Chevrolet Corvette C5
The Chevrolet Corvette (C5) was a sports car manufactured by General Motors in the years between 1997 and 2004. The C5’s design and ergonomics saw major departures from its previous generations. The design of the C5 from the beginning was centered on a brawny convertible as opposed to a coupé that was adequately visible from the removal of the roof structure and the substitution of a hydro foamed box frame in its place. Additionally, the transmission of the car was shifted to its rear to structure a back end trans-axle assembly that was connected to the car’s LS1 engine via a torque tube. The C5 replaced the LS1 with a powerful engine in the year 2001 that produced 345 hp of engine power along with a stronger body frame that corrected the screeches and rattle of C4, its predecessor, and qualified it to last for at least two more generations
The C5 functioned on the LS1 engine standard on previous Chevrolet models, which initially produced 345 hp whose power was slightly increased in 2001 to 350 hp. The 4 speed manual automatic transmission was borrowed into the C5 from previous models, but was replaced by a 6 speed Borg-Warner soon, which was capable of jet setting the C5 to a top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).
In contrast to popular notions of high-performing vehicles having poor fuel economy, the C5 achieved comparatively high EPA ratings of 18/25 mpg on cities and highways for its manual transmission and 19/28 mpg with the automatic. A number of factors were responsible for such high EPA like the relatively light weight of the car (1,500 kg), omission of spare tires in favor of flat tires as additional weight-saving measures and a low drag coefficient that enables it to shift to higher gears instantly. The various permutations and combinations in the C5’s suspension enabled it to match speed besting figures of 4.7 seconds for a 0–60 mph sprint, which was equivalent to some of the world's premier sports cars including BMW Z8, Ferrari 360 and Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Interior design features of the C5 include Shift Boot and knobs, brake boots and handles, console lids, door handles, arm rests, aluminum ahift knobs (available only for the six-speed auto-transmission versions) and nappa leather work for Steering Wheels. Additionally a C5 logo can be also added to the car’s console lid on special request. The floor boards on the C5 were made of a composite mixture of S.M.C with Balsa wood in the middle. Balsa wood was specifically chosen for its extreme stiffness, leanness and excellent sound deadening qualities.
Suspension options for the C5 were limited initially to the FE1 R.P.O with alternatives like the FE3 Sport Suspension or the selective Ride Control F45 suspension that allowed driver preferences for selecting different ride characteristics like sports or touring. The magnetic selection ride control F55 Suspension was substituted as a replacement for the F45 from 2003 onwards as the 3rd suspension choice.
While the styling of the C4 was based on simplifying the C3’s fastback design, by straightening out the complex curves and giving the car a sleeker look, the C5 ended up reversing that trend somewhat. The C5 had a more rounded and graceful appearance that evoked some of the aggressive looks of the C3 without compromising on the car’s aerodynamics. An alternative body style i.e. the hardtop or the "fixed-roof coupé”, was added to the lineup that featured a fixed top which was similar to the non removable targa top panels seen on the fastback coupé. The C5's upgraded body panels were made up of Sheet molded composite (or S.M.C's) that is a type of fiberglass that is blended and bonded with plastics. S.M.C provided better protection against direct blows on account of its stiffness and immunity against indentation.