Over the weekend we shared the Chazcron render of General Motors CEO Mary Barra standing next to a Sebring Orange 2020 Corvette. Utilizing a real photograph as the background very much enhances these renders by making the C8 Corvette appear almost real. Now the digital artist looks back at the man who for most of his career at Chevrolet advocated for a mid-engine Corvette, Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The original photo of Zora Arkus-Duntov featured him with CERV I, the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle that he set a speed record of 206.1 mph at the Milford Proving Grounds. Chazcron nicely fitted a C8 Corvette Coupe into the shot and with the scale appearing dead on, the vintage black and white render appears as if Zora is gazing accross the rear of the real thing.
Zora had several opportunities to create mid-engine concepts during his day as CERV I and II showed the potential of the configuration. Other concepts featured all-wheel drive, aluminum bodies, and even rotary engines were tested. Not only did Zora and his engineers have to overcome technological issues, but his battles with Design and the front office were also legendary. Unfortunately, Zora’s plans for producing a mid-engine Corvette for sale (and therefore one that could be raced at Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona) was always out of the reach.
The current caretakers of the model seek Zora’s guidance even today, sometimes asking themselves “what would Zora do” in situations that require a problem to be solved. Years after his death, his influence with Corvette’s engineers and designers continues…
Chazcron also offered these two new renders showing the “finished” headlights and taillights. We especially love seeing the car at different angles and that rear end is becoming much more refined.
Chazcron calls the Green front-end render as his new favorite. I know it’s one of mine! Like what you see? Let us know in the comments below or head over the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.
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