After literal decades of ongoing rumors, concepts and more, it seems that finally, finally, the Corvette program is going to get the mid-engined car its always deserved, based on evidence that the automotive media at large have contributed to, including us.
Let’s put forth a basic timeline.
First, we discovered the “Zora” trademark filing. Being that Zora Arkus Duntov was one of the fathers of the Corvette program and went on record that he wanted to do a mid-engine model, this trademark filing of course led us to suspect nothing but exactly that. There are also filings for curious names such as E-Ray, , ZR-1 and more.
What really broke the internet was a sheepishly disguised prototype surface with Holden Commodore ute dressings, where something clearly mid-engined was happening under the tailgate of the pseudo ute. Insert passing time of rumors, mumblings et cetera.
Then, we catch a glimpse of some clear mid-engine Corvette renderings during a design interview. Mid-engine is certainly on the mind.
Most recently, General Motors invested $290 million into the Bowling Green assembly for “new processes and technologies.” GM also stated it will help the Corvette facility become more flexible. Flexible for what? Bowling Green does Corvette, and Corvette only. Minus a short stint in building the Cadillac XLR, Bowling Green is Corvette territory.
And then there are the recent spy shots of a decidedly mid-engined prototype scampering around GM proving grounds. If you weren’t a believer then, you should be by now. Sure, maybe Cadillac will get a mid-engined supercar. But right now? It’s safer to believe that Cadillac is focused on filling out its portfolio with a small sedan and oodles of crossovers.
That single reason alone is why this mysterious mid-engine machine that was spotted has to be a Corvette, along with the the trademark evidence. There’s no other logical choice at the moment, especially with cross-town rival, Ford, sweeping motorsports with its mid-engined GT.
It’s not a Cadillac, it’s a Corvette, whether you like it or not. We’re ready, and the world should be ready.