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Corvette Today Podcast: TONS OF NEWS THIS WEEK

We've been doing Corvette news & headlines podcasts on CORVETTE TODAY since September 2020. I don't remember ever doing a news & headlines podcast with this much critical information packed into one podcast! This is a "must listen" to podcast. Here are a few of the topics covered in this episode....

1. Chevrolet confirms the introduction this Fall of the 2023 C8 Z06 with a new video release-and it sounds like a Ferrari
2. Corvette dominates sales in Q2 2021
3. Chevy dealerships have received their first 2022 C8 allocations
4. Callaway looks ahead to 2022 and the Callaway C8 Corvette
5. Right-hand drive C8 is revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
6. New GT-3 spec C8.R expected in 2024
7. California will start failing cars with tuned ECU’s during smog checks
8. The National Corvette Museum delivers their 14,000th Corvette
9. A couple exchanges wedding vows before taking delivery of their C8 at the NCM
10. "Life in the Fast Lane" by The Eagles is a story of cocaine and a fast Corvette
11. Sigala Designs shows off a completed widebody kit for the C8
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Cosworth Builds Upscale ME Motors

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    Is this new Warren, MI factory for not just building the heads for the Cadillac’s 4.2L TT, DOHC, “Hot Vee” Motors, but also for building heads, and maybe more, for the Z06/ZR1/ZORA motors for the mid engined C8 Corvette?

    A huge thanks to “Fasttoys” ”or finding and sharing this incredible article with MECF! As he noted, this could really get the attention of European and other specialty brand buyers, e.g., having Cosworth building at least the heads for some upcoming “unnamed” major brand. Not coincidental to him nor to me that the new headquarters and manufacturing plant is located in GM’s home area.

    Originally posted by Forbes
    Cosworth Inaugurates New North American Headquarters And Factory

    Sam AbuelsamidContributori. (AutosA lifetime in the car business, first engineering, now communicating.)

    To racing fans around the world, Cosworth is a name that surely brings up memories of some amazing engines including the legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 in Formula 1 and the derivative DFX in Indy cars. Founded in England 60 years by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, Cosworth also has a long history of working on wide variety of production programs for a wide range of manufacturers. The company inaugurated its new North American headquarters and factory on June 25, 2018 and announced an expansion into developing sensing systems and software for automated vehicles.

    The new offices and factory in Shelby Township, north of Detroit are just the beginning of an expanding presence here. Right now, the plant only has a single manufacturing module with 14 CNC machining units, 6 robots and other related equipment. The first product coming from the facility are the cylinder heads for the recently announced 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 that debuts in the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport.

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    Cosworth's new Shelby Township, Mich. factory is producing cylinder heads for the new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 for the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-SportCADILLAC

    “By the end of 2019, the plant will add more equipment to expand capacity for this and other derivatives,” said manufacturing engineer, Ken Bowers. While no one from Cosworth would comment on future products, at least one derivative of the Cadillac V8 is expected to be a more powerful version for use in the long-rumored mid-engined Corvette (aka the Don Sherman edition).

    Cosworth has been developing and producing parts and complete engines for a range of manufacturers throughout most of its history including the famous 2.0-liter twin-cam four-cylinder in the mid-1970s Chevrolet Cosworth Vega and cylinder blocks for Aston Martin’s V12 engines.

    When Cosworth was acquired from Ford by Jerry Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven in 2004, it was combined with Pi Research. Pi had been a major supplier of electronic control systems including telemetry, data acquisition and ECUs for racing cars. Cosworth Group is now hoping to leverage that electronics expertise to become a player in the burgeoning automated driving space.

    For the past several years, it has already been producing its AliveDrive system which has been available in several General Motors products including the Corvette and Camaro as the Performance Data Recorder. This system takes the input signals from the forward looking camera for lane departure warning and combines it with vehicle data and inertial sensors to enable drivers to record both video and data while driving. The AliveDrive system will be expanding to other automakers in the near future.

    Cosworth's AllDrive Platform is the basis for the Performance Data Recorder available in the Chevrolet Corvette and CamaroCHEVROLET

    Over the past two years, Cosworth has worked with other sensor providers to developing integrated solid-state sensing modules that combine, cameras, lidar and eventually radar for automated vehicles. For now, Cosworth doesn’t intend to develop its own lidar sensors. Instead they will focus on hardware and software integration with the sensors, computing chips and fusion algorithms to provide automakers with a robust, low-power and hopefully lower cost solution.

    Cosworth also hopes to leverage its racing telemetry expertise to integrate production vehicle communications including V2X into its offerings for the auto industry.

    In the next few years, Cosworth hopes to be producing these sensor modules at the Shelby Township factory although no specific timeline has been given. Within the next few years, Cosworth intends to add a North American R&D center in Shelby, adjacent to the factory to augment its existing R&D facilities in the UK.

    With the auto industry shifting toward automated, electrified and connected systems, companies like Cosworth will also have to adapt if they want to have ongoing businesses going forward.

    I’ve spent my entire adult life working in and around the automotive industry. After earning a mechanical engineering degree from GMI I spent the next 17 years working on electronic control systems that help cars stop, go and change direction before I drove away to write abo...

    The author is a senior analyst on the Transportation Efficiencies team at Navigant Research and co-host of the Wheel Bearings podcast
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