Taking Automotive Design and Performance By Storm

Throughout the history of Corvette, there have been tiny clues planted, almost like an Easter egg in a movie, that tip off the observant enthusiast of what’s to come.

Take, for example, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (the second in the series of Transformers movies). Having debuted in 2009, the film featured several General Motors vehicles, including a Corvette named Sideswipe. The car featured a Stingray emblem and a new, angular crossed flags emblem with many automotive blogs touting it as the Stingray Corvette concept car. It wasn’t until four years later that a seventh-generation Corvette, with striking similarities to the movie car, was officially revealed.

Even prior to Sideswipe’s on-screen debut, previous generations of Corvette left trails of clues as to what was to come. Take for example the often-unnoticed wireframe hanging in the design and engineering area of the National Corvette Museum. Its blue lines pop off the vast, black ceiling, yet most visitors didn’t notice its presence or the fact that it was the outline of the C5 generation Corvette, placed on display prior to the generation being revealed.

Speculation has been growing that the eighth-generation Corvette is on the horizon, as well as the development of a mid-engine GM vehicle. Rumors have been floating around that it could be a Corvette, or even a Cadillac. And while only time will tell what the truth is, enthusiasts are looking high and low for clues. Perhaps that clue can be found in the latest Disney-Pixar flick, Cars 3, set to hit screens June 16, 2017.

In this sequel, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves, blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers. One such racer is the arrogant, rude, competitive and egotistical Jackson Storm.

Jackson Storm, bearing colors and curves much like the Cadillac DPi-V.R yet reminiscent of Sideswipe, touts a maximum performance V-8 engine with 850 hp. His chassis is said to be made of hydroformed alloy and steel, while his body is carbon fiber and metal composite. On the track, Jackson has a top speed of 214 mph and a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds.

We’ll let you be the judge of this interesting cartoon racecar and its uncanny features. Check out the photos and videos below, and like the rest of the Corvette nation, keep your eyes peeled for future exciting developments.