Each Monday, the National Corvette Museum’s curator Derek Moore features a topic for his “Moore Monday’s” video segment that the NCM posts on Facebook. It’s a great way to go behind-the-scenes of the NCM’s collection and learn some interesting history about our favorite sports car.
This week, Derek talks about Mid-Engine Corvettes and specifically, the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept that is on display at the NCM.
Like many concept cars, the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept is loaded up with features and options that were considered both novel and futuristic for the time-period. The Corvette Indy got its name from a twin-turbo 32 valve, 2.6 liter V8 engine designed for IndyCar racing by Lotus Engineering. That racing engine led to the creation of a 265 ci street version of the engine which was found in the Corvette Indy concept.
The first car designed in the series was a non-functional silver-painted show car that went on display at the 1986 Detroit Auto Show. The response was so great that Chevy built two more Indy Concepts, the Blue and Red versions that were functional street cars. A few years later, Chevrolet would follow up on the Corvette Indy concepts with the construction of the 1990 CERV III based on the Corvette Indy.
Many of the Corvette Indy’s attributes included all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active suspension and a rearview camera with an in-dash monitor. Other features that were considered advanced technologies in the mid-eighties included ABS braking, electronic traction control, and electronic throttle controls.
Here is Derek Moore showing off the Red Corvette Indy Concept from the NCM, as well as a V8 Chevy small block engine that was used to power another rear-engined Concept car know as the Reynolds XP-895.
Derek Moore goes beyond the barrier to take a closer look at one of the mid-engine Corvette Concept cars on display here at the National Corvette Museum on this episode of Moore Mondays.
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