The Styling Research Vehicle (SRV) was created by the design team that included Wayne Cherry and Chris Field. Debuted at the London Motor Show in 1970, it was purely a concept vehicle from Vauxhall and was never intended to be a production vehicle.
Despite being based on contemporary Le Mans racers, the Vauxhall SRV could fit four adults inside. To do this it has pedals and a steering column that adjust to fit the driver, allowing the front seats to keep a fixed position. With no handles, the upward-opening rear doors are largely disguised.
Technology at the time allowed the SRV to have electrically adjusting suspension. Two fuel tanks also meant that fuel could be redistributed for better balance. An instrument panel set into the driver-side door measured air pressure to indicate aerodynamic efficiency, and an aerofoil at the front allowed for downforce adjustment.
The car was designed to be powered by a transversely mounted DOHC 2.3 litre slant-four engine with fuel injection and twin turbochargers. The concept car itself was not a working prototype and the engine is mocked-up from fibreglass, aluminium and wood.