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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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C8 Powertrain Test Vehicle

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  • C8 Powertrain Test Vehicle

    It’s not glamorous but 100% functional, spending most of its pre-NCM life at Milford Proving Grounds testing various powertrain components, especially the LT2. Thanks Harlan for suggesting I go back into then Sky Dome to see it.

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    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    That's pretty cool. I bet that car led a hard life.


    • #3
      Very cool thx John


      • #4
        Thanks John, keep it coming we are living vicariously through you since we are not in BG.
        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


        • #5
          Anyone notice the carbon fiber support bars in the engine bay? Possible foretelling as to what may come on future higher trim models?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Richrat View Post
            Thanks John, keep it coming we are living vicariously through you since we are not in BG.
            I second Richrat!!! Grazie!!!


            • #7
              Thanks John, fascinating to see a mule uncloaked, lots of interesting details.

              In the last shot, I wonder if the tape on the driver's seatback indicates they were getting excessive wear on the upholstery where the seat belt rubbed against it?