What is a "battle axe" in this context? Keep reading.
The new rear-mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8 is many things. It's a performance bargain, able to scoot to 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds courtesy of 490+ horsepower and copious traction, for less than $60-grand. It's Chevrolet's first ever rear-mid-engine production car, coming along after scores of exploratory mid-engine prototypes, and only parent company GM's second mid-engine car from any brand, after the Pontiac Fiero.
And apparently, the C8 Corvette is the first and so far only sports car to ship from the factory with a "battle axe." We didn't look that up to verify it, but we're pretty sure we don't need to.
Here's the story. Recently, a couple of C8 Corvette buyers have spotted something a bit unusual listed on their cars' build sheets: something referred to as the "Battle Axe." Confused, they turned to a few Corvette internet forums for clarification, but members were by and large equally stumped as to what the C8's "Battle Axe" could possibly be.
Finally, as more and more C8 buyers checked their build sheets and discovered the same curious item listed, Corvette Blogger got in touch with Harlan Charles, GM's Corvette Product Manager, to ask if he would shed some light. As it turns out, the name refers to a particular part of the dash - but even he hadn't been aware that GM was actually using the name on the car's build sheet.
"Lol - I didn't know they used the on the build sheet - It's a nickname for the part of the instrument panel that resembles that shape," he told CorvetteBlogger. Specifically, it looks like it's the upholstered floating blade-shaped panel that sort of floats atop the dash behind the infotainment screen.
It's a crying shame that GM is not, in fact, distributing free medieval weapons of war with every new Corvette purchase, but the upshot is that if you ever have a C8 of your own, you can boast to friends, neighbors, colleagues, in-laws, and everyone else that in fact, your car has a battle axe.