Report: Mid-Engine Corvette Getting Bent Out of Shape, Causing More Delays

Evan Williams
by Evan Williams

So you know how the mid-engine C8 Corvette is being delayed because of wiring issues? Well, that might not be the real reason. Or it might only be part of the reason.

Hagerty reports that the upcoming mid-engine Vette is so powerful that it’s tearing itself in two!

OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Hagerty says that there’s an issue with the car’s aluminum spaceframe. Apply the rumored 900-1,000 hp to the car’s chassis from the twin-turbo V8 and things get stressed.

Reportedly, there’s enough twist in the chassis that it was shattering the glass of the rear hatch. Whoops.

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The report says that the electrical headaches from switching the car to an entirely new architecture and the flexible flyer frame aren’t the only problems. With a car this powerful and quick, there’s some sort of dispute between designers and engineers. But they aren’t saying if it’s a visibility issue, ergonomic fault, or cockpit design.

Some critics have even speculated that this most current delay was a planned leak of information from GM to boost interest in a new supercar that might be “too powerful” for its own good.

So when can we finally see the car? At this point, everything’s just a guess. Hagerty is guessing the National Corvette Museum’s 25th birthday in August might be an ideal time. We think any time is great because we really just want to see this car at this point.

[Update: Spy photographers caught the new mid-engine Corvette being towed away after breaking down at a gas station on Thursday, March 14. The problems just keep popping up…]

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Evan Williams
Evan Williams

Evan moved from engineering to automotive journalism 10 years ago (it turns out cars are more interesting than fibreglass pipes), but has been following the auto industry for his entire life. Evan is an award-winning automotive writer and photographer and is the current President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. You'll find him behind his keyboard, behind the wheel, or complaining that tiny sports cars are too small for his XXXL frame.

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  • Holland Anderson Holland Anderson on Aug 15, 2022

    any new model has adjustments ( growing pains ) so it takes time for bugs to be wiped out and I think the new model is a welcome sight.. just a closing note I think the interior is great and I always chuckle about critics that say in the past its to lacking in high grade quality what I say to those folk Oh well you don't want a vette you want a Ferrari or Lamborghini or Bugatti Im on my 3rd vette looking for my 4th. thanks