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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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“Skillet” Quality Control

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  • “Skillet” Quality Control

    One of the major enhancements brought into the Plant during last fall’s thirteen week gutting, then replacing with all new equipment, was the introduction of the “skillet” system for transporting of chassis, then later in the process, the married chassis and body.

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    Skillet picture thanks to CorvetteBlogger.

    There are many advantages to the skillet system compared previously. Foremost to the employees, is that its skillet’s underneath “vertical bellows” system allows the height of the chassis/body to be infinitely height raised or lowered to make it easier on the employees ergonomically. As most of us personally know, if our backs, hips and knees are not hurting, we perform better quality work. Additionally, the precise height adjustment allows parts to be installed easier, quicker and with less damage to them, and less damage to adjoining parts.

    A second major enhancement of the skillet system also benefits Corvette owners. Compared to before the skillets were employed, when almost every body panel was installed on the car prior to the car resting on its suspension, using the current skillet system allows the weight of the body/chassis to fully rest on the suspension before the body panels are installed, a process that has resulted in better final body panel alignment, uniformity of panel “gap,” and better panel in/out lasting adjustments.

    Are we not sick of automedia incessantly complaining about both the Corvette paint and its panel fit-n-finish. Who among us has not complained about body panel fit-n-finish on older Corvettes, including on some of the C7’s being assembled before the skillet system was employed.

    Thanks to the combination of the new $435M paint shop and the skillet system, we are already witnessing significant improvements in both of those areas.

    Thank you skillets!

    While these two major improvements have been noticed and are appreciated, every one of us wishes that the design of the “body panel attachment system” for the ME is going to be even better, e.g., our unanimously hoping the C8 evolutionally has even further improved body panel fit.
    Last edited by John; 11-23-2018, 12:35 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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    I want to see them, and the rest of the plant, in action. BGA withdrawal setting in for me.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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    • #3
      Skillets are cool. Glad the employees will be more comfortable as they build our corvettes..

      im sure the build quality will go up because of it.

      panel fit improvements will be a cool bemefit too..

      i never minded the panel fit of corvettes yet improvements will be appreciated..

      thanks for the cool heads up

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      • #4
        When i worked summers on an auto assembly line, literally fifty years ago (time flies when you are having fun), it was constant bending down, reaching down and into restricted places, and/or lifting over your head — sometimes heavy items. There was no air conditioning in the plant, so on a summer day when I walked in at 6:00 AM, it would be between 100 and 104 degrees, and at the end of each day, was over 115 degrees in the plant, a few days over 120. And we worked at a pace of 56 cars/trucks per hour.

        No wonder the vehicles we built were such poor quality.
        Last edited by John; 11-24-2018, 11:07 AM.
        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
          Working all day long in a super heated factory is a ticket to poor quality control.

          I was so pleased in 1998 when I did my first tour of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, that it was delightfully air conditioned. Also pleased to see some of the employees wearing nice, white clothing (many in far nicer than T-shirts), for that made it clear to me that this was a clean plant.
          Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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          • #6
            After watching this video and with an approaching (12/3) TPW and after going through the buyers tour for our 2016, it just confirms with me how much the shut-down of tours really sucks.

            Having said that, this video enforces the fact that production of these cars is amazing.

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              Originally posted by noxqq View Post
              After watching this video and with an approaching (12/3) TPW and after going through the buyers tour for our 2016, it just confirms with me how much the shut-down of tours really sucks.

              Having said that, this video enforces the fact that production of these cars is amazing.
              Well said. No way to sugar coat how disappointed you must be.
              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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