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Did a C8 Corvette Crash at the Virginia International Raceway?

C8 Mid-Engine Corvette
The C8 Mid-Engine Corvette during testing.

Could the Rumors be True?

Recent rumors suggested that a 2020 C8 Corvette was testing at the Virginia International Raceway and crashed. According to Corvette Forum user Tool Hoarder, the paddock was delayed from opening. The rumor at the racetrack prior to the delay was that Chevrolet rented out the track for testing. A crash and subsequent cleanup supposedly caused the delay. 

Some camouflaged panels of a car surfaced not too long after the thread went up about the possible crash. Those panels could be from a C8 Corvette. The camo looks similar to the pattern used on the cars. With that said, it could also just be a faked panel or a panel from some other car.

Carscoops reached out to GM for comment. GM’s spokesperson didn’t give a very definitive answer. They said, “my gut tells me no accidents happened at VIR last week.” That’s essentially a non-answer. It leaves the door open for that person to come back later and say they just heard the news. It’s unclear at this time whether or not a C8 Corvette did crash at the raceway.

GM’s spokesperson denied it without actually denying it. It’s honestly a smart answer and one that allows Chevy to assess the damages (if there are any) and go from there. Carscoops also reached out to the racetrack. It has not yet responded.

The C8 Corvette has experienced issues lately. If the news of the crash is true, it would be another setback, which we assume would mean the debut date for the car would get pushed back further. We’ve said before we want Chevy to get the C8 right, so we’re all for the company taking its time to develop the car properly. The C7 is an excellent car and going for a steal right now. If you can’t wait for the C8, pick a C7 up now. You might not find a better deal in the future.