Most recent photos of the ZR1s in Detroit have been the smaller wing cars. This big wing prototype was recently spotted refueling in Detroit and these photos provide an excellent look at the unique aerodynamics for the ZR1.
The most pronounced feature is, of course, the large angled rear spoiler mounted with struts affixed to the rear end cap of the car. The rear wing appears to span the entire width of the ZR1’s rear.
But what has us excited is the front splitter that is different than the Z07’s Stage 3 splitter found on the Corvette Z06! We find this ZR1 front splitter to be reminiscent of the one found on Corvette Racing’s C7.R in what is likely to be the latest example of technology transfer with the racing team.
You can see in this photo that the end winglets are smaller than the Stage 3 splitter and the air is allowed to move between the winglets. The splitter itself juts outward from the nose, but on the side view, it looks very much in proportion to the rest of the front bodywork.
And for reference, here is the front splitter on the Corvette C7.R from Hotrod Magazine:
As far as the side rocker panels go, it’s hard to discern if these panels on the ZR1 are any different to those found on the Z06. I guess that’s something we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for.
This car also has the silver Star-patterned wheels that have been fitted to the ZR1 since it was first revealed last year. It’s a good look for this car and we have to bet they will be exclusive to the ZR1 much the same way that the Z06 and Grand Sport have their own exclusive wheels. We also noticed that the calipers are also painted torch red instead of the ZR1’s familiar blue calipers.
Last week the rumor going around was the possiblity of a Carlisle reveal for the 2018 Corvette ZR1s. People are getting antsy for more info and dealers already have lists of customers ready to buy. But with the Assembly Plant down until November for renovations, our gut feeling is for the reveal to happen later this year or January 2018’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit at the latest.
Rick “Corvette” Conti
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