Video: Mid-Engined Corvette Spied Testing At The Nürburgring!

Underneath the camouflaged exterior, the proportions of the C8 Corvette prototype are obviously that of a mid-engined machine, and the exhaust note — quite muted by Corvette standards — suggests the powerplant might be turbocharged, which has been backed up in the proposed list of engines here.  However, there are stringent sound restrictions at the Nürburgring which could be a factor contributing to the muted burble.

What isn’t up for speculation is how well the car corners. A remarkable sure-footedness, staggering traction, and composure over the bumpier sections of the Nordschleife are obvious. It even tucks its shortened nose in neatly with a rub of the brake (0:40), and due to the shorter length of its snout, is definitely easier to place.

The surprisingly compliant C8 covers the bumpy Karussell at great speed.

That engine placement should also improve braking performance with all four tires more evenly loaded under deceleration, and the nose doesn’t dip much under peak brake pressure. It looks incredibly stable on the binders and into the corner — even out of the corner. Though it might just be a wonderfully balanced car, the corner-exit acceleration is so abrupt you have to wonder whether the front wheels are helping in some way.

The styling might divide the audience, and the Camaro taillights might seem out of place, but there’s no denying the raw pace in all phases of the corner. With world-class cornering and traction that is nearly unrivaled, the performance of the C8 will probably convert some of the purists who hope the Corvette remains front-engined.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
Read My Articles

Corvettes in your inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Corvette Online, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
Corvette Online NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Corvette Online articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

Corvette Online NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Late Model LS Vehicles

Classic Chevy Magazine

Performance Driving

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Late Model LS Vehicles
  • Classic Chevy Magazine
  • Performance Driving

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Corvette Online - Corvette Enthusiast Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading