As we get closer and closer to the days when customer deliveries start for the C8 Corvettes, we are still tracking various sightings of the Captured Test Fleet cars that are being driven by GM engineers.
A member of the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com resides in Michigan near GM’s Milford Proving Grounds and has seen many different C8 Corvettes coming and going. And while he has resisted the urge to track them all down, forum member “Plemley” spied this Elkhart Lake Blue Stingray Coupe with the High Wing parked outside of “Proving Grounds Coffee” and decided to snap a few photos. That’s when he ran into the GM engineer who is the driver of this fine machine and the two ended up having a conversation about it despite the fact that temperatures were in the negatives…
It would be easy for the engineer to say he can’t talk about the new Corvette, but Plemley tells us the engineer was “knowledgeable, excited, patient and 100% committed to make the C8 a great vehicle” and shared some of his winter driving impressions with the forum member below:
“He has had this C8 since September and been driving it daily. He has put nearly 11,000 miles on it without any issue. It is a 3LT, with front lift and he has been driving it in the snow and ice of a Michigan winter. He said the handling in the cold weather has been very good with the all-season tires, including going to northern Michigan to ski. The technique he used once he got off the main road and onto the ski resort property was to raise the front end via the lift system and keep the speed under 25 mph. With the weight at the back of the vehicle, he has had no issue with getting stuck in the snow, but did say after all it is a rear-wheel drive high perf sports car, so drive it with some restraint in snow/ice!”
I love hearing these stories about driving the C8 Corvettes during the winter and it shows that with the right set of tires, the C8 Corvette can be a daily driver for those willing to make the commitment.
It also helps that Chevrolet is now offering new Corvettes with Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 tires straight from the factory, although you have to order the car without Z51 to get them. The good news is that the All Season tire offers nearly the same amount of performance as the summer tires so unless you are tracking your car, the trade-off is not as great as it once was.
Thanks again to Plemley and the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com for sharing these photos. Jump into the conversation with like-minded Corvette enthusiasts with a free membership to www.MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.
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