Can you imagine what it must have been like in the design studio as the new mid-engine Corvette secretly came to life?
We’re sure there were more than a few hot “discussions” among the designers as they tried to live up to the task of delivering the first long-awaited mid-engine Corvette.
As with any car, we’re sure there were compromises made along the way to the final design of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, but we’re not sure they rise to the level of being called “the most compromised car ever designed,” as Paul Schmucker of the TV show EverydayDriver puts it in a recent video.
Schmucker, a transportation design graduate, offers his suggestions on how the looks of the new Corvette could have been improved, at least in his opinion.
“The one thing I didn’t want GM to compromise on was the styling,” he says. “At some point, I wanted them to stop sketching, stop drawing lines all over the car.”
Much of Schmucker’s focus is on the rear end of the Corvette, which he repeatedly says “looks too tall.” His ideas include turning the taillight design pointing inward toward the center of the car and overemphasizing them a little bit. He also suggests adding underbody diffusers in the lower center portion of the rear bumper to make the car more “interesting, sexy, and cool,” and also believes the “squircle” tailpipes should be just circular to make the car look more powerful.
As for the side view of the car, he suggests reshaping the black “talon” accents upward toward the flying buttresses, which would also eliminate the awkward small piece stuck on the edge of the door.
From Schmucker’s view, the new C8 should have taken on more of a muscle-car, mid-engine feel since with its long heritage, it is in the unique position of pulling off such a stunt, as opposed to Lamborghini or Ferrari, for example.
We’re disappointed that Schmucker chose not to take his ideas to full renderings because it would have been interesting to see in a more “real-life” kind of way what his suggestions might have done to the overall look of the car.
His goal, he says, was just to sketch out ideas “and kind of play around with some that would make the car better. In everything the Corvette has done, it’s been brilliant. We love how they drive, they’re an amazing value, but this style, that’s not quite there.”
Along with Schmucker, we’re curious to hear your opinions about his redesign efforts. Let us know. One thing in our opinion is that the new Corvette is a great starting point and offers itself to all kinds of post-purchase additions that would change the look of the car dramatically, as each owner might prefer.
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