The new Corvette’s design is not an evolution of the previous generations, but a complete and utter revolution. They have deliberately included some controversial features, such as the taillight’s design, to send the message that although they care for tradition and heritage, they are definitely moving forward and trying out new things.
In this video design manager Kirk Bennion tells us about the challenges they faced while developing the new Stingray’s body.
Functional exterior elements in the Stingray’s body include:
- All models have a new grille/radiator arrangement and hood vents. Venting air out of the hood reduces total front-end lift for improved steering response at high speeds
- The front fender side coves also help vent underhood air pressure to reduce aerodynamic drag
- Models with the automatic transmission or Z51 Performance Package feature a functional vent on driver’s left side directing air over a heat exchanger for the transmission fluid and a similar arrangement on the passenger side that directs air over a heat exchanger for the electronic limited slip differential
- Airflow through the differential and transmission heat exchangers exit through the aircraft-inspired taillamp vents and lower-rear fascia air outlets
- The Z51 Performance Package also includes brake-cooling ducts, a unique rear spoiler and additional air deflectors for enhanced track capability.