Mid-Engine C8 Corvette CAD Images Leaked

Well, well, well, looky here.

We have what appears to be screen shots of a desktop workstation depicting a mid-engine, V8 powered car.  Whether they’re of the upcoming Chevrolet supercar is up for debate, but assuming it is, it’s a very delectable update of what’s in store for Corvette fans.

What the hell are we looking at? LEFT: LT1 motor and cradle from front accessory drive angle. RIGHT: Ditto, but from from the rear 3/4 view with transaxle visible. Note shorty headers with cats in place and four mounts for engine/transaxle unit.

The pics and posts have come and gone on the internet but they originated on CorvetteForum by a poster named Firebirdfan and wound up on Jalopnik with some interesting comments:

  • Coil springs.
  • Magshocks (or spool valve, either way, fancy shocks).
  • Upper front arms look to be similar to C5/6/7 with trunions.
  • Lower front arms look to be similar to C5/6/7 with camber eccentrics.
  • Rear subframe is HUGE and is a very strange mix of cast parts and welded tube. Can’t tell if it’s welded or bolted together in the middle.
  • Engine is an LT1.
  • Looks like factory shorty headers instead of cast manifolds.
  • Engine has alternator relocated.
  • Not sure what the upper-right accessory pulley is for. Upper left is water pump, lower right is AC.
  • Oil filter looks easy to get to.
  • Oil cooler clearly shown above filter.
  • Half-shafts look to be the “bolt on flange” style (no draining trans to remove shafts).
  • That transaxle is BEEFY. Like, dear god. Can’t tell if it’s auto or manual. If I had to wager, that’s the automatic (guessing from shape of bottom of trans and what looks to be coolershanging around it).
  • Giant flat space above transaxle is more than likely for intake box/filter.
  • No turbos shown.
  • Frame looks to be similar to C5/6/7 with giant hydroformed rails (probably still aluminum). Disppappointing. I was hoping for proper unibody. Hopefully with a fixed roof it’ll be stiffer.
  • Brake rotors are 1 piece. Calipers are MASSIVE.
  • Side skirts are mechanically fastened just like C5/6/7. Still going to be horrendously expensive to fix if damaged.
  • Brake ducts clearly shown on front.

If these pics are indeed are the real deal, this is a quantum leap for Corvette and GM. If you add the crazy motor that GM just patented, we’ve got a future Corvette that will dwarf every model that preceeded it.

This blueprint would make a great high-end Cadillac as well, and seems like a spin-off with a Crest emblem would be a natural.  GM certainly has thrown in a boatload of money and sweat in doubling the size of Bowling Green, so we think two models of this mid-engine architecture are coming soon.

See what they did here? It matches the spy photos of the mid-engine mule…



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Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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