Hello, Corvette Aficionados!
Welcome to the latest edition of the ACS Composite Corvette News Summary. This issue is packed with exciting updates and insights that every Corvette enthusiast will relish. From the racetrack to the assembly line, we've got you covered on all things Corvette.
Get ready to dive into a variety of topics, including Motortrend's test drive of the C8 Z07, insights into the Z06's thermal management and noise considerations, and the reveal of Corvette Racing's new C8 Z06 GT3.R. Plus, we'll touch on the latest labor developments with the UAW-GM contract, allocation challenges for Chevy dealers, and new accessory unveilings for your beloved Corvettes.
As we explore these themes, we'll also celebrate significant milestones like the last build of the ZL1 LT4 Camaro Engine and the 2500th delivery at the National Corvette Museum. Additionally, we'll shed light on the C8 E-Ray's journey to the Australian market, AWA Racing's receipt of two Z06 GT3.R cars, and wrap up with highlights from our ACS Black Friday Sale.
So, fasten your seatbelts as we take you on a thrilling ride through the latest developments in the Corvette world!
Motortrend Takes the C8 Z07 to the Track
Join Johnny Liebermann of Motortrend as he puts the exhilarating C8 Corvette Z07 through its paces at the Radford Racing School track.
Witness the Z06, especially in its Z07 trim, dominate the track, proving it's engineered for high-performance enthusiasts.
The 2023 ZO6, a near-race car for the track - if there's a better track toy, it's yet to be seen. Kudos to Chevy for this remarkable feat!
Josh Holder on the Z06's Thermal Management and Noise
In a recent episode of the Engineering Solutions by Design podcast, Corvette Chief Engineer Josh Holder delved into the challenges and innovations in thermal management and noise reduction in the Corvette Z06's engine bay.
Holder highlighted the engineering team's efforts in balancing heat dynamics, particularly considering the varied climates and conditions Corvette owners encounter. Despite these challenges, the Corvette team successfully mitigated heat issues, a testament to their expertise.
One exciting development was the experimentation with an intake scoop to channel cool air into the top exhaust vent, enhancing cooling while adding a stylish element. Discover more about this feature with the ACS C8 Coupe Intake Ports, compatible with all C8 Corvettes.
Explore these insights by listening to the podcast here.
Corvette Racing's C8 Z06 GT3.R Revealed
Pratt Miller Motorsports recently unveiled the C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R in its iconic yellow and black livery on X (formerly Twitter). Its menacing appearance is a sight to behold for Corvette fans!
This GT3.R model is a key inspiration for our aftermarket parts designs, bringing racing functionality into everyday Corvette use. Elements like the long and wide side skirts, reminiscent of barge boards in racing, influenced our C8 Corvette Stingray 1VM Side Rockers. Similarly, the GT3.R's canards have inspired our designs, emphasizing the racing aesthetic.
There's a noticeable design synergy between the C8 Corvette ZR1 and the GT3.R, especially in the hood and rear spoiler. This crossover reinforces the connection Corvette owners feel to the racing world.
We're excited to support the Corvette Racing team in the upcoming IMSA 2024 season, starting with Daytona. Go team!
New UAW-GM Labor Contract Ratified: A Step Forward for Workers
The new labor agreement ratified by General Motors workers represents a significant stride in wage equality and investment in future projects. The contract, endorsed by a majority, promises notable wage increases and a solid future for electric vehicle production.
With a 55% approval, the deal found strong support among workers in GM Components Holding, distribution centers, and EV battery plants, with immediate raises up to 89%. However, a slight majority of traditional plant workers voted against it.
Despite differing views, all employees will gain from an 11% wage hike and a $5,000 bonus. The contract also pledges a $2 billion investment in EV and parts production, with top wages expected to reach over $42 per hour by 2028.
"This contract sets a new standard in the automotive industry, paving the way for growth and fairness."
Though some concerns remain, particularly regarding retirement benefits, the agreement is seen as a balanced effort offering substantial benefits for many workers.
Chevy Dealers Face Allocation Challenges: Corvette Orders on Hold
Chevy dealers are currently grappling with a halt in Corvette allocations, marking the third month without new Corvette orders. The slowdown at the Corvette Assembly Plant, due to scheduling delays and incomplete builds, is believed to be a contributing factor.
Despite announced Dealer Order Submission Process (DOSP) dates for all Chevy models, Corvette allocations remain in limbo. Dealers anticipate potential allocation updates on December 7th and January 18th. In the meantime, the Corvette Assembly Plant is still finalizing and dispatching 2023 models, hinting at a possible reassessment of Chevy's production approach.
"Chevy is concentrating on resolving the current Corvette production issues, aiming for improved quality and efficiency."
The Corvette community is optimistic about a resolution that ensures the quality and timely fulfillment of existing orders. More details are expected in the upcoming constraint report on November 30th.
New Wickerbill for the C8 E-Ray & Z06
Exciting news for 2024 Corvette E-Ray and Z06 enthusiasts! A new SIG spoiler extension, reminiscent of the C7 Wickerbill, has been spotted on the Chevrolet.com configurator, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of these models.
Initially highlighted by CorvetteBlogger, this addition, available for both the E-Ray and Z06, requires the T0E rear spoiler. It's a stylish echo of the clear wickerbill spoiler from the C7 Corvette Z06, featuring a distinctive "Clear smoked center bridge with Jake logo."
The SIG extension, adding flair to the E-Ray's low-profile spoiler, is a nod to the discontinued C7 Wickerbill, sparking speculation about its comeback.
"The SIG spoiler extension infuses the 2024 Corvette E-Ray and Z06 with a dynamic new look, recalling the iconic style of the C7 Corvette Z06."
The Last ZL1 LT4 Camaro Engine Has Been Built
An end of an era as the last LT4 engine, the driving force behind the Camaro ZL1 and C7 Corvette Z06, was assembled on November 5th, 2023. This marks a significant milestone in automotive history for General Motors.
ACS Composite, known for its contributions to the Camaro aftermarket scene, acknowledges the significance of the LT4's discontinuation. Nevertheless, it continues to offer various enhancements for the Camaro, keeping the spirit of performance and customization alive.
The LT4 engine has been a beacon of high performance, powering the Camaro ZL1 and the ZL1/1LE, along with its role in the Corvette Z06. Boasting up to 650 horsepower, it has redefined power and versatility in the automotive world.
Beyond its performance, the LT4 engine carries a legacy that dates back to the original Camaro ZL1. Its influence extends to models like the Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade-V SUV, highlighting its versatility and impact across various GM vehicles.
"The LT4 engine's departure is a moment to celebrate its immense contribution to automotive excellence and its enduring legacy among Camaro and Corvette enthusiasts."
As the LT4 engine bows out from the Camaro, its legacy persists in other GM endeavors. This milestone also signals the nearing end of the Camaro line post-2024, adding to the significance of this moment for fans.
National Corvette Museum Delivery (R8C) Hits 2500 Milestone
The National Corvette Museum's R8C Delivery Program, offering a unique $1,495 experience for new Corvette owners in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has reached a milestone with its 2,500th Corvette delivery.
Participants in the program enjoy a special day featuring their Corvette on Corvette Boulevard, a personalized sign, a museum tour, an overview of their car's features, and a celebratory exit. The program's recent highlight was the delivery of a Hypersonic Gray Z06 owned by Chuck and Angela Harbour.
Experiencing a significant growth, the R8C program delivered over 2,525 Corvettes in 2023, surpassing its previous record. This memorable experience strengthens the bond between Corvette owners and the National Corvette Museum.
"The R8C Delivery Program is not just about receiving a new Corvette; it's an immersive experience that deepens the connection with the Corvette legacy."
C8 E-Ray Destined to Australian Market
The Corvette C8 Stingray, with its 369kW V8, has already made a mark as a leading sports car in Australia. Following its success, the Z06 edition, priced at $336,100, brings even more power with its 5.5-liter V8 engine, producing 475kW and 595Nm.
The Z06's performance can be further boosted with the Z07 Performance Pack, adding Michelin tyres, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a carbon-fibre aero pack. Optional carbon-fibre wheels from Carbon Revolution are also available.
Next in line is the E-Ray, expected to be the fastest accelerating Corvette with a hybrid V8 and electric assistance, aiming for a 2.5-second 0-100km/h time. Its production is set to begin in mid-2024.
The ZR1, currently in development, is anticipated to redefine performance with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 and potential hybrid technology in the Zora variant.
"The Corvette C8 lineup in Australia, from the Z06 to the E-Ray and the upcoming ZR1, represents a pinnacle of sports car innovation and performance."
Australian Corvette fans eagerly await these models as the C8 family continues to redefine sports car standards.
Keep up with ACS Composite Corvette News Summary for the latest on the evolving world of Corvette.
AWA Racing Recieves Two Z06 GT3.R Cars
As you can tell by this month's newsletter the GT3.R garnered a lot of attention and for good reason! The car is absolutely stunning.
AWA Racing is a professional racing team racing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series through North America.
The Corvette Racing Program delivered the two Z06 GT3.R cars to the racing team this month as they prepare to compete in the upcoming 2024 season.
“Receiving our two Corvette Z06 GT3.R was a special moment,” said Andrew Wojteczko, AWA team owner. “We are excited and motivated for this next chapter, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to Team Chevy for welcoming us with open arms. We can’t wait to get out on track.”
Special delivery came in hot 🔥 2024 is looking real good already.— AWA (@AWARacing) November 20, 2023
We've been drooling over the aero of these car including those double aggressive Canards, the deep waterfall hood, and the cluster of LEDs around the front fascia.
Moreover, that gun metal finish along with the studding around the headlights give it a truly meacning appearacne. We can't way to see this machine fly around the tracks.
ACS Spotlight: Black Friday Sale Wrap-Up
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our ACS Black Friday Sale! We're thrilled to have offered deals that Corvette enthusiasts loved and are excited to see your customized builds.
Missed the sale? Don't worry, select items are still available at discounted prices, like our popular C8 Stingray Aeropack. This package, combining a C8 Corvette Stingray Front Splitter and Side Rocker at a bundled priced.
Following its success with C7 Corvette owners, we've extended the Aeropack offering to C8 Stingray models, ensuring every Corvette can enjoy enhanced aesthetics and performance.