According to a new report by Hagerty, development of the new mid-engine Corvette is delayed partly due to the aluminum frame warping so much when the car accelerates, that the glass engine cover is busting. The car, which has a twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain, is said to be able to deliver as much as 1,000 horsepower.
Power has corrupted the new Corvette.
Hagerty reports that development of the mid-engine coupe has been delayed in part because its aluminum frame is warping so much under acceleration that it’s busting the glass engine cover.
It’s been rumored that the all-new car will deliver as much as 1,000 hp in a top version, courtesy of a twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain.
A patent drawing suggests the car will feature an engine cover with a glass window supported by a mesh vent surround.
A base Stingray model could feature a 500 hp 6.2-liter V8 and cost as little as $60,000, according to sources who spoke with Hagerty.
Prices for the current Corvette start at $56,995 and run up to $125,090 for the ZR1.
The report also corroborates an earlier one from GM Authority that said the launch of the car is being held up because its electrical architecture needs to be upgraded to new technology being implemented across the automaker’s lineup.
The automaker appears to be putting the finishing touches on the super-secret car, however, as GM President Mark Reuss was videotaped riding around in a prototype on public roads in Arizona last week.