Today we have some really great news on the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette!
We’ve got two videos of five C8 Mid-Engine Corvette prototypes that are testing in Southern California. The first video is only six seconds, but within the slow pan we see the five prototypes, several support vehicles, a C7 Corvette Stingray Convertible, and Corvette’s Vehicle Performance Manager Alex MacDonald. The second video features the C8 Corvettes driving down the road.
These prototypes are the same that have been spotted around the San Deigo area since Monday.
Seeing these Corvette prototypes out on the roads and so far from Detroit makes us believe that the team is pretty confident in the car’s mechanical abilities. With Alex being in the group, we assume they are gathering data and looking to see how the can improve the ride and handling characteristics of the car.
The other good news that we’ve deduced is that the Corvette Team has to be officially sanctioning these spy photos. The video comes from Corvette Forum member Corvette_Nut, who has posted several photos over the last month of C8 Corvettes traveling in the snow as well as those taken in California and shared by Motor Trend. FYI, the Motor Trend video was taken from the cockpit of a red C7 Corvette…
By releasing the previous “spy” photos and videos, the Corvette Team has once again injected a sense of optimism about the C8 Corvette’s development, electrical problems be damned! It’s a smart move because they aren’t giving anything away that a random bystander could snap and share, and the end result is that we’re all talking about them being on the road again.
The inclusion of the C7 Corvette Stingray is interesting. The Stingray has a #6 on the windshield and if I go back and stop the video I can spot a #5 on the ME right behind it. That Stingray may be a mule with Mid-Engine Corvette’s upgraded LT1 engine (LT2?) that has 490-500hp and so you can look at it two ways. Could it be the rumored C7 Stingray refresh being tested or is it a C8 “front-engine” mule. (I don’t subscribe to the C8 FE theory at the moment but that could change with more evidence.)
Check out the videos below and let’s all give a round of thanks to Corvette_Nut!
Here’s another video that we caught on Facebook that features a similar but longer view of the five C8 Corvette prototypes. The video was posted a user named Savage Geese:
Corvette_Nut / YouTube
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