GM designer John Cafaro was responsible for the shapes of Pontiac Fiero and Bonneville and the Chevy Camaro before joining the Corvette design team. He was the chief exterior designer and design team leader for the 1997 Corvette, and he (has) stated that the GTP racecar, the Corvette Indy concept car, and fighter jets all influenced his design decisions.
He was also responsible for all production Corvette design from 1991 to the present (2004). Cafaro worked on the C5R Corvette race program, managing all bodywork design and graphic design packages for the Chevrolet Raceshop and GM Motorsports from 1992 to 1999. His creativity and work has received kudos that include: Motor Trend Car of the Year for the 1984 Corvette, Autoweek Magazine Award for the 1997 Corvette coupe, North American International Auto Show Car of the Year for the 1998 Corvette convertible, and Motor Trend Car of the Year for the 1998 Corvette convertible.
So what is this marvelous Corvette pictured above?
It was John's personal car. This speedster was considered the "fourth body style of the C5 Corvette," following the coupe, hardtop, and convertible.
It was engineered and constructed by Skunk Werkes, and features:
10" Chopped Windshield
High Rise Hood
Body Kit with Front Canards
Body Side Strakes
20" Rear and 19" Front Wheels
Custom Steering Wheel, Door Pulls, Shifter Knob, etc.
Where can you see it? One weekend a year, it is available for viewing at the Bob McDorman Corvette and Classic Chevy Show in Canal Winchester, Ohio.