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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. https://youtu.be/3u0WMcgtnWI ; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...GToHlBAjuBPZxz. Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray. www.CorvetteToday.com
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!! https://youtu.be/734VgDupTBI; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...UAAEX2obMOXMml
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
Listen to the podcast, watch the YouTube video, join the Facebook group, sign up for email notifications and shop in the Merchandise Store at: www.CorvetteToday.com
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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

E-Ray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
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: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...rs-information
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 BUILD & PRICE: https://www.chevrolet.com/performanc...d-price/config
Z06 Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
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: https://www.corvetteblogger.com/docs...ersManual.pdf; and,
https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...owner-s-manual
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
* COPMPLETE 2023 STINGRAY PRICING: https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com...ion-Center.pdf
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
*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: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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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, 04:25 PM.
    2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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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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        Vic, are you going to hopefully be at next April’s BASH?
        2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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.
              2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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.
                2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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.
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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.
                      2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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.
                          2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 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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