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Corvette Today Podcast: TONS OF NEWS THIS WEEK

We've been doing Corvette news & headlines podcasts on CORVETTE TODAY since September 2020. I don't remember ever doing a news & headlines podcast with this much critical information packed into one podcast! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/show/...ppfrkBCyZstwdl. This is a "must listen" to podcast. Here are a few of the topics covered in this episode....

1. Chevrolet confirms the introduction this Fall of the 2023 C8 Z06 with a new video release-and it sounds like a Ferrari
2. Corvette dominates sales in Q2 2021
3. Chevy dealerships have received their first 2022 C8 allocations
4. Callaway looks ahead to 2022 and the Callaway C8 Corvette
5. Right-hand drive C8 is revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
6. New GT-3 spec C8.R expected in 2024
7. California will start failing cars with tuned ECU’s during smog checks
8. The National Corvette Museum delivers their 14,000th Corvette
9. A couple exchanges wedding vows before taking delivery of their C8 at the NCM
10. "Life in the Fast Lane" by The Eagles is a story of cocaine and a fast Corvette
11. Sigala Designs shows off a completed widebody kit for the C8
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  • C8 Stingray Shifting Paddles

    “Solid aluminum and “perfect feel” are two ways I describe the C8 Stingray’s DCT paddle shifters. First, a couple of months ago, we saw them in the camo’d car. What I found interesting then was their “L” shape.

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    I had the fortune to sit in a C8, and I truly could go on and on about how perfect they fell to put your hands on. First, the have a back side curved, large indentation. Your fingers fit within that area perfectly. One will not have any chance of putting their hands on them and their sliding off. The feel is best described as extremely comfortable and yet at the time, very secure. They are beautifully polished (quite different than on the test mule).

    Here is a wonderful picture taken by jagamajajaran that shows a side view of them, Thanks Jag.


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    Last edited by John; 07-21-2019, 07:41 PM.
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    I agree 100%

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    • #3
      I do wished they were column mounted though. It's hard to turn and shift at the same time otherwise

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Supa_Fly_Z51 View Post
        I do wished they were column mounted though. It's hard to turn and shift at the same time otherwise
        I hope and feel with the new wheel it will be easier to shift with the paddles on the wheel in turns

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post

          I hope and feel with the new wheel it will be easier to shift with the paddles on the wheel in turns
          We'll see, we'll see

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          • #6
            I think it likely depends on the speed you are going and the severity of the turn, driving conditions, etc. In city driving the C7, I sometimes think column mount would be better. Looks like on a fast track with fast driving it might be the opposite is better?
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            • #7
              Im not sure a driver should ever be shifting gears while turning the steering wheel as it could imbalance the chassis with a gearshift during a turning maneuver...

              at least thats how it has been with a manual transmission ..

              all shifting should be done with the steering wheel is pointing the vehicle relatively straight

              maybe its different with a dct?

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              • #8
                When I went to SCCA Competition driving school eons ago, shifting while in turns was not encouraged.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  Im not sure a driver should ever be shifting gears while turning the steering wheel as it could imbalance the chassis with a gearshift during a turning maneuver...

                  at least thats how it has been with a manual transmission ..

                  all shifting should be done with the steering wheel is pointing the vehicle relatively straight

                  maybe its different with a dct?
                  There is this triple apex turn in my home track, you must shift in the middle of a long sweeper which gave great satisfaction when done right in a "manual" gearbox, now it is where the DCT shines
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by John View Post
                    “Solid aluminum and “perfect feel” are two ways I describe the C8 Stingray’s DCT paddle
                    Magnesium, apparently.

                    Tadge: Well we had a flat bottom wheel for a while and the curved top did not do anything to improve visibility. You really drive the car from both sides of the steering wheel and this design feels very natural whether you are on the track or the street. We talked about squaring off the top so we could improve the view of our 12” display. To prove the concept, we built early prototypes and drove them around on a daily basis to prove that it would work and it did. The steering wheel paddles on the side are magnesium and they are wired directly to the transmission. When a driver commands a shift and instantly gets it.
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                    • #11
                      i just learned that today. The magnesium paddles are drop dead gorgeous.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JB View Post
                        Im not sure a driver should ever be shifting gears while turning the steering wheel as it could imbalance the chassis with a gearshift during a turning maneuver...

                        at least thats how it has been with a manual transmission ..

                        all shifting should be done with the steering wheel is pointing the vehicle relatively straight
                        Lets say that you're standing still at a red light looking to make a right or left turn and as soon as the light changes you wanna step on it. You take off on 1st gear and revs quickly jump off while you're in the turn needing to go into 2nd gear.........accomplishing such a feat its almost impossible to say the least.

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                        • #13
                          Why is it impossible?

                          As far as shifting with the wheel pointed straight, sure, on a race track or when really pushing it through a corner on a street. In normal driving, at normal street speeds, shift whenever you want. You're not going to unbalance the chassis making a left turn at 15 mph.
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                          • #14
                            I think those mourning the loss of the manual gearbox would have felt a little better if, instead of the new transmission controls, there were a dual gate stick controller that could be pushed forward for downshifts an pulled back for upshifts.

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                            • #15
                              Guys, the DCT has the advantage of an uninterrupted flow of power during shifts, allowing shifts in corners.

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