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GM's new Corvette is so powerful, it's warping the frame in tests, report says

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The redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Corvette's new engine is reportedly so powerful that it's compromising the vehicle's structural integrity in testing, causing General Motors to delay the car's reveal, according to an industry report.

Sports car fans have been anxiously awaiting the debut of the eighth generation of the Corvette, which got its last total overhaul with the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

But the 2019 Detroit auto show, which would have provided a major global stage for the vehicle's unveiling, came and went in January with no reveal.

What gives?

Well, it sounds like GM engineers are scrambling to get the vehicle ready for prime time, in part because they made it so powerful that the vehicle is bumping up against physical limitations.

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Corvette through the years

Classic-car insurer Hagerty reports that a Corvette prototype with a twin-turbocharged, 8-cylinder engine is generating 900 to 1,000 horsepower and is causing a "structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe" during tests.

"The twist in back was enough to fracture the glass hatch covering the engine," Hagerty reports. "Be glad this flaw was discovered in advance of your top speed runs in Chevy’s designated Ferrari-beater."

At those speeds, the new "C8" sports car would be faster than the 2019 ZR1 performance model, which GM has bragged is the fastest-ever 'Vette at a top speed of 210 miles per hour.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, seen here at the 2019 Detroit auto show, is the fastest-ever Corvette with a top speed of 210 miles per hour.

RYAN GARZA, DETROIT FREE PRESS VIA USA TODAY NETWORK

Other bugs, including electrical issues, are also still being worked out, according to Hagerty.

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2019 Corvette ZR1

GM representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

The Corvette is widely expected to debut as a 2020 model. 

The current version ranges in price from $55,495 to $128,900.

Hagerty estimated that the redesigned model will start in the range of $60,000 to $70,000 and get a 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder engine with at least 500 horsepower, which would be about 50 more than the current base version.

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Bunch of dummies! :lol:

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Posted (edited)

If GM was like Arctic Cat they would still be on the C6! Getting it really dialed in! 

Edited by Anler

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Wonder if they are ever going to get this thing out.  The first delay was electrical issues that required total redesign of the electrical system, now a wet noodle chassis that needs redesigned.

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18 minutes ago, BOHICA said:

Wonder if they are ever going to get this thing out.  The first delay was electrical issues that required total redesign of the electrical system, now a wet noodle chassis that needs redesigned.

Ya they should be like Ford and release an ill handling mustang that loves to jump curbs and hit pedestrians...

:lol:

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It’s a prototype. That’s why they make them. 

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28 minutes ago, Anler said:

If GM was like Arctic Cat they would still be on the C6! Getting it really dialed in! 

Ski doo has been on the same  basic chassis since 08 lol

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Just now, Rod Johnson said:

Ski doo has been on the same  basic chassis since 08 lol

Cars too. Since 1908

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3 minutes ago, Anler said:

Cars too. Since 1908

Ok but ski doo been on the same chassis since 08

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I thought the new Vette was getting over head cams?

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2 minutes ago, awful knawful said:

They're putting 1000 rwhp through the new mustangs with 10 speeds. Car is not noodling.

@Rod Johnson

Yup....on stock 5.0 and trans too

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2 minutes ago, awful knawful said:

They're putting 1000 rwhp through the new mustangs with 10 speeds. Car is not noodling.

@Rod Johnson

Really? From the factory? Damn. 

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Just now, ActionfigureJoe said:

Really? From the factory? Damn. 

Does it matter when talking about structural integrity???

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Just now, f7ben said:

Does it matter when talking about structural integrity???

Yes 

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I wanna see Ben in a 1000hp midengine vette. 

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Just now, ActionfigureJoe said:

Yes 

I fail to see what difference it makes

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Just now, ActionfigureJoe said:

I wanna see Ben in a 1000hp midengine vette. 

Me too.....if it has awd

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15 minutes ago, ActionfigureJoe said:

Really? From the factory? Damn. 

Putting twin turbos on a chassis designed for 400hp.

Doesn't bend!!!

. Ford engineering vs GM garbage!

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5 minutes ago, awful knawful said:

Putting twin turbos on a chassis designed for 400hp.

Doesn't bend!!!

. Ford engineering vs GM garbage!

I just assumed you were a GM fanboi!!!1

Guess I should learn not to judge a retarded dick biting faggot by the cover

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Doesn't instill much confidence in GM's FEA capabilities.  

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1 hour ago, awful knawful said:

They're putting 1000 rwhp through the new mustangs with 10 speeds. Car is not noodling.

@Rod Johnson

More unsafe pedestrians....

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