Watch what happens when the C8 goes under the... pencil.
One of the most hyped-up cars in recent memory has been the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Coupe. A large part of that is to do with the C8's design: it looks like it wants a brawl with a Ferrari 488 GTB, yet costs a fraction of the price. But not everyone loves what Chevrolet has done with the new Corvette's design. Paul Schmucker, a transportation design graduate from the TV show EverydayDriver, is one of those people.
In a newly released video, Schmucker unpacks the various design elements of the 2020 Corvette and the aspects of it that he would improve. Using advanced sketching software, he goes into detail about the changes he'd make to the C8 to improve the styling.
Schmucker spends most of his time dissecting the rear design of the C8, which he repeatedly describes as too tall. He also criticizes the blacked-out rear valance, which he says has been done as an attempt to conceal the exaggerated height of the car. Using symmetrical sketching software, he makes a range of changes such as turning the rear lamp 'claws' in the opposite direction. He also changes the standard, squared-off tailpipes to large circular items, which he claims do a better job of "establishing power."
He then adds a lower diffuser which we must admit stands out more than the standard car's treatment. While the overall effect is aggressive, we're not sure if it's better or worse - just different. Some commenters weren't so kind, likening Schmucker's redesign to little more than the rear of an Audi R8.
Moving on to the side of the car, Schmucker points out that timeless car designs have less "tension" in their styling. The C8, of course, is all sharp edges. Where Schmucker does make a great point is in the triangle, talon-shaped feature on the edge of the door, which looks quite abrupt.
A few final tweaks later, and he's done. In summary, Schmucker laments that the all-new Corvette C8 is too fussy and doesn't do enough to emphasize the mid-engine layout that is a hallmark of this generation. Not everyone will agree with his take on it, but it is fascinating to watch how just a few changes could dramatically alter the overall effect.