The two most exciting, hyped and popular enthusiast vehicles America currently has to offer come from General Motors and Ford. Yet, they couldn’t be more different. From Ford, it’s the Bronco SUV. This vehicle marks the return of a loved nameplate, and an entrance into a segment Ford hasn’t been in since the 90s. The other is the C8 Chevrolet Corvette, which brought the most radical change America’s sports car has ever seen with the move to a mid-engined design. One is built to dominate a backroad or racetrack, the other is focused on taking its occupants to rugged trails and beautiful nature. As fundamentally different as these cars are, they actually share one key supplier for a rather important component. Webasto, a German roof supplier, makes the roof for both the C8 Corvette Convertible and Ford Bronco.
We knew Webasto was in charge of Ford Bronco roof production, as they are allegedly the supplier to blame for the Bronco’s delay from spring to summer 2021. But a story by Design News informed us Webasto also makes the C8 Corvette Convertible roof as well. Ironic, then, that one company is responsible for the roofs of the two American vehicles with the most public and enthusiast interest right now.
Just like the vehicles themselves, the C8 Corvette and Ford Bronco convertible roofs couldn’t be more different. The C8 features a power retractable hardtop for the first time ever. It can fold away into its compartment at speeds of up to 30 mph, provides better refinement than a soft top, and doesn’t impact front or rear trunk space at all. The Bronco’s roof requires a little more work, whether you choose the soft top or hard top. The soft top’s roof section can be flipped back so the front seats have open air, full retracted, or removed all together. The hard top features removable roof panels, and a separately removable rear panel that covers the cargo area.
You may not have ever heard of Webasto, but you’ve certainly heard of the vehicles they produce convertible roofs for. Lucky them for being in charge of America’s most anticipated drop tops.