Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles did a virtual Corvette Team presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s 26th Anniversary Celebration last week and the NCM has made the full video available for your viewing enjoyment.
If you have seen any of the virtual presentations they have made since May’s Virtual NCM Bash, the material presented includes the list of recent awards and accolades, sales and options penetrations, and the “What’s New for 2021”. We did see some new slides regarding the 2020 Corvette hardtop convertible as well and the info regarding the 2021 options is also showing some more details so its definitely worth the watch.
The new options for 2021 have been covered multiple times, but again, they include stand-alone (non-Z51) FE2 Magnetic Ride Control, Wireless Phone Projection, Driver Mode Selector On-Screen Visualization, Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray Interior, as well as the two new exterior colors and new stripe packages.
One of the new options that we haven’t really covered yet can be found in the Track Mode settings. You can now select to view a numerical tachometer as opposed to the graphical shift bar that moves left to right. The number tachometer shows the actual revolutions per minute with smaller shift lights on either side:
Following the run-through on new 2021 colors and stripe packages, the floor is opened to questions.
One of the questions had to do with the normalization of production in which Tadge answered:
I don’t know what normal looks like but in terms of manufacturing production, you know we’ve got our feet under us. After the shutdown we brought in the first shift, we got our feet under us and actually, we were working overtime…got confident that we had a stable process. Then we started onboarding second shift. We have the full complement of people that we need to run the second shift and so we’re starting the whole supply community to see how many cars we can build and we’re going to push that and I expect by next year we’ll be running at max capacity for model year 2022.
You can see the full presentation here:
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