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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!!;
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Least Known GM Mid Engine Concept

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  • Least Known GM Mid Engine Concept

    We have tracked, and collected in one place, most of the Corvette ME protypes, even those which were ME’s but not Corvettes:


    This GM mid engine concept vehicles however was a new one to me.

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    Originally posted by gmauthority
    The GMC L’Universelle May Be GMC’s Best Concept Ever

    General Motors’ Motorama car shows of the 1950s were widely documented and are well-known for their opulence and extravagance. Show cars from Motorama were designed to capture the hearts and minds of those that attended the touring car show as it visited different American cities and were representative of the strength of Detroit’s automotive industry at the time.

    MotorCities recently documented one of our personal favorite Motorama concepts, bringing it back into memory for us: the 1955 GMC L’Universelle Dream Truck. This concept was built for the 1955 Motorama and was intended to be a forward-thinking take on the relatively basic panel van. In addition to the retro-futuristic space-age design, the GMC L’Universelle also had its engine mounted mid-ship, along with front-wheel drive. Without a driveshaft running the length of the van, the Dream Truck was able to accommodate a lower floor, allowing for more cargo and passenger space and enabling easier rear loading. The cab-forward driving position and the widescreen windshield also provided superior visibility to other vans of the time.

    1955-GMC-LUniverselle-1Speaking of the engine, it was a Pontiac-sourced 4.6-liter V8, which was paired with a front transaxle. Because the driver’s was well ahead of the front wheels, a rather confusing series of steering shafts directed back to the front wheels to enable steering. Other unique aspects of the GMC L’Universelle included upward-opening gullwing doors, which were designed to provide easier ingress for passengers in tight parking spaces – similar to the Tesla Model X’s ‘Falcon Wing’ doors.
    With radical ideas like a front transxle and gullwing doors, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that GM never intended to put the GMC L’Universelle into production. The executives behind the project fully intended to build the van, however, and were allegedly quite disappointed when it was deemed too complicated/expensive for production.

    In a way, the GMC L’Universelle is similar to many modern-day electric cars – maximizing its interior space via a flat floor to deliver added practicality and a panoramic outward view. What do you think, GMC, is it time to have another crack at a vehicle like the L’Universelle, but this time with an electric powertrain?

    Source: MotorCities/Hemmings

    Photos via GM

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    That's actually really cool looking! I'd drive that any day!


    • #3
      Too bad that was not production ready for GM during the van craze of the 1970’s.
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        Originally posted by Ripper View Post
        That's actually really cool looking! I'd drive that any day!
        Agreed, and look at the size of those doors - great for ease of entry.

        I guess the GM engineers were already envisioning just how big the American waistline would be getting in the future!
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        • #5
          I never even heard of that mid engine before.


          • #6
            THAT is a "front mid-engine" design.

            Don't think it would pass any of today's front impact tests, though, with the drivers feet inches from the front bumper.
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            • #7
              It is very cool, for the innovation of the day. Quite a few styling features we have seen since are in the design.
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