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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 !!!;
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5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
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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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Lets play..what options do you think will go on early constraint at launch

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  • Lets play..what options do you think will go on early constraint at launch

    What options do you think will be on constraint at launch?

    also what options will be overly popular that gm didn't count on being as popular?

    same question to a degree...

    i think its going to be that e60 lift kit..

  • #2
    I would say allocation would be their biggest constraint

    But to answer the op's question, I think premium paint colors.
    Last edited by khanmark; 07-28-2019, 06:53 PM.


    - Just when you think you can't dig your hole any deeper, they throw the shovel in at you -


    • #3
      Interesting I never thought the brand new paint shop would be the constraint...

      thanks for the insight...


      • #4
        I think John already mentioned that GM has put it in writing that rapid blue, a premium color, is an early constraint, so it lends credence to premium colors being a constraint.


        - Just when you think you can't dig your hole any deeper, they throw the shovel in at you -


        • #5
          Yes i tend to only consider mechanical or rather luxury options as constraint material.

          i never thought of colors as kahnmark mentioned...

          good catch...

          that rapid blue is clearly designed to attract Miami blue porsche buyers which seems to be quite the sought after color for 911s and boxsters..

          i saw the porsche in person in that similiar color and its a real wow...

          i think it takes a special person to choose that unique color yet when someone really does attract attention


          • #6
            I'm guessing you will wait for the front end lift, a lot going on there
            Torch red 1LT, no options. Built June 4, received July 2


            • #7
              Z51 will go on constraint early..


              • #8
                How are they going to deliver Z51 cars in the Winter? Bowling Green gets to below 20 Fahrenheit that time of year. The tires explicitly say that they can't be mounted or bear the weight of the car if the temps are below 20 F. Aren't these cars being transported on open trailer?

                What will people do with them if they get delivered in January or February and the tire warranty is voided?

                Do you think there is any possibility that every Z51 car will be delayed until spring? That can't possibly happen, right?


                • #9
                  Anything is make some interesting points.

                  did z51 c7 s only deliver in summer spring and fall?
                  Last edited by JB; 07-29-2019, 05:56 AM.


                  • #10
                    GM delivers tires year round in the US including ones with Z51 option. If on rare occurrence there is tire cracking upon dealer delivery, GM/Michelin immediately replace them.

                    There was a panic in the C7 community due to a rare winter week long 0-10 degree spell at the CSX railyard in Toledo, OH in January, 2014 — where many Corvettes heading west stayed in the railyard for a week before being reloaded onto train cars heading west. A few of them had tire cracking; again GM/Michelin stood up and replaced the tires.

                    There was alsoone severe case of four tires being cracked; that occurred in Canada at -20 degree (Farenheit), when a C7 was driven home, parked on ice, the hot tires melted into the ice, the water re-freezing around them, and doing severe cracking on all four tires. I will bet that picture was displayed on FB and two other forums 100 times — all with the theme the “sky is falling.”

                    Let us put the tire cracking issue into perspective. Mike Furman has delivered, over 5 years, 2,000 new C7’s; he told me several months ago that he had not had one single complaint from a customer of his due to that customer having a single cracked tire. Criswell is locate near Baltimore and they get some very cold winter temps most years.
                    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.


                    • #11
                      I really feel there will be minimal OR NO constraints on this car.At least something as major as the Z51 . GM has had almost 60 years since the first ME (1960) I think they want to get this right and have spent more thought into this Generation than any others. If there are constraints like Engine color options I would believe it may be due to see what the real interest is in these options prior to stocking. Also a constrain listed today may be based on what is in stock today and not when these cars are actually being built in December.


                      • #12
                        I think paint color would be the earliest constraint we see, besides allocation. GM knows how many Z51s will get ordered so hopefully that’s not a show stopper.
                        Last edited by Richrat; 08-02-2019, 04:00 PM.
                        Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C


                        • #13
                          Gm should realize the red engine cover will be the most popular color chosen besides what color cover comes standard...

                          that bright red engine cover screams....exotic...unless gm has to get permission from ferrari to do the red engine cover through the glass...(im kidding)

                          as much as i admire gm and i really do..

                          never underestimate the foolish inventory choices large corporations can make...or how fickle the buying public can be.

                          i hope you are right Mr Zora 69...and there are no early shortages..but sometimes suppliers screwup production batches too...

                          six months from now we can all play a drinking game on this very subject.

                          GMs quality control is excellent as well so sometimes what you and I might consider acceptable...GM refuses because it doesn t meet their standards...

                          who ever suggests im being ridiculous should only know how many parts are rejected in the first year from suppliers.

                          that would be an interesting question if it weren't such a sensitive a topic for any manufacturer..
                          Last edited by JB; 07-29-2019, 01:00 PM.