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Old 08-05-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Senior Saab Engineer Accidentally Confirms Mid Engine Corvette Existence!

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The much-rumored mid-engined Corvette project has been unexpectedly confirmed by a senior Saab source.
The engineer revealed in a trade magazine that Saab’s engineers had developed a double-clutch transmission for a "mid-engined version of the Corvette" when Saab was General Motors' centre of competence for those systems.

The source also revealed that the wet-clutch transmission was designed to cope with up to 590lbft of torque, only marginally less than delivered by today’s Corvette ZR-1 V8.
The news of the DCT project confirms just how serious GM was about shifting to a mid-engined layout for the new-generation car.

It’s thought that the mid-engined Corvette concept was fully engineered but became a victim of the credit crunch in 2008.
However, the latest rumours from the US suggest the mid-engined layout is now back on the agenda for the next-generation C8 Corvette, which is expected to arrive in five years’ time.

GM bosses are also said to be considering downsizing to a V6 engine, probably backed up by turbochargers. The C8 could also be more compact and lighter, possibly using more aluminium in its construction.

There have been numerous mid-engined Corvette concepts since the 1960s; the last concept to feature such a layout was the CERV III in 1990 (above).
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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C8? So when are we going to get the C7?
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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Same story every new C???

I really do not think they will ever make it mid engines. The front/mid, works quite well now.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
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Mid = behind front axle, in front of passengers, or mid = behind passengers, in front of rear axle?

Both are mid-engine, but one is considerably different than the other.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:43 PM   #5
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You are very right Chromer, but mid behind the front tires is still better than front on top of the front tires. Both are probably not quite as good as mid behind the driver, but the corvette layout to me is not suffering that badly.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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Just because they developed a transmission that will work on a mid engine V8 application does not mean that project will actually make it to production. I doubt it will be mid engined as well. What's the point? It's not supposed to compete with exotics, it will make it more expensive to manufacture and harder to service, and it will piss off purists.

On paper it would be good but how can you justify it as a business decision?
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:28 PM   #7
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So, they going to name it... Corvair?

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Mid-engine V6 sportscar?

Too bad Honda is too stupid/gimped to make a new NSX, looks like GM will have to do it for them.
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Corvette already uses a transaxle, just with a torque tube (driveshaft) between it and the engine.

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