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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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ME Coming With Gorilla Glass?

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  • ME Coming With Gorilla Glass?

    The Porsche GT3 now comes with Gorilla glass for many of its windows. It saves 4 1/2 pounds on its rear window alone. Gorilla class, which used to think about coming only on cell phones, some tablets and flat screen TV’s, is moving to more upscale automobiles. It’s maker, Corning is now in its 6th generation of making Gorilla glass. There are also some European companies getting into this speciality glass.

    Glass is a heavy component of a car, and since Gorilla glass is not only of lighter weight, but also more scratch, chip and crack resistant, and safer too, might we be getting it on some windows of our entry C8?

    Compared to regular glass, Gorilla glass is also more UV resistant (with a 99 rating) — thus better protecting our interiors.. But it does cost more. And a second current drawback is that because of it properties, it can not yet be used on lowering/raising window, e.g., on doors. But maybe the 7th gen of Gorilla class will solve that.

    To read a fascinating article on its use solely on the Porsche GT3:

    https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/tech...018-15798.html

    In addition to that Porsche model, thanks to Roadshow, we have learned that premium glass for exotic cars “started with the Ford GT in 2016 and expanded to include the McLaren 720S” (in addition to the Porsche GT3).

    Some Jeep models, including the Wrangler, already have the option of your dealer selling you Gorilla glass as a replacement windshield.

    Maybe we do not get it in the entry 2020 Corvette, but we see it as standard equipment on the Z06+ models???
    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.

  • #2
    It would be nice to have a windshield that is more durable since they seem to be rock magnets. I got chips in my C7 windshield within a month of ownership.
    1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
    2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

    NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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    • #3
      OK. Gorilla Glass! Always learning something on this forum. Now I know!

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      • #4
        Lighter weight glass with better sound proofing sounds really good to me. I would not mind paying a few hundred extra for it. Maybe it would be an option?

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        • #5
          One of the reasons the Corvette will be affordably priced is that it won't have all the bells and whistles of more expensive cars, like the Porsche. I'll take plain old glass and a $65-70K price, thank you.
          Current C7:SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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          • #6
            i know you and others remember meyerweb that unlimitedPower said that there was going to be non-entry, later version which was going to be a Grand Tourer, a version that was being developed by Cadillac — and that is featured among other things, a quieter interior. Might the Gorilla glass be going into that model?

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            And might, starting sometime during the ME’s first gen, just like carbon-ceramic became a stand alone option in year three, sound deadening glass similarly become a stand alone option at some points. I doubt highly that it will be a standard feature in the 2020 entry version.
            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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            • #7
              Interesting information...the gorilla glass aftermarket option for a jeep would cost $550 versus a standard windshield which costs $225...or a little more than double just for the jeep..

              im sure the corvette windshield costs more than $225 ...so we can only imagine what a corvette gorilla glass windshield would cost.

              https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/m...gorilla-glass/

              not sure the cost would as has been suggested be justifiable in the base c8 but rather more likelythe grand sport version..

              reminds me of the c5 z06 having titanium exhaust.

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              • #8
                I’m on my third windshield in my ‘15 Z06. I have never owned a car with a windshield so susceptible to chips and cracks. The stock windshield with HUD and PDR provisions cost $1,200 + to replace. I would gladly “opt” for a potentially tougher glass with the side benefit of being lighter, quieter and improved UV protection. Hell, it’s over $1K for a “tint coat” paint color option. Leave the standard glass for those that can’t/won’t justify the expense but, why not make real improvements optional. JMHO?

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                • #9
                  I too would pay up for better windshield glass. One thing that is prevalent among car forums of every brand the last three or four years, and that is on every one there are tons and tons of complaints about windshield glass being worse than it used to be.

                  OEM’s have gone cheaper in price, and lighter in weight on the glass. Just as safe as before, but pits like crazy as we all painfully know.
                  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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                  • #10
                    I dont know for sure if the gorilla glass was an option if id pay extra for it...im being honest as Ive never had a problem in forty years of driving...plus i have insurance coverage...for full replacement...

                    id probably pass if it were an option...and be ok with if it became a standard feature...not a deal breaker but not something id have to have...

                    just a perspective to consider...

                    for those that want the gorilla glass option..more power to you.

                    i think as a replacement windsheild thats a great aftermarket item...

                    but what do I know..i have put the HUd in two corvettes without ever installing the HUD windshield and never had a complaint about clarity either..

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                    • #11
                      New glass technologies that’s interesting.
                      Last edited by MikeC8; 12-18-2018, 08:20 AM.
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                      • #12
                        New ground breaking products coming to market I’m always leery. Remember the housing market failures with white plastic piping, synthetic stucco, fiber / wood board siding and other new upcoming products. Buyer beware. I never built a home with those products. They weren’t time tested. The auto industry isn’t so easy to avoid new products because you don’t have a choice. The bugs are eventually worked out in time and we pay the price with visits to the service dept. Try to avoid first year models but that isn’t easy if you are car crazy. Especially the new C8 .
                        Last edited by MikeC8; 12-18-2018, 08:25 AM.
                        Black 3LT. Z51 mag ride front lift. black wheels and trim. .... Order status ...in my garage

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                        • #13
                          Guilty to being CAR CRAZY!

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