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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. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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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 !!!;
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:
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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:
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 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:; 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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My ME: To Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

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  • My ME: To Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

    With my 2,000,000+ total miles, and not a chargeable accident since I was a teenager, I still know I need to take my ME to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch (SM).

    Taking my C7 Z06 to SM improved not just my track driving, and also my daily driving. I had driven very powerful cars for many years before I got the 2015 Z06. I was very comfortable in almost every kind of driving, including having spent 15 years driving on snowy winter roads, and even several years driving a tractor-trailer with double boxes through the Rockies. Yet, something about the massive torque of our Z, especially when I was caught out in a driving rain crossing a mile long bridge with steel grates for its roadway in cool weather, informed me I needed professional training to comfortably own that car.

    My SM experience parallels the 99.9% who went there, in that it was not just a fantastically fun time, and but most importantly, made me (and from reading the comments of so many others), all of us a better all-around driver. I truly use what I learned there almost every single day I drivers, e.g., not just where I hold my hands on the steering wheel, not just the techniques I learned there, but I there become calm “super-spiritedly carving corners at great speeds.”

    Why if I now have that skill level now to handle my 650 HP/650 TQ beast, would I need to go back to SM for a 500 HP Corvette? Because as all my friends have shared, and all I read has clearly told/showed me, driving a ME is a significantly different animal than driving a FE. Not just for turn in, but also for braking, accelerating and daily handling.

    I want to learn how to be really good in an ME. No, I will never race it, probably never do even an HPDE, but I often haul the mail on the many, isolated, country-Corvette-curvy-corner, scenic roads that are not only around where I live, but onto which we take many thousand mile, road trips annually.

    So Spring Mountain, with your excellent facilities, and your great driving instructors, led by Rick Malone’s gentle and encouraging demeanor which pervades his entire staff and the enitre SM experience, I am looking forward to returning with my ME.

    How would you describe your Spring Mountain experience? And if you are planing on getting a ME, will you be going back there?

    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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    Ditto your comments on going back to Spring Mountain, regardless of your past driving experience, to learn the nuances of ME handling in an unfamiliar car from professionals and on a track with forgiving wide pavement and no oncoming traffic! I'm far from a professional driver but even after racing for over 20 years in a lightweight Lotus mid-engine sports racer, I knew that I needed a professional to get me jump started in the track handling of a FE Corvette that weighed over 2,500 lbs. more than my vintage race car with approximately the same power to weight ratio as did my C7 Z51. Granted the first day was a little boring but the second day made it all worth the while. I was disappointed, however, that they had discontinued the third day for C7 introductory driving students. Hopefully, they will consider reintroducing it in the future for the ME car. There has been many documented Z06 drivers having accidents while driving home from their delivering dealer. SM is no guarantee that will keep this from happening in the future, but caution must be used before becoming familiar with a car with this kind of horsepower. Immediately after delivery of my 2021 ME, I will be signing up for (hopefully) a three day Spring Mountain HPDE! Old dogs do need to be taught new tricks!

    GD0 Accelerate Yellow Metallic; 3LT; HUE Natural Napa Leather; AE4 Competition Sport Seats; FA5 CF Interior Trim; Z51; FE4 Mag Ride Suspension; E60 Front Lift; Q8Q CF Open Spoke Wheels; J6F BR Brembo Calipers; RCC ER Intake Cover; DTH CF Racing Stripes; ZZ3 Engine App Package; VQK Splash Guards; ERI Battery Protection; R8C Museum Delivery

    Proud LTM NCM.


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      Bill, you are so right, about Z06 owners crashing on their way home from the dealership. I know of two in the PNW alone, another one in Florida, BTW all on Cup 2 tires, and who knows how many others did likewise.

      With your extensive racing experience, hearing you too are heading back to SM to learn about the ME’s unique driving characteristics is reinforcing. Thank you.
      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 am sure GM will send me to Spring Mountain for Mid Engine Corvette training before the first retail unit hits the streets! I have tested Each generation proto types back to the 4th Generation.

        Mike Furman


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          How exciting for you. You totally deserve that. Of course GM recognizes that you are the # 1Corvette salesperson in its history — with over 4,000 sold.

          Need a passenger seat companion while you do so?
          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.