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CORVETTE TODAY - Kevin Mackay Talks About The Cunningham Corvette & Bringing It Back To Life

In 1960, Briggs Cunningham took 3 Corvettes to France to race at Le Mans. After that race, the cars were brought back to the United States, put back to original and sold to consumers. The #3 car was recovered about put back to the way it was when it raced in 1960 at Le Mans and is owned by a private owner.; The car is owned by Bruce Meyers of the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. But what happened to the car? After a long legal battle, Kevin Mackay from Corvette Repair in Long Island, New York, has been putting this historic Corvette back to it's original 1960 livery for the past year (after it was purchased by Briggs Cunningham's family at auction). Kevin comes back on CORVETTE TODAY to tell the story of the Cunningham Corvette and to tell you when and where you can see this car...with its two siblings! If you love the history of Corvette and its racing past, DO NOT MISS this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.
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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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The new Corvette is designed to be “your everyday sports car”

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    The new Corvette is designed to be “your everyday sports car”

    TG grills the man in charge of setting up the mid-engined 'Vette


    Meet Alex MacDonald. Official title: Vehicle Performance Manager, Chevrolet Performance Cars. In real-talk, he’s the man in charge of the team ensuring the first-ever mid-engined Corvette doesn’t upset every sports car fan from Central Park to San Francisco. No pressure.

    TG questioned Alex while he was in the final stages of set-up tuning with the new ‘Vette at Germany’s Nürburgring.

    Top Gear: Alex, what’s been going down at the ‘Ring with all the prototypes?

    Alex MacDonald: We have a group of 20-25 people based in Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan, which takes the car from the first one you see in camouflage all the way through to production. We start in simulators in the early days but the core work is done in physical vehicles. We have NVH, ride and handling, chassis controls, and powertrain integration. It’s where the rubber meets the road, and a privilege to be here.

    TG: So the car’s just about finished, right now?

    AM: We’re right towards the development finish line and this is a great place to wrap up. We’re not changing steel parts on the car any more, but we’re wrapping up the half-dozen or more control modules that define the experience of the car and what the experience is going to be like for the owner. The ‘Ring and the autobahn is obviously a great place to tie that all up.

    TG: How many laps do you complete during a shakedown phase like this?

    AM: I think we have five track cars here and six drivers and engineers, and each driver is doing maybe 20-25 laps per day, so we’re well into the hundreds of laps as a group, and this is our second trip in the [Corvette] programme., We come early on to change metal parts like springs and stabiliser bars and come later on for calibration work.

    TG: How’s it been dealing with the constant speculation? There have been a lot of rumours, perhaps more than any sports car in history. Tell us about the car’s true spec.

    AM: We watched all those rumours with some pleasure! The tech spec is pretty straightforward. It’s gonna maintain a pushrod smalblock 6.2-litre LT2 designation V8. The domestic spec is 495bhp, a little more than the outgoing car. The torque curve is shifted a little higher to alter the sports car character.

    It’s been such an outstanding engine for so long and it’s a huge advantage to combine that with the new mid-engine layout and exotic flavour of the chassis. We do a lot of development.

    What people are picking out when they hear the engine and predict it’s a V6 or a turbo is hearing all the different steps we’re taking to try to find the character of the car.

    We might have had eight or even ten exhaust systems on a car and they’ll be running around streets and on track producing a very different noise character. To see that in the media is kinda fun because we realise we’re tuning something that people are sensitive to, but in the end it’s familiar engine architecture, with new tech, like a dry sump oil system as standard.

    TG: Was there any truth in the most infamous mid-engined Vette rumour: that it was twisting the chassis because it had too much power?

    AM: That was a complete red herring, and a big joke around the office. Every time somebody was late to a meeting we asked if they were late because they’d twisted a frame on their way to the office [laughs]. There was no basis to that whatsoever.

    The interesting thing about the hype around the car is an indicator of the passionate customer base and Corvette’s history. We feel that we’re stewards of a very important nameplate, going since 1953. 40-50k a people a year will buy this product and be so excited about it and that’s what’s so exciting for us.

    TG: Why not go to a carbon tub, like a McLaren 570S?

    AM: In the end we wound up with a car with significantly more torsional stiffness than the outgoing model and our competitors, and a cost ratio that works for the volumes of cars that we’re going to be producing, and a pretty extraordinary history of crash tests that have gone very well. It’s not carbon for a lot of reasons – mainly, we need to keep the car ‘approachable.’
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