I own a 2015 C7, my first Corvette after driving TVR
s for both racing and road use, across most of Europe. My 1989 Tuscan Challenge racecar, made road legal in 1990, was the fastest convertible road car in Europe for many years- I got off a 188mph speeding ticket in Belgium with it- just the once! Completely stock, the Vette has 400 HP at the rear wheels (measured on a Dyno), meaning 500 at the crank, from an “Old pushrod” which GM claimed only 460 HP for. It is way more car than most owners of them will ever be competent to explore- mine saw 193mph on the Speedometer several times prior to fitting a ZO6 stage 3 rear spoiler, which in truth, the car should have had to start with (high speed cornering is now 25 to 30MPH faster). The car will still hit 170- enough to get any owner a long stay at the nearest State Window Bar Hotel should they so wish!
I did some critical, but of course, undisclosable work on the C8, and I
m sure for Die-Hards, the move to an already crowded market place, the mid-engined sector, breaks with tradition, but as several have already commented, to remain competitive in racing, Corvette has to go this way, and times move on.
I applaud all the manufacturers who bring us Sports Cars in a World that is rapidly turning to Cancer causing (Yes, they do!) electric, largely pig ugly, self- driving supposed Eco-boxes, and I despise the idiots that crowd the roads with them, while they relax and text crap on social media. Sports car lovers should set aside their (many mis-guided) idea
s/theories as to why their chosen brand/make /model is so much better than the rest, and simply recognize there are myriad reasons why each and every Sports Car out there, including the new C8 is there for their potential enjoyment; many cannot afford a C8 for sure (I cannot afford a real Porsche 917, so I built one from scratch), but they sure as heck can enjoy seeing them on the road and the racetrack, where as competitors, they will challenge the other guys to build an even better Ford GT/Porsche GT2/ Mc Laren etc.etc. Likely there will be some issues with the early C8s ( isn
t there a saying about never buying a first model year car ?, of any make!), but every maker out there has recalls that often go back decades, and we are so used to hearing them, we barely notice a recall notice today. I would encourage everyone out there that likes real cars to give the new generation of Vettes a chance to show their capabilities and learn to respect them, faults and all, just like you would your children.