[VIDEO] Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter Talks with the Eastern Ontario Corvette Club


[VIDEO] Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter Talks with Eastern Ontario Corvette Club

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has been locked down like the rest of us during the Coronavirus pandemic and frankly, we’ve missed hearing from him and other members of the team. With the NCM Bash and other events moved or canceled, it’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Tadge so we are very glad for this opportunity.

Tadge checks in with John Price of the Eastern Ontario Corvette Club for a 30-minute discussion that encompasses everything from Tadge’s career at GM to the design and engineering that went into the C8 Corvette. John received his 2020 Corvette about a month ago and so many of the questions focused on the usability of the car from someone that owns it.

There is much good stuff to hear from the Corvette Chief as the conversation turns to the mid-engine Corvette and even though we think we are well-versed on the car, there is always something new that is learned or shared when listening to team members discuss the new Corvette.

For instance, the Corvette team refers to the design element of the side scoop as the “boomerang”. Tadge is also asked about the sound deadening efforts with having the engine behind the driver and how those first efforts went a little too far. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable discussion with the Chief Engineer!

From David Hatt via YouTube:

The Eastern Ontario Corvette Club puts on the Kingston Invasion, but unfortunately, this summer’s event has had to be canceled. The good news is that it’s already been rescheduled for June 18th and 19th, 2021. Here’s a couple of ways to contact the Corvette club:

Eastern Ontario Corvette Club
Facebook Group

YouTube via MidEngineCorvetteForum

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  1. It is so good to see Tadge again. Before this C8 and the Jay Leno Convertible dual Leno’s Garage episode which was really the first introduction that I had to a lot of the elements of the C8 Convertible and ultimately the mid-engine Corvette. Now I get to hear from Tadge as a bit more of a center piece. He reminds me a little bit of Carrol Shelby in the manner that he interviews. I like how tadge discusses input from customers and I also like the fact that the observation of technology helps the creation of Corvettes. The Composite Industry was reviewed. The drive by regulation is so important and he emphasized that. The radiator/luggage difficulties were really key and a lot of effort went into that design. The Outboard opening and the design solution to get a distribution of loads as a safety factor is a real surprise. The huge air opening providing the opportunity to produce an invisibility of the door opening button. It is very amazing to have the air intake side duct being able to be divided , 1/3, 2/3 for engine air and then also cooling of the engine and air movement, some of which cool other components. I really liked the idea that the production line looks like it is going to start to build cars again in Bowling Green. I’ve sat in my C8 only a couple of times, with the car getting wrapped to protect the paint. It took only the first ride to make me exceptionally happy with the comfort of the ride. One of the most comfortable cars I’ve ever driven. I was very happy to hear Tadge discuss the luggage room and removlble roof storage. So playing with the room allowed for, the build of storage, radiators, roof storage and positioning for the two occupants of the car. The quiet in the cabin to me is another thing I really like. The reason is that I’m one of those traditional old men tht finally get a Corvette when they get old, after they’ve saved their money for most of their lives and can finally afford the car. That one extra inch of room is appreciated. That great piece of glass also is a great idea to be twice as thick as an average windshield. That part of the car is a resonator to assist in hearing some degree of intake noise. The pipes noise, which I really love are quieted down, makes the car more comfortable to drive on a regular basis. In my case the commute is to the house and not work, since I retired. I like it just as much as if I were commuting. The risk/reward of going to the mid-engine design and what went into the business model, as well as considering the advantages of a mid-engine design. A lot of people love their C7’s and it is a great car. And as a result, the risk was so much more. The number of vlogs to discuss this car, may just well be a world record. It certainly is headed in that direction. What a great interview! AF

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