The late Zora Arkus Duntov has been credited with the title, “The Father of the Corvette. I met this brilliant man late in his life and we talked about his trials and tribulations at General Motors in the 1950s and 60s. His biggest frustration was that GM never approved building a mid-engined Corvette for production. Duntov highlight of his careen was during the evolution of mid-engined cars in racing and the advantage that design had over front engined cars. He conveyed to me that the existence of a transaxle in a reasonable cost was the biggest obstacle. GM has also never made a diesel mid-engined car, a diesel super car and so The Mystry mid-engined diesel is to combine the dreams of Duntov and yours truly into that project.
The original project vision came form Duntov’s frustration ringing in my brain for years until one day I was at a Corvette bone-yard and saw a Corvette rolling chassis with no body on it and received a vision of how it might be done. There were actually two ways. Both ways started with a conventional Corvette chassis and numerous modifications.
• Version A was the removal of the motor from the front layout configuration, placing it in a new configuration behind the passenger facing backward with the stock T-56 Tremac 6-speed transaxle facing forward, a la Lamborghini with a series of transfer cases and prop-shaft transmitting power to the stock Corvette Getrag differential. Complicated yet utilizing a brilliant existing off-the-shelf $2,500 transaxle- the stopping force in all mid-engined applications.
• Version B is a simple mid-engined longitudinal layout consisting of motor behind passengers then the transaxle. In both cases, the proportions change to a shorter front end and longer engine bay to accommodate the required layout.
Diesel provides approximately 50% of vehicle sales in Europe. Advantages are approximately 30% higher fuel efficiency and fuel cost of typically 10% less that gasoline ( varies ). Diesel engines provide significantly more torque, which is the acceleration portion of performance. Finally, a diesel motor is heavier that a conventional gasoline powered car because the huge torque requires major components to be much stronger and heavier ( i.e., cast iron engine blocks which are 150 pounds heavier than aluminum ).
The significance of all this is the possibility of Bio-fuel becoming the transforming energy of America. Is it true or not? We intend to find out. Can a Bio-fuel Diesel powered super Car compare to a modern gasoline Super Car? We intend to find out.
Our super car will be powered by the next step in the evolution of fuel, which is Bio-fuel. There are many possible choices and we intend to test the best choices and tell the world about this story. It is an amazing concept.