The latest video teasing the upcoming mid-engine Corvette might have just dropped a big hint.
GM revealed that the mid-engine Corvette would make its official debut on July 18th, 2019. We’d been told that the car would debut later on this summer, and July seems a bit early considering all the rumors about how the C8-generation is having a tough development cycle, what with the breakdowns and shattered glass we keep hearing about.
But it also just seems kind of… random. A Thursday in the middle of July doesn’t sound like it has any particular meaning behind it.
Well, we might have been given our first clue as to the import of July 18th, 2019 in Chevy’s latest teaser video.
It starts off in the usual way: a bunch of jet fighters and rockets blasting off to give everyone the impression of technological advancement, and then we cut to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Father of the Corvette, putting on his racing goggles and asking everyone to get ready.
Then there’s a digital ticker on screen counting up to 07.18.2019. It counts up exactly the same way a timer would if it were recording a lap time. And the images of the mid-engine Corvette--seen in between all the various older-generation Corvettes--seems to be running around the Nürburgring.
Could the number 07.18.19 mean something other than a date? Could it perhaps be a lap time? A Nürburgring lap time?
If it is then that's, ah, kinda disappointing actually. The current-gen C7 Corvette Z06 could lap the Ring in 7 minutes and 13 seconds, while the current Camaro ZL1 can do it in 7:16.04. If we assume the rumors are true and the C8 comes with a base 550 hp V8 engine, then it's still getting beat by similarly powered cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT R (7:10.92) and tied by the Porsche 911 GT3 (7:18).
We’ll find out more come July, one assumes.