Type III Drivetrain
For the builder that wants to radically change the handling characteristics of
His or her vehicle – the Center-Grav-Touring Series is the answer!
To be classified as a Center-Grav or C-G Touring vehicle:
It may be a car, truck or van manufactured in any year.
It must have been converted to a mid-engine configuration (The engine mounted between the front and rear axles – and behind the driver’s seat – radically changing its Center of Gravity.)
It must have been originally offered from the factory with a conventional front engine / transmission with either front or rear wheel drive. (Cars offered with a mid-engine configuration from the factory such as Fiero, Ferrari or Lamborghini do not qualify.)
Mid Mounted Engine - Modified Corvette Automatic Transaxle,
(Or other Transmission Mounted Directly to the Bellhousing.)
The Type III drivetrain is similar to the Type I and II designs, in that they all utilize the factory Corvette differential in conjunction with a standard width or narrowed C5 or C6 cradle, axles and CV joints.
Remember, our kits are available in 13 different widths, which are based on WMS to WMS dimensions, for a custom fit in your application. For more information on ordering the kits, refer to Section 12: “How to Determine Which Width Cradle to Order.”
The Stage III Kit requires plenty of room – from behind the driver's seat to the rear axle centerline – at least 58” to make slide in nice and easy. Examples of candidates for a Type III drivetrain configuration include extended or crew cab pickup trucks, vans or even older panel trucks or station wagons.
All of our Corvette Interface Adapter Kits are identical - (For Drivetrain Types I, II, III and IV.) The widths are changed by narrowing the cradles.
The photo above exhibits why the Corvette transaxle requires an additional twenty inches in length compared to the Mendeola transaxle used in the Type IV drivetrain configuration. It's all because of the placement of the transmission in relation to the differential.
The Corvette transaxle places the transmission in front of the differential, whereas the Mendeola transaxle places the transmission behind the differential.