[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette’s LT2 V8 Engine

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[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 Engine


Back in July we shared General Motors’ announcement that the Tonawanda, NY engine plant would produce the 495hp LT2 engine for the 2020+ Corvette.

During that July press conference in New York, Mark Ruess mentioned a “Tonawanda Pride” sticker that would adorn the rocker covers on each LT2. Earlier this week we gained some more insight about that throwback sticker during Chevrolet’s Powertrain Briefing at their Performance and Racing Center.

[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 Engine


Small block Global Chief Engineer Jordan Lee shared a recap of that sticker’s inception. You see, it turns out Mark Ruess wasn’t even supposed to be there that day for the press conference and surprised all with a last-minute appearance. The sticker came to be rather impromptu when Ruess mentioned to Lee about 30 minutes prior to the presser that he wanted a “pride sticker” on each engine and that he was going to announce that during the upcoming conference. Ruess got the idea after seeing one online while restoring his own classic Corvette. This sticker detail hadn’t been discussed amongst the development team before and Jordan Lee’s team then had to scramble and ultimately came up with a preliminary design within a few hours.

[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 Engine


Late in the day Wednesday as the Powertrain Briefing was wrapping up, we got our first look at the Tonawanda sticker and its location on the LT2. The layout and design are nearly identical to the decal seen on C2 and C3 big blocks from the late 60’s and early 70’s. A nice nod to Corvette’s past, indeed.

[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 Engine

[PICS] New Tonawanda Pride Badge To Be Featured on the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 Engine


Source:
Chevrolet.com

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Just like I don’t want the dealers sticker on my new car, I rather not have this sticker on my C8 engine. I also like it that there are no chevy logo’s on the Corvette. Since the engine in visible through the rear glass, can’t they at least put it somewhere that isn’t easily seen. Hopefully it will come off easy.

  2. I had a 1968 435 hp 427 Corvette back in the day that had that sticker on the valve cover. NICE.

    I also think that the Museum delivery should feature appropriate music in the delivery area when each new corvette is delivered. I’ve been there during a couple deliveries and it’s kind of quiet. A music worthy of the delivery.

  3. I was around all the big block cars in the late 60s & early 70s. I think it’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing it on my C8 when it arrives. From what I can tell it’s not a “sticker” but a metal badge.

  4. Just goes to show you that the only folks at GM that have brains are the enthusiasts, you mean to tell me no one on the “team” knew about those original Tonawanda stickers from past assemblies??? That is a rhetorical question that need not be answered, we all know that the Team does not get it “some times”. Thanks Mark you are a saviour!!!!!

  5. Having owned several 66 thru 69 RAT powered Corvettes, I think this is a great tribute to Corvette, and Tonawandas heritage ! Nice touch Mark !!

  6. It brought back memories of my first car, a 1968 Impala, which also had a Tonawanda decal on one of its rocker covers. I love it.

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