Here's the Mid-Engine Corvette Breaking down at a Gas Station

We’ve heard the mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette has been plagued with delays over development issues, particularly with the implementation of General Motors’ new global electrical system. We’re not sure if that’s what is to blame here, but what we do know is one of the camouflaged C8 mules had a rather embarrassing public breakdown at a gas station in the Detroit area recently.


It even had to be covered in a black tarp and towed away, rather unceremoniously, like an old Vega wrapped in its death-shroud.

Our tipster says engineers worked for about 20 or 30 minutes to get the mule restarted before giving up and covering the car. They then waited for a tow truck to bring the C8 back to its home at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds.

As admittedly funny as this is, I’m not sure I’d look too deep into it—for now. Development prototypes run into issues and break down all the time. It’s the whole point of testing. But coming on the heels of the reported electrical issues, problems with the aluminum chassis and other, unspecified design issues, it’s not a great look.


The car should be revealed later this summer or fall, if GM can get it sorted.

Know anything about what’s going on with the C8? Let us know.


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