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BGAP Z06 Update:1st Z06 Completed.

Or, "luck beats the heck out of brains anytime," for just happened to be in the right place at the right time as per below...

The line was not moving at 6:12 AM start of shift this morning, after Friday's frame-shop robot wiring failure, but did start at 8:46 AM. Z06's continued to move toward the finish line, with VIN 001, Rick Hendrick's black Z06 being the first one (no surprise) and it came off the line at 9:26 AM. Happened to luckily be at that exact spot as part of my public tour. Jeff LaMarche and other top BGAP Plant staff were there for photographs, etc.


The production rate continues to be just under 7 Z06's per hour. Saw a rainbow of colors, in fact can not think of a color of Z06 that I did not see.

In response to earlier-asked questions, splitter and skirts are not attached prior to the dealership PDI, so can not determine the specific appearance of the Stage 1 splitter. As noted earlier, EVERY Z06 spoiler is carbon flash metallic, regardless of whether it is a Stage 1, 2 or Z07 and regardless of whether one selects CFZ or CFZ.
 

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Wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time and the right person!
 

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Sweet! Did you get a closer look at a Stage-1's rear spoiler (if any were on the line during your tour)?
 

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Thanks John! That's great luck, with a dash of smarts being thrown in!

Understand about splitters and skirts....the video on YouTube (Tadge talking about Z06 aerodynamics posted last week) gives a very good look at stage 1 aero....from that, splitter appears to me (unfortunately) to look like same material as splash guards are made of.

I would be curious if you could find out about the attachment points/methods for the stage one spoiler versus the stage2/3 one....as many of us "constrained" into stage 1 would like to upgrade after the fact to the stage 2/3 spoiler....does it attach at the same points, or are different holes required? Do either use double sided adhesive? IN other words - what's involved in removing stage one spoiler and replacing with stage 2/3?
 

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Awesome post John...thanks! That had to be pretty cool to witness. I'm certainly jealous. My VY Z with red calipers should be on the line today or tomorrow. Just in time for the snow and ice storm here in MN:D
 

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Sweet! Did you get a closer look at a Stage-1's rear spoiler (if any were on the line during your tour)?
A closer look but still (so far further away than I would like), but still looks just like (identical) to a Z-51 spoiler, only wider. It is a glossy carbon flash black metallic. Going back for another tour here
soon.

Please see update, probable "edit" in post below!
 

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A closer look but still (so far further away than I would like), but still looks just like (identical) to a Z-51 spoiler, only wider. It is a glossy carbon flash black metallic. Going back for another tour here soon.
That's great news for me, because I didn't like the versions we have been seeing on what were presumably Stage 1 cars.
Thanks for the update!
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I can only assume that it, being Mr. Hendrick's Z06, it will be the top-o-the line model. Z07 package.

It does look stinking MEAN all black with those red calipers.
 

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BGAP Z06 Update:1st Z06 Completed.

Or, "luck beats the heck out of brains anytime," for just happened to be in the right place at the right time as per below...

The line was not moving at 6:12 AM start of shift this morning, after Friday's frame-shop robot wiring failure, but did start at 8:46 AM. Z06's continued to move toward the finish line, with VIN 001, Rick Hendrick's black Z06 being the first one (no surprise) and it came off the line at 9:26 AM. Happened to luckily be at that exact spot as part of my public tour. Jeff LaMarche and other top BGAP Plant staff were there for photographs, etc.


The production rate continues to be just under 7 Z06's per hour. Saw a rainbow of colors, in fact can not think of a color of Z06 that I did not see.

In response to earlier-asked questions, splitter and skirts are not attached prior to the dealership PDI, so can not determine the specific appearance of the Stage 1 splitter. As noted earlier, EVERY Z06 spoiler is carbon flash metallic, regardless of whether it is a Stage 1, 2 or Z07 and regardless of whether one selects CFZ or CFZ.
John- where is the picture taken, looks like the car is already at someone's house?
 

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Great news John, please keep being our eyes and ears. I'm sure everyone really appreciates it. Lets see now..... 9,682 divided by 7 Z06's per day = ??? LOL It'll be when it'll be and not til then.... Patience!
 

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Great info! Thanks so much for taking time to give a detailed account of what you are witnessing at the plant!
I will be eagerly awaiting any new information that this great week has to offer!

My car is on that line...she is coming off this week! So stoked !!

TR
Stage 1
3LZ
Ar/carbon dash
Black rims
Red roof

Tell her daddy will see her soon!!
Daha!!
 

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John- where is the picture taken, looks like the car is already at someone's house?
Yeah, inquiring minds want to know?
 

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More 11/10 Z06 BGAP info:

1) Spoiler:

Have to possibly backtrack from my earlier statements that the Stage 1 spoiler is exactly the same as the Z-51's except wider.

Reason: None of the spoilers vertical plates are now being attached during the assembly process. They were, but recently are no longer... Perhaps this was for easier assembly of other parts, or perhaps to prevent scratches or abrasions during either assembly or transport.

Thus, today during all three tours, every spoiler, when viewed from the back has a series of about nine "receiving bolt" holes for the vertical spoiler plates.

Hence, when I was viewing them from a frontal point of view, they do look exactly like Z-51 spoilers, but as no vertical plates were present, nor as of yet the right person to ask, just do not know definitive info about the Stage 1's spoiler yet.

Another possibility, though very unlikely, is that they were only running Z06's today with either the CFZ or CFZ option???

Will try and learn more as soon as possible...

2) Wheels:

A) Saw the first customer Z's with Spectra Gray wheels. There was only one set, on a white Z07, and that combination looked stunning.

B) Most of the Z06's being run today had black wheels, and do they every look fantastic clean/shiny/new!

C) Saw about 10% of the Z's with chrome wheels. With the 20-spoke wheel's many edges and angles, they were unbelievably reflective. Beautiful bling for those who want chrome.

D) Saw five sets of silver wheels, e.g. two on black cars, two on silver cars, and one set on a DSOM II. The silver wheels looked really nice on all of these cars.

3) Front fender grills!!!!!!!!!! There are not enough exclamation points to express how fantastic these grills look. They beautifully define/set out the Z06's side view.

4) Exhaust sound: An assembly worker gunned it while we were standing next to the car. All I can say is that the Z06's may well be the first Corvette that I have owned that I will not install an aftermarket exhaust on (wanting louder sound). Factory exhaust sounds incredibly, and delightfully loud.
 

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Regarding the comments and questions as to who's house the Z06 is parked at. Shhhh. No one has noticed I borrowed it for the day (and it is now sitting at my friend's house). Well, nice fantasy, but, you all remember, yet all tend to forget, that NO pictures are allowed within the Plant and that is one of the 200 manufacturing validation build test Z06's, not the actual VIN # 1.

Interesting, yet not surprising story about one white Z06. On the first public tour of the day, we saw this car from across part of the plant, one that looked like a "different color white" than the rest of the white cars. We wondered whether they were testing a pearl white color or whatever???

Well, when we were closer, we could see that it was that way due to its' having a protective covering (the kind that they often put on cars during the transport process). Approximately 100 feet from the end of the assembly line, four workers appeared and started to take off the white protective covering, revealing the black paint underneath, and you already guessed this, it was Rick Henrick's VIN # 001 who received that special protective coating. Thinking the extra $900+ K he paid for it, entitled him at at least that much (option code "PROTECT").
 

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So based on that math around 49 Z06's were built today with mine being #66 means mine should be built around 9am tomorrow and being a Vet on Veterans day how cool!. :D

One thought as to why they are not installing the spoilers is the shipping cover. These spoilers are pretty tall and the cover would not fit as well and maybe flap in the wind a little which could cause some paint rubbing.
 
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