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The Mid-Engine Corvette Reveal Nearly Broke Chevrolet’s Website

Ever since Chevrolet announced their intention to manufacture a mid-engine Corvette, fans have clamored for more information. The slightest rumor about the vehicle sends ripples of excitement through the internet’s automotive community, so Roadshow’s report that the mid-engine Corvette reveal nearly broke Chevrolet’s website surprised no one.

The reveal

As July 18, 2019 approached, Corvette fans waited with bated breath for Chevy to finally reveal the vehicle. It was like Christmas morning for Corvette enthusiasts. While Chevy anticipated the event attracting a great deal of web traffic, no one was prepared for what happened.

GM live-streamed the event and there were multiple periods of time when the traffic was so thick, traffic gridlocked. This was both exciting and frustrating. Exciting for the company, but extremely frustrating for Corvette fans who’ve been anxiously waiting to see the vehicle. At the end of the day, Chevy reported that the live-stream reveal was viewed by an astounding 471,000 fans. The fun didn’t end after the sunset on July 18. It continued on July 19 when the website continued to draw 5 times the amount of traffic it typically attracted. It was such an unprecedented amount of traffic the website slowed so much that many were worried the site would completely shut down. 750,000 people visited the Chevrolet in the first 72-hours following the reveal. By the end of the month, 2.4 million people had paid the website a visit.

The intense curiosity wasn’t surprising

While Chevrolet wasn’t fully prepared for the amount of traffic the reveal generated, it wasn’t really a surprise. People can’t wait to get their hands on the 2020 Stingray. Michael Simcoe, GM’s design chief, mentioned that even though the vehicle won’t officially be on the market for several months, the company has almost sold all of the 2020 Stingrays they intend to produce. What Simcoe didn’t reveal was how many 2020 Corvettes the company plans on producing.

Everything you need to know about the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The Chevy Stingray has been delighting sport car enthusiasts for the past 60 years, but this represents the first time the car has been built with an instead of a front-mounted engine. The mid-mounted engine has a huge impact on how the 2020 Stingray performs. The mid-mounted engine has a quicker moment of inertia. It also gives the car a better 50-50 weight balance as opposed to the bulk of the weight sitting on the vehicle’s front end. The change allows the car to tightly grip the pavement when taking tight corners at high speeds and improves braking. Mid-mounted engines also do a better job of absorbing energy.

While the engine is the main highlight of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the car has an array of additional features that will turn it into the crowned jewel in any sports car lover’s automobile collection. Another Corvette an 8-speed dual-clutch which hasn’t been seen in a Corvette since 1982. The clutch increases the vehicle’s zero to 60 speed and gives the driver more power. You’ll also love the vehicle’s launch control which has 6 different drive modes.  

In addition to moving the engine to the middle of the Stingray, Chevy reworked the car’s suspension. The A-arms are located at both the front and back of the car. GM has created four different suspension systems for the vehicle. The different suspensions are the FE1, FE2, FE3, FE4.

If you want to park a 2020 Corvette Stingray in front of your house, you’ll have to act fast. Not only is the car almost sold out already, what few vehicles that haven’t sold will only be available at a limited number of dealerships.