Chevrolet has been testing the pre-production right hand drive mid-engine Corvette C8s.
Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Product Manager Harlan Charles have been recently asked by CorvetteBlogger if their team has any pilots of the Corvettes with the steering wheel on the right hand side.
The response is positive: the company did build some examples. They are currently being tested in the USA.
The carmaker developed the right hand drive cars to export them to such important markets as Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zeeland, India, and South Africa.
The Land Of The Rising Sun, as well as the European buyers, will be the first to receive the Chevrolet Corvette C8 in the second half of next year. Both the coupe and convertible right hand drive versions of the Corvette Stingray will be available.
Why did they decide to start with Japan? – The Japanese have accepted the model well. The car was sold out very fast in the country, when Chevrolet introduced it. After the debut in January at the Tokyo Auto Show, the number of orders tripled.
With the engine put behind the driver, and no manual gearbox, a factory right hand drive layout for the C8 Corvette becomes quite possible.
Harlan Charles says they created an equally good driver-oriented car for countries with left-hand traffic, with “all localized” in it.