Tadge Juechter, the Man Behind the Modern Corvette, Is Retiring

corvette chief engineer tadge juechter introduces the 2017 corvette grand sport tuesday, march 1, 2016 at the geneva international motor show in geneva, switzerland like the corvette c7r race car, the new grand sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track honed aerodynamics package and a naturally aspirated engine the corvette grand sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the us and in the fall in europe photo by thorsten weigl for chevrolet
Corvette's Tadge Juechter Is RetiringGeneral Motors

General Motors announced on Wednesday that Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter will be retiring this summer after 47 years, Detroit Free Press reports. Juechter has been seriously involved with Corvette development since the C5 and has been the lead on both the C7 and C8 generation vehicles.

Juechter began his career at General Motors back in 1977, working in the assembly division of the Lordstown, Ohio facility. He made the jump over to the Corvette team in 1993, where he then took on the role of assistant chief engineer under then-chief engineer Dave Hill. The pair were responsible for the C5 Corvette, as well as the C6.

Juechter assumed his current role during the C6 generation in 2006. That wasn’t a task that the engineer took lightly, regularly making himself available to fans of the brand. His team's work on the C7 earned a lot of praise from the media and fans alike, a trend that has continued with the C8. Juechter was also a leading force behind the decision to move the Corvette to a mid-engine platform, and has brought us the current crop of C8 offerings. You can thank Juechter for the PCOTY-winning Z06, the electrified E-Ray, and the recently teased ZR1. The latter will be the last car that will come under the direction of Juechter.

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“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to work at this company, leading the men and women who have brought to life one of the most iconic and recognizable vehicles in recent American history,” said Juechter in a statement regarding the retirement. “Their tenacity and ability to push what is possible with every variant and generation of Corvette was inspiring to see. I know the future of the nameplate is in the right hands.”


GM has yet to make any comment on who is expected to replace Juechter in the role of Corvette executive chief engineer, but the automaker did note an announcement is slated for the summer. Juechter’s departure will be a huge loss for General Motors, but even our automotive heroes deserve some rest and relaxation. Here’s to a fantastic career, Mr. Juechter.

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