We don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough of these behind the scenes stories when it comes to the C7 Corvette. Since GM invested over $135 million into the plant to prepare for the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray, we’ve made a few trips out to the Bowling Green plant to capture the hard working men and women in action as they put together this modern supercar. We even got some good video of the frame welding and other processes. But when we heard that “How It’s Made” would be showing the assembly, we couldn’t miss it.
The combination of angles and high-resolution video of the aluminum frame being robotically welded together is just plain cool. But there are some unique aspects to the video that may never have been seen before such as the sonic welding process that adheres the thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) brackets to the front fascia. The crew also takes a trip to the Tonawanda plant in Buffalo, NY to assemble the Gen V LT1 V-8. Just like in Bowling Green, it is a marriage of automation and elbow grease that ensures quality as the 6.2L engine comes together. There’s no chance of a bolt not being torqued properly as every action is recorded.
Moving back to Bowling Green, the Stingray travels 7 miles through the 1 million square-foot facility over the course of 3.5 days. It’s funny how many things you can pick up that you may not have known about the Stingray along the way. For example, did you know the C7 does not have a gas cap? Or that not only are the taillights and turn signals LEDs, but they are also behind the HID projector headlights? It’s also good to know each C7 endures thorough testing prior to delivery.