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Yesterday at 06:41 PM SEMA Applauds Public-Private Effort to Save The Bonneville Salt Flats by teamzr1

Good news, land speed racing fans!
We’re pleased to announce exciting progress regarding SEMA’s “Restore Bonneville” program. SEMA and the racing community have joined forces with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its Utah Geological Survey (UGS) division, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. in a collaborative effort to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, starting with the installation of a new water well and weather and hydrologic equipment for measuring salt growth conditions on the salt flats.


The BLM and DNR signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2020 to jointly pursue restoration efforts. DNR is managing the program in conjunction with the BLM, and it is operated by Intrepid Potash. The endeavor, which SEMA calls “Restore Bonneville”, is strongly supported by the Save the Salt Coalition, a SEMA-led collection of companies, organizations, individuals, and land speed racing teams.


Thanks to everyone from the automotive community who have sent letters in the past encouraging Utah and Federal agencies to spend the money appropriated to them to help restore the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Federal and state funds have been released to install the monitoring equipment and to increase the volume of salt pumped onto the Bonneville Salt Flats this year to a total of up to 500,000 tons.


Stakeholders are now identifying projects to be pursued in 2022 and beyond to continue increasing the volume of salt being pumped.
While the bulk of the program funding will come from federal and state appropriations, both industry and the land speed racing community will voluntarily help pay the costs.
Financial contributions from the racing community are encouraged and gratefully accepted at www.savethesalt.org, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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01/21/22 06:30 PM Dude rolls over his C7 Z06 on Track by teamzr1
Guy with a C7 Z06 Corvette goes off track and rolls at Willow Springs Raceway in Ca



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01/21/22 03:09 PM 2023 C8 Corvette’s 70th Anniversary Edition Z06 by teamzr1

Two extra colors for 2023 model year appear to be a White Pearlescent & a Carbon Flash Metallic Black.
The speculation is that these are the exterior colors on an upcoming 70th Anniversary model.

The 70th Anniversary Edition Corvettes have a unique VIN sequence & will include the following features and equipment:

EXTERIOR
• White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat with optional Satin Matrix Gray Stripes or Carbon Flash Metallic with optional Satin Black Metallic Stripes
• 70th Anniversary Exterior Badging – Flags & Side 70th badge
• Edge Red Brake Calipers
• 70th Anniversary Wheel Center Caps
• Carbon Flash Wheel with Edge Red Stripe
• Carbon Flash Mirror and Spoilers
INTERIOR
• White Ceramic GT2 Seats with Red Stitching; Optional Competition Sport Seats
• Red Seat Belts
• Suede Interior Steering Wheel
• 70th Anniversary logo on Seats, Steering Wheel, and Sill Plates
ACCESSORIES
• Edge Red Engine Cover
• Rear Bumper Protector / Trunk Cover
• Custom Luggage Set with Red Stitching and 70th Anniversary Logo

01/19/22 03:22 PM New Torque Specification and Installation Procedure for ACDelco Spin-On Oil Filters by teamzr1
A new torque specification has been released for ACDelco spin-on oil filters installed on 2000-2022 GM models equipped with a gasoline engine.

The new specification is in response to possible oil leaks coming from underneath the front of the vehicle after a prior oil change service was performed.
In some cases, the oil leak may take several thousand miles to occur.

If an oil leak is seen, it may be coming from between the oil filter gasket and the mounting surface. (Fig. 15)
The filter also may be very easy to remove, or may be able to be removed by hand.

The revised installation specification for all spin-on oil filters PF64, PF63, PF48, PF66, UPF64R, UPF63R, UPF48R and UPF66R is:

Lubricate the new oil filter gasket with clean engine oil.
Install the oil filter one (1) full turn after the gasket makes contact with the sealing surface on the filter mounting flange.
If installing with a torque wrench, it should be approximately 10 Nm of torque.


The specification will be updated in Service Information and the label on the oil filters.

Refer to the Electronic Parts Catalog (EPC) to determine the proper part number for the replacement oil filter for the vehicle being serviced.

For additional information, refer to Bulletin #22-NA-009.

01/19/22 01:08 PM Changes for C8.R for GTD-Pro Class by teamzr1
IMSA has revealed the Daytona-specific Balance of Performance table that will be utilized for the kickoff of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, confirming identical BoPs for the new GTD Pro class and GTD category.

Released on Wednesday, (see attached PDF) the table has also set the starting technical configuration for the nationally homologized Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD.
The former GTE-spec car, adapted to the GT3-based platform, will run the Roar Before the Rolex 24 with a reduced 41.3 mm air restrictor and at an increased minimum weight of 1320 kg.

It compares to a 44.5 mm air restrictor and 1270 kg weight the car ran in GTLM trim at Daytona last year.
In addition, the Corvette will also be configured with ABS and modified aero, including the addition of a 15 mm rear wicker.
IMSA has also made a number of BoP changes to cars compared to last year’s Roar and Rolex 24 configurations.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has been given a 30 kg increase in minimum weight, with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo getting a 10 kg addition and the Porsche 911 GT3 R a considerable 45 kg more weight, although offset with a 3 mm increase in its air restrictor that will equate to increased power.
Both the Acura’s NSX GT3 Evo22 and Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020, meanwhile, have received turboboost reductions compared to 2021 levels.

The sanctioning body has also established the BoP for the McLaren 720S GT3 and new BMW M4 GT3, both of which did not take part in last year’s race.
Per the regulations, IMSA reserves the right to make class-specific BoP adjustments to GTD Pro and GTD if deemed necessary but is understood to be in favor of retaining the same performance levels across both GT3 categories.

The DPi class, which has been reduced to a two-manufacturer battle between Acura and Cadillac for this year, sees no major performance-related changes compared to last year’s BoP for the Roar and Rolex 24.
The biggest changes to the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in GTD Pro specification have been the addition of ABS and a move to the class-wide Michelin customer tire, according to drivers Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia.

The Pratt & Miller-run squad will compete in the new-for-2022 class utilizing a modified form of its GT Le Mans class-winning entry, permitted by IMSA for the next two seasons in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, prior to launch of an all-new Z06 GT3.R in 2024.

After having initially tested the ABS system in last year’s GTLM non-points race in Detroit and conducting post-season testing at Virginia International Raceway in the modified specification, Taylor and Garcia believe that there will still be “a lot of learning” heading into the season.
“There are a lot of little details that IMSA is making us do to get the C8.R closer,” Taylor explained.
The car wasn’t designed for the class, so they’re trying to make it as even as possible.

The biggest aspect is understanding the way the tire works.
The team has spent so many years with Michelin to develop the confidential tire to work properly for our car.
Now we’re moving to a tire that will work for a front-engine, mid-engine and rear-engine car.
Understanding how the way that works and maximizing it for not just one lap, but for over a stint will be a huge thing to learn.
ABS is another thing to understand the brake wear with that system.

It’s good to have someone like Nicky [Catsburg] who has so much GT3 experience who can lend a hand for Antonio and me who don’t have as much experience as he does in this type of car to understand what it’s supposed to feel like and how we make the most of that.
There will be a lot of learning. Antonio and I spent two days in the car at VIR after Petit Le Mans last year to get a feel for things.
I’m sure the Corvette Racing guys went back, studied all the data and made their developments.

“There have been other drivers in the sim developing those items that we were working on since then. I think we’ll have a good package for Daytona.”
Garcia added: “Adding ABS is the biggest change for us. IMSA and Corvette Racing are doing a good job of adjusting a GTLM car into a GTD car.
There has been a lot of work together to put together all the data and get our Corvette to the GT3 spec.
The biggest difference is the tire for this year. We will have to adapt to that.

“A lot of the speed differences in previous years were due to the confidential tire to the customer tire, basically.”
Despite other changes, which also include a significant power reduction and mandated 15 mm gurney on the rear wing, Taylor said the car still ‘feels like a Corvette’.

“The C8.R has been really successful since it came out with the mid-engine layout,” he said.
The biggest thing was understanding how the way the tire worked, the window that it works in, how you use it, how much you can slide it, the temperature window that it works in. “Those little details are good to understand.

The tire degradation is going to be a different aspect for us.
The ABS was different, just maximizing it in how much pressure to use, how consistent you can be if you’re pushing the brake pedal too hard.
“Little details like that were good to get a feel for last year before we go to the Roar, where most of the work is for the Rolex and not really for car development or driver development.”

Garcia: GTD Pro/GTD Interaction An Unknown

The Spaniard said the possibility of GTD class cars mixing within GTD Pro entries is one of the biggest unknowns going into the season.
While the GTD Pro class features 13 entries for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, an additional 22 GT3-spec cars are set to do battle in GTD, which remains unchanged compared to last year.

“It will be interesting, for sure,” Garcia said. “I’m not used to that, and knowing we aren’t racing for the same result will be different.
There could be a point where a GTD car is leading the GT field and end up winning the race.

It will be strange for most of us. I don’t know if they are planning to split the classes in the pit stops or something.
For sure, there will be a lot of play out.
If you are leading, you’re going to want to have a ton of GTDs between you and the next Pro car.
It’s going to be difficult to play out, especially on strategy.
“If you decide to stop at the same time, and you end up all the way at the back of the GTD field, it will make things even tougher.
We don’t know how it will play out.”

01/18/22 07:51 PM General Motors Expands Digital Commerce with Launch of Online Parts Sales by teamzr1
GM adds 45,000 readily available maintenance and repair parts for purchase on
Chevrolet.com and other brand websites
Customers can choose home delivery or in-store pickup at participating dealers

DETROIT – GM is launching a new online parts marketplace, making its catalog of 45,000 repair and maintenance parts more convenient for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac owners. The newly available parts catalog includes oil filters, engine and cabin air filters, batteries, brake pads, accessory belts, cooling hoses and windshield wiper blades, among other parts.

Building on General Motors’ investment in digital commerce, GM’s online parts store combines the most convenient aspects of online shopping and physical retail into one experience. Customers can choose home delivery or pick up their order at one of more than 800 participating dealers, where staff is available to answer questions.
Parts purchased through GM’s online store are eligible for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC rewards programs, earning customers points that can be used to pay for parts, accessories or Certified Service at participating dealers. Buying through GM’s online store also provides customers with confidence that they are purchasing original equipment ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts that are compatible with their vehicles.

“Making our parts available online marks another step in transforming the ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts brands,” said GM Customer Care and After sales Global Vice President John Roth. “Our premium parts are engineered with exceptional quality to provide assurance to our customers. The launch of this trusted online sales channel extends that peace of mind to the parts-buying experience.”

GM forecasts that online sales of parts and accessories will make up a $40 billion total addressable market by 2030, and it anticipates significant revenue growth from its expanded e-commerce effort. GM launched online accessory sales in 2015 and sells all of its 5,000 accessory products online.

GM plans to offer parts, accessories, digital products delivered over-the-air and subscriptions through a single digital storefront. For example, customers may use the store to purchase upgrades such as improved capabilities for the Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and personalization themes for in-vehicle screens.

“We are placing software and digital services at the center of every part of our business,” said GM Chief Digital Officer Edward Kummer.
“The future of GM retail lies at the intersection of digital and physical e-commerce. Whether it’s selling parts or vehicles, GM will meet our customers where it’s most convenient for them.”

The parts and accessories online store is built on one of three platforms that form the foundation of GM’s digital commerce transformation. In the future, in partnership with dealers, GM’s digital retail platform will allow customers to shop, purchase and finance electric vehicles entirely online, with the option to transition to an in-store experience at any point in the process. GM is also extending its subscription services platform to support new recurring revenue opportunities with forecasts to grow that business.
These initiatives ladder up to the $20 billion to $25 billion in annual software and services revenue opportunities that GM announced at Investor Day in October 2021.

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01/18/22 07:44 PM GM Feed-UP with Lowlife Dealers Schemes by teamzr1
GM just released at letter to all GM dealers as it is clear many dealers are screwing customers over on highly added pricing to buy GM vehicles, including the C8s.

Hope they wack a lot of those dealers asking $30-40K more for a C8 or buying the C8 from GM, paying in full, which puts the title in their name
Drive them a few miles and then selling them as used for thousands over what new sticker price was

Or the asshole dealer taking thousands of dollars in advance just to get on a list to get a 2023 C8 Z06 like one dealer did to 6,500 suckers when that
dealer might get 200 Z06 all of next year puke

01/18/22 02:51 PM Roar Before The Rolex 24 this weekend by teamzr1
Largest Entry List Since 2014 Set for Final Tune Up Before 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Each year, the international motorsports' scene waits with great anticipation the arrival of the Rolex 24 At Daytona the annual green flag for the racing season around the globe.

The eagerness is even greater in 2022, with the historic 60th running of the iconic 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 29-30. A whopping 61 cars have been entered for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test session that precedes the race by a week. It’s the most entries since 2014.

“The racing world turns its eyes to the Rolex 24 every year since it typically kicks off the season for everyone in the industry and draws such an immense amount of international driver and team talent together,” IMSA President John Doonan said. “That’s even truer in 2022 with more cars on the grid than we’ve seen at Daytona in the last eight years. It shows that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and sports car racing around the world continues to grow and thrive. We’re very excited for what should be a memorable 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona and the season ahead.”

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 from Jan. 21-23 features two full days of on-track testing at Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course, followed by the 100-minute qualifying race on Sunday, Jan. 23 (livestream at 2p.m. ET on Peacock) that sets the starting grid for the Rolex 24.
The talent pool is deep within each of the five competing classes, with more than 50 past Rolex 24 winners in the field. It means each team must take advantage of every minute of track time during the Roar to be prepared for the marathon that is the Rolex 24.

A glance at the classes shows just how competitive they shape up to be:

Daytona Prototype international (DPi): Seven cars, the same number as in 2021, are in the DPi field this year, in what is the final season for the class before it switches to the LMDh platform in 2023. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 claimed the class and overall Rolex 24 victory a year ago and three of its drivers – Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and Alexander Rossi – are back along with newcomer Will Stevens.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R won the qualifying race during the Roar last year, what proved an important step on the Action Express Racing entry’s route to the season title. Pipo Derani and Mike Conway are back in the No. 31, with Tristan Nunez replacing Felipe Nasr as Derani’s new full-season teammate.

Other DPi entries of note include Chip Ganassi Racing expanding to a two-car Cadillac effort and the No. 48 Ally Cadillac that includes seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Rolex 24 winner Kamui Kobayashi returning for the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races.

Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2): The LMP2 field remains the same, 10 cars, as it was a year ago and is again full of international flair. The No. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 that won the 2021 Rolex 24 returns fully intact with Dwight Merriman, Kyle Tilley, Ryan Dalziel and Paul-Loup Chatin, as does the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA lineup of Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen, Scott Huffaker and Nicolas Lapierre that won the qualifying race on its way to the LMP2 championship.

DragonSpeed USA dipped into the IndyCar field for drivers Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta and Devlin DeFrancesco to team with Eric Lux. International flavor is added by entries from teams including G-Drive Racing by APR, High Class Racing, Racing Team Nederland and United Autosports.

Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3): The number of entries grows from six to 10 this year as the LMP3 class embarks on its second season of WeatherTech Championship competition. The No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 won last year’s Rolex 24 and went on to win the season title for the team and driver Gar Robinson. He’s back to defend and will team with Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo and Michael Cooper at the Roar and Rolex 24.

Muehlner Motorsports America is back with a pair of Duqueine D08s, including the No. 6 headed by driver Moritz Kranz that won the 2021 qualifying race. Other LMP3 teams and names to watch include newcomer AWA with the No. 13 Duqueine for drivers Orey Fidani, Kumo Wittmer, Lars Kern and Matthew Bell, the No. 54 CORE autosport Ligier with Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, George Kurtz and Nic Jonsson aboard and four-time Rolex 24 winner Joao Barbosa in the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier.

GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO): The new class that replaces GT Le Mans (GTLM) is loaded with 13 entries and eight manufacturers.

Corvette Racing bears watching as always, but in particular as it shifts from the GTLM platform to the GT3 specification the GTD PRO falls under
The No. 3 Corvette won last year’s Rolex 24 and the driver trio returns with Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg.
The No. 4 Corvette won the 2021 qualifying race and is back on a one-off for the Rolex 24 before taking on a full season in the FIA World Endurance Championshi
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BMW Team RLL was the 2019 and 2020 GTLM winner at the Rolex 24 and brings back two entries with the new BMW M4 GT3. WeatherTech Racing has three entries using two manufacturers (Porsche and Mercedes-AMG). Pfaff Motorsports moves to GTD PRO with the plaid No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3R after claiming last year’s GT Daytona (GTD) championship.
Other manufacturers for the debut of this highly anticipated class include Aston Martin, Ferrari Lamborghini and Lexus.

GT Daytona (GTD):
Now running under the same specs as GTD PRO but with the requirement of having Bronze- or Silver-rated drivers as part of the lineup, the GTD class continues its unrivaled popularity with 22 entries – up three from a year ago.
Mercedes-AMG finished 1-2 in last year’s Rolex 24 and both teams are back, the winning No. 57 Winward Racing with half the drivers (Russell Ward and Philip Ellis) returning and runner-up No. 75 Sun Energy 1 bringing back three (Kenny Habul, Luca Stolz and Raffaele Marciello).

With nine manufacturers entered in GTD, the competition is wide open as usual. Never overlook all-time leading IMSA winner Bill Auberlen and Turner Motorsport co-drivers Robby Foley, Michael Dinan and Jens Klingmann. The No. 96 won last year’s qualifying race and, like BMW Team RLL in GTD PRO, will race a new BMW M4 GT3 this season.

The Heart of Racing Team finished third in the 2021 GTD championship, won the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup and finished fifth in the Rolex 24. Drivers Roman De Angelis, Ian James and Darren Turner are back for the Rolex 24, with Tom Gamble filling the roster. With the semi-retirement of longtime Porsche driver Patrick Long, the No. 16 Wright Motorsports entry takes on a slightly different look this year with drivers Ryan Hardwick, Jan Heylen, Zacharie Robichon and Porsche works driver Richard Lietz.

Andy Lally has the most Rolex 24 wins of any driver entered (five). His No. 44 Magnus Racing team bears watching with its switch to the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this year. Others to watch include Crucial Motorsports and inception racing, which both bring the McLaren 720S GT3 back to the Roar and Rolex 24.
The Roar schedule calls for two test sessions Friday, Jan. 21 and a third on Saturday, Jan. 22 ahead of qualifying for the 100-minute qualifying race later that afternoon. The qualifying race starts at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23.


Roar Before The Rolex 24 Schedule this weekend :

Friday, January 21, 2022
8:45 AM to 9:30 AM ET
Practice 1 - Prototype Challenge

9:45 AM to 11:00 AM ET
Practice 1 - Michelin Pilot Challenge

11:15 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Practice 1 - WeatherTech Championship

1:45 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Practice 2 - Prototype Challenge

2:45 PM to 4:00 PM ET
Practice 2 - Michelin Pilot Challenge

4:15 PM to 6:00 PM ET
Practice 2 - WeatherTech Championship

6:15 PM to 6:30 PM ET
Qualifying - Prototype Challenge

Saturday, January 22, 2022
8:45 AM to 9:45 AM ET
Practice 3 - Michelin Pilot Challenge

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM ET
Practice 3 - WeatherTech Championship

12:05 PM to 3:05 PM ET
Round 1 - Daytona International Speedway

3:25 PM to 4:30 PM ET
Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship

4:50 PM to 5:50 PM ET
Practice 4 - Michelin Pilot Challenge

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM ET
Practice 4 - WeatherTech Championship

Sunday, January 23, 2022
10:00 AM to 10:20 AM ET
Warm Up - WeatherTech Championship

10:35 AM to 11:50 AM ET
Practice 5 - Michelin Pilot Challenge

2:05 PM to 3:45 PM ET
Qualifying Race for the WeatherTech Championship

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01/17/22 09:53 PM Modify Fuel Injectors to handle better Performance by teamzr1
Project – Modify Stock LS1 Fuel Injectors for higher fuel flow ability

Objective was the fuel injectors in my C5 Corvette (with highly modified LS1 that was using 36 lb/hr injectors to now 42 lb/hr), were functioning over the rule of not exceeding an 80% Duty Cycle
Meaning they function less than 80% of their design as to flow

In even a 60 F degree weather, the duty cycle was seen in a testrun and a OBD-II scanner recording the engine parameters going to 82% DC and in hotter weather that would be even higher.

Replacing fuel injectors to a higher flow could cost $500 to $700 depending on their rated flow
This project was about taking stock C5 fuel injectors and sent to a business that cleans, increases the fuel flow and flow matches them, so all 8 injectors flowed the same amount of fuel

Cost to do that was $190 which is far less than buying others and the fact by using stock ones you're assured the design of how GM set up the calibration was the same where buying 3rd party injectors adds a problem is they will have different delay/latency of the internal coil and if not knowing the countless values in the PCM tune to change to meet those then the PCM could command injector on too early or late to when the spark plug is commanded on

Before making the injectors change, the C5 was testrun 24 miles in 30 minutes, and the OBD-II scanner recorded many of the engine's parameters.
That data was then analyzed and recorded results.

All 8 injectors then were swapped to install the modified GM injectors but now flowing 42 Lb/Hr, and then I tuned the PCM for that flow
In the same weather temp, distance, elapsed time and road, using the same drive style to cover all 23 fuel trim cell engine conditions, including close to the rev limiter in RPMs around 100 MPH, the testrun was done, again having the OBD-II scanner record all the real-time engine conditions which I then again analyzed and end results

The results of the before and after tests are shown below

Refer to the red lines I inserted between the two, so you can see all the results differences
In short the toque gain was 12 ft/lbs and the horsepower gain of 23 HP

Where the injector maximum duty cycle went from 82% to 72% and the modified fuel injectors were decreased in how long the PCM had to command them ON
Where the injectors that were taken out would handle 451 flywheel HP, the modified injectors now can handle up to 538 flywheel HP.

All for $190 of cost to have stock injectors modified to higher flow and flow matched


01/17/22 04:10 PM Corvette Plant Workers Reject Local Labor Contract, Strike Authorized by teamzr1
While the new mid-engine Corvette Stingray has been an overwhelming hit around the world, the men and women who build the new C8 Corvette for Chevy are saying, don’t forget about us, we want more !

Overcoming just about every imaginable obstacle placed in their path, including a labor strike, global pandemic, supply-chain issues, and even a tornado, these workers have nevertheless managed to produce tens of thousands of 2020-22 Corvettes at the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.

Since 2019, however, members of UAW Local 2164 in Bowling Green have been operating without a local contract, and last week they sent a strong message to management by rejecting an offer they say still doesn’t address many of their ongoing concerns. In fact, 98 percent of Bowling Green production workers and 97 percent of its skilled trades workers turned down the offer from plant management.

“We pretty much knew what the outcome would be,” Jason Watson, shop chairman for Local 2164, told the Bowling Green Daily News.
“It’s disappointing that the company doesn’t take into consideration what the hourly workers are asking for in improvements.”

Those concerns include sanitation and health and safety, as well as a commitment from General Motors to use UAW members, when possible, for contracted tasks like 3-D printing, maintenance work, and striping.

Local 2164 President Brian Ferrett says outsourcing tasks to non-union workers is a big concern for union workers who have been transferred to Bowling Green after closure or downsizing of other GM plants.

With the eighth-generation Corvette earning significant accolades since beginning production in late 2019, Ferrett believes workers who actually assemble the car should benefit by receiving some guarantees about their future.

“We always request a guarantee, but it’s not there yet,” he said. “Over the last 20 years all GM has pushed for and achieved in most cases is for a third party to do our work at a lower wage.”

The union’s recent rejection of the latest offer holds no immediate ramifications, but Watson says a strike is not out of the question eventually if the issues can’t be resolved.

“Our membership has approved a strike authorization, but there is a process that must go through (UAW) Region 8 and the national union,” he said.
In the meanwhile, Watson says the union’s bargaining committee will continue to gather membership concerns as well as continue to have meetings with management and attempt to continue negotiations.

Enthusiasts should know that Corvette plant management is willing to continue these talks, as indicated in this statement:

“We are disappointed that UAW Local 2164 voted down the local contract.
We will continue to meet with the local union to understand the vote and will continue to negotiate.
Our goal is to reach an agreement that benefits employees and positions our business to be competitive as we move forward.”

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01/16/22 02:08 AM Want to Own & Race the 2024 Corvette GT3 ? by teamzr1
Racing toward the future.

Designed for the 2024 racing season to compete in the GT3 category, Corvette Z06 GT3.R will soon join a family of long-standing victors on the track.

This track-only race car will be the first that Chevrolet offers to both pro and amateur teams.


Own & Race Corvette CT3


2024 Corvette GT3.R Interest Survey

The 2024 racing season will be here before we know it, and Chevrolet will be ready to debut the new track-only Corvette Z06 GT3.R race car. Both pro and amateur teams will be eligible for ownership.
Please fill out the interest form and submit to Chevrolet Motorsports for consideration. More information on price and release date coming soon.

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01/14/22 11:49 PM C8 Z06 at the Nürburgring Track by teamzr1
The world-renowned track at Nürburgring is a benchmark for racing success, providing a stern test for performance vehicles from across the globe with its hairpin turns, sweeping curves and steep inclines.

The All-New 2023 Corvette Z06 took on the Ring and has blurred the lines between competition-ready race car and world-class street car.



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01/14/22 02:22 PM C8.R drivers talk about IMSA GTD Pro Class by teamzr1
Corvette Racing drivers Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg teammates in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R met with members of the media during a Zoom conference call Tuesday to discuss the team’s entry into the new GTD PRO class for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the transitions to a new spec of the Corvette C8.R, the outlook for the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona and other topics.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R
HOW BIG OF AN ADJUSTMENT TRANSITIONING TO GTD PRO?

“Adding ABS is the biggest change for us. IMSA and Corvette Racing are doing a good job of adjusting a GTLM car into a GTD car.
There has been a lot of work together to put together all the data and get our Corvette to the GT3 spec. The biggest difference is the tire for this year.
We will have to adapt to that. A lot of the speed differences in previous years were due to the confidential tire to the customer tire, basically.”

WHAT’S MOST APPEALING ABOUT THE NEW CLASS AFTER BASICALLY RACING YOURSELVES LAST YEAR?

“It’s obviously good race against another 12 or 13 cars. When there are so few cars, strategy can go away a little bit.
But now you have to pay attention to those who may not be in contention but can gamble big on strategy to come up to the front toward the end of the race.
There are a lot of strategies to play there, and that’s where our engineers will be a really good tool to have. We’re very good at that.
Who knows with two Corvettes, we can split strategies like we did last year. It’s going to be tougher but it’s not the first time we have competed against a lot of cars.”

THERE ARE NOW TWO CLASSES GTD PRO AND GTD THAT RUN WITH IDENTICAL EQUIPMENT ON IDENTICAL TIRES.
HOW WILL THAT DYNAMIC PLAY OUT?

“It will be interesting, for sure. I’m not used to that, and knowing we aren’t racing for the same result will be different.
There could be a point where a GTD car is leading the GT field and end up winning the race. It will be strange for most of us.
I don’t know if they are planning to split the classes in the pit stops or something. For sure, there will be a lot of play out.

If you are leading, you’re going to want to have a ton of GTDs between you and the next PRO car. It’s going to be difficult to play out, especially on strategy.
If you decide to stop at the same time and you end up all the way at the back of the GTD field, it will make things even tougher. We don’t know how it will play out.”

REVIEWING LAST YEAR’S FINISH AND POSITIVE COVID TEST. IS THERE A RISK OF RUNNING JUST A THREE-DRIVER LINEUP?

“It’s going to be tough for sure.
The good thing about it being that late in the race, Nicky and Jordan could finish with no problem.
I suspect that is what everyone is thinking. We definitely need to stay COVID-free for the next two or three weeks.”

WERE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN NICK TANDY WAS JOINING THE TEAM FOR LAST YEAR?
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT HIM WHILE HE WAS WITH PORSCHE AND ALSO SO FAR WITH HIM BEING WITH THE TEAM?

“I raced against Nick for many years in different cars which at times made things a little bit not easy, but easier. There would be races when he would be more competitive than us or the other way around. But we kind of always found ourselves together many, many times fighting for the win.
But now with Nick being in the same car makes things a little bit different in that all the advantages you had in the past, now he has them too.

So it was the difference between us would be even smaller and it is trickier to find a weak point to be ahead. The addition of him on the team was great because it just gave us a ton more information and feedback. That brought the whole Corvette team further up. It also made us Jordan, Nicky and myself have to be even stronger if we wanted to beat them. I think overall it made Corvette Racing stronger which is the main thing.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R
ON THE SIZE OF GTD PRO FIELD FOR ROLEX 24.

“It’s super exciting. The last couple of years, the field was getting smaller and smaller in GTLM. Now with IMSA moving to GTD PRO, we’re very excited. In moving to a new class, there is going to be a lot to learn for us with our car and converting it over to the spec.
But if anyone is up to the task, it’s Corvette Racing. We did a couple of days testing last year after Petit Le Mans with the car to get a better understanding of the tire, ABS and what we have to run this year.

We’re also spending lots of time in the simulator as well. We’re all looking forward to it. It’s going to have the competition with lots of manufacturers in the class. Thirteen cars in the class… every one of those cars I’ve seen so far can win the race. It definitely will be a big battle. At the end of the day it’s still a 24-hour race. I’m sure with a lot of those drivers and teams, they’re going to want to lead a lot and throughout the night.
We just need to rely on our history and experience and knowing that we need to be there at the end just like last year.
The fight comes down to the last couple of hours. We need to get through the night with a strong, safe car and go for the win at the end.”

WHAT’S MOST APPEALING ABOUT THE NEW CLASS AFTER BASICALLY RACING YOURSELVES LAST YEAR?

“We’re looking forward to the competition. The last couple of years, we were mainly racing our teammates. BMW and Porsche were there, but when you get down to racing just your teammate, those are the toughest guys to race.
They have similar equipment and the same tools as you, plus they’re great drivers. You know they’re going to get the most out of it. You also don’t want to make any mistakes rub them. I’m looking forward to having 13 cars to battle. I’ve missed battling on starts and restarts, the strategy wars that’s my biggest thing. I missed the actual racing side of what we had in the past.”

IN BASIC TERMS, WHAT ARE THE CHANGES YOU’VE MADE TO THE CAR TO BRING IT INTO THE GT3 WINDOW?

“The biggest things are the ABS and customer tires. There are a lot of little details that IMSA is making us do to get the C8.R closer.
The car wasn’t designed for the class so they’re trying to make it as even as possible. The biggest aspect is understanding the way the tire works.
The team has spent so many years with Michelin to develop the confidential tire to work properly for our car.
Now we’re moving to a tire that will work for a front-engine, mid-engine and rear-engine car.

Understanding how the way that works and maximizing it for not just one lap but for over a stint will be a huge thing to learn. ABS is another thing to understand the brake wear with that system. It’s good to have someone like Nicky who has so much GT3 experience who can lend a hand for Antonio and I who don’t have as much experience as he does in this type of car to understand what it’s supposed to feel like and how we make the most of that.

There will be a lot of learning. Antonio and I spent two days in the car at VIR after Petit Le Mans last year to get a feel for things. I’m sure the Corvette Racing guys went back, studied all the data and made their developments.
There have been other drivers in the sim developing those items that we were working on since then. I think we’ll have a good package for Daytona.”

HOW DID IT FEEL TO DRIVE?

“It still felt just like a Corvette, which is nice. The C8.R has been really successful since it came out with the mid-engine layout.
The biggest thing was understanding how the way the tire worked, the window that it works in, how you use it, how much you can slide it, the temperature window that it works in. Those little details are good to understand. The tire degradation is going to be a different aspect for us
.
The ABS was different just maximizing it in how much pressure to use, how consistent you can be if you’re pushing the brake pedal too hard. Little details like that were good to get a feel for last year before we go to the Roar where most of the work is for the Rolex and not really for car development or driver development.”

CORVETTE RACING EXPERIMENTED WITH ABS AT DETROIT LAST YEAR. HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU HAVE NOW?

“It’s the same system but there have been more development since then. Detroit was an experiment for Antonio and me to get a feel for it, plus Nick (Tandy) and Tommy (Milner). That was a unique event for us where we didn’t have any competition and were free to do it.
So we chose to get some miles on the car with it, see how we felt and see what kind of feedback we could give the team to develop it.

We took that to the simulator and the VIR test, where we did some more developments to increase the capability of the system. It helped to get a little bit of a head start during the season last year, and I think we’ll still be learning and developing it through the Roar and Rolex.”

HOW MUCH HAS THE SIM HELPED WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THE ABS AND LEARNING THE NEW MICHELIN CUSTOMER TIRE?

“The drivers were probably spoiled with how good the GTLM tires could be!
But at the same time it created a lot of stress during a weekend on what tire to use, when to use it, what the other car is going to do and what the other teams were going to do. Now everyone is on the same playing field.
I have a big trust in the team that we are going to maximize the tire’s capability. We have a lot of smart people that can do that. I have a lot of confidence going to that spec tire that our team will do a great job with it. We work with Michelin a lot with our simulator to get a better understanding of it.”

HOW MUCH TIME ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TO SPEND SORTING OUT WHO IS WHO? WHAT CARS ARE GTD PRO, AND WHAT CARS ARE GTD AM?

“We know Andy Lally won’t be letting anyone by. Other than that, we all keep track of what races are going on where and we know drivers pretty well who to look out for, who we can trust on track and who we have to be more careful around. But there are a lot of different color cars coming and a lot of different manufacturers.

I’ll definitely be studying before and during the weekend to see who’s who. Our guys usually make notes on drivers on-track of who to look out for so when we do get in the race, they will say to us we are coming up on the 18 car with this driver, be careful of them.
They do a good job of helping us with that. They keep us out of trouble as much as possible. It’s the same thing with Prototypes when they are going by with who is in what car so we know who to leave a little more of a gap to than other guys.”

WERE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN NICK TANDY WAS JOINING THE TEAM FOR LAST YEAR? WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT HIM WHILE HE WAS WITH PORSCHE AND ALSO SO FAR WITH HIM BEING WITH THE TEAM?

“I didn’t so a whole lot of racing against him over the years. We were always in a different class. But obviously I knew a lot about him before he came in and knew he would be a huge asset to the team and a huge competitor to Antonio and I for the championship, especially when it was mostly down to our two cars to win the championship. But it is always interesting to have someone new come in to the team especially with that much experience and success to see how they operate when you are so close to them and see how they work.

He is definitely a hard worker. You always hear rumors about different drivers, but seeing him in person you understand why he is as strong as he is. He is always working looking at data, looking at video trying to find every little bit which made us do the same thing last year.
Like Antonio said, we had the same equipment and we were trying to find an advantage on everyone else. I looked at more data and video last year than I probably ever had trying to find little advantages in qualifying and the races to see where we could make it up. I think having guys like that elevates everyone’s game.”

IS IT MORE FUN TO HAVE A BIGGER FIELD, MORE CARS OUT THERE?

“I think it is more fun to have a high grid count with quality cars. I think it becomes more difficult when you get some filler cars with lesser drivers and teams. It makes it difficult when you have some drivers who aren’t as experienced on the track in such a high-profile event, especially when we are going to have such a competitive field in our class.
Say we come through in the middle of the night with 13 GTD PRO cars and you come up on someone with lesser experience who doesn’t know how to get out of the way. It can cause a lot of confusion on-track and incidents. We do have a big, quality field with all the GTD Pro cars.
They all have amazing lineups and teams. I haven’t looked too hard into the Pro-Am categories.

But as Nicky said earlier, we are here to put on a show for fans as well and that creates entertainment. Sometimes you need that in a race. Sometimes you need someone slower to hold up another guy to make a pass. That creates a little more opportunity.
We’re all looking forward to it. The offseason has been pretty short but at the same time it seems too long.
We are all excited to get back to the track and back to racing.”

NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R
HOW IS IT COMING BACK TO DAYTONA AS DEFENDING RACE WINNER?

“It’s not going to be easy, it seems. Like it has been said, the field is so big. There are lots more cars and not just in GTD PRO but also all the other GTDs creating one big class so we’re all driving against each other with similar speed.
It will be very exciting and way more difficult to win it than last year. So let’s see. I’m excited to go again.
It feels super good to already have one watch on my wrist, but let’s try to add a second one.”

WHAT’S MOST APPEALING ABOUT THE NEW CLASS AFTER BASICALLY RACING YOURSELVES LAST YEAR?

“It’s nice to have a bigger class just to have more actual racing and overtaking. In Europe, we have a couple of very big GT3 races, and I think this one is heading in that direction in terms of very big GT3 fields. It’s also a very nice thing to see for the spectators. It should be a very cool race.”

THERE ARE NOW TWO CLASSES GTD PRO AND GTD THAT RUN WITH IDENTICAL EQUIPMENT ON IDENTICAL TIRES. HOW WILL THAT DYNAMIC PLAY OUT?

“For me, it reminds me of what we have in Europe where you have a Pro-Am class. That makes it quite difficult because it’s hard to always know who is in the car at that time. It always feels like it is one big class together. Everyone will fight each other, so I think that is what we will see in the race. I wish that some of the Pro-Am cars in Europe sometimes would just let you pass since we are racing our own race anyway.
But unfortunately it doesn’t work like that there and I don’t think it will work like that in Daytona. So I think it’s going to be a big mess but also an amazing show.”

LOOKING AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CAR INTO THE GT3 PLATFORM, YOU ARE THE ONE WITH EXPERIENCE WITH ABS AND THE OTHER DIFFERENT ELEMENTS,
DO YOU FEEL MORE PRESSURE THIS YEAR?

“No. Not really. I did some driving after Petit Le Mans with the car already with ABS and honestly it felt quite good straightaway. Of course, we have to do some work, but I think some of these packages in terms of hardware have been tested so much over in Europe already. I don’t think it will take so long to get so competitive. I think some of that kind of stress is already away.
Of course, there are some details that need to be tweaked. But I don’t feel too much more pressure. Maybe I can give a little bit more input than before and that feels nice. But other than that, the team is full of really smart guys so they don’t really have to depend on me for that.”

YOU’VE MENTIONED THAT THE COMPETITION BETWEEN THE GTD PRO AND THE GTD AM IS GOING TO BE MUCH TIGHTER.
HOW DO YOU SEE THAT PANNING OUT DURING THE COURSE OF THE RACE WITH THE DPI CARS COMING THROUGH?
WILL IT BE MORE DISTRACTING AND WILL YOU BE IN RACES AROUND YOU AND THEY WILL HAVE A SLIGHTLY HARDER TIME GETTING AROUND YOU?

“Yes, I definitely think so. There are simply more cars to get around.
For us to get around the GTDs which are effectively in a different class but a similar speed it is going to make for a lot of fighting on-track and we are going to side-by-side with DPis also wanting to pass. In the past with GTLM, the differences were bigger so it was easier to pass or to just say I’m going to wait on this opportunity and I’ll take the next one.
Now I think it is going to be more do-or-die sometimes, and I think it is really important for us to contain ourselves and wait until the end of the race. But I think it is going to make for a lot of fights on-track and a lot of action on TV.”

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01/13/22 03:33 AM 61-Car Field Entered for Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona by teamzr1
The C8.Rs will have their hands full at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona if the size of the new GTD-Pro class that’s entered for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 is any indication. No more racing ourselves as the new GTD-Pro class will feature eight manufacturers and 13 entries at the Roar!

IMSA released the entry list for the practice event that’s held ahead of the 60th running of the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway on January 29-30th. A total of 61 cars have been entered for the Roar Before the 24 test session on Jan. 21-23.

The Roar Before the 24 features two full days of on-track testing at Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course, followed by the 100-minute qualifying race on Sunday, Jan. 23 that sets the starting grid for the Rolex 24. The qualifying race will livestream at 2p.m. ET on Peacock.

The Corvettes will be racing under the new GT3 specifications with the C8.Rs are now equipped with ABS Brakes and other changes to meet those new regulations.

The No.3 Corvette C8.R with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor will be the full-time entrant for the IMSA season and they will be joined at the Rolex 24 for a one-off race by the No.4 C8.R that will be campaigned by Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy in the World Endurance Championship.

The Roar entry list breaks down with the following manufacturers:

3 – Porsche 911 GT3R
2 – BMW M4 GT3
2 – Corvette C8.R GTD
2 – Mercedes AMG GT3
1 – Aston Martin Vantage GT3
1 – Ferrari 488 GT3
1 – Lamborghini Huracan GT3
1 – Lexus RC F GT3

GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO):

The new class that replaces GT Le Mans (GTLM) is loaded with 13 entries and eight manufacturers. Corvette Racing bears watching as always, but in particular as it shifts from the GTLM platform to the GT3 specification the GTD PRO falls under.

The No. 3 Corvette won last year’s Rolex 24 and the driver trio returns with Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg. The No. 4 Corvette won the 2021 qualifying race and is back on a one-off for the Rolex 24 before taking on a full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

BMW Team RLL was the 2019 and 2020 GTLM winner at the Rolex 24 and brings back two entries with the new BMW M4 GT3. WeatherTech Racing has three entries using two manufacturers (Porsche and Mercedes-AMG).
Pfaff Motorsports moves to GTD PRO with the plaid No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3R after claiming last year’s GT Daytona (GTD) championship.

Other manufacturers for the debut of this highly anticipated class include Aston Martin, Ferrari Lamborghini and Lexus.

Entry list attached :

01/13/22 02:40 AM 2023 C8 Corvette Production Dates by teamzr1
Dealers received a new memo from GM Wednesday morning confirming the dates:

2022 Corvette end of Production

– 2022 Model Year Build Out Date: May 6th
– Final Consensus Month/Cycle: March 1st
– Final DOSP Cycle: March 17th
– In-System Return Cut-Off: February 18th

2023 Corvette Production

– 2023 Model Year Start-Up Date: May 9th
– Initial Consensus Month/Cycle: March/2
– Initial DOSP Cycle: March 31st
– Pre-Order Entry Available: March 24th

Have the 2023 order guide on March 21st, & then just need pricing to be announced, which we believe will come before then.
It would also be great if Chevy can get its 2023 Corvette Build and Price configurator up sooner rather than later so that customers know exactly what their Z06 build will be costing them.

Also reconfirmed that Chevy will be using ADS (Average Daily Supply) in providing allocations to dealers, & we’ve been told that there isn’t a separate Z06 allocation numbers, so we are anxious to see how this all shakes out.

Asking how GM will dole out Stingray/Z06 allocations to them without a separate Z06 allocations and was told that GM would still give guidance on the breakdown,
meaning a dealer might get 10 allocations for an order cycle but will be told that only 3 can be used for Z06s.

This should screw over like the 1 dealer I have been reporting on that took $5,000 each from 6,500 suckers to be in line to get a 2023 Z06 from that dealer
I hope GM only allows them like 200 total Z06s

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01/07/22 10:21 PM POS Dealer by teamzr1
Used 2020 C8 with 2LT

Bad enough to demand $50,000 markup ! mad

But then another $700 just to put Nitrogen in the tires rock

Boycott these assholes !

12/31/21 11:48 PM Welcome to 2022 - Remember the Past by teamzr1
Never forget how your Chevy made you a special reminder of the past



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12/31/21 07:29 PM Newest Teammate from the U.K by teamzr1
Get to know our Corvette Brothers who live in the U.K. and are hardcore Corvette owners who are held back in time as most of their American Corvettes
are C3s and older and have to wrench on them with little available Corvette parts there and many times are doing restores of their Corvettes and have to make the parts to do this

Mark, our newest full-fledged teammate, is the news editor of their CCCUK Corvette club monthly newsletter
They have their own forum that would give you a taste of what they do with their Corvettes, with about 1,000 members.

Stop by there and let them know what you're doing with your Corvettes here in the USA

Forum is at : CCCUK Forum

Here is their last 2 monthly newsletters, they are large so take time to download, they are in PDF format

OCT Newletter

and

Dec Newsletter





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12/26/21 02:39 AM Check your 2020 C8 to Assure this Update was done by teamzr1
3G networks will soon go dark and that includes your 2020 C8 Corvette

T-Mobile is set to shut down its 3G network in January 2022, AT&T’s next in February 2022, and Verizon goes last in December 2022.

As we know, most distributed generation solar projects depend on these 3G networks to enable remote monitoring, so in order to maintain continuity of operations, all 3G devices need to be replaced with 4G LTE compatible devices before these network shutdowns occur.

System owners who don’t make the upgrade in time might face ramifications, such as:

A GM bulletin is that if you have an OnStar OTA update (Telematics Update N202298820) installed on or after September 10, 2020 you have nothing to worry about.
If you have been refusing all the OTA updates, you might have something to worry about.
As your Onstar will be dead and also would not be able to do OTR software TSB updates

Copied from the Bulletin No.: 20-NA-196 Date: November, 2020:

"Certain vehicle radio systems may show an Update History in the radio menu.
Before proceeding with diagnostics or part replacements, check the Update History for an OnStar update installed on or after September 10, 2020.

The update version number could vary based on OnStar generation, vehicle Year, Make, and Model. 1.1.
If an OnStar update was installed on or after September 10, 2020, then this bulletin does not apply."

Read and safe the attached TSB PDF




12/24/21 01:32 AM Another AFM Class Action Lawsuit - C7s by teamzr1

A GM lifter recall should allegedly be ordered for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles equipped with 5.3L, 6.0L or 6.2L V8 engines.

Nine plaintiffs filed the General Motors class action lawsuit which alleges the valve train systems, active fuel management lifters and dynamic fuel management lifters are defective.

A GM lifter recall has not been issued, but the plaintiffs claim that's what GM should do for owners of these vehicles.

• 2014-present Cadillac Escalade
• 2016-2019 Cadillac CTS-V
• 2014-present Chevrolet Silverado
• 2014-present Chevrolet Silverado 1500
• 2014-2019 Chevrolet Corvette
• 2014-2016 Chevrolet Avalanche
• 2014-present Chevrolet Suburban
• 2014-present Chevrolet Tahoe
• 2016-present Chevrolet Camaro
• 2014-present Chevrolet Camaro SS
• 2014 to present GMC Sierra
• 2014 to present GMC Sierra 1500
• 2014-present GMC Yukon
• 2014-present Yukon XL

According to the lifter class action, the valve train system comprises software run by the engine control module (ECM), specially designed and manufactured lifters and other valve train components such as the valve lifter oil manifold.

The valve train systems control some or all of the 16 lifters to prevent certain valves to the engine’s eight cylinders from opening at certain times and allowing fuel to enter.
This means some of the eight cylinders will not consume fuel when the ECM determines only partial engine power is needed, such as during highway cruising speeds.
But the GM class action lawsuit alleges the lifters malfunction and prematurely fail because of multiple reasons.

The lifters (including the locking pin) allegedly do not conform to design specifications, are installed in an incorrect position in the lifter guide and/or are made of sub-standard materials.

GM also allegedly didn't consider the expansion and contraction rates of the lifters and the engine block, and the bores in which the lifters are inserted have widths that allegedly do not allow for the necessary clearance of the lifter to move freely, which damages the lifters.

A GM lifter recall should also allegedly be ordered because the automaker allegedly "failed to account for the amount of increased pressure to which the AFM lifters are exposed by the pressurized oil used to operate the lifters, causing them to fail prematurely."

The plaintiffs further claim more valve train maintenance is needed, more than is advised in GM's maintenance guides.
This allegedly includes, "more frequent oil changes, engine flushing and cleaning and/or replacing the valve lifter oil manifold and its filter at regular intervals."
According to the class action lawsuit, GM allegedly replaces the defective parts with equally defective parts that continue to fail and cause a ticking noise from the engine.
Additionally, the lifter problems can cause the vehicle to lose power, "hesitate, and the engine can misfire, stall, shudder, stutter, or surge."
Although a GM lifter recall hasn't been issued, the automaker does have a policy to provide extended warranties, called Component Coverage, when vehicle owners have had two or more repairs at dealerships of the valve train and lifter problems.

The Component Coverage extended warranty covers "all internally lubricated parts, electrical components, control modules, blocks, heads, shafts, and torque converters, among other items for defects related to materials and workmanship."
However, the lifter class action says the extended warranty is only provided if a customer has already had their vehicle repaired twice.

The GM lifter class action lawsuit was filed by these plaintiffs:

• Danny Harrison — Alabama — 2021 GMC Sierra 1500
• Christopher McClave — Connecticut —2021 GMC Yukon
• Melissa Luster — Florida —2017 Cadillac Escalade
• Leon Jordan — Georgia —2015 Cadillac Escalade
• Daniel Demarest — New Jersey — 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
• Mark Hayford — Ohio — 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
• Ronald and Marilyn Jett — Texas — 2017 GMC Sierra
• Rebecca Prosser — Washington — 2021 GMC Yukon

The GM lifter class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: Harrison, et al., v. General Motors LLC.
The plaintiffs are represented by the Miller Law Firm, P.C., Berger Montague, Capstone Law APC, and Gordon & Partners, P.A.

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12/21/21 01:56 AM Feds Killing Off Fuel Engines Soon by teamzr1

In a major step to fight climate change, screw over Americans and Corvettes as we have known them, the Biden administration is raising vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

A final rule being issued Monday would raise mileage standards starting in the 2023 model year, reaching a projected industry-wide target of 40 miles per gallon by 2026.
It's 25 percent higher than a rule finalized by the Trump administration last year and 5 percent higher than a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency in August.
GOP Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, on the House Environmental Committee said he opposed the rule.
'You cannot effectively fight climate change by suffocating the economy with onerous regulations.
Give the private sector a fighting chance to innovate our way to a cleaner and more efficient future,' Norman said.

'We are setting robust and rigorous standards that will aggressively reduce the pollution that is harming people and our planet and save families money at the same time,' EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.

Regan called the rule 'a giant step forward' in delivering on President Joe Biden´s climate agenda 'while paving the way toward an all-electric, zero-emissions transportation future.'

Donald Trump had lowered the 2026 goal to 32 miles per gallon from the 36 mpg set under the Obama administration in 2012.
In August the EPA proposed a 38.5 mpg standard by 2026.

The new rules would begin with the 2023 car model year and up emissions reductions year by year through model year 2026.
The rule accelerates the rate of emissions reductions to between 5 and 10 percent each year from 2023 through 2026, the EPA said, far higher than under both Trump and asshole Barack Obama.

Senate Environmental Committee Chair Tom Carper lauded the EPA's move as 'setting the stage' for a clean energy future.

Today’s final rule puts the nation back on track towards a clean transportation future. This rule will set the stage for the U.S. to lead the world in automotive technology and slash greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks by more than three billion tons in the decades to come,' Carper said.
'Investing in clean cars is a key way we are going to save our planet and grow our economy, and the Biden Administration’s announcement today will help make that happen.'

In its rule the EPA said it wasn't deviating from compliance and enforcement standards set in 2012, which require auto manufacturers to submit regular reports on new models' mpg. Companies found in violation could face penalties of up to $37,500 per vehicle.

The move comes a day after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin delivered a potentially fatal blow to Biden's $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, jeopardizing Democrats' agenda and infuriating the White House.

The West Virginia senator said he could not support the sweeping bill, which includes a host of climate proposals, saying it was too expensive and could spark inflation and expand the growing federal debt.

The now-stalled bill includes a $7,500 tax credit to buyers to lower the cost of electric vehicles.

However Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he signed into law last month, also seeks to improve EV accessibility by providing $7.5 billion to roll out a network of charging stations across the country.

The mileage rules being announced Monday are the most ambitious tailpipe pollution standards ever set for passenger cars and light trucks.
The standards also will help expand the market share of zero emissions vehicles, the administration said, with a goal of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles reaching 17 percent of new vehicles sold in 2026.

EVs and plug-in hybrids are expected to have about 7 percent market share in 2023.

The EPA said the rule would not only slow climate change, but also improve public health by reducing air pollution and lower costs for drivers through improved fuel efficiency.

Biden set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 as he pushes a history-making shift in the U.S. from internal combustion engines to battery-powered vehicles.

He has urged that components needed to make that sweeping change - from batteries to semiconductors be made in the United States, too, aiming for both industry and union support for the environmental effort, with the promise of new jobs and billions in federal electric vehicle investments.

While ambitious, the new standards provide adequate lead time for auto manufacturers to comply at reasonable costs, the administration said. EPA's analysis shows the industry can comply with the final standards with modest increases in the numbers of electric vehicles entering the fleet.
Auto makers continue to invest in and develop zero-emissions vehicles to meet rising consumer demand, while making public commitments to build these vehicles in the future, the EPA said.

As tailpipe-pollution standards get stronger over four years, sales of EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles will more than double, the administration projected.
Environmental and public health groups mostly hailed the new rules, while the trade association representing most major automakers reacted cautiously.

Automakers are 'committed to achieving a cleaner, safer, and smarter future,' but EPA's final rule for greenhouse gas emissions is more aggressive than originally proposed, 'requiring a substantial increase in electric vehicle sales, well above the 4 percent of all light-duty sales today,'' said John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

The group represents manufacturers producing nearly 99 percent of new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S.
'Achieving the goals of this final rule will undoubtedly require enactment of supportive governmental policies - including consumer incentives and support for U.S. manufacturing and supply chain development,' Bozella said in a statement.

EPA called the new rule critical to address climate change. Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, making up 29 percent of all emissions.
Within the transportation sector, passenger cars and trucks are the largest contributor, accounting for 58 percent of all transportation-related emissions and 17 percent of overall U.S. carbon emissions.

The final standards will contribute toward a goal set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the EPA said. The U.S. rejoined the Paris agreement on Biden's first day in office after former President Donald Trump had withdrawn the U.S. from the global pact.

Automakers say they will need government support to comply with final auto emissions rules detailed Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, standards that are more stringent than those initially proposed and put in place under former Jack Off Barack Obama.

The move reflects months of pressure from environmental and public health groups to impose the strongest rule possible, including eliminating additional incentives and credits that make it easier for automakers to meet the standards.

The Biden administration is pushing the tougher rules as electric vehicles today remain a rarity on U.S. roads. Gas- and diesel-powered trucks and SUVs are fueling the tens of billions of dollars of investments each major automaker is making over the next few years for EVs and battery plants.

The tougher rules have job implications because EV and battery facilities are likely to employ fewer people and at lower wages since EVs have fewer components and are expected to last longer than their counterparts fitted with internal combustion engines.

"EPA’s final rule for greenhouse gas emissions is even more aggressive than originally proposed, requiring a substantial increase in electric vehicle sales, well above the four percent of all light-duty sales today," John Bozzella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, said in a statement.

Under the final rule, the emissions reduction targets for 2023 to 2026 increase in stringency from 5% to 10% in each model year to reach a fuel-economy fleetwide average of 40 mpg in 2026, compared with 38 mpg under an August proposal.
The hikes from the initial proposal come during the latter two years, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said.

The rules represent the most stringent federal greenhouse gas emissions requirements to date and come after years of lower standards put in place by former President Donald Trump. Those regulations put the fleetwide target at 32 mpg.

"I'm proud to say that we're delivering on our commitment to the president of the United States," Regan said ahead of signing the final rule in the presence of electrified vehicles from each of Detroit's three automakers.
"We're delivering on our commitment to the American people by setting the most ambitious vehicle-pollution standards for greenhouse gases ever established for passenger cars and light-duty trucks."

What original rule required

Under the original proposal, emissions reductions would have been required to jump 10% in model year 2023 and resume the Obama-era pattern of reducing emissions by 5% annually through model year 2026.

The agency also had planned to bring back a credit "multiplier" that would make every electric vehicle sold count more than once toward compliance, and to increase the cap of off-cycle credits automakers could earn for innovative technologies that reduce emissions. It also would have extended a program that would allow automakers to use banked credits from former years to meet new standards.

EPA argued these provisions would help automakers meet the new, more stringent standards and would accelerate the industry's transition to electric vehicles a pivot expected to quicken in the next few years as a broad range of EVs are introduced in the U.S. market.

But environmental and public health groups came out in force to the agency's public comment period, arguing the provisions were loopholes that would allow car companies to continue producing gas-powered cars well into the future.
The White House and other administration officials also pushed the agency to craft a stronger initial proposal that the EPA eventually did.

After releasing the plan, EPA signaled it was open to making the rules stronger. It asked for public comment on options that would require 5 to 10 grams per mile "greater stringency" in model year 2026. The final rule includes the 10 grams increase.
The EPA projects the new rules will accelerate consumer adoption of plug-in hybrids and EVs from 7% of sales for model-year 2023 to 17% for 2026. It expects the result will be a net savings of up to $190 billion through 2050, and more than 3 billion tons of avoided carbon emissions by then.

New rules, new tension?

The regulations could mark a point of tension between the Detroit Three automakers and President Joe Biden, who have enjoyed a friendly relationship spurred by their mutual interest in accelerating electrification while keeping manufacturing in the U.S. and benefiting unionized workers. The self-described "car guy" has pushed funding for electric vehicle charging, EV tax credits favoring the Detroit Three and the United Auto Workers, and other initiatives that would support the industry's pivot.

Even as the industry invests $330 billion in electrification by 2025, more of this partnership will be needed, Bozzella said:
"While the challenge before us is great, we are committed to achieving a cleaner, safer and smarter future.
"Achieving the goals of this final rule will undoubtedly require enactment of supportive governmental policies including consumer incentives, substantial infrastructure growth, fleet requirements, and support for U.S. manufacturing and supply chain development."

Last month, Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure law that allocates $7.5 billion for EV charging and more than $7 billion for battery manufacturing, materials and recycling. A second bill would increase the EV tax credit for consumers to $12,500 for union-made U.S. vehicles from the current $7,500 available.
The Build Back Better bullshit plan also would create a credit of up to $4,000 for used vehicles and make General Motors Co. and Tesla Inc. eligible for tax credits again after they hit the 200,000-vehicle cap on the existing $7,500

But Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia might have delivered a potentially fatal blow to that proposal on Sunday when he said the $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill was too expensive, could spark further inflation and would accelerate expansion of the growing federal debt.
Regan said the administration is fighting for the plan, but even without the additional financial incentives, "we believe that we proposed a rule that is doable, it's affordable, it's achievable, and we're excited about it."

How to meet standards

More important to achieving the government's timelines than incentives is desirable products, said Stephanie Brinley, principal autos analyst for the Americas at IHS Markit Ltd. Incentives have been available since they were first passed in 2008, but that didn't lead to a rush of demand for Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts and Bolts.

"There’s still consumers that need to weigh in," she said. "If the products aren’t what they need to be, an incentive isn't going to help."
Automakers have plans to roll out more crossovers, SUVs and trucks in the coming years. Much of that focus, however, is on higher-end trims that are out of the price range of many consumers.
Batteries remain expensive and with production of such key minerals as lithium failing to meet demand, they're unlikely to see some of the significant price drops batteries have seen in recent years, said Sam Abuelsamid, e-mobility analyst at market research firm Guidehouse Inc.

"The OEMs are going to have to offer a lot more affordable EVs than what we've largely seen to date," he said, if the incentives aren't passed.
The incentives, however, also would exclude U.S. models from foreign makers that don't have unionized work forces. Autos Drive America, which represents those manufacturers, took aim at their lack of representation at Monday's signing.

"As (greenhouse gas) sees no borders or vehicle brands," Jennifer Safavian, the organization's CEO, said in a statement, "we urge President Biden and his administration to engage the efforts of all automakers."
Environmentalists and health advocates largely supported the new rules.
They praised the administration for acting to further reduce emissions from transportation, which is still the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the United States.

"There is no time to lose in the race to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, and transitioning to zero-emission transportation is one of the best tools available," American Lung Association Harold Wimmer said in a statement. "Today’s action is an important step forward that will reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution and improve lung health."

But some critics also said the rule doesn't go far enough. It doesn't include some of the more aggressive suggestions to remove provisions that make it easier for automakers to meet the targets.

"These rules are little more than a speed bump on the road to climate catastrophe when the president needed to make a U-turn," Dan Becker, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's safe climate transport campaign, said in a statement.

"Before this presidential term ends, the administration must issue long-term standards strong enough to usher in the age of electric vehicles. They must close the loopholes and force automakers to actually deliver electric vehicles, rather than just churning out promises to make them."

The new emissions and mileage standards will raise the standard of 1.5% annual increases in fuel efficiency and reduction in emissions put in place under Trump. They would exceed the California framework deal of 3.7% increases in efficiency and reductions in emissions that split the industry under the former administration.
The global auto industry is pouring billions into transitioning its fleets from gas and diesel-powered vehicles to electric ones.
Electric vehicle sales are expected to take off in coming years, but have only represented around 3% of new car sales this year.

"We need people to buy electric vehicles, and they’re not going to buy them unless they can afford them, they’re confident that the cars will have the battery range to go where they want, and chargers are readily accessible across the country," U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said in a statement.
Pickups and SUVs remain the popular profit-drivers for car companies, according to EPA, even as fuel economy and emissions have been reduced overall in recent years.

Most automakers have failed to meet fuel economy standards for years. In model year 2020, Tesla Inc., Subaru Corp. and Honda Motor Co. met existing standards on the merits of their vehicles, EPA reported. All other manufacturers used credits they bought or earned in previous years to come into compliance.
Billions in commitments

The automakers on Monday emphasized the billions of dollars in commitments they have made toward achieving an electrified future. General Motors Co. has said it is investing $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicle by 2025, with aspirations to end the sale of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035.

Ford Motor Co. has pledged to do so by 2040. The Dearborn automaker is investing more than $30 billion into EVs through 2025, and applauded the efforts "to strengthen greenhouse gas emissions standards and create a consistent national plan that sets the United States on a path to a zero-emissions transportation future in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement."

Stellantis NV, the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups, is investing $35.5 billion into electric vehicles and their software by 2025, and expects plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles to represent at least 40% of U.S. sales by 2030. CEO Carlos Tavares has warned, however, that stricter fuel-economy requirements could lead to job cuts.

"The transition to electric vehicles is an enormous undertaking," Stellantis spokesman Eric Mayne said in a statement. "Today's announcement underlines the urgency of enacting a broad suite of complementary policies, including vehicle purchase incentives, manufacturing stimulus, and the establishment of a nationwide charging infrastructure, to drive a market shift for the benefit of American workers, the climate and future generations."

In a statement, UAW President Ray Curry said the new rules will promote long-term U.S. investments in the industry: "History has demonstrated that strong standards based on input from stakeholders that include American workers at the table can be an opportunity for both job retention, job creation and environmental protections."

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12/20/21 11:59 PM C6 Z06 Owners Lose on Appeal Valve Guides by teamzr1

Over the years, some owners found their C6 Z06 LS7s to have prematurely worn valve guides.
The valve guide issue has been known for some time now, and even GM has acknowledged the issue after tracing the problem to one of its suppliers.

That hasn’t stopped some Corvette owners from finding relief in the Courts.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a group of 17 Corvette owners who alleged General Motors had defects in the 2006-2013 Corvette Z06 engines.
The plaintiffs had filed an appeal to the Central District Court of California, who had previously granted summary judgment in the case to General Motors LLC.
The owners say they purchased Chevrolet Corvette Z06s, and they allege that valve guides in the vehicle’s LS7 engines contained design and manufacturing defects that caused damages.

In the appeal, the court said the Summary Judgment ruling for General Motors was appropriate because the Plaintiffs failed to produce admissible evidence that their vehicles actually contained the alleged valve guide defects, as their expert declarations were filed past the required deadline according to the three-judge panel who heard the appeal.

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12/17/21 12:03 AM Helmholtz induction feeds 2023 C8 Z06 by teamzr1
The world’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 benefits from a 19th-century principal and clever 21st-century engineering by GM.

The benefit of optimizing induction resonance is that pressure within the plenums rises to help overfill the cylinders with air.”

The 2023 Corvette Z06 recently arrived, powered by a 5.5-L LT6 V8 (below) spinning a radical flat-plane crankshaft.
Now that additional engineering details have emerged, the LT6’s top hat has supplanted its crankshaft as this engine’s most interesting feature.
That topper an active induction system is capable of filling this DOHC V8 with the air needed to produce SAE-certified 670 hp (499 kW; 121.8 hp/L) at 8400 rpm without help from an external boosting device.

Let the record show that the LT6 is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever produced.
The 6.6-L 622-hp (94.2 hp/L) M159 engine energizing the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series coupe has been bumped down to second place.
While exemplary output qualifies the Z06 as a legitimate supercar, bountiful torque is what owners will most appreciate on the street.

To maximize twist, GM engineers tapped a phenomenon discovered in the 19th century by German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz: that air vibrating inside a closed chamber at a pressure slightly above atmospheric produces the sounds emanating from guitars and whistles.
What we now call Helmholtz resonance is the technology underlying the positive intake manifold pressures that inflate the LT6’s torque curve over a broad rpm range.

Standing tall between this V8’s red-painted cam covers, the LT6’s induction system consists of two molded-nylon chambers.
Two 87-mm throttle bodies admit air to these manifolds, each of which has an internal volume of 5.5 liters.

The extensively ribbed, mirror-image plenums are joined along their lengths by three ‘communicator’ valves.
While the driver’s right foot operates the throttles (by wire), the servo-operated communicator valves are commanded by the LT6’s electronic control module.

Two of the communicators open and close in tandem, while the third operates on a separate schedule. Inside each plenum, there are four molded-plastic trumpets feeding the cylinders with utmost efficiency.
Downstream, each intake runner splits in two to feed a pair of titanium intake valves per cylinder.
The mass of the air stream causes pressure waves to reverberate throughout the induction system every time an intake valve closes at the beginning of the compression stroke.

At wide open throttle, the communicators remain closed until 2000 rpm, when the paired set opens to foster resonance between the two plenums.
As rpm and air flow surge, the third valve snaps open at 5800 rpm.
The benefit of optimizing induction resonance is that pressure within the plenums rises to help overfill the cylinders with air.

Instead of the usual arched torque curve, LT6 output is a nearly flat line comprised of three short-duration humps blended by the active induction system.
The apogee is a muscular SAE-certified 460 lb-ft at 6300 rpm. Volumetric efficiency, the measure of how well air and exhaust flow through an engine, tops 110%.

In addition to the above WOT strategy for Sport driving, the LT6’s control module offers five additional collaborator-opening programs for the Z06’s Tour, Stealth, and Track driving modes.


12/15/21 06:44 PM 1ST SERVICE VISIT TIME EXTENSION FOR 2020-2022 CORVETTE by teamzr1

• The Chevrolet Complete Care program is extending the Included Maintenance timing requirements for the owners of the Chevrolet Corvette (C8) to come in to dealerships for their 1st service visit.
For owners of a 2020 and newer Corvette, the allowed timing is being increased from 12 months to 36 months.

This new timing is more suitable for the driving habits experienced with Corvette owners.

Effective Date: December 13, 2021
• Additional Information:
• The Corvette Included Maintenance 1st Service Visit includes:
o One (1) covered OIL CHANGE visit within 3 years of ownership, which includes:
 Oil and filter change using Mobil1 oil and ACDelco oil filter
 Transmission fluid filter change (see GM Service Information document ID 5384826)
 Multipoint Vehicle Inspection
• See Corvette Owner Manual for recommended maintenance schedule

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12/11/21 05:55 PM Corvette BGP on Fire - No Power due to Tornado by teamzr1

CORVETTE PLANT FIRE: Bowling Green, KY news outlets report a roof fire at the Corvette Plant following tornado.

“WNKY Television News 40 has confirmed that the Bowling Green Assembly (Corvette Plant) was impacted by a fire early this morning.”

This may impact all C8 to be built or on the line now

MAYFIELD, Ky. — After a historic quad-state weather system rolled through much of Western Kentucky Friday night, multiple tornadoes left widespread damage and many lives were lost.

The hardest hit place was in Graves County, where Governor Andy Beshear said that the city of Mayfield had been "devastated."

"The level of devastation is unlike anything I've ever seen," Beshear said in a noon press conference. "This will be, I believe, the deadliest tornado system to have ever run through Kentucky."

Earlier this morning, Beshear predicted there would be around 50 deaths, however he is now "certain" that more than 70 Kentuckians will have lost their life due to the storm.

"It may end up exceeding 100 before the day is done," he said.

Kentucky State Trooper Sarah Burgess said that there is significant damage reported, including a collapsed roof at a candle factory that had an estimated 110 people inside when the storm hit around 9:30 p.m. central time.

Beshear said the roof collapse caused "mass casualties."

"We're going to lose a lot of lives in that facility," Beshear said after coming back from seeing the factory in person. "It's a very dire situation at this point."

He said the building has been flattened and cars from the parking lot are on top of it, along with huge metal drums, some leaking corrosive chemicals.

"This is probably the toughest day of my life," Graves County Executive Judge Jesse Perry tearfully told the media.



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