Concept Flashback – 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech Short-Tail and 1988 Aerotech Long-Tail

The 1987 and 1988 Oldsmobile Aerotech concepts were a high-speed R&D showcase, branding exercise and new engine launch in one.

The hypercar style of the car was a direct result of the engineering goals: to help this 160-horsepower Quad4 engine power the car to a world-record top speed.


Surely that would never be enough to hit 200-mph?

In fact, the car hit 267.99-mph the day before setting the official closed-course world record on 257-mph on August 27, 1987. A short-tail Aerotech ST wears full venturi air channels under a flipped-up and chopped rear end. This short-tail wore a single wing spoiler to keep things planted to the pavement at these huge speeds.

The 1988 Aerotech LT, for long-tail, was similar in these but had tweaks throughout to lessen weight, improve stability and hopefully capture another world record.

By this time, the Quad4 engine was launched with great fanfare as it entered production in many more humdrum production cars, but the Aerotech legacy and influence on future Oldsmobiles would return in 1992.

The concepts were a huge hit on the auto show circuit as well as the racetrack.


1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech

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