One of Saab’s internal and senior engineering staff has revealed General Motors is planning a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette for the future.
Saab previously had close ties with General Motors and exchanged certain aspects of product development. The senior staffer revealed that an arm of Saab was developing a wet double-clutch gearbox for a ‘mid-engined version of the Corvette’ for General Motors.
The insider also said the gearbox was specified to handle torque outputs of around 800Nm, which is very close to the current Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1’s figure. Chevrolet did have plans to produce a mid-engined version of the iconic model in 2008 but due to the economic damage of the financial crisis, those plans had to be scrapped.
It’s not the first time the company has thought about producing a mid-engined Corvette either. Back in 1990 they came up with the Corvette CERIII Concept, which was mid-engined.
Reports are now saying plans are back on track for a mid-engine C8 Corvette, with rumours indicating a release within the next five years. The mid-engined model is also rumoured to be shedding the V8 platform and adopting a V6 layout that is likely to be twin-turbocharged. Reports also suggest the tradition-altering model would use a majority of aluminium components in its construction to focus on light-weight agility.