The first mid-engine corvette is out, and here we are with a first personal hand-on experience with it. The engineering team has shown its clear motive as they took the front-engine, rear-drive sports car as far as possible. They came up with the solution that they had to keep the engine backwards. The mid-engine showed up as a result after 65 years of struggle and heritage with a new avatar.
They had said that the moving of engine to the new position would add 35 horsepower to the, and the dual transmission would make the 495 hp C8 Corvette Z51 quicker to 60 mph than the 755 Corvette ZR1, despite the poor ratio figures.
Then there is the launch control engaged in the system and 61 percent weight on the rear wheels, which make the Corvette Z51 go to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and 11.1 seconds for 123 mph.
We may have considered C7 to be 3.0 seconds and that the 2019 model weighed only a few pounds more than the C8 Z51. Also, the c7 Z51 could only support 3.6 seconds with Z51 suspension, which seems incredibly surprised. The quickest factory Corvette ever is the new base model with a sport package.
And what could have been the reasons behind the numbers? It is all because of the summer tires than an all-season tire, and the Michelin package considers the same for itself. This makes it an accomplishment, the breaking of 100 average lateral g on ski pad.
There are also excellent default moves from the Corvette, which has been taken care of in case the superb stability control and the Performance Traction Management have been disabled.
This is not the drift type Corvette, just a throttle, and you get more understeer. The difference is razor-thin for the spin and the smooth. And this is sure to be intentional because the team is more than efficient to make it more carefully handled.
And we don’t need to explain the numbers again as they have been discussed in the earlier posts, also having a comparison on both.