Since 1981, the GM Bowling Green plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky has served as the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette, an honor that continues today with the latest mid-engine C8 Corvette. Now, we’re taking a tour of the facility and gaining insight into the production process courtesy of the following 42-minute video.
Coming to us from the SavageGeese YouTube channel, the video is rather in-depth, covering a broad variety of topics and providing plenty of information on what it takes to produce the Chevy Corvette. The video is a joy to watch as well, with high-quality footage and narration to guide the viewer along the way.
Additionally, the video includes some interesting insights from the folks that work there, including General Assembly Superintendent at GM Bowling Green, Don Sherman, and Corvette Chassis and Thermal Vehicle System Engineer, Jeff Brown, among others.
“The thing that struck me after meeting the men and women who built the [C8 Corvette] Z06 is the level of passion they have for this vehicle,” says the video host. “It’s not just another project, it’s not just another Corvette. In many of these people’s cases, it is the peak of their career. It’s something they will talk about into retirement and it’s a dream they’ve had over their decades-long careers.”
As the host points out, the passion that goes into building the Corvette is palpable, from the engineers, all the way to the folks on the assembly line.
With regard to the technical bits, the C8 Corvette is the first Corvette model offered in right-hand drive direct from the factory, opening up the nameplate to overseas buyers as well. Naturally, this comes with its own set of challenges for the crew at Bowling Green. Finally, the video takes an in-depth look at the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 engine, the all-new powerplant motivating the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06.
All told, this video is a must-watch for Corvette fans of all stripes: