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  • C8 Caught California Testing

    Thanks to "Corvette_Nut" and to MotorTrend, we have some pictures of the ME caught testing in California. It is always a good sign that GM is comfortable testing them 2,000 miles from Detroit.




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    Originally posted by Motor Trend
    SPIED! MID-ENGINE CORVETTE CAUGHT ON CAR OF THE YEAR TEST LOOP

    Is Chevy prepping for COTY?
    CHEVROLET CORVETTE NEWS
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    by Words: Alex Nishimoto February 01, 2019

    The mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette has been spotted dozens of times over the past two years, but it's almost always caught testing near GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan. It appears the C8 is now starting to venture farther from home, as this prototype caught by our own senior features editor Christian Seabaugh shows. What's perhaps most interesting about this chance encounter is where the mid-engine Corvette was caught: running the same test loop MotorTrend uses for our Car of the Year program.

    The upcoming Chevy sports car was captured on our Tehachapi test loop near the Hyundai-Kia Proving Ground in California City, California. Automakers routinely test in California's Mojave Desert for its reliably dry, warm climate (though it happened to rain today), but we can't help but wonder if the Corvette team is here practicing for one specific test. Namely, ours.
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    Our Tehachapi loop is well known to manufacturers, and it's not uncommon to spot prototypes running the route in advance of Car of the Year testing. If Chevy is prepping for COTY consideration, then that means the mid-engine Corvette will start around or below our price cutoff. To be eligible for Car of the Year, a vehicle can cost no more than four times the average transaction price of a new car, which means the cutoff is about $144,000 this year. Pricing for the mid-engine Corvette remains unknown, but for reference, the range-topping C7 Corvette ZR1 starts at $122,095.

    There's a lot we still don't know about the mid-engine Corvette, but we do know a few things. We recently got to see the car's upscale interior, which features a unique single-file button layout on the center console. We also saw its key fob in leaked images, which could hint at a power retractable Targa roof option. Drivetrain choices are still unknown, but a pair of dual-overhead-cam V-8 engines has been rumored.

    Is it presumptuous of us to think that Chevy is running the mid-engine Corvette on this remote desert road in preparation for Car of the Year? Perhaps. But if the mid-engine Corvette team was gunning for the Golden Calipers, this is how it would study for the test.
    https://www.motortrend.com/news/spie...ear-test-loop/
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    Last edited by John; 02-01-2019, 01:05 AM.
    So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

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    Coupe again. Wonder why the heavy camo is back on? We were seeing much more a couple of months ago.

    Looks really dusty. Air filter testing?
    Last edited by Bikerjulio; 02-01-2019, 06:14 AM.

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    • #3
      Yup wet dust as in rain. Does seem strange the cladding is back on.
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      • #4
        Looking at all of the pictures shows the lack of the heavy cladding. it also shows something that raises a question. Look at this close up image of the bottom of the rear of the car. There is a clear shot of a filter of sorts down there! What is the function of this filter?

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        • #5
          This is probably my least favorite feature on the entire car. I don't care for this bottom "lip" look.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ltomn View Post
            Looking at all of the pictures shows the lack of the heavy cladding. it also shows something that raises a question. Look at this close up image of the bottom of the rear of the car. There is a clear shot of a filter of sorts down there! What is the function of this filter?

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            I think that is the exhaust canister, the mesh opening is for dispersing heat. Very similar to many ME I have owned in the past. I have painted the canister matt black on some of my ME cars to hide it.
            Last edited by Fasttoys; 02-01-2019, 09:53 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ltomn View Post
              Looking at all of the pictures shows the lack of the heavy cladding. it also shows something that raises a question. Look at this close up image of the bottom of the rear of the car. There is a clear shot of a filter of sorts down there! What is the function of this filter?

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              Possibly heat shielding around the exhaust system?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fasttoys View Post

                I think that is the exhaust canister, the mesh opening is for dispersing heat. Very simial to many ME I have owned in the past. I have painted the canister matt black on some of my ME cars to hide it.
                That's something I'll be doing also when I got mine . Thanks ...
                A thought if I might ...😎

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                • #9
                  .I have painted my muffler canister on my last two Corvettes with Eastwood’s high temp satin black for that very reason — so it not shiny under certain lighting conditions/views.

                  However, what if as one or two have speculated, that there is a rear trunk in the car, could that side to side, lighter-colored, rectangular appearing shape be part of a “storage box?”
                  So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

                  Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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                  • #10
                    Atari Prime has used alternative techniques to help this picture we clearer. Thank you.

                    Notice the front wheel’s area.


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                    So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

                    Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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                    • #11
                      Not sure what I'm supposed to be noticing.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                        Not sure what I'm supposed to be noticing.
                        same here. I was more struck by the posing of the car on Motor Trend's favorite stretch of road.

                        and the green energy background. wonder what that means?
                        Last edited by Bikerjulio; 02-01-2019, 07:36 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Just that we can see the front wheel area in the modified picture but not in the first one. I know grasping at straws while we await real news.
                          So many questions about the ME right now; so few answers yet.

                          Excited owners of a 2015 Z06. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 20 year members of NCM. A ME C8 Corvette is coming next.

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                          • #14
                            Ahhhh the wait continues... ****!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bikerjulio View Post

                              same here. I was more struck by the posing of the car on Motor Trend's favorite stretch of road.

                              and the green energy background. wonder what that means?
                              Probably GM took those, so it randomly stopped in the middle of the road and someone passed and took a pic. It’s clear that GM is hinting that the C8 will have a windmill to sustain that 48v system. Cmon fellas!

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