The Surprising Connection Between the Mid-Engine Corvette and GM’s Vision
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a marvel of modern engineering, and while customers obsess over the details, GM is bringing you behind the curtain to learn more about the technology used to develop the Corvette and, surprisingly, how that fits into GM’s all-electric future.
The First Production Mid-Engine Corvette
The late Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, had a vision for a mid-engine Corvette. That vision came to life on July 18, 2019. Visit Chevrolet for more details. To learn more about the behind-the-scenes vehicle development, keep reading.
Q: What role did it play in the development of the 2020 Corvette Stingray?
A: The driving simulator allowed us to integrate and test the new Corvette much earlier in the development process. We could evaluate how changes performed and how deviations to one system interacted with other systems in a virtual model, using the same physics and electronic control systems as a full prototype. This allowed us to streamline changes and strengthen vehicle performance throughout every stage of development.
The Surprising Connection to Electric Vehicles
Q: What excites you the most about the future of GM and what you want to do next in your career?
A: I am very passionate about bringing our future EV portfolio to market. Leveraging the Driver-in-the-Loop technology and applying what we have learned from testing dynamics on other vehicles, like the Corvette, will maximize the capabilities of our EV products. This will make the next few years extraordinarily challenging and exciting for me.
Q: As an engineer working on Corvette, how do you align your work to GM’s vision of Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion?
A: To me, Corvette has always represented the physical realization of our capability to deliver the ever-improving goal of performance. This is motivating because it empowers the team to go and figure out how we can achieve our goal when the details aren’t necessarily clear. As a result, we’ve made technical innovations in both simulation and real vehicle testing to set the stage for the next generation of performance. With an even bolder corporate vision of Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion, I see the team building off the simulation capability we’ve delivered for Corvette applied to our future EV portfolio. It’s a monumental challenge, with an equal amount of empowerment.
Engineering the Future at GM
Q: What has your career path been as a GM employee?
A: I’ve been at GM for 12 years, beginning as a co-op after completing my freshman year at Kettering University, which introduced me to a cross-section of jobs within the company. My passion is vehicle dynamics and I’ve worked in several roles, including Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation, metrics development and testing at GM’s Warren and Milford, Michigan, campuses. A major career milestone for me was bringing the performance driving simulator online utilizing the technical hardware integration expertise, simulation experience and broad vehicle dynamics knowledge I’ve gained throughout my career.
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THE SURPRISING CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MID-ENGINE CORVETTE AND GM’S VISION. Source: media.ford.com