[SPIED] Barely Covered C8 Corvette Prototype Professionally Captured at the GM Proving Grounds

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[SPIED] Barely Covered C8 Corvette Prototype Professionally Captured at the GM Proving Grounds


Spy photographers were able to get a few shots of a C8 Corvette prototype working out at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford, MI. Photos of the occasion were shared by Car and Driver.

These are bought and paid for so head over to Car and Driver now and take a look, and then c’mon back for some of our helpful analysis.


The C8 shown here doesn’t have quite the same level of camo we’ve seen on other C8s that driving around recently. We get a good look at the front fascia that the Corvette team is now hiding. There doesn’t appear to be any fakery around the side scoops either. The nearly naked prototype body lines do seem enhanced by the black velcro used to batten down the heavier black camouflage covers previously used.

This prototype also doesn’t appear to have the production-ready headlights and taillights installed, but what is new are the two round exhaust pipes (one on each side) that we see sticking out the rear exhaust ports. Car and Driver says this could be for emissions testing of some sort.

What is striking about these photos is the proportions and shape of the car from the doors back. The rear of the car actually appears to slope downwards and there is no rear spoiler on this model either. There also appears to be a curvature in the rear fascia as opposed to the flat boxy shape from previous generations.

I would rate this C8 Corvette sighting as fairly significant in terms of what we are able to see here. And as the car was on GM’s private test track, I’m betting they aren’t too happy with this kind of attention either.


Source:
KGP Photography / Car and Driver

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I think this Vette is better looking than the new Ferrari F8 Tributo! The C8 will be a mic-drop moment for GM.

  2. “I don’t want her, you can have her, she’s too fat for me…”
    The decades-old polka applies here.
    Gonna be REALLY hard to love that gigantic ass end.

  3. The wheels don’t look offset. If anything they look equal, to even larger in front (unheard of?). These are the best photos I’ve seen of the C8. The short nose and longer rear will take some getting used to. But of course we really won’t know until we see it and drive it.

  4. About the one comment that the front engine Corvette struggles against Ferrari , Porcha, and other mid and rear engine cars at Le Mans….check the facts:

    CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: By the Numbers

    DETROIT (May 31, 2018) – Le Mans. The mere mention of the name stirs the soul and emotion of anyone who has experienced one of the biggest motorsports events around the globe. It’s especially true for Corvette Racing and its following, with the world’s premier GT racing program back for the 19th consecutive year. Corvette Racing’s record at Le Mans is impressive, to say the least…
    1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car for 20 years: Corvette Racing, Chevrolet and the Chevrolet Corvette.
    3: Generations of Corvette Racing entries since 2000 – Corvette C5-R (2000-04), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2014-current).
    3: Number of wins for the Corvette C5-R – 2001, 2002, 2004.
    4: Number of wins for the Corvette C6.R – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011.
    4: Most years between Corvette Racing victories at Le Mans (2011 to 2015)
    8: As in Chevrolet’s small-block V8. More than 100 million units have been sold worldwide and is the most successful engine in American motorsports.
    8: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Le Mans – all since 2001.

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