The driver sees less in the new Corvette than in the previousOctober 19, 2019
Switching to mid-engined layout significantly impaired visibility from the driver’s seat
It would seem that the lack of an engine in front of the driver should provide him with a wider angle of view, but in the case of the Chevrolet Corvette it turned out the other way around.
Journalists of the Car and Driver publication found that the eighth generation Chevrolet Corvette significantly reduced visibility forward from the driver’s seat compared to the predecessor of the C7 generation. This is a rather unexpected discovery, however, even stranger, the measurement results show that the visibility of the new Corvette is better than the previous one, despite the V8 engine moving over the back of the seats.
So, it turned out that the Corvette C8 hood blocks the driver’s road 4.57 meters in front of the car, compared with 3.66 meters for the C7. The blind spot behind the supercar is 29.56 meters in the new Corvette and 77.11 meters in the old one. Although the driver sees worse in the Corvette C8 than in the C7, the next-generation car has a slightly better all-round visibility: 158 degrees in front and 96 degrees in the rear. For comparison, the Corvette of the previous generation is 154 degrees forward and 86 degrees back.
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