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Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO – General Motors Corp.’s Corvette concept car unveiled at the auto show here will make it to Hollywood but isn’t likely to end up on the public streets.

The concept, which will be featured as the character “Sideswipe” in the upcoming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” film to hit U.S. screens June 26, features strong influences from the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959.

But Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper says there is little momentum toward building a production version of the 2-seater for now.

“We’ve been kicking this concept around for about a year,” he says. “At the moment, we don’t plan to start this project (a production model), but that’s not to say it won’t happen.”

Preventing the car from getting the green light is GM’s current financial woes and pressure from Washington to develop high-mileage small cars, not high-performance Corvettes, in exchange for federal loans.

The Corvette concept is one of four Chevrolet “character” vehicles featured in the Transformers movie.