Jay Leno’s Garage is basically an American web and television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars and motorbikes starring former Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter dropped by the show to introduce the Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51. One nifty feature you may not know about is its clear, power-operated panel between the seats, which lets a little more engine sound into the cabin. Read more for the segment and additional information.
The two-piece power hardtop can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 mph in a mere 16 seconds and gets stowed away in a body-colored panel above the engine, between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels. A total of six electric motors open and close the top, an arrangement that Chevrolet says is more precise than the hydraulic and hand-operated mechanisms past Corvettes used. Its mid-engine layout allows for better acceleration and more usable power, while offering good handling compared to nose-heavy front-engine cars.