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CORVETTE TODAY #163 - Corvette News & Headlines, Late May 2023

Recognizing Memorial Day, there is still a lot of news coming out in the world of Corvette! Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger is back on the show with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to detail all the important things happening with America's Sports Car.;
Here are a few of the topics covered by Steve and Keith on this week's show:
1. Engineers are spotted in what we think is the C8 ZR1 prototype
2. We have two new E-Ray videos available
3. New Z06 allocations went out in the middle of this month (May 2023)
4. The National Corvette Museum names a new Marketing Director
5. Australia recalls the 2022 C8 Corvette for being too loud
6. Did GM's Instagram page give us a C9 Corvette preview?
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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

2023 Corvette Brochure:
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 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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Why ME’s Periodically Go MIA

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  • Why ME’s Periodically Go MIA

    We have seen pretty much the same pattern the last few months, that right after we see pictures and/or videos of ME’s in the wild, on a track, etc., but then after a major sighting, we get periods of nothing for what seems to be forever.

    The latest example of this pattern, is that after roughly a week of intense mid engine activity as a result of GM taking four ME’s to the ‘Ring, not one C8 sighting in the last three weeks.

    Again, we have seen this testing/quietude/testing/quietude pattern for the ME over the past many months. Why so?


    What would the purpose and procedures of a testing program you would devise developing a product you were creating, let alone something as incredibly complex as a car?

    Test to determine strengths/weaknesses.

    Repair/improve product or its components to remove found weakness(es).

    Re-test with specific procedures to evaluate how successfully your repair/improvement was.

    So hypothetically at the ‘Ring where GM tested four ME IVERS, what did they learn?

    1) Need for a $5 heat shield around the alternator;
    2) Front shocks need more compression damping;
    3) Change angle of ‘X’ mounting bracket by two degrees;
    3) Change recommended cold start, track tire pressure, e.g., decrease to 28 PSI;
    4) Heads up display needs to be “more readable” when facing the sun.
    5) Many more items.

    Again, all hypothetical, but then what does GM do, and why do we often then have the IVERS be missing in action for a few weeks after we see intense activity? Because of the obvious, that GM has been the last few weeks repairing or improving that which they found there which did not meet their performance or other standards.

    And thus, might we again soon see more ME’s testing? We sure as hell hope so, for the last three weeks have seemed like a year long.

    Starved for new sitings/info, we need to see more ME’s testing now!

    Last edited by John; 10-05-2018, 12:42 PM.
    2023 Z06: Elkhart Lake Blue, 2-tone blue interior, HTC, Standard Z06 with Z07 aero pkg, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, every visible carbon fiber option including wheels, Jake Design Pkg. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 25 year NCM members. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    Makes perfect sense. Test, report findings, fix or adjust findings. Re-test!


    • #3
      You asked for more mid engine testing pictures, and GM is not supplying any, so,, here are some of our midengined cars
      Last edited by Racer86; 10-05-2018, 01:26 PM.
      3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C


      • #4
        Maybe I should post that “ME’s are MIA” more often, because just after that today we got one picture of two them in their often high altitude home of the Holiday Inn in Frisco, CO. Elevation there is 9,100’. However unlike when we saw them there earlier this summer, now they are testing a combo of high altitude with low temp — as typical morning lows are below freezing to start this month, with the end the month averaging at 22 degrees F there.

        Below picture with thanks to Charlie Ellison of the Colorado Car Spotters FB group.

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        Sorry about duplicate-posting this picture today, but I want to also keep continuity going in our stickied “ME’s In The Wild” thread.

        2023 Z06: Elkhart Lake Blue, 2-tone blue interior, HTC, Standard Z06 with Z07 aero pkg, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, every visible carbon fiber option including wheels, Jake Design Pkg. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 25 year NCM members. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


        • #5
          It is ironic that the very day you posted ME’s are MIA, that a picture surfaces.
          Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.