American Innovation: The Icon of American Strength, the Corvette
I love the Corvette. It is the perfect symbol of American innovation and strength. An American muscle car through and through, with big curves and a throaty, powerful engine.
Corvette innovated for decades, as the premiere American race car, entering races at Le Mans and Daytona. Recently, Corvette innovated even further by moving to a mid-engine design to compete with the Italian muscle cars. Corvette’s mid-engine design has made it a more modern super car, capable of going from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, with 495 horsepower, rivaling some of the fastest cars on Earth.
Now, if rumors are true, Corvette is getting either an all-electric or hybrid model called the “E-Ray,” part of General Motors’ move toward an all-electric fleet by 2035. The E-Ray represents the continuing trend of Corvette’s American innovation. Imagine driving an electric car, made in America, as iconic as the Corvette and capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour.
That is the promise and strength of the Corvette brand. These are the cars that the astronauts drove, that race drivers drove, and that you can drive at home. Best of all, every Corvette since 1981 has been made — and will be made — in the heart of America, at the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This is American innovation in the heartland.
To me, the Corvette is more than just a fast car. The Corvette is a monument to American innovation and to the promise of the American worker. The Corvette is American strength, American power, and American speed. It is an American icon.