Check out this video from YouTuber and Corvette salesperson Rick Corvette Conti as he interviews Brandon Byers with Vette Titans about the video footage he got of the new C8 Corvette Z06 test mules that stopped at a hotel overnight.
He said he thinks its going to have a center exhaust with a magnesium DCT transmission and probably a lot more magnesium parts (oil pan) to save weight. There was no Twin Turbo set up and possibly a magnesium exhaust as well. They all had the same wheels some had ceramic brakes which makes sense on a C8 Z06 variant of the C8 Corvette.
Also, he thinks they are were just testing out handling and have not yet refined the diffuser, exhaust tips, wheels, or exhaust set up although towards the rright and left side of the car where the current C8 Corvette exhaust tips come out were just “dummy” pipes.
However, the most clear image he captured was a magnesium DCT transmission from Tremec which could be just a coating by why only go that far with a coating only vs full magnesium to really save weight.
Which makes sense since General Motors (GM) been testing and using magnesium since 2012 and it’s 75% lighter than steel and 33% lighter than aluminum and they said by 2020 that they could shave off 15% of weight on their cars.
If that is the case they can take a 3300lb C8 corvette to under 3k pounds to the 2862 lb mark and really start competing with the likes of McLaren, Porsche, Lamborghini and now the Tesla Plaid.
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