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So do you think there is another way to move the front-engine Vette's mass rearward? Certainly a 600+ hp rear-drive sportscar can benefit from having more than half its mass on its rear wheels - for braking as well as accelleration. I would think this should be GM's top priority for improving the Vette's performance, short of going mid-engine, which of course would accomplish it.

But about the Hellcat, I'm impressed with its hp and mpg numbers, especially given the car's high weight. I think it shows that GM held back too much with the LT4. The LT4 should have been able to easily muster the same hp output as the Hellcat and still beat its mpg numbers.

But about street racing, even if the Hellcat can beat a Z06 in a roll-on its nowhere near as high performing overall. Its really apples and oranges. But the Hellcat is a very cool car -- Kudos Dodge. :thumbsup:
The current car already has more than half it's weight on it's rear wheels. More rear bias isn't really going to help the car in the area's needed, that's not what they are going for.

What they want to do is get the mass centered between the wheels.
 

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Put some tiny yet powerfull electic motors up front, DO NOT put in a huge battery, just one that is powerfull enough for a minutes worth of power to the front wheels, use the vettes already "excess" hp to recharge is a quickly as possible and you have instant AWD but more importantly since it is all electric, you can dial it in wit the vette electronics and stability and launch control etc... no front aft diff to speak of and you can back off power to a slipping rear wheel and add powr to a front wheel and you have solved much of the issues.

bettte yet, have the motor just charge the battery and use 4 electric motors. So the gas motor can be optimized to run efficiently at a certain RPM... and best of all you still get a V8 rumble
 

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http://www.worldcarfans.com/115031690591/corvette-engineer-says-mid-engined-version-is-not-being

Corvette engineer says mid-engined version is not being developed


Juechter has announced they aren't developing a mid-engined version.

It was the 80s when rumors about a mid-engined Corvette surfaced, but these never materialized and it seems the situation won't change in the near future. In an interview with Autoline After Hours, Chevrolet Corvette engineer Tadge Juechter was asked about a mid-engined Corvette which supposedly appeared for a brief moment in a TV program, but his response was: "I'll have to check that out, because I know no such car exists."

Juechter did admit they analyzed the prospects of a mid-engined Corvette C7, but refused to go down this road because they say it would have greatly affected everyday driving comfort. We remind you that back in January, Car & Driver published some spy shots allegedly depicting a mid-engined Corvette prototype which is expected to come out in 2017 as the Zora ZR1 and will be sold alongside the current C7.

Since Tadge Juechter denied the existence of such a model, one can speculate that maybe Chevrolet is planning a mid-engined supercar positioned above the Corvette and they are trying to keep it a secret just like Ford did with the new GT.
 
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