A teaser video for the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette has been released. If you think you’ve seen a similar clip somewhere, it’s not surprising.
In April, the American automaker published the first C8 video teaser which featured glimpses of a number of Corvettes from previous generations. The second clip is longer as more vehicles are shown, including various Corvette prototypes and concepts with mid-engine layout that were built throughout since the 1950s.
The first mid-engine Chevy was made in 1959 as the CERV I. It was developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov as an engineering test bed for the automaker. Afterwards, GM’s subsidiary made a number of one-off mid -engine cars; among them are the 1964 XP 817 and the 1976 XP 882 Aerovette. In the teaser, you’ll also see the footage of Zora driving the CERV I and CERV II.
One more mid-engine Chevrolet that is featured in the latest clip is the Indy Corvette, which began to enter the modern era of the automobile world in 1986. It was later followed by the 1990 CERV II prototype that had a sleek body style.
Judging from the content of the video teaser, Chevrolet is clearly trying to show us that the long research it was doing into cars with mid-engine design has paid off. A Corvette with a powertrain placed in the middle would be loved if it was launched decades ago, although today it doesn’t seem too late to manifest Zora’s ambition.
The Chevrolet C8 Corvette is scheduled to launch on July 18. The base model will likely retain the Stingray name and packs an enhanced version of the 6.2-liter V8 LT1 cranking out around 500 horsepower and coupled with an exclusive eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.