JIM MERO’S HISTORY WITH CORVETTE
After 34 years of service with General Motors, I retired on September 1st, 2018. During my 15 years as the Ride and Handling Vehicle Dynamics Engineer on the Corvette, my first and foremost objective was to provide the customer with a product that is second to none. I’ve always strived for perfection. That mindset is the prevailing motivation as I develop new upgrades for the 6th generation Corvette owner.
I have been tuning/developing cars with Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) for almost 20 years starting in 1999 on the Cadillac STS, then the Corvette from 2004 to my retirement.
While developing the C7 ZR1, I decided to strip down the MRC calibration and build it back up using a completely different philosophy. This philosophy was something I had been pondering for several years but time constraints prohibited me from implementing it.
As I re-developed the MRC calibration for the C7 ZR1, I quickly realized I had created a revolutionary change that significantly improved the ride quality and the handling in the Tour and Sport modes, as well as track performance. These changes were so significant I felt obligated to develop a path for re-tuning every 7th generation Corvette model with MRC, 24 calibrations in total for 2019.
My new philosophy improved the C7 model so much, we decided to make these calibrations available to every C7 owner as an upgrade. Thousands of C7 owners have upgraded their cars and the positive feedback exceeded our expectations.
Retirement and the great results from the C7 upgrades prompted me to implement the same tuning philosophy and create new calibrations for the 6th generation car. The improvements for the C6 are as good or better than the enhancements in the C7’s!! I truly believe any C6 owner will feel like they got a new car.
I am so confident these new C6 calibrations will improve the driving experience (for ride quality as well as handling) in both the Tour and Sport modes, that I am offering a 100% money back guarantee on every upgrade. Please see detailed explanations about the improvements for your specific model on the “MRC upgrades” page.
As a representative of the Corvette Platform and the most loyal customers on the planet, I was lucky and honored to be called on to perform timed laps. Every engineer working on the Corvette has a part in the success of these laps. I can assure you I was not riding alone. Below are the some of the significant times: