1957 Corvette SS - From Conception to Reality
This is the 1957 Corvette SS concept racer. This video shows its development from drawings on paper to racing at the 12hrs of Sebring.
Corvette SS Preps for Race at Sebring 1957
The 1957 Corvette SS 'concept car', was built in order to race at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Two chassis were built, 'the Mule' and the car to be raced. Its first race would be the test for its preparations at LeMans. This race at the 12 Hours of Sebring would determine whether it could take on the world at LeMans. Famed engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, had lead a team of engineers to build this ultra-lightweight (1850 lbs) and powerful (307 horsepower) racing car. They were inspired by the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing and the Birdcage Maserati. To keep weight down, they used a magnesium body that surrounded a tubular steel frame with coil-over-shock front suspension, a de Dion rear axle and aluminum drum brakes. Its fuel-injected small-block V8 could turn out 307 horsepower at 6,400 RPM. Great Cars MR QT
Aerovette -- Corvette Show Car
One of the most beautiful concept cars created by GM was the XP-822 later called the Aerovette. It sprang from the minds of famed GM engineer and race car driver Zora Arkus Duntov and his engineers who originally built two predecessors during 1969. John DeLorean, Chevrolet's general manager, felt the program was impractical and too expensive and canceled the car. But when he heard Fords plans to sell the DeTomaso Pantera through Lincoln-Mercury dealers, DeLorean ordered one XP-882 cleaned up for display at the 1970 New York Auto Show. Its designer, Charles Jordan, would later become the VP of design went to work on a new version for the 1973 Paris motor show. This time an XP-882 chassis was powered by an experimental four-rotor Wankel engine. The rotary engines looked promising but their poor fuel economy didnt bode well with an impending oil crisis on the horizon. The car would go through several more iterations before being put out to pasture.
Vintage Corvette road race cars.
Vintage road race Corvettes