Newly Uncovered C8 Chevy Corvette Patent Shows Off Active Aerodynamics

[Photo: General Motors, via U.S. Patent and Trademark Office]

Chevrolet will reveal all next month.

We are closing in on the July 18 reveal date for the C8 Chevy Corvette. This is a radical shift for the model, as this is the first mid-engined version in the car’s 56-year history. That is substantial enough on its own, but relatively few details are available beyond the new car’s layout. Now, beyond just looking at spy photos, a new June 11 patent has surfaced, showing GM’s intentions for active aerodynamics on the C8 Chevy Corvette.

According to the patent, uncovered by MidEngineCorvetteForum.com and covered in an Autoblog piece, the system will actively adjust the car’s ride height to suit the driving conditions. Unless you’re an engineer, the patent’s language can be a bit difficult to follow:

Things like, “wherein the controller is configured to: determine the ride-height of the vehicle at each of the first vehicle body end and the second vehicle body end; determine a pitch of the vehicle body relative to the road surface based on a difference between the ride-height of the vehicle at the first vehicle body end and the ride-height of the vehicle at the second vehicle body end; and select the target height of the air deflector relative to the road surface corresponding to the determined pitch of the vehicle body.”  If you are interested in parsing out the patent application itself, the entire document is attached below.

C7 Corvette order books are closing

While we await the all-new C8 Chevy Corvette, orders for the old C7 are coming to a close. Orders officially stop June 23, but there are also plenty of appealingly-priced examples currently sitting at dealers right now. Who knows? The last high-end examples of the C7 Corvette like the Z06 and ZR1 may end up becoming serious collector’s cars with serious price tags in the coming years.

What are you most looking forward to in the new Corvette? Let us know in the comments below!

H/T to MidEngineCorvetteForum and Autoblog for the information.