11 concept cars that should have made it
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1973 Chevrolet AeroVette Concept
If one thing had changed back in the early 1970s, today's Corvette would be midengine.
In 1969, Zora Arkus-Duntov (the father of the Corvette) built the experimental XP-882, a midengine Corvette concept. Unfortunately, John DeLorean, then Chevrolet's general manager, put the project on hold. To blunt the media impact of Ford's introduction of the midengine Pantera, DeLorean authorized a refurbishment of the XP-882 in 1972. The car emerged as the XP-895, with its transverse V-8 replaced by a four-rotor Wankel engine producing 420 hp.
While GM scrapped its rotary development program in 1973, the idea of a midengine Corvette was well received. Nevertheless, the Corvette remained front-engine/rear-drive for cost reasons. Had the midengine XP concept made production, then Corvette today would be perceived as a more apt competitor to Ferrari and Porsche.
2003 Dodge Tomahawk
With a vibe that would be at home on the set of Blade Runner, the outrageous Viper-powered Tomahawk represents the best and worst of concept cars.