The move to a mid-engine Corvette for the 2020 model was no easy decision. It’s one that Chevy labored over for years. According to the engineers and designers of the new car, this move was done to reach new performance heights. The attributes of a mid-engine car allow for driving dynamics that simply aren’t possible on a front-engine vehicle.
Chevy put together a video, which we’ve included below, that goes over the decision to move the engine behind the cabin. This video goes into as much detail as a four-minute video can about the decision. You get to hear straight from the mouths of the people who made it happen why it was done and what it means.
According to Tadge Juechter, the executive chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette, said that it took some convincing to move away from the front engine comfort zone GM knew so well. “We put together the compelling arguments why it would make sense to at least study.” Juechter says in the video below. “We ended up presenting to a lot of top leadership to get a critical mass of them on board to say, ‘You know what, these guys might be on to something.’”