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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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C8.R Motor Analysis

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  • C8.R Motor Analysis

    Here is a fun and educational video done by Brink of Speed, with great juxtaposition of different other C8.R competitors’ motor sounds. It addresses
    three major questions including, “V6 or V8,” “flat plane crank or not,” and does the C8.R have a “motor with or without turbo’s?”

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    ​​​​After seeing the video, please weigh in as to your thoughts these three questions.



    Here is the “background article” by Motor Authority shown in the video, so we each can read all it says.

    https://www2.motorauthority.com/news...-but-no-manual

    Originally posted by MotorAuthority
    Report: mid-engine C8 Corvette to get flat-crank 600- and 800-hp V-8s, 1,000-hp AWD hybrid version, but no manual


    SEAN SZYMKOWSKI MAY 30, 2018

    New details surrounding Chevrolet's worst-kept secret, the next-generation mid-engine Corvette, should be more than enough to perk up enthusiasts' ears.

    The rather detailed information comes from a Car and Driver report, which pegs three engines for the sports car turned supercar. At launch, the C8 Corvette will receive an upgraded version of the current 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 found in the current Corvette Stingray. However, horsepower will allegedly increase from 460 to 500 to make up for some added weight.

    Moving right along, we arrive at the juicier details. Chevrolet will reportedly stick a 5.5-liter DOHC flat-plane crank V-8 engine under the hood, and it will produce at least 600 hp. Expect a redline much higher than in past Corvettes. Soon thereafter, C/Dreported, the same 5.5-liter V-8 engine will receive two turbos to send horsepower to about 800. We previously were treated to CAD images showing a twin-turbo V-8 engine for the mid-engine Corvette. Now, it seems quite likely we were staring at the 5.5-liter V-8 referenced in the latest report.


    CAD images of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette - Image via Michael Accardi
    CAD images of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette - Image via Michael Accardi

    Not enough? No problem for Chevrolet and General Motors engineers. Sitting atop the engine hierarchy will be a 1,000 hp all-wheel-drive hybrid setup, according to C/D. The basis of the powertrain will remain the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, but a 200-hp electric motor will power the front wheels, while the internal-combustion engine will send power to the rear. That's where the 1,000 hp figure comes into play.


    2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Despite all of the spectacular engineering work, the report claims Chevrolet will keep the mid-engine Corvette an everyman's sports car with supercar levels of performance. Thus, the C8 Corvette will likely be largely made of aluminum with various components made from magnesium and carbon fiber. Fiberglass will make up most of the body panels and total weight should come in around 3,500 pounds.

    That all sounds like great news, but it appears there is bad news for the #giveashift crowd. According to C&D's intelligence, no manual transmission is planned. Instead, a new Tremec 8-speed dual-clutch will be the only transmission.

    Before wrapping up the load of enlightening details, C&D also noted that we will likely see more of the car in the spring of 2019.
    Last edited by John; 12-12-2018, 10:25 AM.
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    Thanks for posting this John. If it’s legit (which you know I hope it is, as I’m waiting for the first performance trim!!), I would think if there’s three performance variants after the base the pricing model has to stay closer to what we have otherwise you would have three models with rather limited production numbers.

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    • #3
      Hand assembled at bowling green...im sure the twin turbo will be pricey....

      if i can get 500 hp....out of the ohv engine im happy...

      i dont know the answera to your questions.

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      • #4
        The 2020 ME motor will be 6.2L, roughly 500+ HP, and will be a derivative of the L1T. Sometimes I refer to it as the LT1+, other times as the LT2. As to what its actual “name,” we do not know. I hope we will get a pleasant surprise and have it be revealed before the car is (give us something GM...; please).
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        • #5
          Bring on the twin turbo baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Educational. Cross Plane/Flat Plane and other stuff. Thanks.
            Last edited by Boomer; 12-12-2018, 04:19 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              The 2020 ME motor will be 6.2L, roughly 500+ HP, and will be a derivative of the L1T. Sometimes I refer to it as the LT1+, other times as the LT2. As to what its actual “name,” we do not know. I hope we will get a pleasant surprise and have it be revealed before the car is (give us something GM...; please).
              I've said I'm fine with that tried and proven engine. Like it in my C7. Look forward to hearing about the "upgrades" the C8 6.2L engine has.
              Last edited by Boomer; 12-12-2018, 04:49 PM.

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              • #8
                Honestly, I do not know what any of that means.... It can be a flat plane, or a wavy plane.... but if it has two turbos, makes a lot of power and looks sexy, I'm all about it though, lol!

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                • #9
                  Well said USVTRN. Others happily know much more than I do.
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                  • #10
                    That is a well done video. Going to subscribe to Brink of Speed’s channel.
                    Looking forward to our ME arriving.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by USVTRN View Post
                      Honestly, I do not know what any of that means.... It can be a flat plane, or a wavy plane.... but if it has two turbos, makes a lot of power and looks sexy, I'm all about it though, lol!
                      I'm no expert but:
                      Well, All of the Boxer engines are flat plane crank. That’s the Porsches and Subie. They are 4, 6 and Porsche has a boxer 8 cylinder, I’ve heard.
                      Flat plane crank has lighter weight moving parts, crankshaft, flywheel cylinder and things like that. Lighter things are easier to get moving and easier to move at higher rotational and consume less energy to move.
                      Flat plane 4, 6 and 8s have different vibration characteristics. The 8s are special and require smart tech to offset the vibration dynamics. Short stroke and big bore help with the vibration issues. So with short stroke, you get higher RPM. The distance that the cylinder moves up and down is less and happens quicker but has less tork.(spelling). With big bore, you get bigger holes to move air into the combustion chamber more quickly. Easier breathing. Twin turbos make up for the low displacement by pumping higher concentrations of oxygen into the smaller combustion chamber. The number of oxygen molecules in the small chamber to match up with the gas makes big power like bigger combustion chambers.
                      Generally smaller displacement also eases the vibration problem. The Mclaren is 4 liter. The Ferrari is 3.9, used to be 4.5 liters. The Ford is 5.2, Voodoo. 5.5 liter will be relative big displacement for a flat-plane crank.
                      The flat-plane-crank V8 engine, Compared to the to the cross-plane, spins up faster and screams at the higher RPM, more HP, and generally less T.
                      Thr cross plane is smoother like a big Caddy.
                      Cross plane is for sedans flat plane for race cars.
                      Last edited by SheepDog; 12-13-2018, 09:51 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you SheepDog for helping many of us learn more. I have a WRX as my DD (love it).
                        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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                        • #13
                          Thank you, SheepDog!

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