Frame-Twisting, and Other Antics
It starts to get fun when we become privy to the rumors of the third, and possibly most prominent, problem plaguing production – massive gobs of power. So much power, in fact, that it’s destroying the car from the inside out! The C8 Corvette is a frame-twister!
"A structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe [was] experienced during [the] testing [of] a prototype equipped with the 900-1000 horsepower twin-turbo V-8. The twist in back was enough to fracture the glass hatch covering the engine. (Don Sherman. Hagerty. March 8th, 2019.)"
This tells us a few different things; all of which, should be extremely comforting to the soul. One: We’re possibly looking at triple-digit horsepower numbers (eventually). Two: They caught it early. And three: The car is powerful enough to literally destroy itself, with just the gas pedal!
If that’s not enough to make you proud to be an American, you’re not American! Sure, we could take a few jabs at the C8 Corvette for not having been built strong enough in the first place, but that’s exactly why cars go through rigorous testing – to weed these problems out early.
The C8 Corvette design team appears to be doing exactly what they should be doing; pumping massive amounts of power into their legacy flagship, and testing the piss out of it until it breaks.