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2021-2022

Royal Bobcat GTOs

Speaker: Milt Schornack
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
TBD
Location TBD

6:00 PM Sociial Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

Milt Schornack, one of Detroit’s top mechanics in the 1960s, who pioneered the Ram Air system and, as a tuner and driver, became the face of Pontiac’s legendary GTO. Motor City Muscle has been responsible for the powerplant in the “new” 1966 Pontiac GTO that Milt has put together. 1966 was a good year for Milt and the Royal Team. The ’66’ finished the year winning its class at the Super Stock Nationals at York, PA. Perhaps one of the most famous Royal Bobcats was this Grenadier Red 1964, built on November 2,1963, and eventually shipped to Royal on November 8. What happened to the car during that six-day period is open for conjecture; however, it most likely spent a few days next door at the Pontiac Engineering garage before finding its way to Royal Oak. Equipped with the 348 hp Tri-Power and four-speed transmission, the GTO was given the “Royal Treatment” with the assistance of Milt and then delivered with an identical GTO painted blue over to Car and Driver magazine. Car and Driver wrung both cars out at Daytona, rigorously testing both cars. 

The Royal Bobcat GTOs accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and turned the quarter mile in the low-thirteens. Car and Driver made no bones that the cars were tweaked by Royal, and pronounced the Pontiac GTO to be the equal of its Ferrari namesake in its March 1964 issue, which elicited howls of protest from the magazine’s European-oriented readers, but provided Pontiac with reams of copy and great PR. It was after the Car and Driver test that GTO sales went ballistic.

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2021-2022

American Battery Solutions

American Battery Solutions Mfg Line

Speaker: Josh Payne
Director of Product Engineering, American Battery Solutions
TBD
Location TBD

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

As electrification creeps into the realm of performance vehicles, a new Detroit-area supplier is preparing for low-volume production of batteries for the segment.

American Battery Solutions, formed in late May, plans to design, integrate, test, validate and assemble battery packs using cells from other battery manufacturing companies, said Subhash Dhar, the company’s founder and CEO.

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2021-2022

Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

Speaker: Carla Bailo
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research
TBD, 2021
Durant-Dort Factory One, 303 W Water St, Flint, MI

Carla Bailo

6:00 PM Social Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Program

Carla Bailo is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management, with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. As the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) President and CEO, she leads the overall mission, manages day-to-day business, and is the face for the automotive industry in several venues. In her role prior to CAR, she was Ohio State University’s Assistant Vice President for Mobility Research and Business Development. In this role, she accelerated the university’s sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also led Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140 million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region. Bailo was the 2016- 2018 Vice President of Automotive for SAE International. She has 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, including 25 years at Nissan. In her most recent role at Nissan, she served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Nissan North America Inc.

The presentation will address the changes in the Mobility Industry as vehicle manufacturers address new Smart Mobility Goals. These goals include Zero accidents, Zero carbon footprint, and Zero traveler stress. Discussed will be the paradigm shift from private vehicle ownerships to shared ownership. Currently there is Advanced Driver Assistance on all new vehicles which will transition into Autonomous shared vehicles.

The shift to electric vehicles will be analyzed. Because of range anxiety with battery powered vehicles the future of fuel cells will be presented. Internal Combustion Engines may be utilized until 2050 and the use of IC power in Autonomous vehicles will be reviewed.

The transition from IC powered “Dumb” vehicles to alternate energy “Smart” vehicles will be discussed as a trial and error development system to find “How good is good enough” using simulation software rather than building actual vehicles. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.