There’s no more denying the mid-engine Corvette is coming.
With an expected debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit early next year, the C8 Corvette is coming, and it’s coming fast. The latest proof the mid-engine Corvette is imminent comes in the form of an FCC application for a new keyfob design by German mechatronic supplier Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst. It’s similar to the alleged Cadillac version that surfaced earlier this month in that it appears to show the outline of the mid-engined vehicle with an identical button layout, but different because of the Corvette logo that now appears on the back. This certainly furthers the popular (yet highly unproven) hypothesis that GM is potentially working on two different branded mid-engine vehicles.
According to Road & Track, the application also seems to confirm the mid-engine Corvette C8 will headline Chevy’s crop of 2020 model year vehicles. The test reports state that the part is a “GM MY20 B1 KEYFOB” and that the sample unit on hand is of “Pre-Production” quality, further lending credence to the 2019 NAIAS theory.
Pictures of the fob’s internal circuit board were also stamped with GM’s corporate logo meaning there’s no more denying this thing is well along the development cycle. Additionally, included diagrams seem to indicate the new Corvette-as-Zora-intended is planned for global release, with the fob showing markings for regulatory agencies in Europe, Taiwan, and Japan alongside those for the US and Canada.
The car’s receiver module already has a GM part number assigned to it, 13529177, which means we now actually know more about the opening, closing and starting capabilities of the key fob than we do about the rest of the C8 mid-engine Corvette combined. The car has been spied testing at the high-speed Nurburgring Nordschleife, in the high-altitude environs of Colorado, and executing low-speed validation testing at a McDonalds in Cadillac, Michigan.