Mid-Engine 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) Spied at GM Milford Proving Ground

Mid-engine 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) 9 photos
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It’s happening, ladies and gentlemen! That mid-engined Corvette the automotive media has been chewing on and off since the ‘60s is coming along nicely, as you can see in the following photos. Before anything, please excuse the quality but security is top notch at the GM Milford Proving Ground.
Our carparazzi used a 50.3 megapixel DSLR camera to snap these pics, the mid-engine Corvette prototype having been photographed from about a mile away. If anything, the spy pics reveal a car that’s more low-slung than a regular Corvette. Look just a little bit closer and you’ll spot what appears to be two pairs of rounded taillights. Despite the mock-up body cladding, it’s easy to tell that we are dealing with flying buttresses, a lower roofline, and a more rakish windscreen.

Regarding the open section over the mid-placed engine, our sources suggest that GM plans to have a glass-covered engine bay.” At the present moment, word has it engineers are working on heat and sound management of the C8 Corvette, two of the biggest challenges for GM's maiden mid-engine effort.

This, then, is not the Holden Ute-Corvette mash-up spied a couple of years ago, but a prototype assorted with a handful of production-ready bobs. Exciting stuff, alright! GM planners have informed suppliers that they would move to the IVER stage - essentially the early production-spec prototype - as soon as early summer.

Well, it’s summer and my gut tells me that this is one of those early production-spec prototypes. To boot, it's tested alongside a C7 Corvette and a Cadillac CTS. If you thought that the stance is different from the front-engined Chevrolet Corvette, wait til you hear what lurks under the hood of the mid-engined genre.

Rumor has it General Motors has developed a pushrod V8 for this beast, an engine that should boast 32 valves and four camshafts. That’s a similar design to the LT5 from days gone past, the engine of choice for the awe-inspiring C4 Corvette ZR-1. Look forward to the mid-engine 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) to debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Motor City. A hybrid model dubbed E-Ray Corvette is rumored to follow as soon as in 2020, boasting electric propulsion at the front axle.

Zora Arkus-Duntov would be proud to see his dream come along nicely. These said, General Motors recently announced that it's pouring $290 million into its Corvette plant in Kentucky. Coincidence? I think not.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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