We’ve already seen spy shots of the upcoming mid-engine Corvette various times before, but today’s new photos give us our best look yet at the rear decklid and surrounding area.
Whereas in previous cases the camouflage managed to cover up a significant amount of the rear, these shots reveal that the mid-engine Vette will not have a sloping rear glass like the current model or other rear-mid-engine supercars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB. Instead, it will have a rather short vertical window that encloses the cockpit, while two rear buttresses forming the C-pillar. The notion of the mid-engine Corvette not having any glass between the buttresses is supported by the camo drooping between the C-pillars.
This kind of design enables a flat open-air rear deck design where the entire engine cover is exposed, rather than being closed by a rear glass, allowing the placement of heat-extracting vents which we can also see in the spy photos. The design rhetoric is similar to the McLaren 570S Coupe or older models such as the Ferrari F355. Notably, the C3 Corvette also had buttresses and a small rear window to enclose the cabin.
Industry rumblings suggest that during the earliest development stages of the C8 Corvette, engineers and suppliers expressed concerns with managing the immense levels of heat behind the cockpit. The open-air rear deck design seen on this prototype might be one of the ways in which engineers mitigated the cooling requirements for the rear-mid-engine design.