The Internet was abuzz over the past few days with the revelation that water – gasp! – can actually get into the engine compartment of the new 2020 Corvette, thanks to a C8 owner, Morgan Crosbie, who posted a YouTube video about this issue that was first picked up by CorvetteBlogger last week.
Car and Driver, however, isn’t so concerned about water touching the new Stingray’s 495-horsepower engine.
Writes Car and Driver: “We didn’t reach out to Chevrolet for comment because what Crosbie demonstrates happens in every car driven in the rain, through a carwash, or through a puddle. Engineers know water will get into the engine compartment, and they design rain trays, drain channels, and watertight electrical connectors specifically because of that.”
The magazine points out that air, mixing with fuel, is required for a vehicle’s engine to operate, as well as more air to remove heat from the radiators to keep the powerplant running at its optimal temperature. “If engineers made a car’s engine compartment watertight, they would also choke off that crucial supply of air,” Car and Driver explains.
They note that the vents over the Corvette’s 6.2-liter engine allow hot air to exhaust through them, and that those same vents will also allow water to enter in some circumstances.
Ultimately, that leakage is nothing to worry about, Car and Driver concludes, “because Chevy engineers designed their car to be impervious to both rain water and carwash stupidity.”
So, all you current and future owners of C8 Corvettes, do you actually think chief engineer Tadge Juechter and his team of super-talented geniuses didn’t realize that water would be able to touch the engine when they were designing this supercar? Just take a deep breath and relax; your C8 is much tougher than you think and won’t self-destruct in the next thunderstorm.
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