Originally Posted by caarmike
Interesting thought, but I've never heard of an automaker building a one-off prototype (which can cost ~$1 million) for the sole purpose of appearing in grainy spy shots.
Didn't mean to imply it was a one-off SPECIFICALLY designed for publicity. But one article stated that there was a rumor that the mid-engined prototypes or mules or whatever were tested at night. Presumably that was to avoid them being photographed, right? So suddenly they test the car during the day and just happen to have some current gen Corvettes and a Cadillac so that anybody who just happens to be pointing their lens in the right direction from A MILE away (do spy photogs do that regularly?) happens to get the shot and knows that it's a mid-engined Corvette?
And, as Crash says, how can you *really* tell this is mid-engined? Yeah, it seems to have the right proportions. But how the photog not get a proper profile pic from a mile away? Was the track still so big from that distance that the profile couldn't be seen?
I assume someone from GM probably contacted the photog to say, "Hey, we're testing it during the day now. Make sure you get a shot...." GM starts the buzz, photog makes $. Everyone's a winner. ;)