At the competition of elegance will show a prototype of a mid-engined Corvette with a rotary engineFebruary 8, 2019
There can also put a new sports car of the eighth generation
At the competition Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, which will be held from 8 to 10 March this year, both prototypes of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette XP987, built by GM’s experimental studio in the 70s, will be shown. It is expected that in the same General Motors will exhibit the new C8, which for the first time received a mid-engine layout.
One of the copies of XP987 of the last 35 years is owned by Briton Tom Falconer. The design of the prototype was developed by GM, but its building, which took six months, was done by the Pininfarina atelier. The car is assembled on a modified Porsche 914 chassis and was originally equipped with a 4.4-liter rotary engine with a capacity of 180 horsepower and a new automatic transmission.
In 1982, after refusing to start the car in the series, they tried to destroy it. The company management considered the experiment unsuccessful and wanted to forget about it as soon as possible. Falconer convinced the then head of the design center to give the car to him, but without an engine and transmission. Later, in 1997, Falconer was able to install a Mazdovsky 13B rotary unit on a prototype and combine it with the Cadillac automatic gearbox. However, at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, the car will be shown with the original 1973 engine.
The eighth generation Chevrolet Corvette was first shown to brand dealers in April last year. According to preliminary information, the range of engines of a mid-engined sports car will be comprised of atmospheric and turbocharged “eights”, as well as a hybrid powerplant, which will be about 1,000 horsepower.
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