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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! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/show/...ppfrkBCyZstwdl. 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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    Next in ME Development Process


    Question, what do you think is next, after Nurburgring testing, earlier testing at VIR, and continued test at both Milford Proving Grounds and at the GM facility inside the Yuma Army base (no drone/no airplane fly done).

    What do you think is next in the ME’s development/testing process, and why?

    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    I remember in “All Corvettes Are Red,” a reported comment by Dave Hill saying, as he was in a caravan of C5 mules testing during the winter months, that, “the windshield defrosting is not going fast enough, and that is one thing CR and other testing agencies will zero in on in their initial evaluations.”

    Track testing is critical, but what is most important to 95% of us, 95% of the time, is day to day functionality. What is next is with temperatures dropping, and with rain and snow starting to increase soon, is that the car is driven tens of thousands of testing miles on the streets; going short distances like running errands; in summary, being tested in the kinds of driving many Corvette daily drivers do in fall and winter, all to insure the ME works well doing “everyday car” activities.

    Of course in addition to those daily street testing miles, at some point, probably next January, the 2020 Corvette will return to Kapuskasing, about 560 miles north of Toronto, where GM has its winter facility where every GM vehicle must be tested at. Kapuskasing‘ s average January temperatures are 11 degrees Fahrenheit (daily highs), with nighttime lows averaging -11 degrees F.

    While I want my ME tomorrow, there are so many overriding reasons for further testing over the next roughly one year until the first customer cars are delivered.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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    • #3
      Some sort of "endurance" testing like a 500 mile non-stop point to point on US roads/Interstates like regular usage.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Boomer View Post
        Some sort of "endurance" testing like a 500 mile non-stop point to point on US roads/Interstates like regular usage.
        I donate myself to the cause of driving it thru the trenches. Somebody has to do it.
        2017 TR GS 2LT

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        • #5
          We have selected you Ateupjoe as our MECF representative. Just report at Mary Barra’s office tomrorow morning at 8:00 to receive your ME IVERS for testing. Happy driving.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ateupjoe View Post

            I donate myself to the cause of driving it thru the trenches. Somebody has to do it.
            You beat me to it...
            My C8:
            '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

            Current Vettes:
            '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
            '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
            '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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            • #7
              I would be willing to test the ME by driving to various winery’s and restaurants.
              3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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              • #8
                Maybe we could get Mary Barra to give us a second one — and we could have a MECF contest to see who would get it for three months, on the condition that the driver put 25,000 miles on it during that time. It would comeswith a GM gas/expenses credit card (but no smokes nor alcoholic beverages allowed).
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  If your going to dream then dream big.
                  There is a madness to my method!

                  2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
                  2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
                  79 coupe Silver/oyster
                  All one owner
                  Museum lifetime members

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plasboy View Post
                    If your going to dream then dream big.
                    Got it. I am dreaming of a year two, naturally aspirated, 600 HP, wide bodied ME with lots of options to check off (or not as all individually choose).
                    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                    • #11
                      I am dreaming of the reveal coming sooner than later. And that like de Nysschen said at Cadillac, we are going to reveal cars earlier as aero has become more and more important. We will be able to test them better without any camo, but that will mean a longer time period between the reveal and the customer vehicles starting production.

                      So two-edged sword?
                      Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by John View Post
                        We have selected you Ateupjoe as our MECF representative. Just report at Mary Barra’s office tomrorow morning at 8:00 to receive your ME IVERS for testing. Happy driving.
                        Security wouldn't let me in today......said I needed preclearance so I showed them my TSA precheck and 2004 National Archives Research card but still didn't work.
                        2017 TR GS 2LT

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by John View Post
                          Maybe we could get Mary Barra to give us a second one — and we could have a MECF contest to see who would get it for three months, on the condition that the driver put 25,000 miles on it during that time. It would comeswith a GM gas/expenses credit card (but no smokes nor alcoholic beverages allowed).
                          Yea. I think we're on to something here. It fits with Chevy's "real people" marketing strategy. This could be "real Corvette owners" participate in "real world C8 testing". That would be a great marketing strategy for the C8! All interested MECF members could participate. It would enhance sales of the ME. We would be on TV!

                          Sounds like a great initiative for the Forum Administrator to set up with Chevy!
                          Last edited by Boomer; 09-27-2018, 05:17 PM.

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                          • #14
                            I think we covered this idea once in a Corvette cartoon:


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                            Senior Editor and Founder of CorvetteBlogger.com. I drive my dad's 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible and the National Corvette Museum is my personal Graceland.

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                            • #15
                              I hope we will see more testing in different climates, possible less camouflage, diffent wheels bigger brakes/rotors.

                              This last week been very quiet ? if they wait till this time next year to release the car I think many on the forums will go crazy. Timing is very important, interest rates on the rise are slowing down larger purchases, not enough cash buyers to offset rates. I remember the Audi R8 was launched during 2008, the economic timing was not the best.

                              C7 are not moving many sitting on dealer lots, ME reveal and releasing to customers needs to be strategically timed.
                              Last edited by Fasttoys; 09-28-2018, 08:14 AM.

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