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Z06 Potential Patents

As we get ready for the Z06’s debut sometime in the next year, IMO time to brush up on the 23 GM C8 patents — many of which are Z06 potentials: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...alized-patents
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Kirk Bennion: ME’s Chief Exterior Designer

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  • Kirk Bennion: ME’s Chief Exterior Designer

    Meet Kirk Bennion! Kirk is far more than a designer, for he is a multi-talent, varied interest person. While the initial image design for the C7 Stingray was done by Hwasup Lee, after the entire Detroit Corvette design team huddled, Kirk was the one who did the final design of the Stingray.

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    This spring I read an article about Kirk in Runner’s World; you can also see him on the golf course (a passionate golfer); or you could spent time with him while he is your instructor in a Corvette high performance driving school; and/or see him flying buy on one of his HP motorcycles.

    Picture/article credit to, and thanks to Runner’s World:

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    https://www.runnersworld.com/runners...ast-off-track/


    Where is Kirk most often seen within his GM work world? In the GM two wind tunnels, working on fine tuning the minute interactions between visual design and function aerodynamics...

    Kirk spent over 100 hours within the wind tunnel on the Stingray’s development, then moved to the Z06, the GS, and then spent over 100 hours within GM’s two wind tunnels just on the ZR1’s aero (source =Tadge). What we can easily imagine, is that the last year or two, his working on critical aero and design development for the 2020+ mid engine.

    His experience with GM goes back to 1986, when he was fortunately assigned to work in the Corvette division. He has been with GM ever since. We almost always see him at the NCM April BASH, not just giving presentations, but always readily available to anyone, 1-to-1, who wishes to walk up to him, ask him questions, etc.

    My most memorable interchange with him was 1 1/2 years ago, when on a early morning he was standing outside, coincidentally inside a sort of triangle composed of a Stingray, a Z06 and a Grand Sport. I was the only other person around and started out by saying, “Kirk, I am not asking for any comment, but you kicked it with these three C7’s. They are outstanding. I sure hope that you similarly go bold on the next generation Corvette. He smiled his typical wry smile and said, “John, I can assure you of two things, that there will be a next generation Corvette at some time, and it will not be boring.”

    Based on the spy pictures, the CAD drawings and the renderings we are seeing, we know it will be an exciting car.

    For those who have not yet had the privilege of meeting or seeing Kir in action, here is a joint 2013 BASH presentation he and Tom Peters, Director of Exterior Design GM Performance Studio (Kirk’s “boss”) made about the C7’s design. It is worth watching every bit of it, but it you just wish to start with Kirk’s part of the presentation, please start at 21:25



    We are so fortunate to have Kirk’s expressive in the development of the C8!


    If you did not see our last week’s thread on the C8 Performance Manager, Alex MacDonald:

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...rmance-manager

    Next weekend I will again haven another similar thread on a key ME development team leader. It will be about Kai Spande, BGA Plant Manager.
    Last edited by John; 11-03-2018, 03:25 PM.
    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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    Indeed we are. Kirk is a great asset to the Corvette team.
    Looking forward to our ME arriving.

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    • #3
      Attended the 2013 Bash for the introduction of the C7. All the design people, including Kirk, were easily available one in one. Their creativity is so impressive, I wanted to buy a C7 just to honor them.

      So much fun for a Corvette enthusiast!

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      • #4
        Vic, are you going to hopefully be at next April’s BASH?
        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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        • #5
          Excellent post John. I remember talking to him at the Detroit Auto Show a few years ago. Great guy

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          • #6
            Yes, John. I’ve got room reservations and that’s my plan unless something else comes up that interferes.

            Unfotunately, I’ll have to park in the back of the lot in disgrace because I’ll be driving a Jeep to a Corvette event. My wife doesn’t like driving my six speed even though she helped me drive it back to Carlisle, PA a few years ago. She just doesn’t get enough practice to feel comfortable with it.

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            • #7
              Glad you are planning on coming Lots of folks fly in and bring their rental cars, and thus there are special lots for them and for those who do to drive our Corvettes. Weather has been an issue for us as we drive over the Rockies, and have had snow and ice each of the last few years. So we come in our WRX — so see you at the special parking lot for us with non-Corvettes.
              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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              • #8
                Back to our focus on Kirk Bennion. If you ever want to walk up to him, to meet him for the first time, and not sure what to say besides Corvettes, he loves to talk about golf.
                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
                  Good to know John about the non Vette parking. I forgot about it from 2013.

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                  • #10
                    Anyone know what other models Bennion has recently designed? It may give insight into some of the C8's details...

                    Edit: ugh, I just looked up the Camaro team and Bennion was among those responsible for that abomination. I know he did a fantastic job on the C8, but apparently he's not infallible, and my understanding is that in addition to the C7 design team who did also did the C8, GM brought in outside talent for input on the C8 design. I don't know who the outside talent was, but supposedly it's a well-known automotive designer.
                    Last edited by electroVette; 11-04-2018, 10:16 AM.

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                    • #11
                      I saw that John Mack was responsible for the design changes for the 2017+ Camaro. I did not see Kirk Bennion on the list (but perhaps you have a more comprehensive one). If Kirk was involved, my bet is that as he has become the GM wind-tunnel aerodynamics specialist, that Kirk’s work on the Camaro might have been limited to hours and hours in the wind tunnel, maximizing its efficiency given what the design part of the team gave him to work with.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Well I guess a different team did the 2019 Camaro. The 6th gen Camaro was done by many of the same designers who worked on the C7, including Hwasup Lee.

                        I am not a fan of the 6th gen Camaro. Too juvenile and cheesy for me, and no matter what angle I see it from it looks like a rectangular box on four wheels with a few folds and creases in the sheetmetal that attempt to create interest.

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                        • #13
                          I too am the farthest person from liking the Camaro.
                          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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                          • #14
                            On further thought, they may have styled the Camaro to ensure it would never cannabilize Corvette sales. Odd way to go about it, though.

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