This car has remained a secret for many years
Our friends at The Drive shed light on this enigmatic fourth-generation Corvette. Built with a V8 engine in 1987, the model was modified to run on electricity at some point in the 1990s. Many details about the conversion are murky at best, and no one at Motorola or General Motors remembers this car or the project it emerged from, but a thick stack of documents details some of the modifications that were made.
Visually, nothing sets the prototype apart from a regular-production 1987 Corvette. It’s red with a white top and it sits on the factory-fitted alloy wheels. It’s a different story under the hood, where a series of boxes occupy the space normally reserved for the V8. Some are labeled “high voltage” and contain some of the deep-cycle batteries that power the car, according to The Drive. Motorola stuffed more batteries in the trunk and, interestingly, a few seem to be integrated into the floorboards. Were engineers looking for ways to lower the center of gravity?
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