The AutoExtremist Blog describes itself as "the bare-knuckled, unvarnished, high-octane truth" about the automotive business. Its author, Peter De Lorenzo, spent twenty two years in automotive advertising before leaving to found his blog and really tell everyone what he thinks.
Last Wednesday, De Lorenzo turned the assumptions and presumptions about the next generation Corvette on their ear with a prediction that the C7 will be mid-engined! Corvette engineers have considered the mid-engine approach time and time again. Just visit the National Corvette Museum for evidence, as mid-engined prototypes from the past smile at passersby (see example I photographed there last winter).
De Lorenzo cites anonymous top Chevrolet executives as saying that "engineering on the car is well underway"! He believes this to be a done deal!
Among reasons mid-engined power has been green-lighted are: costs are now seen to be acceptable, Corvette's high value proposition can be maintained, Chevy has again become passionate about technological excellence, this platform could drive Corvette to the top of the 24 Hours of LeMans food chain, and the resultant view from the top would be extremely pleasant!
It is all food for thought, at the very least. My lingering question would be: will this car appeal to the hundreds of thousands of current Corvette owners? What do you think?