General Motors Replaces C8 Corvette Engine in Less than 3 Weeks!

Recently, one of first 2,700 Corvette C8s had an engine blow up and seize from an engine rod bering. We reported on it a few weeks ago and have been updating the C8 engine post ever since.

In part 4 of the video below MidwestRide Jake on YouTube explains how fantastic the experience was with his local Chevy Dealer Friendly Chevy and the service advisor Gene.

Also, the engineers at GM were quick to have the engine pulled and replaced in less than 3 weeks and the car delivered back to Jake.

He shares how great the experience was and just goes to show the GM and Chevy brand is alive and well. He said at first he didn’t really want to share this even happened in the first place but the video happened initially with a big YouTube Tall Guy Reviews and he wasn’t sure if he would keep his C8 Corvette when it first happened.

However, after having an amazing experience with Friendly Chevrolet in Minnesota and the GM engineers in Detroit, MI he is going to keep it.

Not only did they give him a FREE engine which of course its under warranty they replaced the starter and fuse box as well and didn’t even have to. They also told him that the 500 mile break in is really for the DCT or dual clutch transmission so he should be good to go.

Lastly, another big point he makes is there is nothing close on the car market that can touch the C8 Corvette when it comes to value and even when he looked it was used older supercars like Ferrari and Mclaren that were still $135k an up and again nowhere close the value that the C8 Corvette provides. And for all the haters or whiners about “don’t buy a first run car blah blah blah” he has a message for them at the end since it really didn’t matter now did it? Guess they never heard of a warranty!

Check out the Video below for more details about MidwestRide Jake’s experience with General Motors, Chevrolet and his Corvette C8 engine getting replaced.

What’s It Like To Daily Drive A 2020 C8 Corvette

Youtuber, Corvette Direct goes over what its like to daily drive a 2020 C8 Corvette. And is it even possible? Let me know what your daily driver is and if you think you could daily drive a sports car!

As he points out in the video it’s very practical and easy to drive daily. There is also a decent amount of space in the frunk and the back trunk behind the engine and it gets pretty good gas mileage but as we all know most people buying the midengine corvette C8 aren’t worried about these features anyway.

Some points Corvette Direct makes in this video about daily driving a C8 Corvette

  • Gas Mileage good
  • Ride Height is great barely need to use the front lift if you have one
  • Storage space is decent for trips the grocery store, CVS or home depot
  • It’s comfortable and still good for long trips
  • GT1 seats are more comfortable as well as the GT2 but the Competition seats are more for track vs daily driving
  • It could be your only car if you were single or married couple with no family, kids, or dogs.

The Biggest Problem with the C8 Corvette, Understeer? (Deal Breaker?)

Here’s the truth. With 8,000 miles driven on my C8 Corvette, and visiting multiple racetracks with it, this is what I’ve learned. Does the C8 Corvette really understeer? Is this the real flaw and biggest issue with the car?

Check out this video to see Speed Phenom’s thoughts about the C8 Corvette since he tracks the car all the time and has driven it 8,000 miles.

He really shows how there really isn’t a big problem with C8 Corvette understeer and learn the car you have and the right balance for the vehicle.

Speed Phenom C8 Corvette Track Videos.

Also, here is great information on how to prepare your C8 Corvette for the Track. 

Top 5 Myths and Misconceptions of the Corvette C8

Check out these top five myths and misconceptions of the Corvette C8 from a C8 corvette owner and YouTuber Corvette Direct.

C8 Myth 1

Can’t get the Corvette C8 for 60k

His point is that most YouTubers are adding all the options for YouTube content. So when they ordered they are getting 2LTs, 3LTs, and the Z51 package.

Although Corvette Direct is right there are not that many people that ordered a basic 1LT with no options either whether they are a YouTuber or not and on top of it because of the UAW strike and Covid 19 the production was limited to only 2,700 C8 Corvettes. Since people want this car more than any other car in recent history people are willing to pay more because it’s being compared to a Lamborghini and still undervalued and now with supply and demand with limited production people want the car now and don’t want to wait another 1 or 2 years (2022 for the Z06 version)

Chevy Dude actually shares stats on what C8 Corvette’s were ordered and 1LTs regardless of being a YouTuber or not aren’t as popular compared to the better specked cars like the 2LT, 3LT and Z51 which are still coming in at th $70-100k prices which are a lot less then most supercars and exotic cars it competes with. Only 63 were 1LTs

C8 Myth 2

The Z51 is a performance package not a “model” of the C8 Corvette Stringray and just a track pack

We have highlighted the differences of the Z51 package vs. the Base Model below and here if you want to see more videos of two C8 Corvettes one a Z51 optioned C8 vs. a Base model Stingray C8 Corvette.

Per Chevy this is what you get with the $5,000 Z51 Package Add on

  • Z51 performance Brembo® brakes
  • Z51 performance suspension
  • Performance exhaust
  • Performance rear axle ratio
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)
  • Z51-specific front splitter and rear spoiler
  • Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S 245/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR20 rear, high performance, run-flat, summer-only tires1
  • Heavy-duty cooling system

C8 Myth 3

That the C8 Corvette makes 562 HP to the wheel

Corvette Direct is right there are plenty of dyno pull videos showing well below the 500 horsepower to the wheel and most videos they are making between 420-450  to the wheel.

We have covered C8 Corvette Dyno pulls with videos on our site as well here and here if you want to see for yourself.

The Base model C8 Corvette has about 430 horsepower to the wheel for the most part and over 500 horsepower with no mods or twin turbos has been debunked.

C8 Myth 4

That the C8 Corvette weight is roughly 3200 pounds

The Corvette C8 actually weighs 3,647 and is still really heavy but the next models like the Z06, ZR1, or the Zora should reduce weight.

Also, most people that have been adding exhausts, sport cats, or headers they are removing a lot of weight from the car as well which can help a little bit.

And they didn’t use that much carbon fiber to keep the price down on the first Stingray C8 model.

C8 Myth 5

And the last Myth is you can’t Drive the C8 Corvette Daily

That is far from the truth. Having driven and owned a McLaren which was not a good daily driver the C8 Corvette is hands down an easy to drive daily driver and has decent front and rear trunk room for getting groceries, going golfing or a trip.

They also have a front lift option that can help you with your daily drives over speed bumps or getting in or out of the steep driveways.

The C8 Corvette is a great daily driver unless you have a family since it’s a two seater car.

What do you think of these myths? Any others you have heard? Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Emelia Hartford C8 Corvette Updates!

This post is dedicated to all of the Corvette C8 updates Emelia Hartford is doing with her C8 Corvette since GM and Chevrolet seems to have been giving her some behind the scenes access and things like cool  C8 Car Covers.

Here are some of the other Emelia Hartford posts to get you up to speed and then all the new content will be below!

Emelia Hartford heads to Texas to Peitz Performance for her Twin Turbo C8 Corvette set up.

Emelia takes a ride and uses Launch Control in her Twin Turbo C8 Corvette.

 

My Blown Twin Turbo C8 Corvette Rebuild is finally DONE! And absolutely RIPS!

Emelia finally is done with building her meth injected Twin Turbo C8 Corvette. Now how long will it take for her to blow the transmission?

Luckily she already blew the engine and changed out the axels. So really the only thing left to break on her C8 Corvette is the dual clutch Transmission (DCT) where people have found it slipping around the 650HP area.

She did mention she is going to add a clutch pack for the C8 transmission and still waiting on the ECU to be unlocked so the C8 Corvette can be tuned.

Here’s How Much My Twin Turbo C8 Corvette Cost To Build

TJ Hunt & Emelia Hartford Twin Turbo C8 Corvettes

Taking TJ Hunt to school lolol in all seriousness we had some fun lining up our Twin Turbo C8’s!

Emelia Hartford Installs Kooks Headers on Her C8 Corvette

Check out this new Youtube video by Emelia Hartford adding Kooks Headers and Green Cats to her C8 Corvette.

Per her Youtube Channel description:

Today’s episode is a fun one to say the least! Happy to announce we have partnered up with Kooks Headers and Exhaust to install a beautiful set of their new 1 7/8 304 Stainless Headers and Ultra Green High Flow Cats! Of course before installing the cats we had to see how she sounded with open headers! For the record these headers are not off a NASCAR but Kooks does make NASCAR headers and they sure sound like they are!

Per Kooks Headers website:

Kooks is excited to announce the new 1-7/8″ Super Street 304 Stainless Headers and Ultra-GREEN Catted OEM Connection pipes for the 2020 C8 Corvette!

This new combination was dyno-tested on a Z51 Equipped C8 and yielded 20+ hp and 26+ ft-lbs of torque to the tires.  All of this on a Stock Tune with No Check Engine Light! *Results may vary*