The Corvette was warmly welcomed and immediately embraced by both fans and critics alike when the new coupe finally made its appearance in January, at the Detroit Auto Show. The C6 Corvette was not a total redesign as its C5 predecessor had been in , but rather it was an advancement of the car that carried forward many of the best features of the fifth-generation model. Five inches shorter than the current car, the Corvette cuts a tighter, more taut profile — with virtually no loss of usable space. There are a lot of functional factors that affect Corvette design. As an example, aerodynamics play a huge role in driving the aesthetic.
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The Bill Thomas Cheetah was an American sports car designed and engineered entirely with American components, and built from to by Chevrolet performance tuner Bill Thomas. It was developed as a competitor to Carroll Shelby 's Cobra. William P. At that time General Motors approached him to undertake performance work on the new Chevrolet Corvair. Bill Thomas died October 10,