In April, a fleet of camouflaged Chevrolet Corvettes drove to a hotel in Marietta, Ohio, before real-world testing on the region’s twisty roads. What we didn’t know until now is that there was a spy waiting for cover of darkness to take a close look at these machines.
In this video, a guy named Brandon tells the Rick corvette conti YouTube channel about hiding for hours in the rain so he can sneak up and see under camouflage cars. He left with particularly interesting information. Judging by the coloring, the C8 Z06 seems to adopt a transmission with a magnesium housing.
Switching to a magnesium gearbox would allow the Z06 to shed a few pounds. Typically, a cast magnesium part weighs about 33% less than the same cast aluminum component.
Chevrolet’s weight-saving measures are unlikely to involve only installing a magnesium gearbox housing. Other components of the light metal and carbon fiber assembly parts would lose even more pounds.
Brandon also speculates that the Z06 has a different exhaust layout than the existing Corvette. At the outlet of the current pipes, these cars are open. He thinks it could be a place where the heat dissipates like on the C8.R race car.
According to Brandon, Chevy had a very good security guard who patrolled the cars. To avoid getting caught, Brandon stayed on the opposite side of the Corvettes to where the guard was standing. This meant he had a glimpse under the camouflage and then had to keep moving.
He was able to do this ballet for about an hour. Although at one point Brandon thought he was in serious trouble because a police helicopter flew over and a police car drove by. They weren’t looking for him, however.