This is huge.
Do you like the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette? Enjoy it while you can, because there might never be another car like it.
Corvette Forum broke some huge, heartbreaking news this week that, if true, could dramatically alter the trajectory of GM's darling sports car forever. According to that site, GM has made the decision to all but disband its Corvette development team, moving those engineers over to the areas that top brass care more about these days: autonomous and electric vehicles.
Before you discount this news as wild hearsay, you should know that Corvette Forum reached out to GM for comment, and the automaker didn't exactly deny it.
GM's Vice President of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle programs, Ken Morris, told the website: "General Motors is committed to an all-electric future. I'm excited to be putting the team that redefined supercar performance, design and attainability in key roles to help us integrate and execute our EVs to those same high standards."
In other words, yes, at least some number of Corvette engineers have been pulled away from the sports car's development program to work on AVs and EVs.
The biggest question we have now - apart from whether there will ever be a C9-generation Corvette at all, let alone a small-block-powered one - is what will happen to the C8 Z06 and ZR1 programs. But thankfully, the answer to that question doesn't appear to be "cancellation."
When Corvette Forum reached out to GM with that question, the automaker responded that it won't comment on future product, but that the Corvette team will wrap up all current projects, including the Z06 and ZR1. There's hope for a C9 generation, too, as reportedly, top Corvette engineers like Tadge Jeuchter are retaining their roles or moving into new ones within the Corvette program.
In fact, both sports cars might just fit in with GM's vision for an electric-propulsion future, in a sense, with rumors again surfacing that both the Z06 and ZR1 will use a hybrid AWD powertrain, with electric motors delivering torque to the front axle. That could give them some truly blistering performance. Joe Biden has also made the bold claim that a 200-mph electric Corvette is coming.