Yesterday, we noted the extensive use of carbon fiber in the Corvette Stingray concept. Cool, yes, but advanced composite materials have long been a Corvette tradition. How long? Check out this photo of the C1 'vette's fiberglass composite body.

Rick Pinito, with GM color and trim, told us:

"Corvette (in all its variations from the very first C1) has always utilized unique composite materials (fiberglass body, fiberglass springs, balsawood composite floor, carbon fiber, etc). The stingray is true to this hertitage with the extensive use of carbon fiber and graphite/nylon reinforced plastic for the various underhood structures (door hinges, hood mechanism, intake manifold, etc) Only in the past 10-15 years have composite materials been used more extensively in production vehicles (and often only expensive sportscars). Corvette has been doing this since 1953."