Last week, the automotive internet was rocked by speculation that mid-engine Corvette would feature an encrypted ECU, which would effectively render it off limits to aftermarket tuners. But now, General Motors president Mark Reuss has weighed in, and the situation doesn’t sound so dire.
When asked about the potential for tuning by Muscle Cars and Trucks, Reuss said, “I don’t wanna cut anybody out from an aftermarket standpoint, but we have to pick and choose who are the good guys.” Presumably, that means that the General will allow industry leaders like Lingenfelter, Callaway, and Hennessey access to the keys that will them to make changes to the system. But smaller, less established companies might not actually get the chance to tweak the new supercar’s mill.
That said? The percentage of folks who are going to tune their new Corvette is pretty small, so we’re curious as to how important this issue is within the General. While it obviously wants to give die hard fans the ability to modify their cars, we have to think keeping some of its software secret is a giant concern — especially since the potential for hacking vehicles looms larger everyday.
Obviously, we’ll have more info on the next-generation Corvette after the wrap comes off in California in July. But if you’re looking to put one in your garage anytime soon, we suggest you pay a visit to your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer today. Give how long fans have been waiting for the mid-engine version of America’s sports car, Chevy will likely sell them faster than they can make them!