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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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  • 290 MPH GM Mid Engine Race Car

    GM’s ME development has taken many twists and turns. The Aerotech was driven by A.J. Foyt to 290 MPH. Here’s one of GM’s ME efforts. If you want to see at least nine other GM ME sports cars, almost all of them Corvettes:

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-to-production

    [Quote=gmauthority] The Making Of The 290 MPH Oldsmobile Aerotech: Video
    It was 1984 and engineers at General Motors’ Oldsmobile brand had just finished designing and developing the Quad 4 engine – an advanced four-cylinder engine with direct injection, dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Keen to show off what their new engine design was capable of, the Oldsmobile engineering team, led by Quad 4 head engineer Ted Louckes, convinced GM’s top brass to let them build a prototype engineering vehicle that would showcase the engine.

    As the engineering team got to work on the engine and deciding on what chassis to use, Ed Welburn, who was the head of design at Oldsmobile at the time, began sketching designs for the car, which would be called the Aerotech. Inspired by aerodynamic Le Mans racers like the Porsche 917 LH, Welburn drew up a slippery-looking streamliner with a cab forward design and a long tail. Welburn’s design was well-received, but it was refined after testing in the wind tunnel, with GM aerodynamicists changing up the nose and moving the air intake pods to the sides of the car. Two versions of the car were also designed, a Long Tail and a Short Tail, which can both be seen in the black and white photo below.


    The Aerotech’s sleek body would be dropped overtop of a modified March 84C CART chassis with a turbocharged version of the 2.3-liter Quad 4 engine sitting midship. The modified four-cylinder made over 900 hp and was paired with a five-speed manual transmission.




    With construction of the car complete, GM employed legendary IndyCar driver A.J. Foyt to drive the Aerotech. Foyt was skeptical of the car’s potential, but was impressed after an initial test in 1986 showed the car was not only fast, hitting speeds of around 220 mph, but also very stable at speed. The Aerotech set the closed course record a year later in 1987, with Foyt averaging 257.123 mph on a test track in Fort Stockton, Texas. The Aerotech also hit speeds of over 290 mph down the straights in the test.

    Check out the short in-period documentary about the Aerotech embedded above for more information on this awesomely cool GM development vehicle.[.Quote]





    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/02/...#ixzz5eba94E4t
    Last edited by John; 02-04-2019, 04:52 PM.
    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
    Hope Ed Wilburn's touch runs as wild in the C8.

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    • #3
      I subscribe to Amelia Island's news letter and this is what I received today.

      A striking mid-engine Corvette prototype will be featured as a part of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance’s Mid-Engine sports car class. The display is also scheduled to include examples from DeTomaso, Ferrari and Lamborghini.

      The 1973 Chevrolet Corvette XP-897 GT was one of two mid-engine Corvette prototypes designed by General Motors Styling Division to promote the smooth and high revving ****el Rotary engine. The rotary was intended to power GM passenger cars from 1976, so both cars were shown at the major worldwide auto shows from September 1973 to April 1974. Unfortunately the rotary ****el engine proved to be both thirsty and polluting compared to the conventional piston-in-cylinder engine so the simultaneous gasoline shortage and strict Federal emission legislation sealed its fate.

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      • #4
        Here's a short video on the 1973 XP-897 GT.
        My C8:
        '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

        Current Vettes:
        '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
        '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
        '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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        • #5
          That ME has “more legroom, more shoulder room, and a better driving position than the C3.” Thank you Mobius. I learned a lot by watching it. Intersting Information for those wo are fearing that the C8 will continue to impinge on large cabin occupants.

          It also has a rear trunk. Looks improbable that that space would be there with a V8. . I remember opening up the rear hatch on a first gen NSX and said to my friend, the GM at that dealership, in a sarcastic tone, “might be able to fit a couple of paper grocery bags there.”

          Nice that it is coming from Europe to Amelia Island. Also said sarcastically, anyone else think something is afoot with GM slowly bring every one of their mid engine prototypes “home” (for another one already been moved from NCM to their Michigan GM Heritage Center for presumed re-furnishing)), maybe for some future reveal event as background eye candy?

          Thank you again Mobius!
          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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          • #6
            According to the FIA, the Aerotech still holds a number of World Records for it's class: https://www.fia.com/sites/default/fi...gory%20A_2.pdf

            The most impressive to me is average speed over a 24 Hr period... 170.452 MPH
            My C8:
            '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

            Current Vettes:
            '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
            '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
            '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              That ME has “more legroom, more shoulder room, and a better driving position than the C3.” Thank you Mobius. I learned a lot by watching it. Intersting Information for those wo are fearing that the C8 will continue to impinge on large cabin occupants.

              It also has a rear trunk. Looks improbable that that space would be there with a V8. . I remember opening up the rear hatch on a first gen NSX and said to my friend, the GM at that dealership, in a sarcastic tone, “might be able to fit a couple of paper grocery bags there.”

              Nice that it is coming from Europe to Amelia Island. Also said sarcastically, anyone else think something is afoot with GM slowly bring every one of their mid engine prototypes “home” (for another one already been moved from NCM to their Michigan GM Heritage Center for presumed re-furnishing)), maybe for some future reveal event as background eye candy?

              Thank you again Mobius!
              Measure from this event to estimate the a minimum allowable period to the grand reveal. Thank you again Mobius!
              Last edited by SheepDog; 02-05-2019, 02:37 PM.

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