There isn’t a red carpet. No bright lights and paparazzi. No caviar or Kardashians. Instead, we’re in dirt parking lot in rural Michigan. It’s just us and the best-performing Corvette of all time. We’ve just driven the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8, the first mid-engine production Corvette ever.

Many enthusiasts have wanted a mid-engine Corvette for decades. Yes, decades. Moving a sports car's engine behind its driver improves its weight distribution, balance, and performance, and Chevy has teased mid-engine Corvettes since the 1960s. The Corvette has been America’s best-selling sports car for nearly 70 years, but its engine has always remained up in the front. Until now. The historic change elevates the performance and image of the new Chevy Corvette to true supercar levels — and for the first time in many years, “America’s Sports Car” is ready to take on the best from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren.