I went down a Wikipedia hole looking adult Corvettes recently. we can’t remember how accurately we got there (does anyone ever remember how they finished adult down a Wikipedia hole?), yet it did give me arise to remember GM’s Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicles (CERVs) — a array of judgment cars mostly formed on Vettes that spanned over 3 decades from 1959 to 1993.
Above is a snarl of b-roll footage of a CERV III, that debuted in 1990 as a bleeding-edge engineering exercise: it had a framework done of CO fiber, titanium, and aluminum; four-wheel steering; an active cessation complement able of hopping over bumps in a road; electronically tranquil all-wheel drive; and a twin-turbo V-8 pulling 650 horsepower. (650 sounds roughly paltry in 2016, yet it was scarcely scholarship novella in 1990.)
A navigation system, singular for 1990
As cold as a extraneous and powertrain of a CERV III are, though, a interior is nuts. It had an integrated nav system, for instance. In 1990! (Skip to 2:38 in a video to see it in action.) The car had dual center-mounted graphical displays, dual decades before that kind of record became commonplace. And afterwards there was a violent core console, that has 21 rocker switches by my count, and a four-way d-pad. we don’t have a foggiest idea what we could need 21 switches for, yet we do know that we’re vital in a universe where we don’t generally get that many, and that’s a shame.
So go on, take in a sweet, button-filled swap automotive existence we could’ve gotten, had GM engineers had their way.