Yesterday, we published video of the mid-engine C8 Corvette taking to the Nürburgring for one of its first outings without bulky cladding. Today, the sports car returns for another run around the famed German circuit.
This time, it appears the driver is giving it more gusto through the straights and out of corners than in the previous video. And that’s nothing but good news for ears. We don’t know what engine hides underneath the black cover shielding the engine compartment from cameras and video recorders, but it certainly sounds good.
There are a few options for engines, according to reports this year. The first is an uprated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine making closer to 500 horsepower. The powerplant is rumored to serve as the base engine and would serve the pushrod faithful. But, things stray from there. A naturally aspirated 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine is reportedly on deck to produce 600 hp before a twin-turbocharged variant of the same engine comes to crank out 800 hp.
Finally, an electrified mid-engine C8 Corvette is rumored to pair the twin-turbo 5.5-liter engine with a hybrid system at the front. The powertrain would give the Corvette all-wheel drive for the first time and potentially make close to 1,000 hp.
As the video tells, there’s an automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels, though it’s unclear how many speeds we’re dealing with. Rumor has it the C8 Corvette will be the first model to forego a manual transmission.
Photos and video of the road-going C8 Corvette sans bulky cladding follow our first look at the C8.R racer. The race car was spied for the first time last month and gave us our first look at what we can expect from the production car and its newfound mid-engine layout. The C8.R was also distinctively turbocharged, which will mark the first time a Corvette racer will not run a naturally aspirated engine.
Have a look at the latest video right up above.