Chevrolet has released a two-part documentary series sharing the story behind the making of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. The 2020 Corvette is the first model year of the vehicle’s eighth generation and the first to offer a mid-engine setup.
The first part of “Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story” showcases the design story of the ‘Vette via unique footage and in-depth interviews. Designers talk about the evolution of the Corvette including how its design was dictated by the function of the car and informed by the heritage of the Corvette line, which stretches back to the 1950s.
Additionally, designers dig into the impact of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans has had on the model line, and how on-the-track performance impacts the vehicle designed for the average customer.
The 2020 Corvette was designed as new from the ground up with the mid-engine format dictating much of what went where. It was in 2011 that the company brought back the idea for a mid-engine ‘Vette and development ticked along through the vehicle’s debut day in 2019. Engineering work on more performance-focused versions of the Corvette is ongoing.
As part of the process, Chevrolet developed several scale clay models. General Motors recycles its clay as part of its sustainability initiatives.
The documentary also features a look into the design of the interior of the car. The driver-focused design features unique attributes including a raised button bar that separates the driver from the passenger of the coupe.
Chevrolet closes the first part of the documentary showing a behind-the-scenes look at the debut of the car, which took place in Orange County, California.
The second episode of the series features the engineering story.
The two parts equal about 20 minutes of storytelling. Chevy released the first part of the documentary on December 22. The second installment was revealed today on the company’s YouTube page. Watch both parts below.
Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story – Part 1: Design | Chevrolet
Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story – Part 2: Engineering | Chevrolet