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Old 08-12-2018, 02:18 PM
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While at Louisville for NSRA I asked a GM rep if they were taking anything new & exciting to SEMA this year, he said they always take new displays. I asked if they were taking anything related to the ME as they did the new C7 engine in 2012. He flatly said there are no ME Corvettes, when I mentioned the 40 or so test mules running around in covers he said we are always testing new components. When I asked about the plant being closed to the public for 18 months he said they were doing a major paint shop upgrade and didn't want the public in with construction workers. When I mentioned the new paint facility upgrade was apparently done since cars were being delivered with new paint he confirmed it was done. When I asked why the plant was still closed to the public until next year he appeared speechless. I told him we would talk next Aug.
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lol nice clickbait
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This guy knows how to keep his mouth shut. !

no no doubt he will still be working there next August!

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Steve Jobs would be proud..
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If I had a job that required me to keep my mouth shut to keep my job I'd be just as forthcoming.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:45 PM
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If I had a job that required me to keep my mouth shut to keep my job I'd be just as forthcoming.
I didn't expect him to give any info, was just surprised he was so insistent that there is no ME instead of giving the usual "we don't discuss possible future projects"
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:32 AM
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I feel sorry for the GM folks that will be at Carlisle this year. I wonder how many times they will be asked about the ME.
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We could all be shocked as well. This car is so far off the "Corvette" core value that it could in fact get a different name and displace Corvette as the Chevrolet halo car. Who knows at this point.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:05 AM
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I asked Siri about C8 Corvettes and she pointed out all Mid Engine webpages so it must be coming!
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Originally Posted by Redc7z06 View Post
I feel sorry for the GM folks that will be at Carlisle this year. I wonder how many times they will be asked about the ME.
Heh, they should all get badges saying "Don't ask me about ME!"
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Doug Fehan said there is an ME coming and a C8.R in testing at the Michelin Bash. The pictures off it at Road America just showed up late last week.

Next time you see a GM guy who tellls you the Earth is flat, show them the pictures of the car that was running like a scalded dog around Road America last week, ask him what he thinks about this new Dodge Viper ME race car ?!!
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There are way too many ME validation cars running around at this point. GM is in the serious run up to production by now. The cars on the road, that have been pictured, probably represent tens of millions in development costs. GM can't afford to be toying around like that.
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Originally Posted by warhawkmcdaniel View Post
I asked Siri about C8 Corvettes and she pointed out all Mid Engine webpages so it must be coming!
Siri knows everything!
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Way to much R&D it's coming, they have to keep up with everyone else or start losing market share.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by WhiteDiamond View Post
There are way too many ME validation cars running around at this point. GM is in the serious run up to production by now. The cars on the road, that have been pictured, probably represent tens of millions in development costs. GM can't afford to be toying around like that.
If I didn't agree with you completely I wouldn't have put a $5000 deposit down the beginning of the year. If the 40 or so mules on the road are just testing misc . parts as the GM rep wanted me to accept as why they are out there, GM is wasting as you suggest "tens of millions in development costs" and headed back to another bailout situation, which I don't believe is the case.
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Originally Posted by WhiteDiamond View Post
There are way too many ME validation cars running around at this point. GM is in the serious run up to production by now. The cars on the road, that have been pictured, probably represent tens of millions in development costs. GM can't afford to be toying around like that.
Sorry, but wishful thinking. I talked with an insider last night, and at this time, there is currently, continuing extensive development, on the roads, at the suppliers, in fact at every step in the development stage for the 2020 ME.

Not one customer ME has been produced, nor will it be until around May or June of next year. PM me if you want specific details as to what are the steps between now and the probable summer start of customer ME deliveries.
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by tbasco 6 View Post
He flatly said there are no ME Corvettes
Misinformation - Haven't you heard of Roswell being just a weather balloon test gone bad?
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:47 PM
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There are likely 50-100 pre-production mules running around testing all aspects of the production car design AND build sequence all over the countryside. BG is likely involved to some extent, but the engineers at Warren Tech Center are in charge right now. All these cars will eventually head to the crusher, except for the GM / Pratt & Miller C8.R which is headed to the 2019 Rolex 24 Corvette Corral in Daytona !!

This is just like the run-up to the C7 intro. in 2013. Lot's of development and validation testing and no comments. I think you will likely see the formal introduction at Detroit in Jan. 2019, production start-up in July 2019, and first deliveries to dealers and customers in Sept.-Oct. 2019.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:29 PM
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"He flatly said there are no ME Corvettes"

Well, maybe that's the honest truth. Who knows what they'll name it...
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:31 PM
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Maybe it's a rear engine car?
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