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New Corvette is so powerful, it’s warping the frame in tests, report

New Corvette is so powerful, it’s warping the frame in tests, report

The redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Corvette’s new engine is so powerful that it’s compromising the vehicle’s structural integrity in testing, causing General Motors to delay the car’s reveal, according to an industry report.

Sports car fans have been eagerly awaiting the debut of the eighth generation of the Corvette, which got its last total overhaul in the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The 2019 Detroit auto show, which would have provided a major global stage for the vehicle’s unveiling, came and went in January with no reveal.

What gives?

Well, it sounds like GM engineers are scrambling to get the vehicle ready for prime time, in part because they made it so powerful that the vehicle is bumping up against physical limitations.

Classic-car insurer Hagerty reported that a Corvette prototype with a twin-turbocharged, 8-cylinder engine generates 900 to 1,000 horsepower and caused a “structural distortion of the aluminum spaceframe” during tests.

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