The Illustrated Corvette Wheel Guide, Part 3

Part 3: '97-'09

K. Scott Teeters Feb 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)

While the design of the all-new '97 C5 was thoroughly modern, many of the basic components could be traced back to Zora Arkus-Duntov's '57 "Q-Corvette" proposal. Even then, Corvette's chief engineer was thinking about advanced hardware such as an all-aluminum, fuel-injected engine; a rear transaxle; four-wheel independent suspension; and inboard-mounted rear drum brakes to reduce unsprung mass. Lightweight alloy wheels eliminated the need for inboard drums on the C5, but in many other respects, the fifth-gen Vette was the culmination of Duntov's dream.

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