Building America's greatest supercar is a complicated affair.
The Chevrolet Corvette C8 is one of the most incredible American vehicles out there at the moment, and thanks to a new video, we finally get to see what goes into making this iconic sports car.
YouTube channel savagegeese recently had the opportunity to explore the Bowling Green facility where the vehicle is assembled, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the process and people that bring the Corvette to life. Don Sherman, a general assembly superintendent at the plant, shares that he's worked with GM for 13 years and has had a lifelong dream to work with Corvettes.
Sherman was born to a Corvette-crazy family. He recalls the story of his dad collecting him from the hospital as a newborn in the iconic sports car (back when it was still a sports car). Like many of the staff at the plant, he feels honored to be part of the Corvette story. He previously worked at the National Corvette Museum.
The passion for all things Corvette is a common thread among workers at the facility.
Sherman explains that the plant started building the Corvette C4 in 1984 and has since moved on to the C8. The latest iteration changed everything, and GM invested in a new paint shop, body shop, engine assembly lines, and more. It all kicks off with the paint shop. Instead of painting the entire car, GM paints individual parts that are only fitted to the car later.
At the same time, the aluminum body is being built and receives its composite panels. Once completed, the body is sent to another factory section where its interior is fitted. While this is happening, other facility areas are kept busy with engine production and other tasks.
The Corvette C8 receives its windscreen and carpeting before the painted body panels have been fitted.
Now, the Corvette C8 is ready to head over to the chassis section of the factory. Here, the body is "married" to the chassis; this means the body, drivetrain, and suspension merge to become one. Only at this advanced stage in the production process is the body fitted with panels and wheels.
Once the vehicle gets all its fluids, Chevrolet employees start it up and give it a final quality check before it gets sent off for testing. While it sounds relatively simple, Sherman notes that it takes approximately two days for a vehicle to clear the entire assembly system.
The general assembly superintendent admits that the vast array of options and packages can make it tricky to build the Corvette. Still, the Bowling Green Assembly plant easily pulls it off. Approximately 200 vehicles roll off the production line each day.
It's worth noting that the Corvette is only assembled at the Bowling Green facility. The only thing that is built at the plant is the aluminum chassis. "They take pre-made sub-assemblies and weld them together in the body shop," explains a presenter in the video.
The range-topping Z06, currently plagued by ridiculous dealer markups, is set apart from the rest of the vehicles in a unique way. While the Stingray's LT2 is assembled in New York and shipped to Bowling Green, the Z06's flat-plane crank V8 is made across the hall from where it's built.
Interestingly, GM allows Z06 customers to build their own engines. For a small fee, of course.
Even if you're not a big fan of Corvettes, the video is well worth watching as it delves into the various challenges the facility has faced, what goes into building the LT6 engine, and more.
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