The black test mule was nicknamed Blackjack, featuring a “racecar-crude interior” and “an adapted PDK from Porsche.” At that stage, everything that mattered for the engineers was to get the basic structure and suspension geometry right for a mid-engine sports car.
Big pieces of the front and rear structure were milled from solid aluminum, and thus 7,000 pounds of the material were converted into 400 pounds’ worth of components. Fast-forward to 2016, and that’s when the first dry-sump V8 was fitted to a successor of Blackjack along with the eight-speed DCT.
What about the first C8 Corvette built from the ground up? An army of engineers brought their parts together over the course of two weeks, “the world’s most complicated IKEA project” as described by Popular Mechanics. By all accounts, it wasn’t easy to evolve from the C7 to the eighth generation of America’s favorite sports car.
Even more impressive of a feat is the starting price of the C8. Under $60,000 from the get-go is a particularly small fistful of dollars when compared to the C7 Corvette, but even more so if you take the Porsche 718 Cayman into consideration. Go for the Z51 Performance Package and you can also expect 495 horsepower and a sub-three-second acceleration to 60 mph.