The C8 Corvette Owners group on Facebook has some news to share this morning as they report that General Motors has begun building 24 pre-production 2021 Corvettes that include the two new colors, Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Metallic.
Members of the Corvette Team will be driving these saleable units and evaluating the updates for the new model year. In addition to the engineering vehicles, we are also told the list of cars also includes a coupe and convertible show car which we assume will be built in the new colors. We also note that at least one of the cars is flagged as an “out of country” export.
During the Corvettes at Carlisle Virtual Presentation from Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles, the pre-production 2021s were referenced as starting soon and we know from previous videos that the Corvette Chief Engineer has chosen a Red Mist Metallic 2021 Convertible as his Captured Test Fleet (CTF) car.
Second Shift Update
As we mentioned in our production update on Monday, the second shift is now up and running. CorvetteBlogger contributor Jeremy Welborn is in town for the Corvette Museum’s 26th Anniversary Show this weekend and he stopped by the plant late last night after his long drive before heading to his hotel.
Jeremy provided this quick video update showing the full parking lot at 11:30 PM local time:
The same C8 Corvette Facebook page also shows that 140 Corvettes were built on September 1st across the two shifts, a very nice increase from the 99 built on Monday, August 31st. It’s estimated that the team can build around 95 Corvettes per 8-hour shift and so if this kind of output can continue, then that bodes well for those waiting for their 2020 Corvette to be built.
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