[PIC] The Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Zora ZR1 Rendered

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[PIC] The Mid-engined C8 Corvette Zora ZR1 Rendered
Image Credit: BUZZART


Would the artist that rendered this C8 Corvette Zora ZR1 please set forward! Because your render of the rumored mid-engine Corvette is one of the best we’ve seen yet. We found this posted on Facebook and seaching BUZZART has led us nowhere, at least when it comes to automotive designs, so if you’re out there, let us know!

The rendered C8 Corvette is part of a trio of images, first showing the C7 Corvette Stingray and then evolving into what the next generation Corvette might look like in a mid-engine configuration.

There has been talk of Corvette going to a mid-engine design since the 1960s. And while the rumors and concepts have come and gone, for whatever reason, it seems like now is the perfect time to make the jump from concept to production a reality.


Our hope, should Chevrolet really decide to pull the trigger, is to see the Corvette line evolve into two platforms. The first and still the most popular (at least in terms of sales) would be the traditional front engine/rear wheel drive design that is for the everyman. A car that continues to kick German and Italian ass and yet remains an affordable daily driver. After all, in 62 years the Corvette team has gotten pretty good at delivering such a car and with sales of the C7 back over 30,000 cars/year for the last two years, there is no reason to end that run.

The second platform is all about red meat. A mid-engine Corvette platform that allows the team to break free from the the ‘rules’ of traditional Corvette design and take bow-tie performance to the next level. Exotic materials, a different engine platform and the ability to take on all comers – from Europe to Dearborn – without excuses.

[PIC] The C8 Mid-engine Corvette Zora ZR1 Rendered
Image Credit: BUZZART


Our sources tell us the mid-engine Corvette is a go and the external telegraphing that a corporate entity the size of General Motors can’t help but signal that something wicked is coming our way. After all, spending $439 million on a new Corvette Paint shop that expands the size of that Bowling Green Assembly plant by 50% when the C7 factory build out which included the Performance Build Center only cost only $132 million is a pretty big signal that something else is afoot in Kentucky.

The word on the street is that this new Corvette will arrive in the next couple of years – just as the Assembly Plant completes its build-out. So as we sit here and dream about what the future holds, perhaps these designs will eventually point the way to a future Corvette.

What are your thoughts on this rendering of the C8 Corvette Zora ZR1? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share this page on Twitter and Facebook.


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15 COMMENTS

  1. This is one of the better rendering of the Mid-Engine Concept. I still don’t think it will be a “C8” I think it will be its own entity.
    The design is pretty good. I think a little longer fastback design over the rear deck would look good. But all-in-all, I like it.

  2. I know my traditionalist bretheren will probably rail against radical styling change however I for one would like a new direction to bring the car into the 21st century.

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  4. Congrats to this artist……. excellent start. Bring the top of the tail forward, install small DOHC V-8 (buzzing economy-boost V-6, NEVER!) 9,000 RPM red line. Gear driven turbo-charger. Two – part-time 100 HP hydraulic motors up front, one to drive each wheel. This configuration will allow extreme acceleration, controlled power cornering, easy 1,000 HP, 30 MPG highway, and best of all, the exhaust note will still sound as wonderful as the existing Corvette!

  5. What an ugly car, no practicality, no room for any kind of luggage for your long road trips, absolutely the worst idea Chevrolet has ever come up with. Say good bye to the corvette if this happens.

  6. Hello folks. I was instantly excited by the prospect of an actual production (rear) mid-engined Corvette supercar and I decided to render a concept with strong transitional design cues to the awesome current front-engine design. I particularly like the idea of the new car existing alongside a traditional version as a ZR-1 badged flagship supercar. Thank you for both the compliments and the critique – I’m just really happy the concept is being discussed. Traditionalists will understandably balk at just about any rear mid engine concept as the layout-dictated proportions fly in direct opposition to the extreme and distinctive long hood/short deck shape that has defined the ‘Vette for generations. Art is currently a sideline hobby/business for me so all I have up is my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BuzzArt-Inc/312654875432472?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
    Thanks again for the comments – I would be happy to render a refined version based on some sort of consensus of the required changes if desired.
    All the best,

    Buzz Erlinger-Ford

  7. Beautiful rendering! I would buy this today if it was available. It’s much better than the somewhat less sexier concepts. Corvette really needs to take notice of this design.

  8. I strongly disagree with what this article is saying. The C7 is a crap car, at least on the racetrack. It’s time now, more than ever, to make a proper track/ (Porsche Cup) type car again. Like the 2004 C5Z06, and the C6Z06 carbon Ed were great examples. What you’re saying is we get three choices. A supercharged fat pig Z06 that over heats at 3 laps. A stingray with 255 width tires, still at 3,450lbs, and now another forced inducted car. I’m far from the only one. A huge niche of high performance drivers aren’t buying corvettes anymore.
    If this Zora comes light, and -naturally aspirated with track ready features/tires then sign me up.

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