A proper demonstration of Chevy’s smart nose-lift system

The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette has a cool nose-lift system that enables you to drive over speed bumps, small curbs, or ramps without having to worry that you’ll hit the front bumper. We’ve already seen how it works, but we now have a new video in which the nose-lift system is put to good use.

Nose-lift comes in handy at auto shows

The C8 Corvette might have been unveiled at a somewhat private event with limited access, but the sports car was immediately shown at public events across the U.S. This footage was filmed in Atlantic City, where a C8 Corvette was on display for a while. The video shows the coupe being stowed away for safekeeping at the end of the event. In order to move the car inside a tent, the driver had to drive over a ramp. Although the angle isn’t very steep, such a ramp can be problematic for a sports car with a low ride height. Thankfully, the extra two inches from the nose-lift system were enough for the C8 Corvette to climb it without damaging its front bumper. But the feature wasn’t designed just to climb ramps.

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Nose-lift will make your life easier in the city

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The C8 Corvette's nose will rise from the ground a further 1.5 inches

Nose-lift is quite a common feature on modern sports cars with a low ride height. By raising the nose from the ground, usually at the push of a button, the car can be driven easier over speed bumps or over a curb. Speed bumps are common in the city, where they enforce low speeds on narrow streets or heavily populated neighborhoods. Climbing curbs also becomes necessary when parking into a driveway and when using multistorey car parks.

The C8 Corvette’s nose will rise from the ground a further 1.5 inches, which, as demonstrated by the video above, is enough to climb ramps and drive past speed bumps. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 24 mph, so you don’t necessarily need to stop the car to use this feature. Reaching the maximum height takes only 2.8 seconds so you won’t have to wait too long if you have to stop before a curb or a ramp.

The C8 Corvette’s nose-lift system is quite special

The Corvette’s nose-lift system might not seem like a big deal in 2019. After all, most sports cars and supercars have one. However, Chevy to stay above the competition by connecting the nose-lift system to the car’s GPS. What this does is that it enables the nose-lift feature to store any point on the map where you raise the nose so that it can use it in the future. Once a point is stored on the map, the system will automatically raise the nose when you pass through that point again. If your speed is lower than 24 mph, obviously. The GPS can remember up to 1,000 locations, so it should cover your most common routes without issues.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray drivetrain specifications
Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps
Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling
Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic
Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.
Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)
Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)
Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)
Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): SAE-certified to 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)
Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): SAE-certified to 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

Further reading

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