I read that was traced to a rumor that the 600HP, 5.5 twin turbo + 200HP electric motors (AWD/1000HP) was so powerful that it causing the chassis to twist enough to crack the rear window. I also read it was corrected (additional bracing?), along with correcting the issues of going to a 48 volt electrical system.
Powerful engines causing bent frames and now a crash at VIR, does the mid-engine C8 Corvette need more development time?
There is, perhaps, no car, in the history of the automobile, that has had more rumors surrounding it than the impending mid-engine Corvette. Over 50 years worth of sketches, concepts, and test vehicles have led to the C8 Corvette actually making the switch from front-mid-engine to a true mid-engine powertrain layout.
Of course, that extra long gestation period means that any and all news is fair game, for better or worse. We have seen reports that the new family of V8 engines, twin-turbocharged or otherwise, are so powerful that they are literally twisting and bending the C8 chassis. Then there were supposed electrical gremlins as Chevrolet attempts to transition all of their new products over to a new ďGlobal BĒ electrical architecture. And, now, the inevitable has happened: A C8 Corvette has been crashed, rather violently, at Virginia International Raceway.