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.
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.
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