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1979 Turbo Corvette Prototype

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This prototype is a 1979 turbocharged Corvette built by GM. It featured a L82, 350 ci engine, AiResearch turbo charger and a modified Cadillac fuel injection system. We don't have any photos of this unique prototype at this time.


Production Corvette RPO L-82 350 in3 (5.7 L) with LM-1 camshaft. Standard internal engine components.

AiResearch model T-3 with integral exhaust waste gate which regulates intake manifold pressure to 7 PSI. Turbocharger mounted directly to right hand modified cast iron manifold.

Induction System:
Modified G.M. throttle body injection (T.B.I.) with closed loop electronic air/fuel control. Fuel injected into dual-plane intake manifold. Air throttle valve located at turbocharger compressor inlet.

Exhaust System:
Standard 1979 dual exhaust with single resonator replacing converter.

Standard 3-speed automatic transmission.

Rear Axle:
Production 3.55:1 rear axle with limited slip differential.

P255/60 R 16 Goodyear Eagle GT tires mounted on 15" x 8 1/2" aluminum wheels.

Special "Firefrost Silver" paint with external graphics and internal decor by Chevrolet Design Staff. RPO D 75 front air deflector and D 80 rear deck lid spoiler.

Vehicle Weight:
Front 1720 pounds
Rear 1775 pounds

Additional References:
Hot Rod Magazine, June 1979, "A Factory Fuelie - The '79 Turbo Vette, by C.J. Baker"

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