A few months ago, Car and Driver broke the Internet when their spy photographers captured an odd looking mule running around GM’s headquarters. It looked like a Holden with a Corvette cabin, and a covered up truck bed. So far that’s been our best proof surrounding the mid-engine Corvette… until the other day.
GM sent out a press release saying that plans are already in motion to expand the assembly plant where the C7 Corvette is built, even though the plant is humming along perfectly. GM has set aside over $439 million to expand the Bowling Green Facility, which already had received an additional $135 million over the last four years. The total then comes to a whopping $574 million in renovations.
While this might not sound like proof that GM is building a mid-engine Corvette, the press release itself is a bit deceptive if you’re not paying attention for key words. It highlights a new paint shop, which will become a third of the overall size of the plant. But it also talks about new tooling, and new robots that will come online as well.
This half-billion dollar investment is the largest investment GM has ever put into the Corvette. And with the recent rumors and spy shots circling, this expansion seems to point that GM is already thinking towards the future.
Hopefully a future that involves a Corvette with an engine in the middle. If we’re lucky, we’ll get a fully fledged concept in the next few months. Hopefully Chevy finally gives us the Corvette we’ve all been dreaming of.