Just looking at the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, it's not hard to see that the car's design was created with aerodynamics at the forefront, but Chevrolet designers point out exactly what went into designing the iconic coupe in a pair of recently released videos. The videos show the Corvette going through early design phases, including clay models and wind tunnel tests, as well as talking to the car's chief engineer, Tadge Juechter.

Both videos help explain various aspects of the C7 Corvette, but it's the aero tuning of the car that is most interesting. This includes extra attention paid to the lower air dam and vented hood to help reduce drag and lift, while the rear quarter inlets are for differential and transmission cooling. Juechter said that some of these aero-tuned elements were inspired from GM's involvement in racing.

If you have about five minutes and you can't get enough information about the new 'Vette, then check out the videos posted below.




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      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mind vents, and I understand that these are functional. Just wish that they were body color. The black on red everywhere looks disjointed. And I still don't like the tail lamps or rear quarter panels. It's got a voluptuous front end with a box section rear. Tail lamps are overstyled and a complete departure from history, shape wise. I understand the vents there are functional as well, but I think they could have been handled in a much more interesting way. Like dual round lenses with vented outer rings. Subtle and cool and iconic without looking like eyelashes on a Transformer face.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Bring back the dual round taillights. But, knowing the availability of aftermarket Corvette mods, I'll bet someone comes out with a bumper cover and taillight setup that will accomplish just that.
          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dukeisduke
          You mean the RV lights? Quit living in the past, it's called evolution.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        • 1 Year Ago
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        libertedelacroix
        • 1 Year Ago
        The only recently truly ugly car is the upcoming Lexus IS. Seriously, it's so horrific that they are using press footage from it's debut for the next SAW series.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      STOP GOING ON ABOUT WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB YOU DID -- IT'S A TURNOFF! It seems idiotic to have presented the car in red with all those busy black vents on it. -- but then, I recall when they sent the C5 to the LA Auto Show in white, its worst color, and listening to teenagers standing in front of me say "Can't you see some divorce with a gold chain trying to pick up chicks in this?" IN OTHER WORDS, SHUT UP AND LET THE CAR FIND ITS MARKET, OK?
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
        From my years of posting here, and as a father of teenagers past and present, I've learned that teenagers say crap out of jealousy and often just plain being mean. Most of the a-holes that post here criticize cars that they can't afford, and think the world of some rather crappy cars that fall within their budget. Cars I for one wouldn't be caught dead in. I have never owned a Corvette and will one day (soon) have one, but it will have nothing to do with getting crotch. In years past, late 70s C3s hated and could not afford. C4, loved it at the time, because it was so much better than the C3, could not afford. C5 to me was just plain clumsy, could afford, but would not go near it. C6, kids now approaching college age, out of the question. C7, Last kid still in school, but he'll just have to make do on Ramen and PB&J. I'm finally ready to do this. Still have the same wife from the late 80s, and maybe she'll understand, but this is going to happen. BTW: This is how the marketing world works. BMW does it, Ferrari does it, Ford does it etc. Cars do sometimes find their market. It would be quite stupid to build such a great car, and sit it in the corner of a showroom and hope that it finds its market.
          CarNutMike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Plus one for adding "getting crotch" to my personal lexicon.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
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      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can always find faults with a 50K car when you compare it to a $300,000 car. The reason this car looks "cheaper" than a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish is because you can get 6 C7's for the price of one Aston. Hey give me 80% of the looks with arguably 100% of the performance and charge me 1/6 the price and I'm in!
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      When people Hate on this car it just proves that GM got it right!
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        That's just a dumb comment. The car isn't that good looking. Would I take it over an aston, sure. And I really like the looks of the aston, but I feel like you can do more with the C7 performance wise. But it's still not the best looking car.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hey those vents look cheap and stuck on" "HA! They're functional!" "Um, yeah I know but they still LOOK cheap and stuck on." "Yeah but they're functional." "Yeah I get it but they're still ugly." "But... they're functional."
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Classic corvette philosophy: Form follows function and if you don't like it, we don't care. We're too busy winning to care. Not to say the vents look great but id love to have functional things like them on my car. Function follows form is a euro trash and ricer philosophy, one that I'd prefer not to be aligned with.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Mono leaf springs, push rods, vents. All aspects that draw some sort of criticism but also serve to improve the car in some way, whether it be weight savings, efficiency, cooling or some other aspect. John, mentioning the hideous zr1 hood doesn't make any of this less true and is just one more example of how everything you post on here is nothing more than common trolling. Judging from your comments, every time you get a chance to raise a legitimate point, you instead choose to argue for the sake of arguing. Herp, derp.
          Dizzle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          @john - God dammit! Would you shut your ******* beak and go sit under a bridge somewhere you troll.
          john
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Form follows function. Yes, that explains the see through hood on the ZR1.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Functional vents are fantastic news. For those that think it's ugly chevrolet doesn't want you to buy one anyways because you're a dick.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aston Martin 77, 0-60 3.4 secs; priced at US$1,700,000; 2011 Corvette ZR1 0-60 3.3 seconds. The 2013 ZR1 has been improved to 3.2 seconds Speed times sourced 0 to 60 times dot com Bottom line is, There is no Aston martin short of the 77 that can put down a lap faster than a 1LE Camaro ZL1 camaro let alone something like a Z06 or even a GT500 Mustang. If you want performance Performance Chevrolet's Camaros pack way more speed and racing technology than the entire Aston Martin corporation. From a performance stand point, comparing a kit car company like Aston Martin to a Global Giant like GM with a bigger racing budget than the entire Aston Martin Corps annual revenue is just laughable. If you want to talk about scottish leather in cars, then we can have that conversation, but you can be sure this sting ray will probably put down better lap times than the fastest aston ever made on day one.
        john
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Yes, because 0-60 and lap times are the only, and most important benchmarks when buying a car.
          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john
          No they're not, but the latest C6 was hardly lacking in feel, feedback or responsiveness. I've ripped on underdeveloped thrown together GM cars for years but if you can't admit how damn good the C6 (and I'm sure the C7) are, you're just in denial and/or a euro car snob in a cloud of outdated information or just a simple hater.
        wat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Why are you picking on Aston Martin? Also, the comparison is completely off. You're comparing straight line speeds vs a car that targets overall speeds (namely, cornering when on a track). Let's not forget the Aston One-77 is limited to 77 cars, so saying that it's 1.7M and getting beat by a cheaper car makes no sense. If you're gonna do that, throw a GT-R in the mix or something. So basically, you're arguing for the sake of arguing.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never doubted they were functional. What I disagree with is the heavy-handed way they were styled. The new Corvette is visually The Situation when it should have been Steve McGarrett.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Actually they're not. Its just because they're painted in a contrasting color. The same goes for the blacked out A-pillar. it kills the car. There is nothing wrong with this cars that couldn't be fixed with paint.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
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      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do the videos explain the awful rear end?
      citidriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      First off, I think this Corvette is amazing as far as it's engine, chassis and drivetrain, but some of the styling still is on the cheap looking side for me. For all of this aero talk, I'm surprised that they still have a gaping hole on the side to open the door. Esthetically for me, it's a bit gimmiky; I'm sure GM can come up with door openers like an Aston or something. Also that rear wing/lip looks poorly made or ill-fitted, not very integrated; why not just design a lip as part of the body? Lastly, that extractor on the hood, ugh. Italian cars from the 70s had better looking grilles on the hood. It's been explained on blogs before that the bulge that stays so big close to the windshield is for cold air induction. If so, why not have 2 extractors on the hood to the sides of the bulge so that warm air doesn't get sucked back in down the middle. It even shows the warm air on those diagrams. Sorry for being so picky, but if these guys are justifying these little things, the results make me wonder.
        Clipper44
        • 1 Year Ago
        @citidriver
        If they had Aston door handles you would've just complained that they ripped off Aston and have no originality.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clipper44
          This is just a dumb comment. I seriously doubt OP is saying for GM to copy Aston, but just make a BETTER looking AND *gasp* functional car. I know that might be hard for you GM only fans to comprehend.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clipper44
          Nice of you to let everybody know that your comment is dumb right in your firat sentence. I should have just took your word for it but unfortunately, I read the rest anyway.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clipper44
          @dizzle, I found his comment dumb and I'm sorry you couldn't pick up on the sarcasm in my statement. .....Over YOUR head.
          citidriver
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clipper44
          I didn't mean for them to copy anyone, I'm sure GM could come up with smooth and flush handles that don't detract from such nice curves.
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @citidriver
        If you think the corvette's air vents, do you also think the Ferrari berlinetta "air bridge" vent design is also gimmicky ? Science is being implemented into cars....and if a vent can help lower drag coefficient it can only be a plus for the buyer...
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          @1454 See my comment farther up about form over function being a euro trash ricer philosophy. Certainly not becoming of a car that built a racing dynasty in lemans gt. Sometimes it is okay to sacrifice looks in the name of the almighty lap time. See ultima gtr. For those who can't stomach it, there are plenty of poser cars, that cater to looks, to choose from.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          The Berlinetta is a fairly ugly car, too. I think the 458 OTOH is a gorgeous car. I believe that is what OP is saying, he just wishes the car was better looking. Sometimes, when we are still talking about a street car here, many of us would like to see a better looking car. Functionality is great and all, but sometimes it's better to go with a looks over function when we are talking about a car that 90% of what is produced will never see the track or speeds over 100 mph.
          citidriver
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eta Carinae
          i said the door opener opening was gimmicky, not the vents
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        @citidriver
        I agree. The car doesn't look good. I just don't understand the -1's you have received. I guess people just can't deal with a tiny bit of criticism of a government motors car.
          Ben Lee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1454
          I agree with the OP as well. "Heavy handed" is a good way to phrase it. For me, pretentious comes to mind when i hear "functional" and "racing technology" etc.. I feel the same way about Ferraris. Its not a race car, just make something road car beautiful.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1454
          Thanks Ben, you are correct. These are road cars and people need to remember that. Some people don't understand form AND function. Personally, I loved the looks of the C5 and C6, but the C7 looks like it was hit with a fugly stick. But I guess, according to most here, that makes me "biased". As it's clear I just hate the "Corvette" brand.
          1454
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1454
          Martin, screw off. The corvette and GM would have survived without government involvement, and we, YOU KNOW, the TAXPAYERS, wouldn't be on the hook for billions that will NEVER be paid back. So yes, GOVERNMENT MOTORS. I don't care how "old" the statement is, it's still relevant. Please insert head into running blender. Please.
        ROLO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @citidriver
        go back to the 70s the 70s is your period downing cars of now wont help much. Its like i tell my friends find your stop and jump off the train. Those people who do look forward and think how could they do _____. Fortunately for us looking back its the same.
      Yousuf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man the smell of blastic is all over the place ..!!! the most stupid corvette design ever ...
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