The design team behind the Corvette C8 shares their story in new mini-documentary.
The all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 builds on the reputation of the C7 as an affordable performance car that can more than stand up to rivals in the numbers department, but the design has arguably taken an even bigger jump forward from that of its predecessor. Providing some insight into the development story of the new mid-engine Corvette, a new video starring the C8's design team filmed on location at the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan, has been revealed. The mini-documentary is worth a look for both Chevy fans and enthusiasts alike.
The video recounts how fighter jets played a role in developing a high-performance, purpose-driven vehicle and takes us through the realization that the Corvette platform had reached its peak with the C7. The change from front to mid-engine seemed a natural progression and the result was a new-from-the-ground-up C8. If the extensive research and experimentation, and the creation and testing of full-size clay models as depicted are anything to go by, the C8 is the culmination of all the best traits of the nameplate to date. And, despite some strange issues reported by owners and some disappointment for new buyers seeking specific color combinations, the C8 still proves to be wildly popular. And for good reason.
Mechanical changes are not all that's new. The cockpit has been reformed to wrap around the driver to offer a more immersive experience. Richer materials have been used to lend a sense of occasion to a car that imitates more exotic rivals, albeit with a far more attainable starting price. Although some hiccups were reported in production timelines for the 2020 model, it would seem Chevrolet has everything under control, and with the designers noting that the C8 is only the tip of the iceberg, we're left wondering - where to from here? GM has committed to the move to electrification, and we can't help but wonder if that will play any part in what's to come.