Tour Bowling Green Facility -Deadline Feb 5
The National Corvette Museum has announced that factory tours of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be suspended in early 2024, citing “manufacturing advancements” as the reason. This decision comes as the plant prepares to launch the next generation of Corvettes. The Museum said that the changes in production will require them to make adjustments to the tour route.
“Tours offered by the National Corvette Museum of GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be halted commencing Monday, February 5, 2024. The National Corvette Museum has declared that this suspension will remain in effect for an undefined period. Regular operations at the museum will still be carried out,” reads the announcement.
Mariah Hughes, media relations and marketing production manager for the National Corvette Museum, stated that the museum “is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization not affiliated with General Motors.” She went on to explain that the museum itself is uncertain when factory tours will be able to resume. “At this time, we do not yet have a date for plant tours to resume,” she said.
Without announcing a specific reason for the short-term suspension of production visits, one can merely conjecture as to what could be the justification. Representing MY2020, the Corvette is perhaps preparing for a mid-life revamp. It’s possible that GM desires to keep these modifications confidential, and letting dedicated Corvette admirers wander within the factory isn’t the optimum means of achieving this.
One other potential motivator could be the fresh models of Corvette. The recently released Z06 and E-Ray stand as not the only debuts to the range. The imminent release of the ZR1 is predicted to assume the roll of ‘banner vehicle’ among the collection. Characterized by splendidly bold styling, this premium Corvette will supposedly contain a double-turbocharged LT7 5.5 liter V8 engine boasting more than 800 h.p..
It is assumed that the MY2025 edition of this model will debut, which implies we have yet to be patient for a bit.
It appears that Chevrolet is preparing its workshop to accept the upcoming vehicle. This means more tools and machines could be installed. Significantly, the very first ZR1s produced may be rolling off the assembly line as soon as February 2021.
Don’t worry if you’re planning to tour the facility. The museum is hosting trips until February, permitting Corvette aficionados to observe the production of their much-loved sports vehicles. If you have interest in learning more about the fabrication of the ‘Vette, these excursions usually continue for about ninety minutes and cost $50 per person. Unfortunately, children below 13 years are not allowed.
As a solace, the Corvette Museum will persist open for avid admirers to explore. In 2014, an immense sinkhole created colossal destruction to the site and ruined numerous cars. Fortunately, these rare vintage Corvettes were fixed up.