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This week -- marina California for the launch of much anticipated seventh generation.
Chevrolet Corvette text character is the chief engineer.
Of the Chevy Corvette.
Look at that car right now I don't instantly it is a -- we got a clean sheet paper what do you have to carry -- -- from the heritage of the car into the -- -- but we always try to be respectful of our past but not lean and it too heavily.
We don't want to do retro cars and mean what you do your favorite car for the past what do you do the next time your second favorite car for the past.
So we respect your history but were always trying to move forward that's why if you look at all the seven generations a Corvette.
You'll see -- dramatically different generation to generation they've got some elements where you've got some historical.
We that are incorporated but we also look for much -- expressions you know this car is truly expression of -- 21 century sports car.
And everything about the design language says -- come straight off the race car.
Lessons learned from the racetrack and applied to air dynamics of this car and that's why it looks so different than previous generation cars.
Although although I guess technically 99.9 percent -- -- -- yeah so it's actually more than 99.9.
Percent knew so yeah Italy to carry over parts went to handle holds the roof in another filter that filters there coming into the cabin.
Otherwise everything is new -- highly modified to make the best -- What are some of the big breakthroughs on this and other technologies that was the driving force with the court that.
-- some of the key points on this that really pushed to the next level well it all starts with the foundation can have a great sports car without all white stiff chassis that's what they -- -- racing.
And that's what we do for sports -- so starting with an all aluminum frame he's in the latest technology -- aluminum construction.
Not just the kinds of the material with strengthen it here with a way -- -- -- formed the way it's joined.
Not a lot of the traditional welding the people think -- but more adhesives and mechanical fasteners laser welding.
Technologies that weren't available -- we did a new generation Corvette.
So that's kind of the foundation the fundamental -- -- a hundred pounds out of the frame it's 60% stiffer so when you're on the road car feels like it's -- -- just don't.
Bill just solid style structured nothing shakes when you hit a ball.
And then we added a lot other new technology you know -- been heavily into composite ever since the very first -- sixty years ago.
So we've been specializing in composites and really the whole cars and mosaic of different -- -- so aluminum structure.
A lot of advanced technology composites and start putting for the first time carbon fiber panels on the standard -- The roof and who would are both carbon fiber which is a real breakthrough I gave it to get that car in this prices -- 2000 dollar.
We've been working on carbon fiber for -- decade we've had on the street for a decade always in our top and cars.
We've been working on reducing the cycle time time that it takes to produce a carbon fiber part.
We have a big breakthrough on this car where were able to.
Make many many tens of thousands.
And that helps drive the price down.
Now you see it's standard on the court that at that price drops to start to see may -- carbon fiber panels become more common place and other cars.
Performance wise and luxury wise as well luxury to have fun wise what your target who's what are the cards you're trying to keep people from buying.
And by in the sense that or is -- just a Corvette -- age -- injury as well we -- keep.
Our traditional -- buyers happy but would also like other people may mean never -- considered a Corvette before.
-- -- competing with every other sports car there is out there and if you think about it as a discretionary purchase.
We're competing at boats and motorcycles and other things for discretionary income it's a fun car it's also very practical car so we're trying to.
Hit the sports car into people's lives improve their lives and really.
They make a difference in the way they feel about her daily goings on.
Perhaps -- important -- Corvette.
All new engine as well six point two of your view it's gonna show about conversions and other vehicles included in the pick -- trucks and Chevrolet.
What some of the elements of that that -- that at the last at a six point two the year BA but this one's very different.
And the only thing that's carried over as the displacement the whole engine has been completely redesigned.
It has direct injection now for the first time -- variable valve timing and and cylinder the activation which is the biggest single fuel economy and Daimler.
In the product there times when you get over 10% improvement in fuel economy by switching from eight cylinders.
To four -- The Corvette is very light and very aerodynamic a lot of times in your daily driving can run on -- on respecting drive -- -- hundred miles an hour -- only be using four cylinders.
When -- -- four cylinders it's extremely efficient.
-- personally gotten up to 38 miles per gallon driving the car steady state for 25 miles twenty and thirty is the hearing took an artist but you -- -- -- -- -- we say 29 on the label there's an eco mode where would be thirty on the label but the truth is corvettes like many other cars you can actually get the fuel economy on the label.
And in fact exceed it.
Push rod actuators valves and in this car also has the very unique rear suspension people -- spring but it's it transfers kinda.
Springs out of there -- technically you guys call the -- composite spring.
That's -- and we're both the front and rear have transfer that's very true very unique elements on the court that are these.
Things you have to put in there because they expect it like a 9/11 has to be rearranging.
There is no.
Obligation put either of those rounds in the car if there was a better engine for this car.
We would do it the small block you know people say push -- like -- a bad thing this car is extremely.
Simple extremely light small block it is extremely compact.
Even though the displacement is relatively large compared to other and engine itself is very small and very light.
That lets -- be very -- -- with the rest of the vehicle please start with.
A light engine then you have space to put very large sections body structure around it those are very efficient so the whole front in the car can be light.
Having few rotating parts and a lot of low end torque.
Lets -- run down the highway at very low rpm and get great fuel economy numbers in fact we think we have a claim to be the most fuel efficient.
High performance sports car in the plan in the Porsche 9/11 which is probably the best alternative.
400 horsepower and after a global engine point seven miles per gallon here we have a -- makes for sixty horsepower 29 miles per gallon so.
I don't think there's any excuses around the engine regardless of the technology that's it.
Now you mentioned that transfers composites for -- Those are packaging miracle when you get in the car and you see how low the hood is when you open the trunk and you see how much trunk space there -- A lot of that is attributed to the transverse -- brings.
Most people use steel coil -- those of -- around.
Forever those are low tech -- -- are very high tech and they allow us to do things of course that nobody else to do.
So -- anything else that got them or they're very expensive.
They're extraordinarily expensive not just to buy but also that school.
And it makes like tough in the after market.
If somebody wants to take their -- attracted more challenging because if you want -- high rate customs praying for -- for that race car it's more expensive to do that.
That's why you see oil markets -- offered outside has become -- your car and you can -- tuning changes are different tracks.
Now as original manufacturer -- optimum solution for low mass and good packaging is a transverse.
Source all this with a magnetic right control suspensions well magnetic selective ride -- thousands and second area of the road yeah that was a General Motors -- that came GM Mardy with a partner or corporation.
Came out over a decade ago and was a pioneer -- you start to see that same system that same hardware offered in premium.
Vehicles including Ferrari and Audi.
So there's a General Motors invention that nicely the most expensive competition there are racing to do with the Corvette.
Or seen Soledad this particularly in the area aerodynamics.
You really see it all over the car including the use of materials we talked about carbon fiber it's covered -- started to use an aerospace.
Then race cars mr.
-- -- street cars.
Now all of the targeted aerodynamics racing -- -- lessons learned everything from the way the radiators have positioned the functional outlet in the hood.
-- train infant if cooler inlets in the back although our strayed off the race car.
You look at rotors.
The way they have that slotted rotors that was just like the race car parts if you look at the brake cooling system underneath it's patterned after the race car.
If you look at the track clustered patterned after the race car.
The tires for Michelin we got the same tire engineer who does the race car tires street are tires.
He takes the best lessons learned from the track.
Combines that with the best -- technology for Michelin and comes up with a new super performance.
Tire for just stuffs.
And this very unique part GM's lineup on its own platform you gotta tell factory.
Even though it's pretty low flying cars general motors' world.
We know they'll be performance versions coming or higher performance versions years ago you guys -- Cadillac.
Built -- the -- that when -- engineering this are you having in mind the possibility that some that -- that -- do something else whether or is this a Corvette that's made it.
This is a Corvette it's optimize for the Corvette market.
There's no intent.
To offer any other.
Aside from the -- so this is really optimize.
For the Corvette customer in four Bowling Green assembly plant as you mentioned a standalone plan producing nothing but --
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