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Corvette Today Interviews Harlan Charles Re The C8 & More: ON NOW

What a wonderful Corvette Today podcast!!! Steve Garrett sits down with Corvette Product Manager, Harlan Charles on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY. Harlan talks about his early years with Chevrolet and how he became Product Manager for Corvette. He also discusses the cohesive work done by the entire Corvette team-from C5 through C8.  You'll learn about the evolution of the new mid-engine C8 Corvette and the steps taken to bring it to market. Plus, Harlan delves into the launch of the C8, the development of the strategy behind the mid-engine car.
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Now for something completely different - Your tires from the inside

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  • Now for something completely different - Your tires from the inside

    You might not think about your tires very much when you drive, but really, they're the most important piece of equipment on your car. This unique video gives us some insight into why that is.

    Following a suggestion from a viewer, the Warped Perception YouTube channel decided to find out what the inside of a tire might look like while mounted to a car on the move. The host manages to mount a GoPro onto the barrel of the wheel, connecting an aftermarket light and battery so we can see what happens inside.

    The wheel is mounted to the front-right corner of a Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG sedan, and driven slowly down an alleyway. The camera setup works beautifully, showing us how the tire deforms as it touches the pavement, and changes shape to accommodate for imperfections in the road. We're even able to hear the rumbling of the tire as it travels, and see small pieces of debris trapped inside. Interesting stuff.

    Things get a bit more chaotic as the car moves faster. The tire begins to shift and deform, and the sounds get louder. It's only when the driver takes a hard left turn the tire actually makes contact with the GoPro, altering its viewing angle. We're surprised the centrifugal forces didn't fling the GoPro off of its mounting point at any point, considering how unbalanced it must've made the wheel.
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  • #2
    Thanks meyerweb. With that amount of tread and sidewall flex even at the beginning of the video (which is described as occurring at low speed), it’s close to a miracle that tires last even 100 miles, let alone typically 15,000+ miles.
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    • #3
      Wow , Thanks meyerweb, That is definitely a first. Extremely amazing how much flex and shimmy there is in that tire. Seems to be a great way to try different types of tires to see any differences over the same test area.
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      • #4
        Very cool vid. Almost looks alive when it's deforming.


        • #5
          That was soo Cool
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          • #6
            Impressive point of view from inside, shocked that the camera worked just fine under the air pressure. Thanks for sharing 👍👍
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