Will the C8 Mid-Engine Corvette be difficult for 3rd-party tuners to modify? If you look at the direction that the automaker has taken the last couple of years with its anti-hacking processes, the answer is yes.
And according to an article from Muscle Cars and Trucks, the C8 Corvette may have some of the strongest protections of the ECU computer when production begins late this year.
There is so much we don’t know yet about next-generation Corvette, but it’s believed it will be among the first production vehicles to have GM’s new electrical system called the Digital Vehicle Platform. As one of the features of the system, GM may offer over-the-air software updates for engine performance, vehicle ride characteristics, and navigation updates. As such, the platform’s security is said to be so robust and secure that only dealers will have access.
Not only that, the C8’s ECU may recognize unauthorized attempts to gain access or changing of its code results in the system shutting down and reverting back to the factory settings. The system may also go into a “recovery mode” in which case only those with GM’s tools can reflash the ECU programming.
Muscle Cars and Trucks refers to this as “bricking” the car and turning it into a “rolling paperweight”.
We know from the recent history of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 how hard it was for tuners to gain access to its computer. The LT5’s ECM is protected by a strong encryption program that was only recently circumvented by HP Tuner’s ZR1 ECM Purchase/Exchange service.
So we won’t say that tuners will be totally locked out of modifying the C8, but it will be hard and it will be expensive!
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