you will want to use a soft-bristle brush in soapy water to work the dirt out of the grain using small, circular motions. From there, work your way around the car in sections, making sure to use light strokes to wipe and lift dirt. You want to avoid dragging dirt and contaminants across the vehicle. This could lead to scratches and marks.
Once you’ve finished, go back over the car one last time with a soapy wash mitt, then one last final rinse using a gentle stream of water. Rinse from the top down.
5. Towel Dry
Finally, it’s time to towel dry. Lay the waffle-weave drying towel on the surface of the Corvette and apply light pressure to soak up the water. Lift up and wring out the towel before repeating the motion around the vehicle. This method has less motion and less chances for scratches.
For crevices around the truck, hood and door jam, you’ll want to use a microfiber detailing towel.
Finally, your Corvette is ready to go. Take it for a drive and show off its glistening post-wash exterior.
When you consider what cars are designed for daily driving, you may not immediately think of a Corvette. Corvettes are synonymous with the utmost luxury and speed, qualities that put them in a class of their own.
However, today’s Corvettes are more than showpieces that should be saved just for special occasions. Learn why a Corvette can be a great choice when you’re in the market for a reliable daily use vehicle.
A Corvette gives you advantages that simply cannot be found in other makes and models. Along with its beautiful and sturdy design, this car gets fantastic gas mileage. Today’s Corvettes can get as much as 17 miles to the gallon for city and 29 miles for highway driving.
Corvettes are also built for speed. You can easily go from zero to 60 mph in as little as 41 seconds. While you won’t be able to push those limits as much as you’d like in commuter traffic, there’s always the peace of mind knowing the option is available when the roads do open up.
Finally, today’s new Corvettes come with one-of-a-kind technology that makes daily driving fun, convenient, and safer than ever. These cars are now available with extras like:
Front and rear parking cameras
World-class sound systems
OnStar and Bluetooth capabilities
Central touchscreen control panels
Some of the other features that you get with a new or pre-owned Corvette include anti-lock brakes, side impact airbags, and stability and traction control. The safety features combined with the newest automobile technology make Corvettes some of the best vehicles available today for daily driving.
Despite these amazing advantages, there are a few lesser downsides that come with driving your Corvette everyday. For starters, you put your car insurance to the test every time you leave your driveway. Because Corvettes are such top-notch luxury vehicles, you always must be on guard to ensure that your car is not stolen.
You also need to keep an eye out for anything that might damage your car. Something as simple as parking next to a cart corral at a grocery store could cause your car to suffer dents and scratches. To protect your vehicle, you may need to park farther away from other vehicles in the parking lot.
While nothing says “Best. Birthday. Ever.” like opening the door to a brand new Corvette, having a Corvette-themed birthday party could be a close second. The classic red color scheme, checkered flags, homemade pit stops….what Corvette enthusiast wouldn’t be impressed?
Whether you’re turning one, fifty, or one-hundred; the love for Corvettes spans generations. Most importantly, there is no age limit when it comes to having a Corvette-themed birthday party. From the classic car enthusiast to the speed-obsessed youngster, here’s our favorite Corvette-themed party ideas from around the internet.
The Chevrolet Corvette is a world-class sports car that delivers a high-level of performance and style. If you are a Corvette owner, you already understand the importance of keeping your ride in tip-top condition. Here are some important winter maintenance tips to keep in mind.
1) Wash and Wax
Before storing your Corvette for the winter, be sure to give it a fresh coat of wax. This will provide the exterior finish with an extra barrier of protection. You don’t want any impurities such as dust to penetrate the surface. Furthermore, make it a priority to always shield your Corvette with a custom-fit car cover.
2) Keep Your Battery Charged
It is no secret that batteries tend to lose their juice over time. A trickle battery charger is definitely a worthwhile investment. It will enable your Corvette’s battery to remain energized throughout the winter. The best part is that you don’t even need to remove the battery from your car.
3) Change the Oil
Always give your Corvette an oil change before storing it away for the winter. Old motor oil can cause corrosion to form on the various engine components. On the other hand, fresh oil additives actually help discourage any oxidation. When you finally fire up your Corvette during the spring, it will already be ready to hit the street.
4) Purchase a High-Quality Fuel Stabilizer
A contaminated fuel system is definitely a problem that Corvette owners want to avoid. After filling your ride with fresh fuel, add a fuel stabilizer. You only need to run the engine for about 10 minutes to circulate the stabilizer thorough your entire fuel system. You will not have to worry about any condensation building up within the tank.
5) Don’t Forget About Your Tires
Corvettes come equipped with high-performance tires that ensure the optimum traction. However, leaving your Corvette parked on a hard surface for an extended period of time can cause flat spots. Avoid this problem by slightly overinflating your tires. Contrary to popular belief, putting your ride on blocks is not a good idea. This could actually cause the shock absorbers to gradually leak.
6) Protect Against Pests
Depending on where you store your Corvette, rodents could pose a problem. Placing moth balls inside the engine bay will certainly deter mice. While putting moth balls around the vehicle is a good idea for some people, pet owners should use a different approach. Stuffing steel wool in your exhaust tips will give you an additional measure of security.
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Do you hear that? It’s the sound of pure American muscle as it dashes down the street. Windows down, Jingle Bells up – oh, what fun it is to drive a Corvette this holiday season!
With the holidays just around the corner, the search for the perfect Corvette-themed gift has begun. We’ve searched high and low to bring you our top picks for unique Corvette gifts for 2016. Whether you’re a Corvette enthusiast or a proud Corvette owner, we have the perfect gift below.
The ultimate indulgence, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport would be the greatest gift ever. With a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine, capable of 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque – it truly is oh so fun to drive. The Grand Sport combines signature Corvette DNA with ingenious engineering to create a stunning aerodynamic sports car with a wider body. Who wouldn’t want to see the iconic Corvette waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning?
Rick Hendrick Corvette has the largest selection of new and used Corvettes in the southeast and will gladly help you find the right Corvette. Come in today and surprise someone special with a Corvette this holiday season!
As the leaves begin to change and the weather cools down there comes a change in the air that will send chills down your spine. The nights become darker and longer coating the highways in complete darkness, but those bold enough still come out and play. These midnight daredevils are miserably fast and have deep raspy voices that echo as they tear down the highway. Their eyes that flash bright with determination but wait, there’s something different about them…costumes! Continue reading →
Corvettes easily captured American’s hearts on the road and it didn’t take long before they were stealing hearts from the big screen. These Corvettes in movies are only a small handful of the several films that have helped shaped Corvette into the elite and powerful muscle car that it is today.
When the concept Corvette for Transformers was revealed in 2009, fans were amazed. Known as Autobot Sideswipe, it was built to represent Corvette’s past, present, and future. Elements from several Corvette generations found their way onto the concept, including the 1963, spilt rear window. The Corvette Transformer was interior and exterior was high in design, but so was the powertrain. The Corvette Transformer was a conceptual hybrid powertrain with a V8 engine with cylinder deactivation for higher fuel efficiency (Jalopnik). This preview Chevy put together to highlight all of their cars featured in the Transformers film, including SideSwipe.
The Last Stand Corvette
When The Last Stand premiered many fell in love with the film’s unexpected star, a souped up Corvette ZR1. The Last Stand Corvette was the perfect choice for the high speed and dangerous lifestyle of cartel drug runners. It blew through police blockades, SVU’s, and even beat out a helicopter. Chevrolet gave the film’s directors 7 Corvette ZR1s for shooting and when filming wrapped the directors were only able to give back two. Neither of which were in good condition.
There can’t be a list of popular Corvette movies without Corvette Summer. Featuring a young Mark Hamill, Corvette Summer was a wild tale of unexpected romance, thieves, and fast cars. The featured Corvette was a customized Stingray with right-hand-drive. For shooting purposes there were two Corvettes made. One still lives in the United States with a private collector while the other was sold to a collector in Australia. The original mold for the car can be seen on display in the National Corvette Museum.
Apollo 13 Corvette
It’s well known that Corvettes and astronauts have history. In the 1960’s Corvette made a deal with NASA to give each astronaut a new Corvette. So naturally when Apollo 13 was filmed, Corvettes were included. Tom Hanks’ character drove a red 1970 Corvette, which was featured in the well-known scene of it pulling up next to a Shelby GT350 at a stoplight. Gary Sinese was filmed in a Y-body ‘Vette as the grounded astronaut and CAPCOM.
Rush Hour Corvette
This 1972 convertible is better known as the Rush Hour Corvette. For ease of shooting purposes this 1972 is an automatic with a 350ci, 270hp engine. Chris Tucker, who is a fan of nice cars himself and a Ferrari owner, said he enjoyed the Corvette and thought it fit his personality. The original Rush Hour Corvette was auctioned off before anyone knew that there would be a Rush Hour 2. Fortunately, Ted Moser was brought in to transform a second black Corvette to match the original.
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There is no denying that Corvette has been up to something big. With the major recent investments to the Corvette plant expansion to the secretive late night track testing, Corvette has been buzzing with mystery. Finally light has been shed onto the rumors with multiple sightings of Corvette’s latest project, the 2018 ZR1.