General Motors appears to be making progress on bringing the midengine Chevrolet Corvette to production, according to new images from spy photographers.
The advanced prototype in the latest photos -- caught undergoing track testing -- looks to be much further along in the development process than test cars spotted by photographers earlier this year. It appears as though much of the sheet metal under the camouflage is more refined and now the production-intent bodywork.
The car is expected to have a lower hood line, longer rear deck and much shorter dash-to-axle ratio than the current C7 Corvette. Switching from a front to midengine layout would entail engineering a new chassis; creating a new transaxle to drive the rear wheels; developing new cooling, air-conditioning and suspension systems; and designing a new body.
It remains unclear where a midengine Corvette would stand in Chevy's performance lineup and whether it would replace or coexist with the C7.
In August 2016, The Detroit News, citing multiple sources, reported GM plans to begin selling a midengine Corvette in early 2019.
A midengine Corvette would give GM a true competitor to Ford's midengine GT supercar as well as supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.