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  • C8 Towed From Gas Station

    Thanks to Jalopnik being all over this breaking story. Unspecific reason for its hood up, then a tow truck, as shown and described below.

    Originally posted by Jalopnik
    Here's The Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Breaking Down At a Gas Station

    By Patrick George

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    We’ve heard the mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been plagued with delays over development issues, particularly with the implementation of General Motors’ new global electrical system. We’re not sure if that’s what is to blame here, but what we do know is one of the camouflaged C8 mules had a rather embarrassing public breakdown at a gas station in the Detroit area recently.

    Last December we all found out that the coming mid-engine Corvette was in need of a revamp that…

    It even had to be covered in a black tarp and towed away, rather unceremoniously, like an old Vega wrapped in its death-shroud.

    Our tipster says engineers worked for about 20 or 30 minutes to get the mule restarted before giving up and covering the car. They then waited for a tow truck to bring the C8 back to its home at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.

    As admittedly funny as this is, I’m not sure I’d look too deep into it—for now. Development prototypes run into issues and break down all the time. It’s the whole point of testing. But coming on the heels of the reported electrical issues, problems with the aluminum chassis and other, unspecified design issues, it’s not a great look.

    The car should be revealed later this summer or fall, if GM can get it sorted.

    Know anything about what’s going on with the C8? Let us know.


    https://jalopnik.com/heres-the-mid-e...gas-1833296525
    Last edited by John; 03-14-2019, 12:44 PM.
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  • #2
    maybe the person didn't know what to do, maybe the fusebox is up there, but not any tow will do, truck says General Motors LLC
    Last edited by 4U2ENV; 03-14-2019, 12:53 PM.
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    • #3
      Head scratching. Why are they opening the hood on a mid-engine? Maybe 4U above is right that they have some electrical under the hood, but that too is not a good sign.

      At least the tow driver doesn't have it on the hook. That could really be ugly.

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      • #4
        Not a good day, but if the C7.R race team has shown us, there is no quit in Corvette.
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        • #5
          As John noted the Corvette team will come back from this. Could be just a loose wire or something. At the same time, thanks to CorvetteBlogger last June 10th, there are some similarities. I am the optimist that a lot has changed for the better since then, but it is obvious that some little thing still needs working on.

          I am glad production of for sale car C8’s has not yet started.


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          • #6
            Definitely not good. You just wonder if it will push the reveal further back.
            There is a madness to my method!

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            • #7
              Looks like he/she was looking at something in the engine bay...
              Who knows, "May be", it's a FE car after all... LOL

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              • #8
                Houston WE Have a problem!

                First I bet the battery is in the front of the car similar to my R8 which is dead center under the frunk. The Battery could be on the passenger side of the C8 ME maybe for weight distribution with a drivers weight being on the opposite side. Most of the time the cars are driven without a passenger. The yellow and white reservoir in the picture is the brake fluid holder.

                Wild speculation. Another thought. Last time she broke down it was at a gas station. My crazy guess could be a problem when the car Is shut off and put in park to fill up with gas. In other words, once it’s been running for a while and she is shut down for some reason she is not responding to the push button start or the small alternator is not keeping the battery juiced. Who knows just a wild guess.

                Or this ME is an electric car and the engineer forgot that the one she was driving that day was not the gas-powered version and it needs to be charged.
                Last edited by Fasttoys; 03-14-2019, 10:04 PM.

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                • #9
                  Hopefully super simple to solve, either on this particular car, or for the entire IVERS C8’s.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plasboy View Post
                    Definitely not good. You just wonder if it will push the reveal further back.
                    We sure do not yet know. My SWAG is not.

                    Did you see VW push back their already publicly announced reveal of the GOLF for several month due to “technical difficulties.”

                    As the intro to the Jalopnik article started, “Making Cars Is Hard.”
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                    • #11
                      Wish the view of the open frunk had been a little higher. I've been looking at the picture for some insights. Not much so far.

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                      • #12
                        maybe the battery or fusebox is up there, who knows
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                        • #13
                          Maybe I'm wrong, but sometimes when I read articles in other places, my sixth sense picks up a subtle feeling that some of these people who write about C8, there is a a negative or jealousy connotation in their writing, and especially it becomes more evident, when something is wrong. They sort of take it as a joy to report it.

                          I don't know... but there are people who are jealous of this car coming out.
                          My two cents...

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                          • #14
                            No need to panic! That's what R&D is all about... .hey at least it has a frunk. Or perhaps it had a problem with one of the electric motors driving the front wheel!

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                            • #15
                              oh bummer ... hope you're right about a simple fix John ... sigh!! On an interesting note the "frunk" looks pretty wide.

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