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ZORA Patrons Now Have Signature Picture Capability

Announcing an additional way for MECF to say thank you to our “ZORA Patrons.” Program now operational. Please see how: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...r-zora-patrons
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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

2023 Corvette Brochure:
E-Ray Visualizer:
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:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
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:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*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:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Kirl Bennion’s Comments About Aero & Design

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  • Kirl Bennion’s Comments About Aero & Design

    Kirk Bennion, Corvette Exterior Design Manager, was interviewed five years ago about the C7’s then recently revealed design. Here is what he said.

    Does his design and performance parameters then foretell us anything about the ME’s design?

    What Kirk Bennion Told Us: Aero & Design
    Foretelling the ME’s design? I recently watched a C7 GM-produced, April, 2013 C7 video, specifically listening to a comment by Kirk Bennion, Corvette Exterior Design Manager. Kirk has been with GM design since 1986, and in it, he listed his key “design parameters” about how he sees and performs Corvette design.

    While the below conversation was about the C7, more than a little will translate forward to the ME. As one specific, when I talked with Kirk at the BASH, just the two of us surrounded by 1 GS, 1 SR, and 1 Z06, my pointing to each of the them around us, I first thanked him for all C7’s being a bold/ exciting design, and then said, “ I am not asking for any response from you in return, but I/WE hope that the next generation Corvette will be this bold.” He smiled his typical wry smile and said, “at some time there will be a next generation Corvette, and it will not be boring.”

    Kirk, despite his 32 years within GM design is not an old world, traditional car designer, but a very highly skilled Corvette high speed driver, in fact hired by NCM and other tracks/program to teach HPDE (high performance driving event) classes. Additionally, Kirk is also skilled and knowledgeable in aerodynamics, personally spending over hundred hours in the wind tunnel fine tuning the C7’s design, and most recently, spending more than a week in GM’s moving ground plane wind tunnel helping to develop the ZR1’s advanced aero components. And IMO, he has a fantastic sense of design!

    Here were Kirk and the C7’s design team five overriding design parameters as they then approached the C7:

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger

    * Change the Upper (top of the car) and give it something new, different and compelling.

    * Give the front a more serious look. Not angry, but serious.

    * Side coves to be more expressive, more bold.

    * Being a new generation, we wanted a new type of sculpture you haven’t seen before.

    * The rear must be a game changer with its unique light signature to show off the LED technology.
    Additionally, in a December, 2013 GM teaser, C7 video, Kirk noted, and here his high speed driving expertise comes to play, his belief and practice that:

    “Beautiful form follows performance driven function.”

    Thank you Corvetteblogger!

    What do you think were/are GM’s major design themes for the ME? Any of the above “carry over?”
    Last edited by John; 07-18-2018, 02:10 PM.
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    I think all of the criteria would apply; if not by default (when changing to an ME platform), than by a purposeful effort.

    For the Corvette, moving to an ME layout will likely create a "game changer" to the rear (if not more); as it relates to function and form.

    I'm hoping that they also set/achieve a goal of innovation in the ME arena. Perhaps this ends up being something related to price point and/or functionality or performance (i.e. lowest price to comparable MEs, storage/capacity, power/weight, #s produced/sold, etc).

    But back to your question John, I see all of the themes carrying over to the ME initiative... exciting times right around the corner!