FROM Zora Arkus-Duntov to Bob Lutz, GM car guys have flirted with mid-engine Vettes for more than 50 years. Zora built the first mid-engine concept in 1963, while Lutz and former chief engineer Tom Wallace were working on one when GM went bankrupt in 2009. Here are some of the mid-engined Vettes that never were.
Built as a response to Fordís GT40, the CERV a mid-mounted Corvette Grand Sport V8, and (presciently) all-wheel drive.
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This little-known rear-engine concept was built to test the viability of a V8-powered Porsche 911 fighter.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, it crashed in testing, and was quietly forgotten.
GM stuffed a big-block, 7.0-litre Corvette V8 mid-ships to give this concept plenty of grunt, but the transaxle taken from the compact Pontiac Tempest couldnít handle the torque.
Undeterred by XP-880ís failure, Zora Arkus-Duntov came back with a car powered by a transversemounted 7.4-litre V8 driving through a hefty transmission developed by GM for the front-drive Oldsmobile Toronado. h devel front Torona
This was a development of XP-882 authorised by John DeLorean. The steel bodywork was replaced with an innovative spot-welded and bonded aluminium structure, saving 182kg, but the cost was prohibitive. g, hibitive.
Like many carmakers in the early 1970s, GM experimented with the light, compact, powerful Wankel rotary engines. With a 134kW Pininfarina chassis. y g rotary, it was built by Pininf on a modified Porsche 914 c
GM stuffed a twice as powerful four-rotor Wankel engine into the XP-882 chassis and wrapped it in new panels.
The car was built in three months and debuted at the Paris motor show.
This was an attempt at an affordable mid-engine Corvette and was powered by a turbocharged version of the 2.8-litre Chevy Citation V6.
A prototype was built on a modified Porsche 914 platform.
Legendary GM stylist Bill Mitchell got the 4-rotor Corvette approved for production essentially by replacing the Wankel engine with a small-block V8, but shortly after he retired. 8, the car was cancelled
Initially designed to showcase GMís IndyCar race engine, it eventually was turned into a runner powered by the 283kW Lotus-developed quad-cam LT-5 V8 from the Corvette ZR-1.
Based on the Corvette Indy, but built as a fully functional engineering test bed capable of meeting all safety and emissions regulations.
Featured active suspension developed with Lotus.