Specifically, the rear tires of the prototype car look nothing short of massive from a width standpoint. In fact, they seem roughly twice as wide as the tires on the front of the vehicle.
To note, the current C7 Corvette Z06 and 2019 Corvette ZR1 feature the following wheels and tires:
- Front: 19×10-inch wheels wrapped in P285/30ZR19 rubber
- Rear: 20×12-inch wheels wrapped in P335/25ZR20 rubber
That, however, is not an apples-to-apples comparison, since the C7 is engineered with a front-engine configuration, while the C8 will have a mid-engine setup, thereby changing key dynamics and traction properties of the vehicle, along with the requirements of the wheels/rubber.
And all that brings us to the question: just what’s powering the Corvette C8 to warrant those massive tires?
About Mid-Engine Corvette
Rumored for the past several years, the mid-engine Corvette has been spotted with increasing frequency undergoing testing with a heavy amount of camouflage. In the beginning of April, an attendee of Chevrolet national dealer meeting was cited as saying that executives showed images of the future Corvette mid-engine sports car, confirming the vehicle’s existence in Chevy future product pipeline.