General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Michael Simcoe, has a difficult task in the future of the Chevrolet Corvette. Although recently appointed to the highest position inside GM Design, Simcoe will be responsible for the final design we see when the C8 Corvette eventually does show face.
Speaking to Wheels, Simcoe said there is immense “emotional pressure” surrounding the design of the next-generation Corvette, though he was careful not to give away any specifics.
“You’re dealing with an icon that’s been successful, consistently successful, and you don’t want to be the one who blew that,” said Simcoe.
“Being part of a Corvette design is very exciting for everyone involved and there certainly will be a next generation Corvette at some point.”
Simcoe, who has deep roots with Holden, likened the pressure to one of his most well-known design projects: the top secret, reborn Holden Monaro from the early 2000s.
The C8 Corvette is largely expected to make the switch to a mid-engine configuration, marking a revolutionary change in the Corvette’s lifetime. And for Simcoe, that’s likely no easy task to carry on a legend’s name.