http://www.worldcarfans.com/115031690591/corvette-engineer-says-mid-engined-version-is-not-being"No such car exist"
Chevrolet Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter has announced they aren't developing a mid-engined version.
It was the 80s when rumors about a mid-engined Corvette surfaced, but these never materialized and it seems the situation won't change in the near future. In an interview with Autoline After Hours, Chevrolet Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter was asked about a mid-engined Corvette which supposedly appeared for a brief moment in a TV program, but his response was: "I'll have to check that out, because I know no such car exists."
Juechter did admit they analyzed the prospects of a mid-engined Corvette C7, but refused to go down this road because they say it would have greatly affected everyday driving comfort. We remind you that back in January, Car & Driver published some spy shots allegedly depicting a mid-engined Corvette prototype which is expected to come out in 2017 as the Zora ZR1 and will be sold alongside the current C7.
Since Tadge Juechter denied the existence of such a model, one can speculate that maybe Chevrolet is planning a mid-engined supercar positioned above the Corvette and they are trying to keep it a secret just like Ford did with the new GT.
During Americarna‘s recent visit to the General Motors design studio to film, the camera crew may have done us quite the favor in the process. While visiting Christine Park’s workspace, a designer at GM, the camera catches something of interest to us.
As the host is busy commentating about how Park suggests she’s working on a Chevrolet “sports car” (and says it looks quite like a Camaro), the show brushes over the real news happening here.
Beginning at the 1:21 mark, just to the right of Park hangs a design sketch board, and the vehicle on the right looks decidedly mid-engined if you ask us. A Corvette emblem also clearly adorns the design sketch, with C7-esque headlamps flanking massive wheel arches. Did we just have our first look at what GM is dreaming up for a mid-engined Corvette? It seems to be so.
We already know a mid-engined Corvette is surely under development, judging by the cleverly disguised prototype snapped running about in Michigan, wearing Holden Commodore Ute cladding. But until now, we could have only left design to our imaginations. This is the first time we have something even relevant to lay our eyes on, and a look at what the Corvette team may have up their sleeves.
The front fascia wears many wedges, and sharp design lines, akin to Corvette styling, but most definitely an elevation from where Corvette design has ever treaded. Besides this full-frontal view, side profile and rear design still are left to imagination.
We can’t imagine GM would be so naive as to leave this out in plain view, and then continue to allow cameras to roll capturing it within frame. Especially as Ed Welburn stands idly by. Maybe it’s nothing, but we’re pretty sure this really is something.
Have a look for yourself right down below.
Chevrolet took a prototype of the upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8 at the track for high-speed testing and the rest is history.
The tester you see in the photos here appears to have come a long way since the first scoops and seemingly features a lot of the production-intent bodywork underneath its heavy wrapping.
There are very few details out there about the next-gen Corvette, but we have heard that GM is planning to offer the Corvette C8 with three different powertrains. These will include the engines codenamed LT2, LT6 and LT7, with one of them being a hybrid powertrain.
There will also be several roof options to choose from, including fixed, targa and a full-glass option. Chevrolet plans to use composite materials in both the body and parts of its new platform as well to keep the weight down.
Production is said to start at the Bowling Green, Kentucky in January 2019, with the rollout of the different derivatives to be completed by the middle of 2021. Some reports suggest that Chevrolet will continue offering the C7 alongside the C8 until 2021.
Chevrolet’s switch to a mid-engine platform for the Corvette will be the biggest change in the model’s history since its original launch in 1953. Sources say that part of the reason is because the Corvette has an increasingly ageing demographic, with the company resting its hopes to the new mid-engine model in order to bring younger customers into the showrooms.
The mid-engined Corvette has been rumored for at least 40 years. And even though there have been prototypes and concepts, there has never been the real thing.
That's all about to change.
What you're looking at is a prototype for the mid-engined C8 Corvette testing alongside a couple of Corvette ZR1 prototypes in the snow, a place that none of these will ever be driven.
What can we tell? Well, it's obviously mid-engined. Look at that rear deck and short front end. There's something kind of Huayra-ish about the shape of it, particularly the front end, though that may have more to do with the camo than the actual design of the car.
It still actually looks rather Corvette-ish, even with that camo. There's something about the roofline and the windshield that scream Corvette. The bluntness of the front end is a little surprising, as it looks to be hiding some very very large intakes.
Now what engine is in it? Would this be the place for a pushrod V8, or would the upcoming DOHC LT5 be the engine in the back of this Vette? Only time will tell, but we're leaning towards the LT5 making an appearance here.
It's a big step from the ute-based mule that we saw a couple of years back, especially because it has, y'know, a body on it.
There are also rumors that this could be a Cadillac, which doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. Like how Audi shares a platform with Lamborghini for the Huracan and R8, it might make sense for GM to get the most use possible out of the mid-engined platform. If that means there's a Corvette and a Cadillac, we'd be totally fine with that.
We won't likely see the whole car for another year, but this is certainly the best look yet.
https://www.autoblog.com/2017/10/11/mid-engine-chevy-corvette-spy-photos-public-roads-mcdonalds/#slide-7119290The mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is real, and it's finally been caught patrolling public roads. Thanks to Autoblog readers Jake Vandermoon and Josh Busenbark for sharing these photos with us. Vandermoon caught the car up in Cadillac, Michigan, pretty far north of Detroit or GM's main proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan. These are far and away our best look at the car yet, and the fact that GM is out on public roads shows that development is fairly far along.
The car is still heavily camouflaged, but we can make out a number of details. Other than the obvious mid-engine proportions, the biggest tell is the huge intake right behind the door. We don't know what's under the engine cover (maybe a DOHC V8), but It's unlikely to be anything other than a big, burly V8. Even through the camo, the Corvette's pointed nose is evident.
There's not much else we can say other than "hooray!" This car has been rumored and talked about for decades, but it seems Chevy is finally following through. We can't wait to get behind the wheel.