Update: As readers informed us, the GT badge pictured here was actually previously used on the Opel GT, as you can see at this link. It’s doubtful it will ever be used on a GM production car.
Earlier this month, the mid-engine Corvette fans over at MidEngineCorvetteForum.com dug up a trademark filed by GM Global Technology Operations LLC for a mysterious ‘GT’ badge.
GM Global Technology Operations is GM’s official engineering and development subsidiary, so this GT logo could be for a future GM production vehicle. Usually the term ‘GT’ is reserve for sports cars, or at least cars that are trying to be sporty, so there’s the slight possibility that this GT logo is for the forthcoming C8 mid engine Corvette.
We think the logo looks a bit cheap and downmarket, if we’re honest, but a rendering on a screen is a lot different than seeing it as an actual badge.
Bolstering the internet’s case that this GT logo is for the mid-engine Corvette is the date it was filed. The documents were filed with the US Patent And Trademark Office filed received back in July 2016 – on the same day the filing for mid-engine Corvette hatch cover we recently shared with you was made.
The mid engine Corvette is expected to make its debut in early or mid 2019. The automotive world thought a debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show was a sure thing, but delays in the highly anticipated supercar’s development has pushed the debut further back into the year.
Corvette Racing was recently spotted testing the racing version of the mid-engine Chevy, expected to be called the Corvette C8.R, prior to its racing debut in 2020. The prototype in question sounded as though it had a small displaced twin-turbocharged V8 engine, emitting an exhaust note that sounded a bit similar to the exotic GT3 cars such as the Ferrari 488 GT3 and McLaren 650S GT3. The video has given us our best look yet at the mid-engine car ahead of its debut next year.
Stay tuned to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news as its arrival approaches.