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Author Topic: A Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming: The 10 Cars that Paved the Way  (Read 2008 times)
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« on: September 25, 2014, 08:03:06 PM »

We'll see .....

http://blog.caranddriver.com/a-mid-engined-c8-corvette-is-coming-the-10-cars-that-paved-the-way/

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 08:23:07 PM »


 As you can see, a mid engined Corvette has been a pipe dream for a very long time. I remember in the 70's when it was common magasine fodder to entice the public year in year out only to be given yet another version of the same old.

 We'll see this time.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 09:29:04 PM »

There's been some recent chatter about a high performance Cadillac halo product (an updated Cien?); having both would help make the business case.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2014, 09:50:10 PM »

Same old, new Corvette is selling like hotcakes and the next gen will be mid engine.

I would think the sale price would be much higher and at that point it's not a value sports car anymore.

Anything is possible, they did build the Pontiac Fiero, not sure what direction GM wants to go here.

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

GM needs to settle down and get consistent with their products and build a legacy brand.

Like the XLR, what was the point ? Like the Allante, same deal. You have to create a legend and stay with it like MB SL and stay with it, keep refining it and build a brand.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2014, 10:29:39 PM »


 This may offer some insight as to why it was proposed, but never done. At least in the 60's and 70's.

 http://ateupwithmotor.com/model-histories/chevrolet-corvette-c3/

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 11:05:31 AM »

I see nothing wrong with a front engine OHV V8 and rear transaxle.
 Keep it simple and reliable and most of all cheap. A Zr1 will run with Ferrari's  all day long for less than half the price.
Putting a DOHC engine behind the driver sounds great on paper, but will people justify the extra cost?

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2014, 12:28:11 PM »

There's been some speculation that the higher priced rear-engined model would be sold in conjunction with the Stingray.  On a technical note, Corvettes have always been mid-engined, as the powertrain is contained within the wheelbase!  The C8 might feature a "rear-mid" instead of a "front-mid" architecture.
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 05:28:45 PM »


 Yes, it has always been that way.

 The purpose of a mid engined (as we normally would think it) is lower polar inertia, which transloates to faster transient response. That means faster turn in. Think of it as how much easier it is to turn a Lazy Susan if all the jars are in the middle.

 The current set-up with the Corvette is good, but the mass is not concentrated in the centre point between the axles. It does have a near neutral weight bias, though, which gives good dynamic balance.

 In that article I posted, Bill Mitchell stuck to the aesthetics of the long hood, which is pleasing. In his eyes, a mid engined car was less aesthetically pleasing because of the short hood and a longer rear deck, as mid engined cars of the era typically had. There are some exceptions, notably the Lamborghini Muira, that were triumphs of design, but this car used a transversly mounted engine that shortened the rear deck considerably. Much like the driveline in the Fiero gave compact and well proportioned body.

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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2018, 12:31:21 PM »

Won't be long now, and its about time ! World class, I give Ford credit for bringing back the GT-40.

https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/gm-approves-c8-mid-engine-corvette-for-2019/

https://www.corvetteonline.com/news/latest-2019-corvette-zr1-and-2020-mid-engine-c8-news/

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