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Here's Why The 2020 Chevy Corvette Should REALLY Scare Ferrari, Porsche, & McLaren!

Here's Why The 2020 Chevy Corvette Should REALLY Scare Ferrari, Porsche, & McLaren!
hey guys my name is Tommy with the Fastlane car and today we are looking at all the

really

cool things underneath inside and outside the new

2020

c8

Corvette

this is not going to be one you want to miss the big news for

2020

of course is that the c8

Corvette

is mid-engined which means in the front you have a front or a front trunk now the cool thing about the front of the c8

Corvette

is not actually the size which is pretty generous Chevrolet says it will hold your standard carry-on but
here s why the 2020 chevy corvette should really scare ferrari porsche mclaren
actually the shape

here

of the cut line this looks like something out of the b-2 stealth bomber it's a

really

angular kind of special design now to open the front trunk you actually push a button on the door which has a little picture of a

Corvette

and the front lifted open to get into the new

Corvette

t

here

's no door handle it's actually hidden up underneath this big C which acts as another air vent for the engine so you put your hand on this pad grab the switch and the whole door
folds open and then on the inside t

here

's a button you push to unlatch it and a mechanical release just in case a battery dies all right so different car and different shirts because we only have a limited amount of time with each car everyday we've got a z51 performance package and I've got this

really

cool new TfL shirts shameless promotion t

here

but take a look at the front end of the

Corvette

now we talked about how you can pop the front open from the button on the inside but
t

here

's actually another way if you reach down

here

and actually the left hand cooling intake t

here

's a little button and you push the button and the trunk pops open as well and just like all new cars

here

sold in the u.s. if you need to escape the front of the car if you're trapped in the front t

here

's actually look this little man jumping out of the front of a mid-engine

Corvette

push that button and it will unlatch the front trunk and look at that even 12 volts of power for
everything you need so

here

's a key for the

2020

Corvette

you've got your trunk pops unlocked remote starts and check this out an old-school key and this is

really

important to know because if your battery dies in the

2020

Corvette

you can't use a button to get inside because t

here

's not going to be any power so what you have to do is channel your inner yogi what I mean is you

really

have to lay down and then the keyhole is way up

here

in the scoop actually you put the key in
and you twist it and the door pops open now my dad actually a

really

cool opportunity to sit down with the chief engineer of the c8

Corvette

and talk about some of its functions and even do a 0 to 60 impromptu 0 to 60 to see how this car performs take a look let me ask you first your name just for the record so I have a right yeah my name is EDI attack and you are the chief engineer I'm the chief engineer for the generation let's talk about obviously the biggest change which is now the
engine is right behind us the small-block v8 and how does that change the way that you approach the car hasn't changed the way that you engineer the car it's it's fundamentally different it's like starting from a clean sheet of paper and that's what we did we've benchmarked some of the best cars in the segments bought some cars tore some cars apart make sure that from the first time I we delivered a car that was was very good and compelling and take a couple generations
to learn the tricks a minute yeah we've we've bought and disassembled 48 we've got 911s we had a McLaren mp4-12c the benchmarks in the segment and we

really

want to compete with them on an equal basis and if you don't know what they do you know it's gonna be harder to beat them at their own game so that was

really

the goal from the server so we picked these cars your benchmark them and then how'd you make this better I think it comes from leveraging the things that

Corvette

has always done so we we can deliver a car that's got all the performance but a value proposition they can't match because of the leverage of the scale of General Motors so as an example a silly example would be an airbag module everybody's got to buy an airbag module would buy millions of them so our cost for every module is gonna be a little lower than a bespoke boutique manufacturer so for every part that a customer doesn't see or touch we leverage General Motors
economy a scale and that gives us that between the liver car that's on par t

here

understand point and one that comes out of fraction of their price accelerate the start 14700 to us in

here

yeah that's actually not the world's best time I think we I think girls doing touring both yeah and I can show you how to set up a launch control mode probably not best on public roads as well tomorrow at the track you'll see that t

here

's a little handshake you do with the traction control
buttons you get into launch control you step on the gas in the brake yeah and just release the brake and it'll it'll blast the car and keep it line t

here

to within

here

right and we're big guy I still think even with the two of us in the car on the read surface it's probably a three one three two yeah mm that's a good point all right guys you join me with Jason who's our pro driver in the new

Corvette

and Jason how do we do launch control on this guy so I'll put it
into track sport well track PTM mode step on the brake so let's talk about the rear of the

Corvette

which is the business end now to pop the hatch same thing t

here

's a little button with the back of the core of it open and you'll see right

here

the

Corvette

top because of course the

Corvette

Coupe has a removable center panel and you're probably wondering how you pull it off well it's just three levers you've got one

here

you've got one

here

and lastly one in the
roof even though it's one massive piece it comes out super easily and it is

really

light let's show you how you strap it down you take the curved edge and it's a little bit tricky actually with the spoiler let's you bring this into position and t

here

's little feet at the bottom you line up those little feet to get it nice and secure and then you lean it forward you're probably thinking I'll let's just hit the road but of course this is a

Corvette

you don't
want this flopping around simply push down and latch it into place now this top isn't going anyw

here

to close up the rear decklid you close it down and you don't actually have to slam it just give it a little push and it sinks down soft clothes

really

convenient one of the cool new features

here

on the CA

Corvette

is a performance data recorder and the c7 had this as well as a camera that'll record what's going on on a track like that but it'll also actually now run
continuously when you're on the road and record to an SD much like Tesla so that you have a constant - can going in case anything happens now you can have it just show what the car is doing and you can also have it overlay some performance data it's

really

pretty cool stuff and now the camera unlike the old one is not a potato you know like I say I'm

really

impressed one of the things you said in the briefing was that everything you touch if it looks a luminol that is aluminum if it
looks like it's leather it is leather and you're right the two year

here

is certainly royal class right t

here

's nothing

here

that the C feels like t

here

's any cost cooking is that something you had to push more absolutely and you know I credit our design team they're the ones I

really

wanted to take the next step and I think

Corvette

has this sort of legacy of thrifting the interior to keep to hit a price point and with this car we said let's let's do the interior
here s why the 2020 chevy corvette should really scare ferrari porsche mclaren
right let's make it bespoke and

really

beautiful and and befitting of the outside of the car and not sort of disappoint people once they open the door and I think our design team

really

knocked it out one of the coolest things about the interior the new

Corvette

has to be the dash design because t

here

are a lot of floating elements for example you've got this centerpiece that rises above the dashboard and even on the right side

here

by the passenger you've got another little gap this
makes a dashboard almost look like a work of art in itself t

here

's just a lot of complexity going on and in my opinion it all works very well the place to be in the new

Corvette

is certainly the driver's seat and not just because they're driving the new

Corvette

but because as a passenger you're pretty much walled off from the entire world

here

you've got this huge center pillar that means I can't

really

see the 8-inch centers of display and I certainly can't

really

use it either I mean look how far the volume knob is it's a full reach just to reach it it is so aggressively angled toward the driver that you're kind of stuck the other issue is t

here

's no real place to put your arm as a passenger because this big pillar extends way back

here

now

here

in the center you'll notice one of the most distinctive parts of the new

Corvette

and that's the HVAC controls basically the climate control is all in a huge row down the center so up

here

you've got your automatic climate for the driver side then you have cooled seats and heated seats for the driver side sync and automatic functions you've got your airflow display of course fan and then the whole thing is repeated down

here

for the passenger with of course your defrost settings now if all that a little bit overwhelming they actually also duplicated

here

in the center so you've got a lot of different options but why wouldn't you use these fighter jet controls on
the side this is one of the coolest most unique parts of the car and I just love that it's

here

this is a 495 horsepower 6.2 liter LT 2 small-block v8 it's a dry sump lubricated engine with three oil scavenge pumps all that means is they can put the engine

really

low in the car it also means that this car is not gonna start for oil when you're pushing a lot of G's on the track I can ask you a softball question before we go back what you favorite Burton I mean you spent about the
last seven years and this is your baby what is your what's the part

here

the Protestant I think the just the engine now that five bird horsepower

really

was a sort of an uplevel car at performance berry in the past have that much power in a bass stingray makes the car just super fun to drive all the time yeah and it starts at one fifty nine thousand right that's a place again and I think this one that were in is seventy-five thousand yeah probably in the end of all part and then if you
get all the bells and whistles you can get into the 90s you can't spend as much it's been a competitor that it's you know giving the similar performance so yeah it's it still does maintain that great

Corvette

tradition of the value proposition and you know the neat thing is Lizzie mentioned depending on what options you want what performance you need whether gonna track the car or not whether you want you know particular interior design some of the electronic features you can you
can get a great car for sixty thousand dollars you can get a car that it looks like a thrift that'll smell her car for in a list one hundred thousand let's talk about the transmission in the c8

corvette

t

here

's only one option and it's an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic and it's all push-button actuated so you've got park right t

here

which we're in then you pull back for reverse you've got a little neutral button t

here

and then a pull back for a drive and
you'll notice it's as auto and that's because to engage the paddle shifters you have to push the em and then GM tells us that you can hold this thing at redline all day long and it won't up shift for you what have you engineered into this to make it bad like bad little bit performance I guess but sure I think I think it's

really

about technology and so the first piece is the dual clutch transmission no excuses a spoke transmission that fits only this car and gives you
lightning quick shifts that's incredible performance w

here

you don't have a saying and acceleration as it goes through the gears we have magnetic ride control 4.0 which uses accelerometers at the knuckle so we can anticipate the body moving before it moves and we can catch the control and keep it from the tires to connect to the pavement we've got a brake system right now that's effectively a brake by wire system and we can set up the game for the brakes to be comfortable on the
roads in a tour mode or give you a more aggressive this in a sport mode or even extend the high-g deceleration module ability on track and so it's a matter of picking the technologies that

really

elevate the performance of the car one thing that

Corvette

team is very proud of

here

the new c8 is actually the storage capacity and take a look at this they say it'll actually fit two golf clubs in the rear no problem two sets of golf clubs and in fact it does but take a look at the front
trunk of this particular model because this one also has the optional fitted luggage in 50 years from now that is going to be crazy crazy valuable the hazard controls

here

for the

Corvette

are actually up

here

on the center console the front is your pretty standard amber flash that extends all the way down toward the front of the light but the turn signals on the rear are now sequential and I think they look absolutely brilliant t

here

are a couple different versions of

2020

Corvette

actually two
primary ones a standard car and this one the z51 this is kind of your track handling package you've got the spoil in the rear and LSD sticky summer tires and this

really

great color this is called a rapid blue it's a 500 ollar option but easily my favorite in any new

Corvette

we've spent absolutely forever looking for the parking brake

here

in the

Corvette

and it's

really

hidden it's actually way down

here

by your left knee it's a push button and actually let's talk
about the brakes in general because we had a chance to sit down with Brembo who designed the brakes in this new car my name is Benjamin pol I worked for Brembo North America and I'm a program manager for General Motors this is the third generation of brakes that we've done for the Chevrolet

Corvette

we got into the program on the original c6 zr1 with a carbon ceramic application and we did all the brake systems for the the previous generation c7 so we're

really

excited to be part of
this new c8 line but obviously this car is quite a bit different than the two cars previous to it so three of the four calibers on this car are brand new clean sheets designed the other thing that's unique on this car for the first time in Chevrolet

Corvette

is the electronic parking brake so the previous generation have what's called a Drummond hat parking brake with a hand lever now we've moved it to an electronic system w

here

the customer can just pull up up a button and activate
here s why the 2020 chevy corvette should really scare ferrari porsche mclaren
the brake and this is on the base car and the z51 so I get asked you know Brembo an Italian company yeah how different are these brakes than the brakes and Brembo provides a

Ferrari

they are no different I mean every every brake we do is application specific so they're all going to be different in piston sizing pad size material the way it integrates in the chassis architecture but the technology that's core to Brembo the aluminum brake calipers the monoblock technology the same stuff
that

Ferrari

has and we're providing that same technology to Chevrolet and all of our premium customers this new

Corvette

comes with wireless charging and I was looking around everyw

here

it's not

here

in the center t

here

it's not in the console is it on the - no it's now

here

to be found it's actually very hidden it's behind both the driver in the passenger in this little cubby you put your phone in like that and it will start charging your device now this is a very secure
location at actually these little cleats that

really

hold the phone and well but it means you're never gonna be able to navigate with your phone charging because it's behind you all right well that's not super fair I mean of course you could navigate if you've got apple carplay but if it's in the wireless charger it's out of sight out of mind the engine in the new c8 looks completely sealed from the world of course you've got your back glass

here

it looks like nothing
is gonna penetrate this barrier but you'd be wrong because along the side you have these functional vents t

here

's even actually a gap way back

here

at the end for a little bit extra venting but you'll notice

here

still a rear defrost you'll actually notice a number of cameras on the outside of the new c8

Corvette

you actually have two in the front which allow you to see what you're going to run over or if you're close to hitting that kerb you get a top-down view
you've got one in the rear which is zoomable you've got kind of a wide view and then a narrow view and then you actually have one back

here

as well and this is for the rear view mirror so that you don't have to look through the rear glass if you want to look through the roof Amir having said that though the rear visibility is not all that terrible the

Corvette

here

has eight well it's a square steering wheel and Chevrolet says the bottom is square see of additional room around
your knees and at the top is square so you have the most view down toward the front of the car downward visibility I'm not sure you actually get that much more downward visibility if you're somewhat tall like I am and to be honest if you drive at 10 and 2 it's just simply uncomfortable I have a hard time finding a grip on the steering wheel that

really

is all that comfortable however the paddle shifters are brilliant they are cold to the touch for everything in

here

that looks
aluminum is aluminum and they respond instantly letting that 8-speed transmission shift immediately alright the first thing I noticed getting in the car immediately of course is the fact that now you have a squared off steering wheel what do that that the key

really

is you know t

here

's a lot of inspiration that comes out of motorsport zip and the reason we did in this car is square off the bottom so you have more room for your legs for entry egress and we squared off the top so you can get
that view over the wheel down the road and also give you a

really

wide aperture for your reconfigurable 12-inch cluster so you can see all the data all the information I like the fact that this is actually colored to the same as the interior right normally these are a little red right this is this little marker that tells you which way the steering wheel is exactly yeah and it's a company's got some linkage back to motorsports and yeah the design guys thought that'd be a neat sort of
sporting touchy this is something

really

special this probably looks to you like a Holden ute but it's actually a development mule for the new

Corvette

and we had a chance to sit down with the development engineer the chief development engineer around this new car all right Mike so we're

here

to talk about a Holden which

really

isn't the Holden you're the development engineer on the new c8

Corvette

this particular vehicle is a one of Y so the we codenamed this vehicle blackjack
because within the company as we started working on this we kind of wanted to keep the fact that we're working on something that was a mid-engine product secretive obviously outside but even inside because as we involve more folks t

here

's more opportunity or potential for leaks and so on so why'd you use a Holden so this was a very convenient clown suit so as we start to look at how do I camouflage the fact that t

here

's a mid-engine you know vehicle that we're trying to study

here

traditional camouflage like you see on the other development vehicles don't hide anything so we thought it'd be neat to try to hide the engine underneath a truck kind of layout so a holden ute at a very convenient shape and we tried to emulate that shape what's unique about this car is I have no donor for the body structure so if you look in

here

we have abundance of billet machined components so this car the components of the car the body structure started with 7,000 pounds of
billet and we turned about 90% of that in the recycled chips what would it be fair to say that this is the world's most expensive

Corvette

it feels like it's all hand-built it's yeah if you if you had people time into that that's probably a fair assessment t

here

are a couple of different seat options

here

in the new

Corvette

the base seat is called the GT one seat and it's going to be the most comfortable and the best for larger people the next seat up is called the gt2
it's a little bit more aggressive has some kind of stronger side bolstering and then t

here

's this seat the competition seats and I am well I have the upper body strength of a limp squirrel even these seats for me are a little bit tight let's talk about heat because that is a very difficult thing to manage on a mid-engine car with the engine way in the middle and not in the front on the standard

2020

Corvette

you actually have two radiators and two heat exchangers both radiators are
in the front one on each side if you get the z51 which of this car is the performance package you actually have a third radiator in one of the side vents now funny enough Chevrolet told us that if you live in the Middle East you actually get a fourth radiator in the other side vent just to make sure your car is staying cool we had some heat issues in the last c7 hope you dress those um I I think the key on this generation car was to sort of ratchet up the expectations around track performance
from the thermal perspective and our vehicle technical requirements now force us to validate at higher temperatures so we've got extra bandwidth in the cooling capacity of the car now so basically what you said was we're gonna let make sure that when we tested this car it tests at a higher temperature than we did in the previous not only good enough to be functional on a Michigan summer day you want it to be great on Arizona summer day and that's what we've engineered the cartoon
you can have your new

Corvette

in any interior color you want as long as it's one of six of course but now they're actually offering colored seatbelts as well t

here

's many different colors of seatbelts they cost over three hundred dollars to change the color but

really

you can configure it however you want it's exactly like what

Porsche

has been doing for a long time with different color stitching and seat belts and head rest embroideries t

here

's just a lot of options in this
new

Corvette

t

here

are a number of drive modes

here

inside the new

Corvette

and you control them via this little knob hidden underneath this little

Corvette

shield it looks very premium and it feels very premium so you've got weather which of course is for bad weather rain snow my mode which is totally configurable for your exhaust you know steering throttle response all that then you've got tour which is just gonna be your standard mode so that's you know driving down the road
everyday that's the one you're gonna use sport dials it up a little bit and then track is a hardcore let's see how fast we can go around the Nurburgring mode but t

here

's actually two additional modes you have z

here

which configures the car a little bit differently it's almost like an M button

here

in the steering wheel and then a stealth mode which Chevrolet tells us at nights dims everything down so it's just a driver and what's in front of you and the gauge cluster
that's pretty cool as well and then over

here

you get the Z button which is in the way we set up the Z mode is from the factory it'll come with a combination of sport and track settings for things like steering braking dampers exhaust sound from our progression and shift maps we've kind of picked the ones we thought that would give you the chance to jump in the car hit one button and

really

have an engaging car but if it's not if the factory presets aren't exactly what you
like you can go into the center screen

here

and customize the modes and change things according to GM the C a

Corvette

will do 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds if you get the Performance Exhaust which is absolutely crazy but the part about this car is just like all the

Corvette

s that came before it when you're not driving it hard when you're driving it every day like 99.9% of people are it's gonna be super comfortable t

here

is a magnetic ride available in this car but even with just a
standard suspension your cruise along its quiets its refined it doesn't shake it doesn't vibrate it's not pulling at the leash and it's got a lot of low-end torque and then of course we need a pass you just dial it up a little bit and off you go it's effortless power it's easy to use and it's very approachable because it's mid-engine it's got a lot of weight over the rear so it's not trying to wag the rear-end everyw

here

the air vents are kind of unusual
in this car rather than just having come up and down sliders on the left and the right of the air vent you actually have these little toggles so you can perfectly position w

here

the air flows but you're probably wondering how do I turn off the air vent so they don't get any air onto my face at all well you simply slide the little toggle all the way to the left and that shuts it down so you'll notice

here

in the

Corvette

we actually have two screens that are pointed directly at the
driver you've got one in the cluster

here

which is 12 inches it's completely configurable with performance and audio and trip information and then you have the 8 inch screen

here

in the center this is your pretty standard GM or Chevrolet eight inch screen with apple carplay and navigation on this trim but it works pretty well it's just looking a little bit small now compared to some of the new luxury models coming out what are some of the first that never have been in agreement I
think you said the cross traffic alert right that's it sight lines on the return cross traffic alert which

really

helps in a mid-engine car from a rear visibility we've got electronic digital camera mirror I love that gives you much wider view immediately right on and it's adjustable for both intensity height and zoom the front lip system that's available it's not in this particular car but it'll raise the front of the car about 40 millimeters in 2.8 seconds for folks
that they have you know steep driveways or whatever so it's

really

about bringing in the latest technology to the car and-and-and giving customers all the performance with the technology you know the advanced infotainment system

really

lets people connect and use their mobile devices seamlessly with the car the engine of the new c8

Corvette

is surprisingly accessible I mean yes the front and the very back are probably going to be pretty hard to get to but unlike so many other mid-engine cars
at least you can see the engine and at least you can do a little bit of tinkering yourself for example they give you a traditional dipstick which Sony the Germans have gone away from well I

really

appreciate you taking the time to take a ride with me and guys if you love a

Corvette

you're not going to belong to wait because I think you're already building them in Bowling Green that's right and they

should

be hitting the dealers in the next few weeks so if you've ordered them and
you have got a lot of pre-orders yeah it's been been overwhelming to the interest in the cars that's exciting then they're out t

here

and we'll see I got to tell you that we pull up

here

at the parking lot and all the people that came around

here

to look at this car it was incredible I think when you get that you must feel like you've kind of hit a homerun it's fun it's fun talking with all the people that they didn't or not even sure what it is when you pull up
and you explain to them home attainable it is and people get

really

excited so t

here

you have it your first detailed look at the brand-new

2020

Corvette

let us know in the comment section below what do you think of the new c8 is this on your wish list and which configuration would you get as always this has been Tommy with the Fastlane car head over to TfL CARICOM because we have a lot more interesting info coming on this car in relationship