The Corvette CERV III was a final and valiant attempt in putting a mid-engined Corvette coupe into production. The Corvette Indy Concept, introduced just a few years before, had also been a mid-engine design. The Corvette Indy Concept was basically a rolling show piece, but the CERV III was designed as an engineering test bed that GM dubbed a '200 mph safety machine.' This super-performance sports car had all wheel drive and all wheel steering which aided it to compensate for such negative influences on the vehicle as cross-winds, irregular road surfaces, and uneven traction conditions. It could automatically compensate for slippery surfaces wet or dry.
Along with technological innovations, the CERVIII was a performance machine. It was bodied in carbon fiber, nomex and kevlar, reinforced with aluminum honeycomb. Combined, these elements formed a one-piece composite unit with a very low drag coefficient of 0.277 Cd.
Powering this prototype was a Lotus-tuned 5.7-liter V8 engine with twin Garett turbochargers. The 5.7-liter unit was capable of producing 650 horsepower. To keep the car in the driver's control, each wheel was equipped with dual disc brakes.
Sending the power to all four wheels was a six-speed transmission. The gearbox was actually two transmissions, a three-speed Hydramatic unit and a custom two-speed transmission. Shifting was automatically controlled by a computer.
The CERV III never made it past the experimental stage and remained a concept.Also photographed at :