Earlier this week, two mid engine Corvette C8 prototypes were spied filling up at a fuel station near the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. A video of the cars taken at the fuel station gave us a close-up view of the exterior and also gave us great look at the interior, but unfortunately, they remained stationary for almost the entire video.
Now, a new video has surfaced showing those same two prototypes being pushed hard on the 12.9-mile racetrack during an industry pool session. The cars still have exterior camouflage and some models are wearing temporary headlights and taillights, but the bodywork on these cars is very much representative of the production model. As you can see, the front and side air intakes are completely open on these test prototypes and the bodywork has nothing unnecessary hanging off of it, suggesting Chevy wants real, representative data from these tests sessions.
According to the videographer, Chevrolet is currently running as many as four mid engine Corvette C8 prototypes at the Nurburgring currently, all of which have been spotted on track. They also attempted to record the vehicle’s lap times, however the drivers were not pushing for complete laps, so the attempts were a little pointless. The good news is the cars look extremely stable and balanced through the uneven sections at the ‘Ring, which bodes well for the lap time.
As we reported this week, the mid engine Corvette C8 will be powered by a slightly massaged version of the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine called the LT2. The LT2 will receive a few minor modifications to make it compatible with the new MR chassis, while some small upgrades will also bring output to around 480-500 horsepower. The 6.2-liter pushrod motor, which will be paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, will also feature Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing and an improved Active Fuel Management system.