Autoblog is showing another five images of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 prototype and this time it’s wearing a massive rear wing spoiler. The prototype was captured in broad daylight out at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds and the photos looks to have been shot at the same distance (over a mile away) that previously captured the first images of the mid-engine C8 Corvette.
The C7 ZR1 is rumored to have 700 horsepower and that wing may be needed for the additional down force at high speeds.
We can say that the wing is much different than anything seen any Corvette since the 2010 Corvette Z06x concept. But Car and Driver’s Don Sherman thinks we might also be looking at the first Corvette equipped with active aerodynamics. In a recent report on the C&D website, Sherman said:
The Corvette development group is in the midst of choosing between hydraulic and pneumatic actuators for an adjustable rear wing intended for production. Will adaptive aerodynamics provide a dramatic statement for the ZR1, or is this research for the mid-engine C8 generation that begins in 2019? That we can’t say with certainty. But, given the flood of photos coming from high above Milford as evidence that development is proceeding apace, the answer could surface soon.
Don also mentions that he received absolutely no push back by GM on the speculation that Chevy will offer a super C7 Corvette as its swan song before the introduction of the mid-engine 2019 C8 Corvette.
Active aerodynamics work by automatically adjusting the rear spoiler’s angle based on driving characteristics and speeds. The faster the speed, the more the angle changes to increase down force. For highway speeds, it may adjust to improve fuel economy. And yes, we believe there will be a “race” setting for maximum down force regardless of speed.
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