Back in December, Chevrolet launched the very first part of its brand new C8 Corvette documentary, which pointed out the process that its talented group of artists and sculptors had when designing the new mid-engine sports car. Right now the automaker has released the 2nd part of the film, which turns the particular spotlight on the engineers responsible for the particular vehicle’s chassis and powertrain growth.
The second part of the documentary comes after the Corvette engineering team throughout their time at the Nurburgring. This challenging 12. 93-mile German race track is among the most go-to destination for automakers when establishing new vehicles, as it puts just about any aspect of a car to the test more than a single lap. The circuit functions 154 unique corners, extreme height change and a very long main immediately, giving the engineering team a good amount of relevant data to work with after just a few laps. Its close proximity for an unrestricted section of Germany’s famous Autobahn highway is an added bonus, as well.
Going to the Nurburgring isn’t about making a car faster, though. As the C8 Corvette is an undeniably amazing performance car, the vast majority of customers is going to be using it as a road car first of all. This where the Corvette development team’s job gets a little tricky. Creating a car fast is easy when comfort and comfort aren’t much of a concern, but the best engineers know how to hit that perfect balance between road-going convenience and on-track performance. The instead bumpy and old track surface area at the Nurburgring makes it a good area for testing a production street car’s suspension setup and general comfort.
This clip furthermore features some insight from (now former) Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin , who was present with Chevy on the Nurburgring to give his pro-level suggestions to the engineering team. Gavin was obviously a longtime member of the Corvette Race team before his departure this past year and has been a key part of the advancement process for every single one of the team’s cars, from the C5-R all the way towards the C8. R.
Browse the documentary embedded below to learn more concerning the C8 Corvette engineering process on the Nurburgring in Germany.
2020 Corvette Photos