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C1, C2,...C6Abbreviations for Corvette generations, which came into popular use in the 1990s. C1=1953-1962, C2=1963-1967, C3=1968-1982, C4=1984-1996, C5=1997-2004, C6=2005-201x, C7=201x
C5-RThe C5-R racer was built by Pratt & Miller for GM Racing. It was based on the C5 road car but had a longer wheelbase, a wider track, an enlarged engine and more aerodynamic bodywork with a rear wing and exposed headlamps. It took part in the American Le Mans Series in the GTS Class and competed in five 24 Hours of Le Mans races as a Corvette Racing entry.
  • 2005 The C6.R was unveiled for its first race at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. Later, in the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, it made up for Sebring by placing first and second in the GT1 car class (5th and 6th overall) after a lengthy duel with the Aston Martin team's DBR9 racers. Corvette C6.R went on to win its class at every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season.
  • 2006 In 2006 Corvette C6.R won both American Le Mans GT1 Championships: Teams and Manufacturers.
  • 2007 On March 17, 2007 the C6.R won the GT1 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. For Le Mans 2007, there were four C6.R's on the entry list, as the two Corvette Racing entries were joined by single entries from the Luc Alphand Adventures and PSI-Motorsport teams. However, the Corvettes could not equate their increased numbers into a GT1 class win, as Corvette Racing finished second in class, one lap behind the class-winning Aston Martin DBR9 entered by Aston Martin Racing.
  • 2009 Corvette will officially leave the GT1 class. In August, Corvette Racing will officially debut their GT2 class entry at the Mid-Ohio ALMS race. The new GT2 car has body work inspired by the ZR1 Corvette

CAGS - Computer Aided Gear Selection

Between 1984 and 1988, the Corvette utilized an unusual "4+3" transmission—a 4-speed manual coupled to an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. It was designed to help the Corvette meet U.S. fuel economy standards. The transmission was problematic and was eventually replaced by a much more modern and satisfactory ZF 6-speed manual gearbox in 1989. This new transmission was also the first to feature Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS), which used a solenoid to lock out 2nd gear during low-speed/low-throttle driving conditions. This allowed the Corvette to maintain EPA fuel economy ratings high enough to avoid the "gas guzzler" tax.

CamshaftIn the small block and big block Chevy engines, it is a shaft that turns at one half of the engine speed and pushes the lifters up, pushing the pushrods that push the rocker arms on top of the head, which then depress the valve stem, opening the valves to either let fuel and air in or exhaust out. When someone says they "have a cam in their car", what they really mean is that they have installed a higher performance camshaft than what was originally installed. Almost every engine has a cam so the statement is silly, otherwise. Exceptions of course are reed valve two strokes and rotary engines, among others.
CarlisleCarlisle, PA is the site of a series of car swap meets during the year at the 80 acre fairgrounds. In Corvette conversations, it refers to the Corvettes at Carlisle show held the third weekend of August. There is also a large show in the Spring and Fall for general car parts and several specialty car events through the year.

Zora Arkus-Duntov started development of CERV I (Chevrolet Experimental Racing Vehicle) in 1959, which was later unveiled in public at Riverside International Raceway in November 1960, under the name CERV I (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle).

Unlike production Corvette, CERV I is an open-wheeled vehicle, with only 1 seat.

According to American Muscle Car, it is also called 'Corvette Experimental Research Vehicle I'.

The "CERV-1" (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) was developed as a research tool for that company's continuous investigations into automotive ride and handling phenomena under the most realistic conditions.

The car was built at the Chevrolet Engineering Center at Warren, Michigan in a special project headed by Mr. Zora Arkus-Duntov, Chevrolet Staff Engineer and noted designer and driver.

CERV IIZora Arkus-Duntov began work on the CERV II in 1963, which was completed in 1964. The original plan was to build six cars, three for competition and three spares. The body was styled by Larry Shinoda and Tom Lapine.

Zora Arkus-Duntov began work on the CERV II in 1963, which was completed in 1964. The original plan was to build six cars, three for competition and three spares. The body was styled by Larry Shinoda and Tom Lapine.

CERV III (No. 3) is a playable car in Test Drive III, under the name 'Chevrolet Cerv III', where CERV means 'Corporate Experimental Research Vehicle'.



It was a test mule vehicle for the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C5. It includes 5.7L LT-1 V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission axle, 4-wheel disc brakes, front 255/45ZR17 and rear 285/40ZR17 tires on BBS basket wheels, side curtains, no side window glass, and a modified production interior.

The vehicle was sold in 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction for $34000 (before buyer premium).

This car is currently on display in Effingham IL at the MY Garage Museum owned by Mike Yager.

CERV-4On December 1992, General Motors' Corvette group secretly contracts with TDM, Inc. to build a test car of the 1997 Corvette, which was officially called CERV-4 (Corvette Engineering Research Vehicle). Corvette directed the project, with Chevrolet paying for it. General Motors management was not told about it, for fear of cancellation. It was unveiled by Corvette chief engineer Dave Hill on 1993-5-3 at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren. The build cost was about US$1.2 million.
CHMSLCHMSL - Center High Mounted Signal Light (a third center brake light) was added to the C4 Corvettes in 1986
Collector EditionTo commemorate the final year of the C4, Chevrolet reissued a Collector Edition. Also produced in low numbers, all CE's were painted Sebring Silver, a color reminiscent of the 1963 Sting Ray and later retained for the C-5 color lineup. A near mirror image of the Grand Sport, if properly equipped, it also got the 5 spoke "A mold" wheels in matching silver, bigger ZR-1 brakes, and a myriad of standard features. Like all production 1996 Corvettes, the LT-4 received the ZF 6-speed gearbox, while all LT-1 Corvettes used the automatic transmission. CE's were also available in a convertible with 3 interior color choices, red, silver and black. On all four sides of the car, a special set of "Collector Edition" flags were appointed, and also embroidered in the seat backs.
ConvertibleSoft top Corvettes built between 1953-1975, and starting again in 1986. Some enthusiasts prefer the term roadster for 1953-1955 models.

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured in six generations by General Motors (GM) since 1953. The first Corvette was designed by Harley Earl and named by Myron Scott after the fast ship of the same name. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, it is currently built at a GM assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

While sold under the Chevrolet marque in the United States and other locations in the world, it is sold under its own Corvette marque in Europe and Japan, where the car is also rather rare. The car has been built in coupé, targa top and convertible versions.


Corvette Black BookPocket "bible" of Corvette facts.
Corvette ChallengeA pro racing series for Corvettes only. After Corvettes were expelled from SCCA Showroom Stock in the '80s, Corvette marketing convinced SCCA to permit a Corvette only series of identical Corvettes, along the idea of the IROC, only with showroom stock cars. From 1988, the Corvette Challenge cars were a special order requiring an SCCA license to buy it and included some special options for the series.
Corvette SSThe Corvette SS was a race only Corvette designed to run endurance races at Sebring and LeMans in 1957. The magnesium body was very light over a tube space frame. It had the looks and the potential to be a winner but due to a bushing failing at Sebring, it retired early. The manufacturers decision to stop active factory participation in motorsports brought the car to an end before it could accomplish anything. One thing important was noted: The magnesium body was far too hot inside. The fiberglass "Mule" built to test the car before it was built showed that there was enormous potential in the design. The Mule was scrapped and later resurfaced as the Stingray racer.
Coupe1963-1967 fixed-top Corvettes; also T-top 1968-1982 models, and removable-roof panel (targa) 1984 and newer models.
CrossfireA dual throttle-body injection system used in the L83 engine - early C4 models

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