We’ve called the mid-engine C8 Corvette the automotive industry’s worst-kept secret for a reason: the leaks just keep coming like a drippy faucet. And here’s another one.
A user published CAD images (computer-aided design) of the all-but-confirmed mid-engine sports car on Corvette Forum on Thursday, and the detailed images gave rise to many observations. We can thank Corvette Forum user “firebirdfan” for the massive list of observations listed below:
- “Coil springs (FINALLY).
- Magshocks (or spool valve, either way, fancy shocks).
- Upper front arms look to be similar to C5/6/7 with trunnions.
- 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 coolers hanging 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). Disappointing. 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.”
The information and images above basically confirm this is, indeed, a Chevrolet Corvette and not a Cadillac sports car. Even the fact a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 is included in the CAD images backs up previous reports that the LT1 will probably remain an entry-level powertrain choice. The other two options will likely be DOHC designs.
Additional reports peg early 2019 for an on-sale date, which means a 2018 reveal may not be out of the question. Stay tuned.