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Corvette: Meet NCM’s Director of Collections & Education Brian Baker

The National Corvette Museum continues to add A-List talent to their roster! On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to the new Director of Collections & Education at the Museum, Brian Baker. https://youtu.be/Soa0Cpikv3k; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...JQPOZZgm2OBhQ4. Brian has a rich working history with General Motors and actually was the designer of the SSR! Brian joined the NCM recently and has a wonderful vision of the future for the Museum. You'll hear all about that in this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.

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Your Lottery Z06 Christmas Present

Tired of waiting and want a long shot to get your Z06? I have two friends who between them have won three new Corvettes. Is this your Christmas self-present? https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-coupe. Might you be the third friend who wins a Corvette lottery by buying just one ticket? Of course still going to be many months until you are driving it, but if you win a heck of lot cheaper than your/my other plan.
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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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This can't be true - Ford benchmarking a Z06!?

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  • This can't be true - Ford benchmarking a Z06!?

    surely this can't be true

    https://fordauthority.com/2022/09/fo...te-z06-photos/

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    I didnt realize the Fird GT was still in prodiction?

    i think its Mark Reuss visiting his friend over at ford motor company to discuss some possible joint venture in supplier support? Or just lunch

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    • #3
      Didnt they have problems with their flat plane crank engines on the gt350? And stop making them? Another car i almost bought while awaiting my c8.

      Maybe they want to see what they did wrong with their engines? 😄

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JB View Post
        I didnt realize the Fird GT was still in prodiction?

        i think its Mark Reuss visiting his friend over at ford motor company to discuss some possible joint venture in supplier support? Or just lunch

        Yes. A Z06 spotted "leaving a Ford facility" has a number of possibilities much more likely than Ford has one that it is "benchmarking" -- at least at this juncture. I don't doubt that they'll want to do that when they can get their hands on one in the future, but benchmarking is a very speculative leap from there was one there...

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        • #5
          Ford Authority is the same couple of guys running GM Authority. No one should put much stock in this report.
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          • #6
            The Ford GT350 FPC was a very odd duck. The marketing people insisted it must sound like their standard CPC V8, so the crankshaft and firing order were changed from what is "conventional FPC" to a unique design that generally met the marketing department's sound request,. Given the problems they have had with it does not cross over to the LT6 which is a more conventional FPC design, but very large for a V8 FPC. Chevy did a very lightweight crank and many other things to deal with the FPC vibration issues inherent with the large displacement.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AzDave47 View Post
              The Ford GT350 FPC was a very odd duck. The marketing people insisted it must sound like their standard CPC V8, so the crankshaft and firing order were changed from what is "conventional FPC" to a unique design that generally met the marketing department's sound request.
              Yup.

              Also, the 'stang only had a single air intake/ throttle body, which further affected the sound characteristics. Oddly enough, the just announced S650 generation has twin intakes/twin throttle bodies, so speculation has run rampant on the respective forums that Ford will take another crack at a FPC V8. Personally I think it's bunk. We're talking about an engine that was advertised as racing ready.... but Ford took OUT the FPC for their race-prepped GT350s.

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              • #8
                Guys it's common practice in the car industry to get your hands on the competition on not only test them, but try to reverse engineer them to see if they have some great ideas or costsavings that you can learn from. That doesn't mean you are building a direct competitor at all. Ford was also seen testing the C8 Stingray years ago, but they won't build any car in that segment too.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ace View Post
                  Guys it's common practice in the car industry to get your hands on the competition on not only test them, but try to reverse engineer them to see if they have some great ideas or costsavings that you can learn from. That doesn't mean you are building a direct competitor at all. Ford was also seen testing the C8 Stingray years ago, but they won't build any car in that segment too.
                  I think most/all understand that. Some of us our doubting that Ford has their hands on a pre-production car for those purposes and the jump to that conclusion because one was "seen leaving a Ford facility". Perhaps, GM gave them a car to tear down since the pre-CTF cars are going to the crusher anyway. Or, more likely, as JB noted, someone from GM could have had a meeting with someone from Ford. They partner on the 10 speed, work together on legal/legislative stuff, etc. so its not like they are never meeting...

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                  • #10
                    I don’t read anything in the article to substantiate Ford having a Z06 in their possession. The mere sighting of a Z06 in Dearborn means absolutely nothing. Perhaps a GM engineer was simply trolling his or her Blue Oval counterparts 🤣

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                    • #11
                      With these [insert manufacturer here] "Authority" internet pubs, the reader should treat that word as a synonym for "rumor mill." Rarely do they obtain a documented scoop.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ace View Post
                        Guys it's common practice in the car industry to get your hands on the competition on not only test them, but try to reverse engineer them to see if they have some great ideas or costsavings that you can learn from. That doesn't mean you are building a direct competitor at all. Ford was also seen testing the C8 Stingray years ago, but they won't build any car in that segment too.
                        Yes, but since there are no Z06s available on the open market, the only way Ford would have gotten a Z06 now is if GM gave it to them. That seems somewhat unlikely.
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                        • #13
                          Yep and GM did it to Ferrari. There were plenty of pics where a Ferrari was in the lineup of Sting Rays.
                          Last edited by BangBang; 09-20-2022, 11:37 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                            Yes, but since there are no Z06s available on the open market, the only way Ford would have gotten a Z06 now is if GM gave it to them. That seems somewhat unlikely.
                            Ford will have their GM dealer contacts to get one of the first production models.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ace View Post
                              Ford will have their GM dealer contacts to get one of the first production models.
                              That might be true, if Ford actually cares. Given their push toward electric cars, they may not. In any case, the one seen in Dearborn clearly isn't one a dealer ordered for them.
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