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Z06 Potential Patents

As we get ready for the Z06’s debut sometime in the next year, IMO time to brush up on the 23 GM C8 patents — many of which are Z06 potentials: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...alized-patents
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Private Testing at the Nurburgring - Bridge To Gantry

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  • Private Testing at the Nurburgring - Bridge To Gantry

    Dale Lomas of BridgeToGantry uploaded a couple of pictures to Instagram with the caption:

    “The time has come... new mid-engine C8 Corvette finally has some private Nürburgring access for laptiming. What will it do? Stay tuned!”

    Along with that little bit of fun information, it included some of the best pictures of the seats so far. We know the driver’s seat is fitted with a Sparco racing seat but the passenger seat is left exposed, with what looks like some sort of logo in the center. Very exciting times!

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    Sweet, that's a really good look at the top of the steering wheel.
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    • #3
      Excellent find and post NewYuriCity. Thank you very much for the clearest picture we have yet seen of the steering wheel and more.
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      • #4
        Seats look comfy. Also can't wait to find out lap times.
        Last edited by Bluevette; 09-12-2018, 08:06 PM.

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        • #5
          I asked this in another thread, but no one replied. Could those be fake a-pillar "covers" on the interior to make the interior look smaller/tighter than it actually is? They sure look thick.

          Last edited by Manta Ray; 09-12-2018, 08:44 PM. Reason: Added image
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          • #6
            Those are seat covers...no way in hell seats are that wide.

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            • #7
              Those “A’ pillar look weird because they appear thick. I was initially thinking you are on to something about their width being due to fake covers, but, conversely, I highly doubt that GM would deliberately make their A pillar thicker, with consequent reduced visibility, for drivers that are testing at speed at the track. I am thus now thinking that in reality they are thinner than they look to us — but have not figure out how that could be accomplished.

              Confused....
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              • #8
                Originally posted by John View Post
                Those “A’ pillar look weird because they appear thick. I was initially thinking you are on to something about their width being due to fake covers, but, conversely, I highly doubt that GM would deliberately make their A pillar thicker, with consequent reduced visibility, for drivers that are testing at speed at the track. I am thus now thinking that in reality they are thinner than they look to us — but have not figure out how that could be accomplished.

                Confused....
                Could it be to support the front glass for roll overs & 2020+ crush/safety standards since roof comes off on coupe and convertible ? Looks strange and larger because of the angle of the pictures? Not sure why they go all out to hide this section of the car, just seams pointless.
                Last edited by Fasttoys; 09-12-2018, 09:54 PM.

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                • #9
                  Does seem pointless. We do know that both the coupe and the convertible will have removable roofs.
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                  • #10
                    Regarding the A-pillars they do look thick, but I suspect/hope that is because of the angle of the picture. I would not be surprised if the engineers deliberately made the A-pillars thick in one dimension to provide structural support and allow for better visibility from the driver’s seat. Essentially from a front/top or side view like these pictures would be the equivalent to looking at the front or back cover of a book, while from the driver’s seat it is like looking at the spine of the book. Does that make sense?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PaulChristian View Post
                      Those are seat covers...no way in hell seats are that wide.
                      I didn't notice the width, I was mostly looking at the material. Yeah, they're definitely covers haha. I suppose that they also wouldn't be showing the actual seats when there are all of those people crowded around... surprised that they showed the steering wheel. Wonder if anyone was able to sneak a picture of its front side.

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                      • #12
                        After looking back on some of the other pictures and videos, the pillars all look that size Some are black and then there are the off-white pillars (which would really be distracting during sunlight or at night) they all appear the same width though. Possibly the seats are something extremely different and supportive. Hopefully not like most uncomfortable corvette seats of yesteryear.
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                        • #13
                          Can someone please post the video in this link?

                          https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...le.com%2F&_rdr

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                          • #14
                            I just went out and looked closely at the A pillars on my C7 and they are very wide. You don't really notice them as they are black and non reflective. I don't think the C8's are that much wider, but because they are often seen as off-white, they look obtrusive. I do notice how "big" the passenger side A pillar is on the C7 when making a right turn in my neighborhood as it obstructs my view of the cross street. Not a complaint just an observation. I'm not sure why they would have the C8 A pillars a light color, could be to just cause confusion.

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                            • #15
                              Like many, I am hoping for a headliner and pillar choice, e.g., light for those who wish, dark for others who prefer.
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