Information about the mid-engined Corvette is coming fast and furious this week, and new details suggest there could be even more test mules of the much-anticipated sports car on the road soon. Someone posting on MidEngineCorvetteForum.com claims to have confirmation that the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is building pre-production, mid-engined models on Friday, August 10 – today, as of this writing.
Chevy's Integration Development Team have the task of making sure that all of the machinery is ready to go when the time comes to put the mid-engined Corvette into full production. The Bowling Green plant builds the existing sports car Monday through Thursday, which leaves Fridays open if the developers need to do anything. According to this person, the team previously used Friday, July 13, to build pre-production mid-engined 'Vettes, and the crew earmarked August 10 to produce more. The team has reportedly completed around 40 test mules already.
Recent upgrades at the Bowling Green plant reportedly allow for the assembly line to build both the existing Corvette and the mid-engined model, this person also claims. This rumor lends credence to rumors that Chevy would sell both models simultaneously. The decision would keep the Bowtie from alienating traditional 'Vette fans while offering a vehicle that likely has even higher performance capabilities.
Gallery: Mid-engine Corvette C8.R Race Car Spy Shots
Spy shots and an audio recording provided our first info about the racing version of the mid-engined Corvette (gallery above) this week. The vehicle looks amazing with its massive side intakes and big wing. The engine sound also confirms that the powerplant is turbocharged instead of the current naturally aspirated V8.
The latest rumors suggest the mid-engined Corvette would debut in January 2019 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Sales would likely begin before the end of the year, which means there's still plenty of time to perfect the model's production process in Bowling Green.