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Old August 10th   #1
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Mid-engined Corvette development confirmed... by Saab engineers?!

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/08/05/m...aab-engineers/



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Before things went all tipsy in the auto market, the engineers at General Motors were apparently hard at work on some pretty interesting projects. How interesting? How about an actual mid-engine Corvette? Autocar says that an unnamed Saab engineer confirmed that the Swedish automaker had actually been charged with developing a transmission for such a beast when the company was still under The General's wing. Evidently, the cog box used a wet clutch setup and was built to handle up to 590 lb-ft of torque. If you're keeping score at home, you'll likely note that those twist figures are just south of what the ZR1 puts to the pavement right now.

How about them apples.

As Autocar points out, that project was canned when credit went tighter than a fat man's socks, but there may be a ray of light in this whole tale. The UK publication claims that GM has fired up the burners under the C7 project one more time, and that a mid-engine chassis will indeed be part of the recipe. If you're buying what Autocar is selling and we're not necessarily in that group a turbo V6 will supply the car's grunt, too.
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Reminds me of a Jaguar XJ220

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XJ220
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Reminds me of a Jaguar XJ220

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XJ220

Yeah, I was thinking it looked familiar too. Pretty amazing similarity considering the Jag design is almost 20 years old now.
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That concept was before the C5. (that's why it has pop up lights)
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That concept was before the C5. (that's why it has pop up lights)
Don't you mean c6?
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Don't you mean c6?
No look at the wheels. It looks just like the wheels that are on C4's.
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The first picture is the concept before they came out with the C5 Corvette's.
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The first picture is the concept before they came out with the C5 Corvette's.
Oh my bad. I don't know what I was thinking.

What's interesting is how the timeline of the two cars is similar. I wonder if there was a key designer involved in both projects.
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You guys are aware that the car is a 1990 Corvette Prototype called the CERVIII.

Here is an article about it. http://www.corvettes.nl/gm_prototypes/cerv3/index.html
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they've had mid engine concepts for a while now.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/an-...ette-concepts/
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Karl Stracke, General Motors VP of global engineering, has unequivocally denied the recent rumors about a mid-engine version of the next-generation Corvette with a wet-dual-clutch transmission. Stracke spoke with editors at Automotive News and Autoweek and addressed the latest batch of rumors. For decades, speculation about what will be done with a next-generation Corvette invariably pops up almost immediately after a new model is introduced.

For example, a mid-engined Corvette has reportedly been on the cards since at least the mid-60s, thanks in part to a string of concept and experimental models of that configuration. The last Corvette-badged mid-engine concept was the 1990 CERV-III, but that hasn't stopped the speculation – especially in recent years as the Corvette has gained increased respect among the ranks of high-end sports cars. According to Stracke, "There is no mid-engine in the plans."

The same goes for a the story revealed by a Saab engineer about development of a wet DCT. Automakers are increasingly moving away from wet-clutch gearboxes to dry-clutch units because they are less expensive and more efficient. While Stracke shoots down the wet DCT, no mention is made of a dry-clutch unit... if Chevrolet follows Ferrari and Porsche down the dual-clutch path, that is almost certainly the type we will see.

Stracke also put the kibosh on a V6 Corvette. GM has already announced a direct injected small-block V8 is coming soon for its full-size pickup trucks and the Corvette will no doubt follow. Stracke did acknowledge that a hybrid is a possibility for the sports car and since competitors are going that way it wouldn't be out of place.
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