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Corvette C8: Why Mid Engine?
More benefit will be found when higher horsepower engines are installed. While 495 horsepower is quite adequate, the expectation is that much higher figures are in the C8 Corvette future. The 2019 Z51 Corvette offered a 755 horsepower engine and its front engine configuration meant that it had problems getting all those ponies to the ground. As a mid engine, the C8 won't have those issues. The future looks very good.
The mid engine layout offers braking advantages as well since the rear brakes do more of the stopping work. The C8s front brakes are slightly smaller than the C7s and the C8 rear brakes are larger than the C7s.
A big mid engine advantage: the polar moment of inertia (also known as rotational inertia or angular mass and defined as an object's resistance to rotation about a given axis) about the center of gravity is low due to the concentration of mass between the axles. This makes it easier for the car to change direction which - in simplified terms - is what you are asking a car to do when you move the steering wheel.
With this advantage comes responsibility. The ability to easily change direction also means that it is easy to spin the car out of control; the Porsche 914 is a good example of this.
Some HistoryWhile it can be argued that the first cars were mid engine as the engines were located under the passengers, that reasoning is flawed as the engines were very small and that was only the most convenient location for them.
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