GM CEO Mary Barra Hinted At The Power Of Global B During Quarterly Earnings Call

C8 Corvette
2020 C8 Corvette Stingray

Yesterday’s General Motors Q2 2019 earnings call was much of the same narrative as it’s been. In that it was yet another session going over Cruise Automation robo taxis, pickup truck and SUV sales, the Chinese market, and electric vehicles. In short, if you’ve listened to a GM earnings call in the past two years, you’ve listened to them all. However, this particular call touched on the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray, as well as GM’s new Global B electronics architecture, which the C8 will feature. And GM CEO Mary Barra herself tipped analysts and listeners on the capabilities of Global B, which will allow for several types of over the air updates, including chassis control upgrades.

Drawing the lines, that means the 2020 Corvette Stingray will be capable of OTA chassis control updates. This could be huge for expanding the bandwidth of how the new supercar can behave on the street and track.

2020 Corvette Stingray Engine

Further details remain unavailable at this time. However, the General Motors Global B electronics architecture but also to have the capacity and capability for things like Super Cruise, autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. Global B will control various electronic components of a vehicle, featuring over 100 modules that communicate through encrypted messaging. These components will also include the latest in active safety technology, high capacity for connectivity.

Fortifying the capabilities of Global B is a cybersecurity system that promises to be beyond the likes of any other system on the market today. The dark side of it is that the C8 Corvette will be a tuning company’s worst nightmare when it comes to accessing the ECU to unlock more horsepower. MC&T was the first to report on the difficulties the tuning industry will face when it comes to upgrading the C8 back in May.

The 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray will launch in Q4 2019 and will come standard with 490 horsepower on tap, which can be upgraded to 495 horsepower via the Z51 package. The price of the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette will be around $60,000.

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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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