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Old 11-13-2006, 11:32 PM   #21
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Indeed, but dont think the design is flawless. It caused a bunch of design problems that created HUGE profit losses and set backs during the design, testing, and prelim. production.

The biggest one being that because the transmission and torsion tube are so much bigger than a driveshaft you couldn't mount a standard gas tank. Which is why stating in 97 they had dual 9 gallon gas tanks. Which as you can imagine is easier said than done.
Oh yeah, the c5 is only possible because of some of those designs, hydroforming being used by GM, etc.... If you want a detailed inside look about the C5 project, find the book "All Corvettes are Red."

Some people think the ride is overly harsh for a sports car even, and the wheel articulation could be a little better speaking in terms of tire contact patch.
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.... If you want a detailed inside look about the C5 project, find the book "All Corvettes are Red."
I own that book. I've read most of it twice.
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.... If you want a detailed inside look about the C5 project, find the book "All Corvettes are Red."
I own that book. I've read most of it twice.
*highfive* It'* amazing the access he got, as he mentions in the book, even more then top GM execs.

I'm starting over "Corvette Odyssy" since I got halfway into it, and never had time to finish it. Found that one for $2 at a store..
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Just one thing to point out. The C5 wasn't an aluminum frame, and neither is the C6, except for the C6 ZO6. And the aluminum frame isn't hydroformed. The only reason they hydroform steel is that it gets them around certain limitations in the ability of steel to keep its strength with multiple bends in a single piece. The aluminum frame is conventionally constructed(for aluminum, that is) using various cast, extruded, machined, and pressed pieces welded and bonded together.

Also, the torsion tube is not a piece of the load-bearing frame. It'* meant to keep the engine and transaxle tied together solidly, so they don't flex relative to each other under torque. It also elimnates the need for fussy and power-robbing U-joints. It does not, however, add any to the structural strength of the car.
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