Synthesis of Chassis Parameters for Ride and Handling on the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette 970097
This paper describes the performance attributes of the all-new front and rear SLA (short-long arm) suspensions, steering system, and tires of the 1997 Corvette. The process by which these subsystem attributes flowed down from vehicle-level requirements for ride and handling performance is briefly described. Additionally, where applicable, specific subsystem attributes are rationalized back to a corresponding vehicle-level performance requirement. Suspension kinematic and compliance characteristics are described and contrasted to those of the previous generation (1984 to 1996 Model Year) Corvette. Both synthesis/analysis activities as well as mule-level vehicle development work are cited for their roles in mapping out specific subsystem attributes and related vehicle performance.
Steven P. Fuja, Henry A. Schmid, Joseph P. Ryan
General Motors Corp.
SAE International Congress and Exposition
Key Design Developments of the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette-SP-1282, Steering and Suspensions Technology-SP-1223, The Chevrolet Corvette-PT-118, Racing Chassis and Suspension Design-PT-90, SAE 1997 Transactions - Journal of Passenger Cars-V106-6