"Maintained" "Was" "Was" "Have been"
Note all the references to the past.
I agree though. The Corvette was never a race car. It was never intended to
be a race car. But then, neither was any standard Porsche you'd see on the
dealers showroom. The Corvette was made for cruising in style, and defines
the ultimate cruising car. You have to remember that "cruising" is an ALL
All over America in the 50's, 60's and 70's guys and gals were downtown for
hours, cruising up Broadway and then down 5th. Stopping buy "Tic-Toc" or
Carnival." No car ever built cruised better than the Corvette. Girls
literally jumped for the opportunity to climb all over a guy in a Corvette.
Porsche drivers didn't even make a show in this arena. And what really
pissed them off (and still does) was that the Corvette was always faster in
a straight line, while carrying that girl. And, in the USA, that's what
counted the most. What has happened now is the Corvette is not only faster
in the 1/4, but also on any road course. All the while being MUCH more
reliable, VASTLY easier to maintain, and with FAR better creature comfort.
One thing for sure! You will NEVER see a Corvette with a Porsche engine. I
guess the closest you'll ever get to that is when Porsche put some engines
in production Mooney aircraft. What a JOKE that was. The airplane was much
more expensive, heavier, slower, and had severe reliability problems. Just
like their cars, most of these aircraft have been, for the better, converted
to American muscle "Lycoming."
So start living in the real world yourself.