Sure, the brand-new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is plenty fast, but I'd like to think I moved even faster when I got the chance to review "Corvette Stingray The Seventh Generation of America's sports car." Graciously provided by the auto-oriented publishing house Motorbooks, and written by long-time automotive journalist Larry Edsall, the book itself is a nicely made work that's packed with great photography and is currently available via www.Motorbooks.com with an MSRP of $40. But along with the kind of graphics one would expect from a "coffee-table book," Motorbooks also had promised to deliver an in-depth look at the development of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, complete with exclusive interviews from all the major players, and I was eager to find out more about what's become an instant icon for General Motors. And I did.
For example, Edsall starts off with the traditional tale of the Corvette's birth as a "Eurostyle two-seater," covers its evolution into a true sports car under the direction of Zora Arkus-Duntov—known as "the father of the Corvette," and explains how the decision to form Corvette Racing in 1999 set the tone for the generations that followed, including the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. That's all pretty standard fare for Corvette books, but this one includes an interesting nugget about the classic 1963 split-window Corvette Sting Ray: The noticeable ridge that runs right down the center of the car and through its dual rear glass is, in fact, called the "stinger."
Similarly, Edsall provides a behind-the-scenes account of how important the previous-generation Corvette was to GM's very survival. Politicos were apparently quite impressed with engineers' ability to combine in excess of 400 hp with an EPA mark of 26 mpg highway, taking it as a sign of GM's ability to provide relatively strong fuel-economy marks in a car that people still look at as desirable. (Note: The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is up to 29 mpg highway, backed by 455 hp.)
The meat of the book, however, is a detailed examination of just about every facet of the development of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Edsall explores everything from the car's advanced direct injection system to the role of marketing in the vehicle's launch, and perhaps even goes a little too deep for more casual readers.
Which brings us to the picking of the nits.
(Images from GM Archive; Featured in Corvette Stingray by Larry Edsall.)