[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics

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[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics


After last night’s appearance of the C8 Corvette Prototype in New York City, enthusiasts have been busy going over the details and seeing if there is anything new to be learned.

The C8 Corvette that was driven on the streets in New York City looked very similar to the cars at the Nurburgring test back in September 2018. The pointed nose, the front chin splitter, and a front grill insert all look the same as the cars that tested on the ‘Ring, and those features haven’t been seen since. Instead, the cars running around today have padding that resembles fish lips to disguise the nose, and covers that hide any of the grill details.

But there is one new addition on the C8 Corvette that was in NYC that is new to us and that’s this profile photo of Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. This sticker is on the door part of the side intake scoop and we can’t help but wonder if that’s a visual reference for locating the door opener. But as it’s so close to the date graphic showing 07.18.19, it could just be the Corvette Team paying homage to Zora who always wanted to make a mid-engine Corvette.

And as I am reviewing several other images, I see another Zora sticker on the passenger side door mirror.

[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics

[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics


The Corvette Team has had Zora on their minds since the beginning of the C8 project. Like Zora’s CERV prototypes (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle), they have referred to the C8 as ZERV. We also know that GM has trademarked “ZORA” for use as a vehicle name in multiple countries around the world and it’s been speculated that the highest performance C8 will be named after him.

[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics


We think it would be really cool if somehow all C8 models could somehow offer a nod to the 1st Corvette Chief Engineer in a discrete yet respectable way. Our friend Justin who pointed out the Zora sticker reminded us of how cool it was for Chevrolet to show off Corvette Racing’s mascot Jake when he first appeared on the 2009 Corvette ZR1 air intake. How about a center console badge with the profile and the saying “Zora is my co-pilot”

[PICS] Corvette Team Gives Nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov with Easter Egg Profile Graphics


Now that we’ve seen more than one sticker, we wonder if there will be more to be found on other C8 ME Prototypes out in the wild. Do you like playing the game “Where’s Waldo?” How about a new game called “Where’s Zora?”

*Thanks Justin!


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Zora is located in Fredericton,New Brunswick,Canada…….he is named after Zora Arkus-Duntov……My hero…….He is an extremely smart cocker spaniel…….very spirited, handsome and out thinks many two legged friends… ….just like his namesake….I had my picture taken with the ZORA ARKUS DUNTOV at a corvette convention in Canada many years ago…….love corvettes….husband and I have an original buyer 1970 …….350 – 350 4 speed ……love it….and, in 2002,I lost my heart to an ‘02 torch red convertible….six speed…..definitely a beauty…..
    Does look more like a couple years old rather than17 years old…..

  2. Yes I too have the fever, the Vette fever that is. I’ve had an 81′, 89′,97′, and now an 08′. I love this car. A little butt hurt about the mid-engine thing but I guess it’s time. It was already a super car bargain, now Europe is probably thinking “Damn they did it”. I disagree with one thing in the article, the front engine car has been kicking some serious tail end for many years now, and the new ZR1 with 755 HP seems to be handling it just fine and besides, the Demon is more powerful and it’s very street-able so I don’t get why the guy that wrote the article says that the Vettes are past it’s HP limits for front engine.

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