It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster since Chevrolet first starting accepting orders in September for the 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe.
After the first order consensus in September, Chevrolet scheduled the first wave of retail production to begin in early December. But then came the nearly 6-week long UAW strike which shut everything down. As the strike was ongoing, the Target Production Weeks (TPW) for those early builds were pushed back into mid-to-late January.
Once the strike ended, we were hoping for some positive news about the TPWs as they all disappeared from the GM Order System late last week. But then they came back and we are finding out that retail production of the 2020 Corvettes will most likely start on February 3rd.
We do not have official confirmation on this, but that’s what we are hearing from our dealers as well as customers with current TPWs. I have seen a TPW posted on the Corvette Forum that indicated a 1/27 start and that could also be possible depending on when Chevrolet does a run of CTF cars for marketing and other purposes.
Chevrolet does have a graduated roll-out planned for the C8 Corvette which we’ve also talked about previously. Originally the plan was to build 2LT and 3LT cars first (with certain options and colors) and then begin to add additional colors and options until all models, colors and options were available. The 1LTs were originally scheduled to begin 10 weeks after the start of production but included in that original 10 week period was the two-week Christmas/New Years shutdown, and so we estimate the 1LTs will most likely start in early April.
And then that brings us to the Convertibles which were originally supposed to start in February. Our best guess is that the start of production for the Convertible Stingrays would also begin sometime in mid-to-late April or even early May as well.
During the strike, the order consensus for October which was supposed to cover weeks 3-5 of production was canceled. The next order consensus for the 2020 Corvettes will pick back up this month. When that happens, we’ll have a constraint report to bring everyone back up to date.
A plug-and-play electric motor for cars makes it easier than ever to upgrade your vintage ride
Anyone who’s owned a vintage car can tell you—and boy, will they tell you—how much time, money, and maintenance is required to keep their baby running. And don’t forget the gasoline, garage oil puddles, or tailpipe pollution involved.
A California startup may have the answer: A plug-and-play innovative motor to convert that finicky old gas-guzzler into an electric car. Eric Hutchison and Brock Winberg first gained attention by rescuing a moldering, V-8-powered 1978 Ferrari 308—you may know it as the model that “Magnum: P.I.” drove on TV—and transforming it into an electric marvel. Now, the co-founders of Electric GT have developed a DIY, electric “crate motor” that will let traditional gearheads or EV fans do the same.
“A lot of guys go out for a weekend in a classic car that’s 40 or 50 years old, but they get a ride home with AAA; it ends up being a one-way trip,” Hutchison says. “Here, you’re taking out 95 percent of the maintenance, which is the biggest problem with classic cars. So this is for enthusiasts who love their cars, but want a fun, reliable car that’s good for 100 or 125 miles on a weekend drive.”
Like a traditional crate motor sold by Chevy, Ford, or another manufacturer—typically a factory V-8 that owners swap into muscle cars or hot rods—the Electric Crate Motor slots neatly below the hood of a project car. Dual electric motors, a DC power converter, computer controls, and cooling gear are cleverly packaged in a “black box” that actually looks like a gasoline engine with V-shaped cylinder banks.
The company will offer two crate motors, the strongest generating just under 180 kilowatts (240 horsepower) and 460 newton-meters (340 pound-feet) of instant electric torque. That’s well shy of, say, a Porsche Taycan Turbo, with 500 kW (670 horses) and 848 Nm (626 pound-feet); but still plenty to make many vintage cars hustle faster than they ever did with a gasoline engine.
Photo: Electric GTElectric GT’s Crate Motor can convert any classic car into an electric vehicle.
Battery cells from the secondary market, typically salvaged from low-mileage Teslas, are repackaged to safely mate with various car chassis, from vintage Toyota FJ Cruisers, to Fiat Spyders and Porsches. A familiar SAE J1772 plug connector, the same used by most new EVs, allows either Level 1 or Level 2 charging, with DC fast charging as an option. Wiring harnesses are designed with simple, standard plug connectors, allowing even an enterprising home mechanic to convert a car, with instruction manuals and personal tech support from Electric GT.
“We’ve taken out all the brain work of having to be an expert in batteries or electrical management,” Winberg says. “We’re putting the system out there for shops or customers to use, and then we coach and support.”
Here’s potentially the best part for certain auto enthusiasts: The EGT system is specifically designed to work exclusively with manual-transmission cars. A billet-aluminum adapter plate links the electric motors’ output to a conventional clutch assembly—which the partners recommend beefing up a bit to handle the jolt of electric torque.
“Just don’t buy the cheapest clutch you can find at Autozone, and you’ll be fine,” Hutchison says.
Typical automatic transmissions are too fragile to deal with that surge of juice, so owners with automatic cars—a category that includes some muscle-car or drag-racing enthusiasts—are out of luck.
Once underway, these transmogrified EVs will cruise effortlessly in second or third gear, with virtually no shifting required. (Stick-shift fans may miss that interaction, but definitely not when they’re slogging through heavy traffic).
Depressing the clutch pedal also initiates regenerative braking; that familiar feature of EVs that uses the electric motor as a generator to recapture kinetic energy and return it to the battery in electric form. A pressure sensor on the car’s traditional, mechanical brakes allows programmable blending of regenerative and mechanical braking. Pricing isn’t set for the DIY Electric Crate Motors and their various accessories, but the partners hope to nail that down in the next few months.
At Electric GT’s facility in Chatsworth, Calif., the team is wrapping up their own build of a 1970 Toyota FJ Cruiser, one of many vintage 4x4s that have appreciated like mad in recent years. Another project car, an orange 1982 Fiat Spyder convertible—shorn of its underachieving Italian engine—will soon be humming in the Caribbean, its owner assured that he’s not despoiling the seaside environment.
Ultimately, that’s the point: Internal-combustion engines are increasingly seen as a dirty dead-end, and (most) governments and regulators around the world would love to drive the last nail into their coffin. Yet what are owners to do with vintage gasoline cars—beautiful, fun, some worth millions of dollars—that they’re determined to keep driving? With an electric heart transplant, these cars can have a clean(er) bill of health. And owners never have to say a tearful goodbye.
Source: Lawrence Ulrich. Spectrum
Every year the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky throws a party to celebrate all things Corvette. The event usually consists of enthusiasts and some appearances by General Motors executives, but not much news is made there. But this year’s annual get-together marked the NCM’s 25th anniversary, and GM decided to celebrate with an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the development of the mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette.
That included a presentation by Kirk Bennion, head of exterior design for Corvette. In his slide show Bennion revealed that Chevrolet already had a full-size clay model of the mid-engine Corvette mocked up when the company was preparing to launch the last-generation C7 Corvette. Yup, that’s right—Chevy knew the Corvette was going mid-engine in 2013, six full years before the car would be unveiled in production form.
Bennion’s presentation went on to show six of the roughly 12 scale models that Chevy created to hone the C8’s exterior appearance. Those dozen or so models eventually were whittled down and made into three full-size clay models. Elements of those mock-ups eventually went on to create the C8 Corvette that was unveiled in July.
The video is an interesting look behind the curtain at the C8’s development, but it’s not the first we’ve heard of some of the mid-engine Corvette’s early design concepts. In August, former Chevrolet Performance Exterior Design Director Tom Peters revealed that a split-window design was considered for the C8 in a nod to the iconic 1963 Corvette. However, that idea was eventually binned, although hints of a split window design actually ended up in the final styling of the 2020 Corvette.
Excerpt from USA Today….
“The Corvette has existed in a category all its own as an American car,” said Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. “It’s a pretty magical story through and through. It’s very evident they’re about to do it again
“The ‘Vette, a Chevrolet model assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is getting one of its biggest changes yet: The engine is shifting from underneath the hood to the middle of the car, making it a “mid-engine” car much like some of Europe’s speediest vehicles. That change is aimed at making the vehicle even faster and better able to navigate sharp turns.
How powerful is the 2020 Corvette?: Rumor is it was warping the frame in tests
But expect eye-popping numbers for the loaded editions, including a possible ZR1 supercar.
Rumors were flying earlier this year that GM had to delay the new Corvette because it was so powerful that its frame was warping in track tests. Industry observers have speculated that the high-flying version could achieve an astounding 1,000 horsepower.
The extra-powerful edition is sounding like an “unbelievable performer and fire-breathing monster,” Hagerty said.
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Set a reminder for July 18 at 10:30 p.m. EDT to see Chevy’s mid-engined sports car for real, live from Orange County, California.
The mid-engined Corvette is the sports car that American driving enthusiasts have been waiting for for decades, and it’s almost here. We’re just as excited as you are and we’re lucky enough to be attending the reveal of the 2020 C8 Corvette in Orange County, California on Thursday, July 18.
Fortunately, Chevrolet is providing an easy place for anyone to live-stream the reveal via its media and consumer websites. Bookmark these now and set yourself a calendar reminder for 10:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. PDT) on July 18.
2019 PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR THE MOST POTENT LINEUP IN THE HISTORY OF PCOTY FIGHTS IT OUT FOR THE CROWN.
It’s fitting, because the engine is a tornado and a half, more center stage in its home than any mill here. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter pushrod V8 uses the same basic construction as the one in the Z06, but it’s strapped to a supercharger with a whopping 52 percent more displacement. The blower looks like weaponized luggage and helps produce a linear fire hose of grunt, enough to spit the rear tires loose at highway speed. Like the Pista, the car fights for traction, but it also seems more encouraging and calm about its insanity. All capped by that devil-whoop exhaust note and a suspension tune that never prompts occasional moments of personal clenching. (This means you, Z06.)
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Keep a close eye on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea this February – you might be surprised to learn their sleek bobsleds and skeleton sleds are made right here in North Carolina by Mooresville-based deBotech Inc.
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The pack leader is finally here, launched in Sebring Orange to make sure you notice all the significant upgrades that no doubt make it the fastest street car GM has ever made. This is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. In terms of design, the ZR1 comes with a completely new front that’s basically one giant air intake, as well as the wider body, and lots of optional exposed carbon bits, including the hood, the quarter panel inserts, the side rockers, the front splitter, the rear wing and the removable top.
Ultimate carbon-fiber package for Grand Sport, Z06 salutes 65 years of Corvette.
Limited to 650 vehicles globally, and available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z063LZ trims, the Carbon 65E Edition features visible carbon fiber exterior elements.
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Bill Cook, aka, Biker Bill is a new member of the deBotech team and veteran of the United States Armed Services. Bill joined our team roughly 3 months ago as our Maintenance/Handy Man. A friend had mentioned this great guy that was retired but wanted a job because he was used to working. After meeting him, it was evident that he embodied the hard-working ethics that I admire, respect and want to spread to the younger generation. He came to work the other day proudly flying the US red, white & blue in honor and memory of SSG Adam Lynn Dikemyer, Tomb Sentinel #528. It’s guys like this that make me proud to be an American & the reason I will forever stand for our National Anthem!
Hans and Jamye, Owners of deBotech, Inc., raffled off $500 at their company Christmas celebration. Employees received a raffle ticket for every non-perishable food item they brought in which was later donated to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. The deBotech employees were amazing and several of them brought in over 100 items each to donate. We were able to collect over 375 lbs. of food which we took to our local Mooresville Soup Kitchen to help those in need during this Christmas Season. We are thankful that we are able to help and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The 9th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Gala was held January 21, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC. Each year the NCMA recognizes North Carolina companies that have positively affected the motorsports community within the state.
This year the Association recognized many diverse companies and the Industry Award Recipients were deBotech, Inc., Charlotte Motor Speedway STEM Program, Richard & Judy Childress – Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Safer Racer Tour and GoPro Motorplex.
In addition, the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award recognizes a person whose contributions to racing have made an immeasurable impact on motorsports in North Carolina. This year the NCMA recognized NASCAR President Mike Helton. Previous recipients were Benny Parsons, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, O. Bruton Smith and H.A. Humpy Wheeler.
Michael Waltrip presented deBotech’s Industry Award to Hans deBot, the President/CEO of the company. Hans sincerely expressed his appreciation for the recognition from the NCMA and Motorsports Industry. He described the positive impact that motorsports has had on deBotech and his desire to continue to make better, faster, stronger products for the Motorsports and Racing Industries. Hans and his wife, Jamye deBot, founded deBotech, Inc. in 1998 and have grown the company into an organization that serves many diverse industries. Hans closed his remarks by stating how humbled and honored he was to accept this prestigious award for deBotech.
Honored to be featured in the NC State Alumni Magazine…
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2014 has been an exciting and challenging year for deBotech, Inc. and I would like to thank all of our customers for presenting those challenges and giving us the opportunities. The deBotech team strives each and everyday to meet our customers’ needs and quality expectations no matter the challenges and I would like to thank each of them for their tireless work and dedication.
We are looking forward to the challenges of 2015. May you and yours have a blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year.
Mooresville Christmas Parade
There was a chill in the air at the 70th annual Mooresville Christmas parade, with patrons bundled up as the participants walked, rolled, danced and drove down Main Street. Kicking off at 3:30 p.m., hundreds of residents from Mooresville and Iredell County lined the streets to watch grand marshal Hans deBot lead the parade, followed by floats, marching bands, dance troupes and popular characters like Elsa from “Frozen,” Winnie the Pooh, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and of course, Santa himself.
Hans is asked many times…What are the benefits of Carbon Fiber? His answers are simple, carbon fiber provides solutions to most any application. Whether it is reducing weight and adding strength for a racing application, protection for our soldiers on land or by sea, or just making an exotic automobile a bit more exotic. Put simply when carbon fiber is built right like at deBotech it is plain BAD ASS!!!!!!! Check it out below.
New Z06 is the most aerodynamic Corvette ever…by Detroit Steel
It seems we’re learning something every week that makes us love the 2015 Z06 even more as the car revs up for its road debut early next year.
It’s the most capable, most track-worthy, highest-performing Corvette – you’ve probably heard it all by now.
However, the latest bit of news centers on the new Z06 being one of the most aerodynamically engineered vehicles on the market. Add that Z07 package to the mix, and the car holds the distinction of having the most aerodynamic downforce ever measured on a production car.
The Hickory Crawdad’s, a Division of the Texas Rangers, honored the deBotech employees for their contribution to the Sochi Olympics with a great night of baseball… Lots of fun!
In addition to the bobsleds and skeletons that deBotech helped to build, deBotech also partnered with BMW to develop a special sit-ski seat for 2014 U.S. Paralympic team member Alana Nichols. Nichols will use the seat to compete in the alpine skiing competition in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games which takes place starting March 8th.
As Hans said of Nichols, “She is a cool person and a true fighter. Everyone at deBotech will be cheering her on.”
Alana Nichols states in a recent article, “When I’m on a mountain and I’m sliding, I feel so free – one, because I get to move fast, and, two, because I get to be creative and move where I want and the mountain is sort of my canvass. It makes me feel alive because I can move at my own will…….But on a mountain and in a monoski, I feel very free.”
See full article @ http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/03/alana_nichols_a_former_alabama_1.html
“As a business owner, it’s the most rewarding experience,” deBot, the owner of deBotech Inc. in Mooresville, N.C., said in an interview. “Seeing these athletes achieve their dreams and knowing we had a part in it, you can’t beat that.” by: J.D. Harrison, Washington Post
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deBotech Inc. is a proud composite manufacturer for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
When asked what motivates him, the tall mechanical engineer leans back in his desk chair and flashes a wide grin. “A lot of people hear my name and call me out of the blue. I try to help them. It can’t hurt.” Read More @:
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The old adage, “It takes a Village…”, applies when it comes to developing and building equipment for our USA Olympic Teams. Read more about the team behind the team with our good friends and respected partners in developing the US Skeleton Pods for our Olympic Athletes.