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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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Designing the Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette: The Inside Story

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  • Designing the Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette: The Inside Story

    Another great article from Automobile Magazine on Designing the Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette: The Inside Story
    Sure hope they put all these great articles in one issue.

    Originally posted by Automobile
    We took the interior cockpit and we moved that forward 16 and a half inches because that gave you the same entry and egress that you have on the front-engine car. The same way people would get in and out of their front-engine Corvettes is the same way you get in and out of this mid-engine Corvette.” It’s not a minor detail, especially considering the relatively small aperture of mid-engine Ferraris.

    The C8 Stingray is 5.4 inches longer than the C7 Stingray, which often felt like a bigger car than it was thanks to its long hood. The C6 and C7 were slightly shorter than contemporary Porsche 911s. But the new mid-engine car’s extra length is a result of the pointed nose, which you can see easily from the plan view. The rest of the car is really much closer in overall length to the front-engine C7, which you can see by studying the overhang past the front wheels.

    The more compact feel of the mid-engine car is striking from behind the wheel. In previous models, the hood stretches out past your vision, more muscle car than sports car. In the C8, the front hood drops off to the point you can see only the flare of the front fenders. At the fenders’ leading edges are Bennion’s favorite detail.
    Last edited by John; 08-11-2019, 08:40 AM. Reason: Great find AMC Guy. We thank you for locating another fascinating article. I imported the major paragraphs, with more background and info at link.
    Bill Strobel
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