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The Corvette Is On A “Mission”


Tadge Juechter, the son of a fighter pilot, grew up in a “Porsche family” to end up being one of the most recognized engineers in modern automotive history. His job, if it can be called that, has been overseeing the development of each and every Corvette to roll out since 2006 as the vehicle’s chief engineer, and even farther back when he first began his involvement in the C5 program back in 1993. Needless to say, he’s been busy. The reveal of the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette has engulfed the internet automotive media-sphere like a tidal wave that could have been seen coming off shore for the past five years, yet Tadge and company are just getting started.

We’ve exhausted thousands, if not tens of thousands, of words reporting on what’s coming for the C8. In many cases, we at MC&T are the first to tell you, but of course, we’re not privy to all of the information out there.

Autoline After Hours recently had Juechter on the show, where host John McElroy and guests volleyed question after question at the Corvette chief engineer for over an hour. Much of it got into the nitty gritty of how the C8 came to be, and what it took to develop it.


Then came the big question: will there ever be an electric Corvette?

It would have been easy for Juechter to be facetious here, and could have retorted with something like asking if the sun will ever burn out. Of course, on a long enough of a timeline, anything can happen.

“The Corvette is part of General Motors. And General Motors’ mission from the top of the company is ‘zero, zero, zero.’ Zero emissions is part of our mission. That’s a ‘future state,’ we’ll get there eventually. Our job is to continue to work towards that,” said Juechter.

The question happens a little after the 18:30 mark in the video, followed, of course, by the answer. Yet there’s so much more of it to go. For the full replay of the interview, just press play.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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