Experts on Tour - David McLellan
The C7 Corvette has redefined "Super Car."
The expression: "as engineers, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us" is certainly true of the C7 Corvette. Carefully evolved and developed from what has been learned with past Corvettes and taking advantage of the latest developments in materials, and components, the C7 has taken on and joined the ranks of the best Super Cars that can be bought irrespective of price.
Dave will bring you the details and take you for a virtual ride.
Raising the Bar on the FIA 24 Hour World Endurance Record
The ZR-1 raised the FIA 24 Hour World Endurance Record to 175.885 mph in 1990. And did it with a production motor. A record that many subsequently attempted to best that finally fell 12 years later to the VW Group with a W12 Nardo prototype. The record currently stands at 200.67 MPH.
A group of Corvette enthusiasts are now planning to take back the record with the new ZR1. Dave will tell the story in pictures and video.
Dave joined General Motors Proving Ground Noise and Vibration Lab after graduating from Wayne State University as a mechanical engineer. His assignments had him working on the dynamics of cars, trucks and military tanks, then as manager of the newly-completed Vehicle Dynamics Test Area (Black Lake).
Dave's career next took him to Chevrolet where he led the team that finished the 70 1/2 Camaro development, then to the GM Technical Center to manage John Delorean's unsuccessful attempt to marry the Camaro and the Corvette platforms. In 1973 he was picked to attend MIT as a Sloan Fellow.
On his return he was assigned to work with Zora Arkus-Duntov and on Zora's retirement in 1975, appointed Corvette Chief Engineer. Dave would be indelibly linked with the Corvette for the next 17 years. The all-new 1984 Corvette continued to be developed with advanced electronics, and culminated in the 405 hp ZR-1.
In what turned out to be his last development of the Corvette, Dave challenged an R&D team to design a next generation Corvette capable of ZR-1 performance but at standard Corvette prices. Charged with the impossible task of making the Corvette faster, lighter, roomier and more rigid as a convertible, the team adopted the backbone architecture that would be the hallmark of the C5. Dave retired from General Motors in the fall of 1992.
His recent consultant activity includes: Intermap Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Mosler Automotive, Stewart & Stevenson (BAE), TACOM, ERIM, Rosen Motors, Tel Tech, Bose, Intermag Technologies, Technologies M4 and Porsche Engineering Services.
Dave has recently become the expert in legal cases involving the automobile ranging from, crash analysis to design to patent litigation.
He is the author of a recent book, "Corvette from the Inside, the 50 Year Development History" which includes the 17 years during which he and his team made history.
Dave is a recipient of the SAE Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation and an SAE Fellow.
Computer reading PowerPoint and a digital projector