The 9.8-liter V12 Corvette that never was
It would have been mad. And great
American manufacturers have always fitting ginormous engines under the hood of their cars and this one-off Corvette C4, dubbed the 'ZR-12 Conan', takes the love for cubic capacity to a whole different level because it is powered by a 600 cu in / 9.8-liter V12, putting out 686 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. Nine-point-eight-liter. Awesome.
Obviously, in order to make the car functional and usable, a lot more work was required having slammed such a large engine under the hood. The chassis had to be stretched by 5 inches to accommodate the new powertrain, and the gearbox and the suspension were modified as well.
Amazingly, this is not a one-of-a-kind commission made for an eccentric millionaire or a modern restomod because this is actually a proper Corvette, developed by Chevrolet in the early 1990s to go against the Dodge Viper which, as we all know, featured the largest engine available on a production car with an 8-liter V10.
Chevy turned to Ryan Falconer Industries to build their new 9.8-liter Corvette but they realized right off the bat that the idea wasn't economically viable. The engine alone would reportedly cost around $45,000 on its own, that's around $89,000 in today's money, bringing the price tag for a Corvette way over the acceptable limit. Chevy knew it wouldn't have made financial sense and no one would have bought one, and eventually decided to scrap the project. Pity.