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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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Ford GT @ 700 HP/$1.2M

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    Only 45 being built as the swan song for the end of Ford GT production. Thanks to Motor1.

    Originally posted by Motor1
    Limited-Edition, Track-Only Ford GT Mk II Unleashes The Next Level of Ford GT Supercar Performance

    • Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, the Ford GT Mk II delivers the full performance potential of the Ford GT in a track-only version engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations

    • Ford GT Mk II performance innovations and improvements include aerodynamic enhancements for added downforce, further weight savings and chassis updates for better handling, and increased engine power

    • Available now, limited-edition track car is limited to 45 vehicles with a $1.2 million starting MSRP

    GOODWOOD, UK, Jul. 4, 2019 – Ford and Multimatic today reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT that represents the next stage in Ford GT performance.

    With a 700 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns with the Ford GT race car yet GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations.

    “The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”

    Limited to just 45 vehicles, with a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, the GT Mk II joins the GT race car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Ford GT supercar.

    “The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt. “The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150 horsepower down to the road car. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.”

    Built in Markham, Ontario, the Mk II begins life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II.
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  • #2
    Thanks for sharing, 1.2 million track only car and my guess is the 160k ZORA with close to 1000 hp will outrun this POS when released in 2021.
    Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C


    • #3
      BOP rules in racing allows sanctioning bodies to control the racing. Also allows the biggest checkbook to get the best breaks.
      3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C


      • #4
        The Ford GT and ME Corvette are complementary. The GT is a beautiful American Icon.


        • #5
          I wouldn't pay 1.2 mil for a ford with a 6cyl. Maybe $35,000 lol


          • #6
            Those 45 will look very nice sitting in someone’s collection. Might five ever be on a track once.
            Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.


            • #7
              If I won Powerball, I would buy one. My garage doesn’t discriminate!
              GMO Rapid Blue, EFY Body-Color Accents, Z51 Performance Package, FE4 Magnetic Selective Ride Suspension, 1LT Trim, HTA Jet Black Interior, 3A9 Tension Blue Seat Belt, Q8S Sterling Silver Trident Wheels, J6F Bright Red Calipers


              • #8
                Originally posted by SheepDog View Post
                The Ford GT and ME Corvette are complementary. The GT is a beautiful American Icon.
                American Icon ?

                How ?
                it is owned and built outside the USA
                Corvettes owned, wrenched on and raced since 1975:
                1974,75,77,84,87,89,91,93,94 ZR-1 & 1999 Mallett 435


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Teamzr1 View Post

                  American Icon ?

                  How ?
                  it is owned and built outside the USA
                  Sorry I assumed that Ford was American. I'm straight now. Thanks. Our flags are stitched in China. Should I send it back.