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UPDATE: Images removed


Here are millions of dollars of development and thousands of hours of work laid bare for us to ogle. This Corvette caught by Fast-Autos.net forum member, Chikara83, definitely has some trick bits on it and apparently it's the real deal. There's a liquid/liquid intercooler perched atop the V8, and where the alternator used to be sits a supercharger. We can't tell what type of huffer it is, though -- positive displacement Roots-type or centrifugal.

The hood and front quarters are wearing camouflage to cover changes in those panels. The low-pressure area behind the front wheels makes the perfect location for extractors, which are likely fed by the high pressure area at the base of the windshield. Together they provide a good path through the engine bay for extra cooling air. That's a nice, tidy explanation for why the camo is where it is, too, so we're going with it. There's also a vent in the leading edge of the rear quarter panel, which we presume is for rear brake cooling. The burning question that everyone wants to know has finally been answered: the interior (of the mule, at least) is still kinda cheap. We are gonna be so embarassed if this is Winding Road messing with us again.

Many thanks to tipster Chris.

[Source: Fast-Autos.net]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This is not from Winding Road. It's from Fast-Autos.com (http://www.fast-autos.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4944&page=2).

      And Brenda Priddy said in that thread, "this does not appear to be staged – this is not the way General Motors would do things to get publicity. And frankly, they probably have all the publicity (even before these photos) that they want at this time."
      I don't see it as a Winding Road-type hoax either. WR just threw on some tape, cardboard, and plastic. This is a different engine. Who would build an engine for a prank?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe that it is obvious that this will not be the final interior, this car is only a test mule, so you can put that thought to bed.
      Also if this turns out to be fake, I think that Autoblog can stop posting news from Winding road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a little early to be commenting on the interior quality of this vehicle, or any of the design really as this car is just a powertrain mule.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a zo6 test mule with a LS9 motor(ss motor). They are doing a powertrain test... this is not the body of the ss. That top intercooler houses the roots type charger below it making a super compact design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Guys, did you read the forum post? The fellow works for a shipping company; and this car was on it's way to Germany. My guess would be for Nurburgring testing.
      • 8 Years Ago

      This car is the envy of all other car makers. The Corvette is second to none. Why can`t GM build a minivan this good?
      Anyone who will buy a Porsche or Ferarri over this has more money than brains.
      • 8 Years Ago
      JUST REMEMBER -- whatever the styling ends up being, or whichever blower.

      It's SS when you write it, SUPER SPORT when you say it, or there goes the Chevy heritage from the sixties.

      Unless they hired someone from Ford, who was embarassed that "Mark something" was too Lincolnish, and made the cars EMM KAYS, rhymes with Hyundai.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that would look incredible sitting right next to my new roush mustang!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The 911 both costs more and weighs more than the Corvette. Plus the Corvette is a lot more reliable.

      Porsche both spends more and puts their money in different places.

      I'm not putting down Porsche or the 911, but it is a different set of tradeoffs."

      couldnt have said it better myself

      "And yes I know, the Porsche is much more expensive. However I think creating a decent interior wouldn't add a lot of weight and can't possibly be more expensive than 5k. Hell even if the Z06 would be 10k more because of it, it would still be comparatively cheap and a truely universally unbeatable package. It just seems to me that the Corvette development team did a wonderful job with the car and then screwed it by letting the beancounters design the interior. It's a shame, really"

      a better interior would add more weight, true its "not a lot" but keep in mind that this is a car where the floor is made of balsa wood and carbon fiber to save weight. at this performance level, every comprimise has to be closly examined. the interior is perfectly acceptable to people who are going to buy this car anyways. something tells me that most people who say they bought the porshe because the vette interior sucked would still buy the porsche if the vette cost more, weighed more, was slower, but had the nice interior. the corvette fan base is perfectly content with the cars balance of price/lux/performance just as 911 fans are happy with that cars balance.

      the real reason the corvette gets disrespected is the image the car has as opposed to the image the porshe has. too bad for 911 fanboys, image dont mean shit on the track

      vette >> 911

      • 8 Years Ago
      All compression done adiabatically should use an after/intercooler.
      The roots is a pump, not a compressor. The air volume to be pumped is trapped in the crevice between wall and rotor. The boost comes from the fact you are stuffing more air than needs be into a fixed volume.

      So air will try to get out, and will get thrashed about the edges of the rotors [because you are introducing a volume of near atmospheric air presure to a pressurized resevoir, and that air will rush back into the newly gained volume], making more heat. The improvement to the design (extra twist, surface coatings, etc.) is responsible for the extra 20hp in the latest 3800 (240hp@5200 to 260hp@5600)

      Jag is pushing it pretty hard, 420hp@6000 from 4.2 liters
      GM even more so, 469hp@6400 in STS-V from 4.4 liters
      The old (15 year) aston martin vantage had two supercharger 550hp from 5.3 liters, although one big modern one would work just as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think I'm going to cry. I never got to see the pictures :(
      • 8 Years Ago

      I agree with you. Then again, I drive an Evo, so I know all about spartan interiors.

      Like what was said before, all that stuff adds weight and a lot of it. If you want a car that's just as fancy on the inside then you're going to have to step down in performance or take out that second mortgage.
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