The famous racer, Duntov, had been in love with the Corvette for a long time. He had the idea to design a machine in the center (Mid-Engine) on a Corvette during his lifetime. According to him, this brilliant idea could be a solution to the Roadster’s weaknesses. Unfortunately, 23 years of his career at General Motors (GM) said otherwise. Duntov felt he failed to turn the Corvette into a mid-engine platform. That’s what ultimately frustrated him for life.
Fortunately, Chevrolet still keeps 11 prototype models created by Duntov. Which are the future of Mid-Engine. The Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) is the first prototype to have a V8 engine power of 353 HP, created in 1959. Interestingly, this model became a secret for almost 2 years before finally appearing at the 1960 United States Grand Prix. Duntov also managed to ride it on Pikes Peak 60 times and always maintained a positive record.
Failure after failure of Duntov’s efforts continued. There are a total of 11 prototypes that were rejected from CERV-II (1964), XP-880 Astro II (1968), XP-882 (1970), XP-895 (1972), Reynolds Aluminum Corvette (1973) to CERV-III (1990). On July 18, 2019, Chevrolet intended to revive Duntov’s dream.
The Corvette C8 is the eighth generation of the C-coded Corvette family line. The Corvette C8 adopts the Mid-Engine model for the first time, just as Duntov dreams. This car is a new history for Chevrolet. “In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history,” said GM President Mark Reuss.
In 2019, it was represented by GM that Chevrolet released the Corvette C8, called the Stingray. For the first time in history, this new car applies the mid-engine, according to Duntov’s dream. What are the details of this car? Take a look at the Corvette C8 full review here.