Yeah, it would just awful if Corvette were to shed 500 lb. or more, go
with a mid-engine platform and smaller/alternative engines while
retaining straight line performance and improving handling and
responsiveness. If Corvette can't change from its current
configuration it's dead. Pretty much a metaphor for GM.
Hmmm, having owned three mids, (a 914-6, a Fiero
and an MR2) I like that idea. Got tired of that
layout because, in those days, I did my tuning &
repairs but didn't enjoy delving down into those
damn mid-engine compartments.
The low polar moment and agility of a mid is
great. Pontiac's death started on the drawing
board with having to mount the engine way up
high to accommodate the Chevy transaxle. That
high CG in the ass-end made the trailing
throttle issues too pronounced. Their selling
price positioned it against far better iron for
a 2-person vehicle that only carried one set of
How about this for our 2014 Corvette...
Mid-powertrain and loft it with two bodies in
1. All purpose carbon-fiber sports car with
supercharged gasoline engines. One engine
certifiable in the US, EPA & Cal. Another,
"world-class" engine option for export-only,
suitable for Europe, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
UAE and some unidentified (?) country that
quietly does "gray market" imports. The engines
in the U.S. model and the export model would be
'easily swappable' :-) (There will be no ethics
questions for this class session kiddies.)
2. An all-electric, fiberglass "sport-about"
for showy, around-town driving with a 50-55 mile
range and kick-ass acceleration. Just the thing
for us old farts to tool through Leisure-World
and Sun-City parking lots. (There should be a
key-lock to enable full power. Using that the
DMV or our grandchildren can actuate a limiter
on performance when we get feeble--something
akin to the performance key in the old ZR-1.)
3. A clean, direct-injection diesel with all
sorts of silly features to make Barbara Boxer,
Uncle Vito and Sal all cum to the party and join
the cheering section. Call this is the "Grand
Touring" critter. Fiberglass again.
4. A Fiberglas hybrid, mating the electric
train with a small fossil-fuel engine to reduce
the amount of battery weight in option #2 (above).
There you have it folks. With a couple of trim
levels for each, A WHOLE CAR LINE!!!
OK Barak, I'm your guy to retool Bowling Green.
Shitcan the conventional ideology, "Come the
revolution comrades..." LOL!
Fritz may say that Corvette pays it's rent but
it will only survive if there's a landlord
present -- GM has gotta stay alive or Corvette
will become another brokered acquisition of
Volkswagen, Kia or Hyundai.
OK Vito the "nay-sayer" and Sal the "whatever:"
you each have a blank sheet of paper. Please be
more creative that to just badge it with a
Renault, vwwerk or Auto-Union brand!
Don't take more than 20 minutes on this. Turn
in your papers tomorrow before the start of
class. No whining. And no smoking of anything
while doing your homework.
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