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GM Media said that "customized test procedures used during development of Stingray’s new seats."

It just described in more detail how it used 4,600 data points to measure, design, modify, then construct its StingRay seats. “Better seats topped our list for interior improvements, and we knew offering just one style would not cut it,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “Some Corvette drivers use the car for commutes, others as a grand tourer, and some drive it competitively. With two supportive seat options to choose from, drivers can pick the style that best suits their driving habits.” Picture of Competition seat:




media.GM.com said:
"Digital pressure-mapping, technology used to scan people’s backsides when seated, played a pivotal role in the development of the Corvette’s new Competition Sport seat, available as an option in December. Different seats last were offered in Corvette’s fourth generation – 1984-1996. For the Competition Sport seat, the Corvette team took pressure-mapping technology to the test track to accurately measure driver bottom and back pressures during high velocity maneuvers. On most vehicle development programs pressure-mapping is only used for static impressions.

The technology involves taking a digital snapshot of a person’s back and rear-end pressure distribution over the seat surface, creating a map with more than 4,600 data points per second. The information is transferred to a computer that generates graphics illustrating how occupants are supported by the seat.

Interesting that while GM is still describing the "standard" StingRay seat using the same terminology it always has, calling it the "GT seat," it is now sometimes adding or changing terminology to what has been previously just described as the "Competition" seat, and now calling it sometimes a "Competition Sport" seat or sometimes just a "Sport" seat. However, other than changed terminology, the Comp seat looks and is the same as it always has been. Though on constraint for many months, Competiton seats should soon start being installed in customers' StingRays.

GM also made a clear competitive advantage analysis by stating, "Back bolsters 35-mm deeper than those in the 997 generation Porsche Carrera S, are approximately 35 percent deeper for more lateral support when making hairpin turns. The Corvette team also re-engineered the seat’s side airbag, moving it outside of the seat bolster to an attached but separate pod so that the seat could be slimmer, stiffer and more supportive."

Whichever seat one chooses for the StingRay, it is clear from now over 30 car industry analysts' reviews, that everyone is saying how much improved the 2014 Corvette's seats are over previous-generation Corvette seats.
 

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John- just let me know when you set up the new Forum


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