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  • ME: Everything We Know About the Mid-Engine Corvette From Public Info

    Very interesting, especially about the door developer.

    Originally posted by jalopnik
    Here’s Everything We Know About the Mid Engine Corvette From Public Info

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    We’ve been hearing rumors about a mid-engine Corvette for a couple of years, and while GM is keeping it very under wraps, it turns out you can learn a hell of a lot from stuff floating out on the open internet. Including that everyone’s talking about two different cars entirely.

    Our latest form of proof comes from engineer and supplier profiles on LinkedIn showing the work that has already been done and giving us a few more details on what is going into the car.

    The next-generation Corvette currently has two working platform names, according to the public LinkedIn profiles, “Y2XX” for the standard front-engine car and “ZERV” for the mid-engine car. That’s not surprising as the C7 used the working name of “Y1XX,” and the ZERV name seems very related to the CERV name used for their mid-engine projects in the past.

    Negotiations for parts and tooling for the mid-engine car have already been completed, according to one GM buyer profile that lists the ZERV code, and it is slated to be a 2020 model year vehicle. Pre-production builds usually happen just past the prototype phase and are used to test out the tooling and tweak final production details.

    Webasto Roof Systems appears to be developing the doors for the mid-engine car according to an engineer profile. The interesting bit about that is that this engineer usually works on sunroof systems, so we may see more complex doors than your standard horizontal fare, much like the Ford GT for this car.

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    Another buyer lists that she negotiated the seat belts for the mid-engine car, and that the work was completed between August 2017 and January 2018. Moving on through the rest of the interior we find a profile for a program manager for seat supplier IGB, whose profile lists that he managed the development of the ventilated seats for the mid-engine car and specifically calls it out as the “ZERV Corvette.”


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    The mid-engine car will employ an “aluminum roof bow” assembly, according to one profile of an employee at Tier 1 supplier Magna. This is not surprising as GM has used such a support in previous Corvettes, as well as the Pontiac Solstice coupe.

    The sun visors for the mid-engine car were developed by supplier Daimay and according to a profile for one of their managers, with the work completed between November 2016 and March 2017. The radio antenna for that car has also been in development for a similar amount of time, and according to a profile for an employee of supplier Kathrein USA, it will support the standard bands of AM, FM, and Sirius XM. That’s all very normal in most modern cars, but the interesting part is that it will also support DAB, which is non-existent in North America, but very popular in the United Kingdom and Australia, which would mean that a right-hand-drive appears imminent as well.

    Heatshield testing for the mid-engine car has been in progress since June 2016 and appears to have to been completed already, according to the profile of another engineer.

    General Motors declined to comment, but that may not matter. Things can always get cancelled at the last minute, but it appears as if both of these cars are full steam ahead.

    https://jalopnik.com/heres-everythin...tte-1828418246
    Last edited by John; 08-17-2018, 08:33 PM.
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  • #2
    Kudos to Manta Ray for finding and sharing this outstanding article. Great find and post!!!

    So incredibly intriguing some of the tidbits within it.

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    • #3
      Yes, very Interesting research!
      And this paragraph supports the fact that GM has trademarked names down under....

      "The interesting part is that it will also support DAB, which is non-existent in North America, but very popular in the United Kingdom and Australia, which would mean that a right-hand-drive appears imminent as well."

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      • #4
        ZORA is trademarked by GM in Australia and the U.K.

        Edit: They have also trademarked ZORA in the European Union. It seems like GM was, at the very least, considering selling the ZORA internationally. Note that the name is in capital letters in every trademark, and all trademarks were filed at the same time.
        Last edited by Quinten; 08-18-2018, 09:20 AM.

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        • #5
          Quinten, thank you for that post. Lots of great info within it. And as a result, I just went back into today and yesterday’s separate polls and “capitalized” ZORA.

          Thanks also RedDropTop for noting that European DAB audio broadcasting is also included in the ME’s equipment — further supporting that the ME willl be sold there too.

          I love having lots of smart members on this forum!
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          • #6
            We do have a photo of a C8 test vehicle with the door open slightly, and it appears to be a normal door, not a Lambo or Ford GT style door.
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            • #7
              I was sort of disappointed with the click bait article..

              when i read the paragraph about the doors i was oh please...

              misinformation at its finest.

              i used to years ago dig autoblog as THE SITE for automotive news but its been a few years. Jalopnik never was one of my favorites but i have over the hears read it after autoblog changed its news format to what it is today.

              at one time autoblog was the best most up to date site...now its one i try and read....but the a
              tered format makes it difficult...

              used to be the AP of automotive news...

              now its like leftlane news.

              must be cheaper to run these days as it is.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JBsC6 View Post
                I was sort of disappointed with the click bait article..

                when i read the paragraph about the doors i was oh please...

                misinformation at its finest.

                i used to years ago dig autoblog as THE SITE for automotive news but its been a few years. Jalopnik never was one of my favorites but i have over the hears read it after autoblog changed its news format to what it is today.

                at one time autoblog was the best most up to date site...now its one i try and read....but the a
                tered format makes it difficult...

                used to be the AP of automotive news...

                now its like leftlane news.

                must be cheaper to run these days as it is.
                Motor1.com/news is my go-to site for all things in the auto industry, GM Authority is my source for GM-specific news.

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                • #9
                  Motor1amd gm authority are good sites. Glad to hear you find them informative...ill have to check them out more often now..

                  jalopniks article was barely worth the time to read it was so filled with garbage..

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