Introducing "Flying Mode".
In many ways, new vehicles today are moving computers. The days of purely analog tech are long gone. While that may disappoint some enthusiasts, engineers are now able to do things their predecessors could only dream of. The new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is a prime example. Finally making Zora Arkus-Duntov's dream of a mid-engined Corvette come true, GM engineers also took full advantage of software technology. The Detroit Free Press has even dubbed one such piece of advanced tech "Flying Car Mode."
Here's how it works: when equipped with the optional adaptive Magnetic Ride Control, its shock absorbers are in direct communication with the traction control system. In other words, these two systems "talk" to each other, which is extremely useful when going at high speeds.
Furthermore, when a car goes airborne at high speeds, regular traction control senses the rear wheels spinning and responds by simply slowing them down. That works just fine for everyday driving on slippery surfaces, for example, but it's not so great during performance driving; you lose time on the track. The C8's new performance traction mode, instead, has the front shocks communicating they don't have any front weight on them. In other words, they know when they're airborne.
Because of the laws of physics, the rear wheels will soon follow, but this "Flying Mode" tells the traction control to ignore this and continue sending power when they start spinning. The system knows all four wheels will be back on the ground within a split second or so. This ultimately results in a faster lap time.
It's a pretty neat hack and one we're sure Arkus-Duntov would totally appreciate. Of course, one must opt for the Magnetic Ride Control in order to experience this feature, but Corvette buyers, in general, are known for checking the options boxes.
It's simply a lot of sports car value for the money and the 2020 C8 Corvette could very well force some competitors to rethink their pricing strategy.