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1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

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1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

Hello Gearheads, today I am bringing you an amazing concept car that you simply have to see. This is the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car, which is currently on display at the National Corvette Museum. I saw this car in person, and it is quite unique.  I hope you will enjoy these photos and the unique story around this concept car from 1986.

Historic Corvette

Back in 1985, the folks at GM needed to find a way to show off some of their more interesting projects. They decided to build a couple of really cool cars to show off at the car show circuit to highlight what they were doing, One of these projects was the 1986 Corvette Indy. This concept would have a mid-engine layout and would also be all wheel drive. These were technologies that were still pretty uncommon in 1985, so these features alone drew attention. The team at Corvette wanted to highlight this and many other advanced features in their design, so they went to work designing and building the ultimate Corvette. Reportedly, the team worked hard and were able to move from clay model to a full scale car in just around 6 weeks, which must have meant they were really burning the midnight oil.

1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

Technological Wonder

The 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car featured some outrageous and unheard of advances for its time. The car featured a racing inspired 600hp twin turbo  265 cu.in. Indy V-8 engine which was mounted directly behind the drivers seat.  It also had features such as door mounted displays for climate control and audio controls, a CRT based instrument panel which was customizable, selectable all wheel steering, and Lotus active suspension.

The interesting thing about this suspension is that it did not actually have shock absorbers or coil springs. This suspension used computer processors to control hydraulics based on what the sensors detected. More amazingly, the car had a navigation screen, long before the GPS satellites were even available for use outside of military and government operations. It also had features such as traction control, which again was very uncommon in 1986. My personal favorite feature is that the car had a backup camera..in 1986! This was absolutely unheard of at that time.

1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car exploded viewInfluential Corvette

Although this 600 horsepower monster never made it to production, you can see clearly that the styling and technological features did live on. The front end of this car looks similar to a mid 1990s Camaro, so the design did live on in that way. The features are now common in most cars, but in 1986 these features were futuristic. It is another example of how a concept car such as this 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car can influence cars for generations to come. This technological and styling masterpiece was so advanced it would have cost a fortune to produce, sell, and honor a warranty for it. As such, it never saw the road. However, it is still an amazing piece of history that we can continue to admire in awe.

 

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1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

 

3 Comments on “1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pretty badass for it’s time!! And back then, they predicted that we would have flying cars in 2020….

  2. Thanks Bryan! What is amazing is how much similarity there is to the new mid-engine Corvette. The styling has cues of the new Vette, but that mid-engine and all of the tech! Wow! That would be fun to see in person.

  3. What an amazing design. You can really tell this car was built for speed, so futuristic and sleek.

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